indefensible: john gruber

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Yes, in August, Apple is going to start selling Lion on USB sticks. But I think most of us really will be able to get by without them. That’s why the USB stick installers are going to cost $69, a $40 markup over the App Store download. Apple wants us to go download-only.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:44 (nine years ago) link

Rather than try to one-up their selections I’m going to one-down them. Herewith, then, are the Top Ten Worst Westerns. Observations inside.

You can tell he’s right on most of these, from the posters alone.

god what a bore.

caek, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:37 (nine years ago) link

dude is like a demigod of suburban consumerism, yelling so loudly about inane bullshit from atop a mountain of 'slightly used' apple products. good links sometimes tho.

shaane, Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:24 (nine years ago) link



ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:29 (nine years ago) link

not to mention scroll reverser has been around since day 1 of the lion betas

ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:30 (nine years ago) link

does it set yr scrollbars in helvetica

markers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:15 (nine years ago) link

Marco Arment is way worse; he's like distilled Gruber shit.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:26 (nine years ago) link

lol i like both of them

markers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:27 (nine years ago) link

It's a beautiful, simple and clean way of moving your fat fingers along the edge of the touchpad.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:51 (nine years ago) link

"Elegant" is the term I hate most from the doucherati.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:57 (nine years ago) link


ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:04 (nine years ago) link

One of my friends followed Marco on Ping for some reason. Marco's musical tastes are something to behold.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:29 (nine years ago) link

Lotta Phish, I guess.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:37 (nine years ago) link

john gruber, newspaper pundit:

Just look at how uncluttered the print edition of The Times is, and how it’s designed to emphasize what is important.

so uncluttered.

joe, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:19 (nine years ago) link

It would be much more simpler and eleganter if they made an app to display one story at a time and enabled users to three-finger swipe between pages, and they should hand over all their ad revenue to Apple for enabling such simpleness and eleganticity.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:22 (nine years ago) link

I am trying to find a way to explain how the print version isn't really cluttered, but it's really the textbook definition of clutter

mh, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:28 (nine years ago) link

When you get paid to say things, it's hard to stop saying things.

T.S. Eliot-themed roach fetish porn (silby), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:06 (nine years ago) link

typeset nytimes in helvetica

ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:10 (nine years ago) link

the essence of good taste

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:17 (nine years ago) link

I dig the nytimes chrome app

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:51 (nine years ago) link

the one thing that the chrome app and the ipad app do that the website does not is give me a one or two sentence blurb on what the article is about. no need to decipher what an article called 'Skin Deep: Someone Just Like Me Said, ‘Buy It’' is about

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:52 (nine years ago) link

found it p janky when i tried it a while ago

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:28 (nine years ago) link

maybe they dejanked it

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:30 (nine years ago) link

ok yeah its def p diff than before, but w/e not enough linx per page, needs more clutter

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:33 (nine years ago) link

thats cool all the diff views it gives you tho

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:34 (nine years ago) link

lol @ their names

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (nine years ago) link

i prefer 'doric'

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (nine years ago) link

youre a doric

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (nine years ago) link

i think ur a doric

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:37 (nine years ago) link

'flow' is the best, welcome this new age future of web design

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:40 (nine years ago) link

serendipity is more my speed man

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:01 (nine years ago) link

so sad to see one of our own get left behind in the slipstream of now-future web design RIP :(

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:05 (nine years ago) link

markers, Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:08 (nine years ago) link

past, present, and future rite there imo

markers, Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:08 (nine years ago) link

indefensible: #4a525aholes

ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Friday, 29 July 2011 17:34 (nine years ago) link

"Outlook", an email program from Microsoft.

Six words and one set of scare quotes, all douchey. Would he say '"Word", a word processing program'? Outlook is one of the most used apps in the world. It's even out for Mac, ffs.

And why "program"? Is his house style now to ape newspapers from 1985? It's either a client or an app, though I suspect the style guide has had a douching to ensure "app" only means something that runs on iOS devices.

stet, Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:54 (nine years ago) link

that one made sense to me - infantilising to highlight how un-revolutionary the new gmail feature is.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 6 August 2011 21:22 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 06:37 (nine years ago) link

Pretty sure the only reason Apple may be getting out of the 100 million unit a year music player market is the fact it's not as profitable as making phones, not this guff about a "simpler product lineup".

James Mitchell, Thursday, 1 September 2011 06:58 (nine years ago) link

"I concur with this logic."

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 1 September 2011 09:16 (nine years ago) link

It would be kind of a ballsy move. Not many people would choose to carry both a music-only device and a phone if the phone offered the same or better functionality. A phone is the thing everybody needs, and it seems like only 50% of people even really care about music at all. Why be in a market people don't care about, when you could spend your efforts dominating one that EVERYONE cares about.

It's like saying that in order to listen to music now, you have to have an iPhone, but that's what you really want anyway.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 3 September 2011 18:23 (nine years ago) link

Carol Bartz, a Year Ago, on Apple’s iAd: ‘That’s Going to Fall Apart for Them’
Daring Fireball
John Gruber
I said we should check back in a year, and here we are. Bartz may well be proven right eventually — it doesn’t seem like iAd is doing great — but as of today iAd is still here and Bartz is out.

diamonddave85, Thursday, 8 September 2011 18:13 (nine years ago) link

i like him, but i wish he'd stop banging on about google being a ruthless business. SHOCK! WE KNOW

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 8 September 2011 19:39 (nine years ago) link

i like gruber too, but i also didn't like that bartz/iad thing

markers, Thursday, 8 September 2011 19:41 (nine years ago) link

(Via Mike Monteiro, whose Twitter account page background is a painting of a topless Bea Arthur.)


markers, Friday, 9 September 2011 20:17 (nine years ago) link

Given that one of the levels involves catching suicide-jumping Foxconn factory workers, it’s more surprising that the game got into the App Store in the first place than that it was removed.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 04:43 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

geez step off that soapbox, marco.

Please withdraw the free-update offer. We will not hold you to it.

Really. Please. [...] Please let us give you more money.

jeff tWEEDy (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:04 (nine years ago) link

Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales ★
Deep report by Asjylyn Loder and David Evans for Bloomberg on Koch Industries:

A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Great investigative reporting.

damn what sort of inside infos u got on koch, better watch yr back grubes baby

ice cr?m, Monday, 3 October 2011 15:06 (nine years ago) link

Scaling at Instagram

Mike Krieger, Instagram co-founder, on their engineering blog:

With more than 25 photos and 90 likes every second, we store a lot of data here at Instagram.

25 photos per second is more than the 24 frames per second of a motion picture.

good eye gruber!!

jeff tWEEDy (diamonddave85), Monday, 3 October 2011 16:51 (nine years ago) link

maybe instagram is... MAKING A MOVIE

ice cr?m, Monday, 3 October 2011 16:52 (nine years ago) link

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