indefensible: john gruber

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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 (eight years ago) link

found it p janky when i tried it a while ago

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

maybe they dejanked it

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

thats cool all the diff views it gives you tho

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

lol @ their names

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

i prefer 'doric'

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

youre a doric

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

i think ur a doric

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

serendipity is more my speed man

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

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

past, present, and future rite there imo

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

indefensible: #4a525aholes

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

two weeks pass...

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

"I concur with this logic."

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

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

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

maybe instagram is... MAKING A MOVIE

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

Yeah that was just mind-bogglingly inane

ilx user 'silby' (silby), Monday, 3 October 2011 16:56 (eight years ago) link

Uh-oh: Gruber reads ILX -

James Mitchell, Monday, 3 October 2011 17:52 (eight years ago) link

the essence of good taste

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caek, Monday, 3 October 2011 18:03 (eight years ago) link

metafilter's own

stet, Monday, 3 October 2011 18:11 (eight years ago) link


ilx user 'silby' (silby), Monday, 3 October 2011 20:08 (eight years ago) link

Gruber's structurally valid Jobs obit:

After the WWDC keynote four months ago, I saw Steve, up close.

He looked old. Not old in a way that could be measured in years or even decades, but impossibly old. Not tired, but weary; not ill or unwell, but rather, somehow, ancient. But not his eyes. His eyes were young and bright, their weapons-grade intensity intact. His sweater was well-worn, his jeans frayed at the cuffs.

But the thing that struck me were his shoes, those famous gray New Balance 991s. They too were well-worn. But also this: fresh bright green grass stains all over the heels.

Those grass stains filled my mind with questions. How did he get them? When? They looked fresh, two, three days old, at the most. Apple keynote preparation is notoriously and unsurprisingly intense. But not so intense, those stains suggested, as to consume the entirety of Jobs’s days. There is no grass in Moscone West.

Surely, my mind raced, surely he has more than one pair of those shoes. He could afford to buy the factory that made them. Why wear this grass-stained pair for the keynote, a rare and immeasurably high-profile public appearance? My guess: he didn’t notice, didn’t care. One of Jobs’s many gifts was that he knew what to give a shit about. He knew how to focus and prioritize his time and attention. Grass stains on his sneakers didn’t make the cut.


Late last night, long hours after the news broke that he was gone, my thoughts returned to those grass stains on his shoes back in June. I realize only now why they caught my eye. Those grass stained sneakers were the product of limited time, well spent. And so the story I’ve told myself is this:

I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 6 October 2011 14:17 (eight years ago) link

His enduring, long-lasting legacy: that Gruber no longer has to pay for an SMS plan.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 6 October 2011 14:18 (eight years ago) link

this blog is a diff color rite now

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:47 (eight years ago) link

did he go to dark gray in mourning

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:48 (eight years ago) link

hard to read bro

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:48 (eight years ago) link

really on a roll with the glib, breathtakingly thick, arrogant posts at the moment! go john!

caek, Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:59 (eight years ago) link

Most revealing line of his 4S review:

I asked for and received a Sprint model from Apple for testing, so that I could compare it against AT&T and Verizon.
Wasn't aware he got his stuff for free, especially when past blog posts lead you to believe he's been paying for upgrades and new phones.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:19 (eight years ago) link

I'd assume (hope) that he returned it when done?

avant-garde heterosexuals (mh), Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:20 (eight years ago) link

I love how Baig, Pogue, and Mossberg get review units before everyone else, and race to publish their reviews. Where by “love” I of course mean “hate”.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:20 (eight years ago) link

I’m not sure why this has erupted into such a little blog publishing world scandal. It’s certainly wrong for someone to accept one of these machines and then write about it without disclosing that it was a gift (or a review unit, or whatever you want to call it), but I don’t get why some people are so up in arms about Microsoft giving them out in the first place.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:23 (eight years ago) link

tbf i think 'Where by “love” I of course mean “hate”.' is a horribly formed joke about jealousy, rather than him thinking it is wrong in principle to review stuff you haven't bought.

don't get me wrong though, he's still a terrible person.

caek, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:24 (eight years ago) link

Grubes has stated multiple times that he always returns his review units.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:25 (eight years ago) link

James Mitchell, Monday, 24 October 2011 08:33 (eight years ago) link


ice cr?m, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:34 (eight years ago) link

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