Juxtaposition: Reviews

Shawn Blanc on Writer Pro:

… there is no document storage option like iA Writer had (in iA Writer on iOS you could chose iCloud or Dropbox for document syncing). Writer Pro syncs with iCloud or nothing. Which means your documents are sandboxed into the app. And there is no export option to get out all the documents at once.

… [Conclusion:] Is Writer Pro an impressive, beautiful, and useful piece of software? Absolutely. Is it going to find a place in my iPad writing workflow? I don’t think so.

Shawn Blanc on Vesper:

Though Vesper is shy on power-user features — no Dropbox sync, no iPad version, no TextExpander support, no import, no export — what it’s not shy on is thoughtfulness and extreme attention to detail.

… [Conclusion:] Whether or not Vesper becomes my new go-to note-taking app or not is irrelevant. An app doesn’t have to become my most-used app before I can appreciate its design considerations and its delightful details.


Juxtaposition: App.net’s Chickens

A mantra of the Appleverse (popularized by Daring Fireball):

If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.

Dalton Caldwell of App.net, July 2012:

I have been working on a service called App.net for the past year. App.net is a paid service for mobile application developers.

Dalton Caldwell of App.net, February 2013:

Why now is the time to introduce a free tier

App.net was created to support and empower a vibrant ecosystem of applications built by 3rd-party developers. However, in the very beginning there was a significant chicken and egg problem: there were no 3rd-party apps. The good news is that at this point, the chicken-and-egg problem has been eliminated

You’re the chicken.

Juxtaposition: Diversity’s Consequences

Andy Rutledge, excellent social conservative and rather poor satirist:

Diversity defined as applying to race or gender or sexual orientation condescendingly assumes these qualities entirely define the person in question, and constitutes a sexist, racist, homophobic attack on individual dignity and sovereignty. Tripe.

These idiots will do great harm to the tech and design professions unless intelligent, moral, and thoughtful people recognize their destructive effort for what it is and call them out publicly. I’m doing my part here.

David Peter on his experience at Hacker School (via @maxjacobson):

batch[3]‘s balanced gender ratio didn’t seem like a huge deal at the time. It just felt normal, really. But the Monday after Hacker School ended, I checked the student lists for my upcoming college classes on a whim. There is only one girl in each of my Computer Science classes.

That’s when I started thinking. The gender ratio was one of the small things that contributed to how natural life at Hacker School seemed. How much more real the world seemed. I had felt normal for one of the very first times in my life. I couldn’t help thinking, this is how it should be. This is the way the world should be.