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  • ‘Count to Ten When a Plane Goes Down’

    21 July 2014, 8:37 pm by: John Gruber

    John C. Beck: Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.  Great story.  ★ 
  • Podcast Players: The New UI Design Playground

    21 July 2014, 4:46 pm by: John Gruber

    Nice post from Supertop, the duo behind the excellent Castro:…
  • Mocast 1.0

    21 July 2014, 4:22 pm by: John Gruber

    New $2.99 iPhone podcast player by Frank Krueger. By bizarre coincidence, it launched the same day as Overcast, so it might have gotten lost in the Overcast shuffle. It’s a different take. Krueger writes:…
  • George Orwell: ‘Politics and the English Language’

    21 July 2014, 4:01 pm by: John Gruber

    One more follow-up regarding the connection between clear thinking and clear writing: Orwell’s famous essay, Politics and the English Language:…
  • ‘Mission Statement’

    21 July 2014, 3:32 pm by: John Gruber

    As if right on cue given my aside last week on Satya Nadella’s business-jargon-laden company-wide memo, here’s a new song (and cool video) from Weird Al Yankovic. (Another new song from Yankovic, “Word Crimes”, is also apt.)  ★ 
  • The Talk Show: ‘Cat Pictures’

    19 July 2014, 8:07 pm by: John Gruber

    New double-sided LP episode of The Talk Show, with special guest Marco Arment. (You can get through the whole thing in a hour if you’re using Smart Speed in Overcast.) Side 1 Side 2  ★ 
  • DF RSS Feed Sponsorship Openings

    18 July 2014, 10:34 pm by: John Gruber

    Speaking of DF RSS feed sponsors, the next few weeks are open on the schedule. Get in touch if you have a cool product or service you want to promote to DF’s discerning audience.…
  • Faded — Simply Beautiful Mobile Photography

    18 July 2014, 7:30 pm by: John Gruber

    My thanks to Vintage Noir for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote Faded, their excellent all-in-one photo app for the iPhone. Faded includes gorgeous film-inspired effects and some of the most powerful iPhone editing tools currently available. Easy…
  • ‘Looks by Dr. Dre’

    18 July 2014, 6:53 pm by: John Gruber

    Khoi Vinh:…
  • ★ Two Memos

    18 July 2014, 5:56 pm by: John Gruber

    Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.
  • Taligent and the Ignominious History of Apple/IBM Alliances

    17 July 2014, 7:17 pm by: John Gruber

    It somehow slipped my mind yesterday, but Bill Campbell’s departure made me recall Taligent, the ill-fated “universal operating system” boldly promised and jointly developed by Apple and IBM back in the early 1990s. (Campbell had nothing to do with it;…
  • Tim Cook Tells WSJ He Does 80 Percent of His Work on iPad

    17 July 2014, 7:03 pm by: John Gruber

    Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting yesterday on the Apple/IBM team-up:…
  • Sue Wagner Joins Apple’s Board; Bill Campbell Retires

    17 July 2014, 6:42 pm by: John Gruber

    Apple PR:…
  • Trip ‘Claim’ Chowdhry Prediction of the Week

    17 July 2014, 6:01 pm by: John Gruber

    Famed analyst Trip Chowdhry, two days ago:…
  • ‘Hello There’

    17 July 2014, 4:17 pm by: John Gruber

    Amir Mizroch, writing for the WSJ:…
  • Blogger Fined by French Court Because Negative Restaurant Review Was Too Prominent in Google

    17 July 2014, 3:48 pm by: John Gruber

    Greg Sterling, writing for Search Engine Land:…
  • Mini-Microsoft: ‘Cut Once, Cut Deep, Cut Quickly’

    17 July 2014, 2:35 pm by: John Gruber

    Mini-Microsoft on today’s Microsoft layoff announcement:…
  • Charity: Waterworld

    17 July 2014, 2:15 pm by: John Gruber

    Mike Monteiro:…
  • The Last Hurrah for ‘At the Movies’

    17 July 2014, 2:11 pm by: John Gruber

    Great piece by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky for The A.V. Club on co-hosting the final run of At the Movies, including an astute analysis of what made Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert so good at it.  ★ 
  • Microsoft to Cut 18,000 Jobs, Including 12,500 From Nokia

    17 July 2014, 12:21 pm by: John Gruber

    Satya Nadella, in a company-wide memo (emphasis mine):…
  • Making Sense of Apple and IBM

    16 July 2014, 5:32 pm by: John Gruber

    John Moltz:…
  • Overcast 1.0

    16 July 2014, 5:05 pm by: John Gruber

    Marco Arment’s new podcast player for iPhone. Free to try, $4.99 to unlock all features. I’ve been using it for months in beta, and it’s really good. Looks great too, with Matthew Butterick’s Concourse as the custom UI font. See also:…
  • Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginny Rometty on Their Enterprise Partnership

    16 July 2014, 3:52 pm by: John Gruber

    Arik Hesseldahl, interviewing Cook and Rometty in Cupertino:…
  • Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont Attempt to Cancel Comcast Internet Service

    16 July 2014, 2:18 pm by: John Gruber

    Truly Comcastic customer service. Almost surreal. Update: Today’s daily cartoon at The New Yorker is apt.  ★ 
  • Apple and IBM Announce Enterprise Partnership

    15 July 2014, 5:10 pm by: John Gruber

    I’d be more excited about this if they’d included this photo in the press release. Update: Leave it to Darth.  ★ 
  • ‘Now Batting for the Yankees, Number 2, Derek Jeter. Number 2.’

    15 July 2014, 3:26 pm by: John Gruber

    This whole spot from Nike is just terrific, but opening it with Bob Sheppard’s player intro for Jeter is just perfect. Nice tribute site here, too.  ★ 
  • Always Take the Cosine

    14 July 2014, 7:00 pm by: John Gruber

    John Moltz on analyst projections for “iWatch” sales.  ★ 
  • Decoded

    14 July 2014, 6:51 pm by: John Gruber

    Greg Cox:…
  • Microsoft’s New CEO Needs an Editor

    14 July 2014, 5:42 pm by: John Gruber

    Jean-Louis Gassée: Tortured statements from CEOs, politicians, coworkers, spouses, or suppliers, in no hierarchical order, mean one thing: I have something to hide, but I want to be able to say I told you the facts.  ★ 
  • [Sponsor] Faded — Simply Beautiful Mobile Photography

    14 July 2014, 5:13 pm by: Daring Fireball Department of Commerce

    Faded is the premier all-in-one photo app for the iPhone. Created with gorgeous film-inspired effects and some of the most powerful editing tools currently available, Faded is loved by amateurs and professionals alike.…

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