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Tue, Jul 21, 2015The As-It-Is Edition

Let It Be, by Ben Brooks

Use that thing as it is intended before you even start to think about modifying it to work like something else — you may find that you like that thing better as it is.

At the very least you will know that you gave the software a fair chance to succeed. And it’s fine if you don’t like the way the software works, but it’s unfair for disliking software because it doesn’t work like X — it was never intended to work like X go begin with.

The same can be said about movies, books, or almost about any creative work.

Why Have Apple Invented A Tiny Island?, by OpenSignal

Apple may have created their own island as a mark of ownership. Maps remain huge business, with Google’s $2bn acquisition of crowdsourced traffic app Waze regarded as a move to protect their own dominance in that space, and it is probable that Apple Maps is full of tiny mistakes designed to make proving copyright infringement easy. If only they’d been able to use this explanation back in 2012 when the mistakes were rather more than ‘tiny’.

The Apple Watch Review, by Joshua Ho and Brandon Chester, AnandTech

For those still deciding on whether the first Apple Watch makes sense, I have no reservations in saying that it’s the best wearable I’ve ever used. However, at the same time I find it hard to recommend this first-generation Apple Watch. It’s clear that there are far too many obvious areas to improve upon, areas where Moore’s law will help to dramatically improve the experience. In the case of smartphones, Moore’s law made it possible to deliver true all-day battery life and fluid app performance. After spending a few months with the Apple Watch, all I can see is a need for more compute and battery life, like what happened with smartphones.


Microsoft Word 2016 Review: Finally! Much Needed Updates Make For A Better Word, by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

While the program doesn’t support some of Yosemite’s more important, user friendly, and bacon-saving features—such as Autosave—the overall user experience is superb. In short, Microsoft Word gets the job done without getting in the way, If Word is your primary tool for getting work done with words, run, don’t walk to upgrade to Word 2016.

RapidWeaver 6.2.3 Review: A Good Start For Building Websites (Accessories Sold Separately), by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

If you want to quickly assemble a sleek website without too many bells and whistles, RapidWeaver provides an excellent option. If you want to do even more with your site, Rapidweaver can help you there, too—but it’ll cost you a good deal extra.

Tired Of Endless Tweets? Storyline Will Change Your View, by AppAdvice

This new app takes your Twitter feed and arranges it by user. So, you will not see an infinite number of tweets, but instead a list of those you follow along with their recent tweets.

Five More Apple Music Tips, by TidBITS

Nike's Popular Running App Can Now Access Spotify's Huge Music Library, by Chris Welch, The Verge


Swift’s Type System – Ole Begemann, by Ole Begemann

By forcing me to think very carefully about types, I find that my Swift code is better designed and easier to maintain. I feel more confident in the correctness of my code, and for some strange reason writing it is also more fun!

Interprocess Communication On iOS With Mach Messages, by Damien DeVille

Blog Little Things, by Shubham Jain, Coffee Coder


Apple Hires Auto Industry Veterans, by Christina Rogers, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. is recruiting experts from the auto industry, a signal that its efforts to develop an electric car could be gaining ground.

MTV VMA Nominees To Be Unveiled Exclusively On Beats 1 Radio Station, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

From “WSJ Live” To “WSJ Video”: Publishers Step Away From Dreams Of Live TV-Style Broadcasting Online, by Madeline Welsh, Nieman Lab

Last month, eagle-eyed Apple TV users might have noticed a subtle change to their Journal app. Its icon, which for years had been the grey-and-green “WSJ Live,” was replaced with one reading simply “WSJ Video.” The change follows a May announcement by the Journal that it was canceling three of its scheduled live programs. The WSJ was becoming less “live” — a shift mirrored by other outlets.


Ever wondered where deep-fried Mars bar came from? Well, now you know.

Creep On Me

What My Landlord Learned About Me From Twitter, by Haley Mlotek, New York Times

The first time someone with an apartment available asked me for my Twitter handle , I laughed; the second time, I became confused; and by the third, I was perplexed and annoyed. Logistically, this made no sense. I have a distinctive last name and am easily found via a quick Google search. Couldn’t they just creep on me silently, like a normal person? I wondered, perturbed and embarrassed, realizing that my most recent tweet was a joke about penises and my most recent Instagram post was a selfie of my recently dyed purple hair.

Why Lonely People Stay Lonely, by Melissa Dahl, New York Magazine

One long-held theory has been that people become socially isolated because of their poor social skills — and, presumably, as they spend more time alone, the few skills they do have start to erode from lack of use. But new research suggests that this is a fundamental misunderstanding of the socially isolated. Lonely people do understand social skills, and often outperform the non-lonely when asked to demonstrate that understanding. It’s just that when they’re in situations when they need those skills the most, they choke.

Parting Words

Captured the Milky Way from Tunnel View, Yosemite.

— Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky) July 20, 2015

Thanks for reading.