Posts tagged with "gruber"

Link John Gruber on the iOS 7 Design


The software is now of a piece with the hardware. Two sides of the same coin. Not hardware design and software design. Just design.

Exactly what I was hoping to see from Jony Ive.

Can’t argue with that. I do agree with my colleagues that some of the icons look a little Fisher Price, but the consistency is nice.

What I saw, overall, during the iOS 7 demos and presentation:

A lot of little touches to discover and delight.

Mar 3

I think what Wu and his brethren believe is not that companies win by being “open”, but that they win by offering choices.

Who is Apple to decide which apps are in the App Store? That no phone will have a hardware keyboard or removable battery? That modern devices are better off without Flash Player and Java?

Where others offer choices, Apple makes decisions. What some of us appreciate is what so rankles the others — that those decisions have so often and consistently been right.


Probably the most relevant 88 words in a 3600+ word piece.

Its the same post we’ve read a thousand times already: somebody who thinks their opinion has value claims to know what they need to do to successfully run a computer company, despite the fact that they do not run a computer company, successful or not. Instead, they rather enjoy manipulating stock prices through arbitrary puff pieces like the one Gruber destroys here that say nothing while claiming to say everything.

And again, I say: if there were another Steve Jobs hiding among the tech industry CEOs, we’d know. If there were another Tim Cook, we’d know.

Perhaps time will produce one. Perhaps if they ever, for the love of all that is holy, evict Ballmer from his position, one will emerge at Microsoft (but I doubt it). Until then, these wild claims from nameless people who don’t matter stating they hold the keys to the castle in terms of profitability and making the Right Choices (or not, depending on which side of that argument you fall) for a tech company are just those, wild claims from nameless people.

Jan 5

Link Hundreds

Damn you Gruber. This is now a thing on my iOS devices. And an addicting thing at that.

Oct 3

…these are two very different platforms, with very different use types, very different hardware, very different software, and very different users, honestly.

And its important that you leave yourself the freedom with your expectations, your customers’ expectations, and your development philosophy to do things on a platform even if other platforms can’t do it.

Marco Arment - Episode 17 of The Talk Show with John Gruber.

He’s speaking about mobile development, specifically about iOS vs Android, and my thoughts parrot his. You build to the strengths of a platform, because doing it any other way means that at some point, you are appealing to the lowest common denominator. You will be abusing or outright avoiding conventions set throughout the rest of the OS in order to maintain some line of “consistency” between two versions of the same app.

If a platform doesn’t have strengths that appeal to you, or you aren’t willing to spend time with the platform to discover what strengths it may even have, you should really reconsider developing for said platform, rather than delivering a sub-standard product for the sake of shipping.

Jul 3
But that’s not what it was. It was the world’s best portable computer. Best not in the sense of being the most powerful, or the fastest, or the most-efficient to use. The thing couldn’t even do copy-and-paste. It was the best because it was always there, always on, always just a button-push away.

Gruber - The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In

And like all computers, its going to follow Moore’s Law and the general upward curve in terms of performance and capability. Apple is continuously pushing the limits of what people (including myself) think is possible. They are the ones pushing new battery technology, and they are the ones pushing high resolution displays.

Link iCloud should manage podcast subscriptions

This does seem to be a large shortcoming of the Podcasts app for iOS, but I don’t think we’ll see it until we see iTunes broken apart into more dedicated apps. This is a perfect example of the enhanced functionality that would come from such a move, but would only add even more bloat to iTunes.

Even if Apple’s growth soon slows, Apple already reaps a massive share of the industry’s profits. And if Apple’s growth doesn’t slow in the next year or two, look out. All of Apple’s competitors in the phone industry, save Samsung, are now starving for profit. They’re dying, all of them — HTC is breaking even and the rest are deep in the red.

The iPad is growing faster than the iPhone. The Mac already owns the $999-and-over market (where the margins are), and the iPad owns the tablet market (where the growth is). The PC market is quickly heading to where the phone market already is.

Microsoft Surface is not fundamentally about Microsoft needing to control the entire integrated product in order to compete with the iPad on design. It’s about Microsoft needing to sell the whole thing

This is Gruber at his best.

Surface == Enterprise Tablet


Justin Watt:

Enterprise employees can be inspiring, but that depends on said enterprise that they work for. A place that fosters creativity, thinking outside the box, and new ideas leads to happy workers who are open to change if it means making their day to day routine more enjoyable. Let’s just say that having 30,000+ workers doesn’t make for an accommodating work environment for new ideas and embracing change. Integrating iOS and thinking of mobile development in parallel with desktop software development for this many users isn’t an easy or quick task and for that reason the Surface may succeed very well in the enterprise. It’s more of the same. Buried underneath that beautiful Metro interface is Windows. Pure Windows able to run that software developed in 1992, not needing Citrix remote desktop apps, and not needing 100’s of new apps bought to open Office documents that don’t format or display properly on iOS.

Makes a lot of sense. He’s arguing that Surface is about cutting off the iPad’s still-small but quickly-growing slice of the enterprise market, not a full-on assault of the iPad’s in the consumer market.

Isn’t that exactly how RIM postured the Playbook? Doesn’t this whole thing seem like Déjà vu?

The Talk Show: The Next Generation

So Gruber departed 5by5 and moved to MuleRadio. I was as surprised as anybody, but I agree with the consensus that he was becoming more and more of a dick towards Dan, and I almost feel that Dan is better off.

That said, I had to shut off the Adam Lisagor episode. Gruber was more engaged than I’d heard him in ages, but Adam’s interruptions purely for the sake of being stupid got on my nerves in a bad way. He was being that guy from college; the guy who could not or would not focus when it came time to sit down, shut up, and work, so that we could get what we needed done and go back to playing Halo and drinking beer. It would have been different had it been funny, or the interruptions relevant to the conversation. But they were neither. A podcast of two Gruber-esque personalities might appeal to some, but I’m not one of them. Probably why I can’t stand You Look Nice Today or many of the other non-5by5 podcasts that exist out there.

I might give it one more go when the next episode airs, but I think the days of me paying attention to an audio version of Gruber’s commentary are over; I’ll stick with his written stuff. So yeah, I’m miffed about Gruber leaving 5by5, but its more about losing what I considered a great hour of entertainment every week than any particular facet of what might or might not have transpired between Dan and John.

Why does any of this matter or warrant commentary? It doesn’t. (Or maybe it does.)

Link Eek! Data Consumption costs moneys?!

In a stunning display of headline exploitation and playing upon the ignorance of the masses, the Wall Street Journal lobs a sure-to-grab-attention headline on top of a bullshit user profile.

That said, it does speak volumes about how, in this era of high-def content and streaming video, any per-unit costs of data consumption are going to be have to be measured in gigabytes, and priced much more reasonably than the current rates. $10/GB for overage is ridiculous, almost as ridiculous as AT&T’s already inflated pricing scheme

If I could pay a service fee for data, say $10/month per device, then buy throughput in GB Chunks, say $3-5/GB, pooled across all my devices, AT&T would get their fair share (they are at least going to get $13-15/month for a gig of data), they get to charge heavy users more, but it comes off as an actual business model instead of the customer rape so many of their other polices appear to be.