Microsoft says Windows 10 is installed on 75 million devices after just a month of availability.
Guess what? Only 5 of those devices are phones and tablets.
Remember, Windows currently owns less that three percent of the worldwide smartphone market.
Spot on, I would say.
I’m getting very close to launching my next Kickstarter project and signing up for my new newsletter is a great way to stay informed:
I have waaaaaay too many tabs open in Safari and they have been open for way too long.
Lucky for me and you, I find good shit and good shit doesn’t go bad.
Jony Ive’s Secret Coffee Ritual – Good coffee-making tips here
exquisite texts — “text +1 (718) 404-9006 and write some damn poetry”
This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising — “an athlete’s fitness drops faster the fitter they are” Solution? Stay active, even if it’s in little ways.
Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days — Keeping this on file for something I’ll be launching soon
The Pixar Theory of Labor — I haven’t finished this, but what I have read is interesting.
Koken — “Content management and web site publishing for photographers” — I want to try this.
Andrew Ambrosino reimagined Apple Music and iTunes — I love projects like these.
Microsoft, Capitulation and The End of Windows Everywhere – Like IBM, Microsoft isn’t going away, but Windows is.
Seth Godin: When considering a new project, it might help to make three lists:
Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning – What a great speaker
After you watch the above video of Rives, you can read this poem
Marco Arment: The ethics of modern web ad-blocking
Ars Technica: Op-ed: How I gave up alternating current *__*
Ars Technica: Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun” It’s bullshit that the Happy Birthday song isn’t in the public domain.
MIT Technology Review: Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth
The Art of the Car Chase by Filmnørdens Hjørne
Once self-driving cars are ubiquitous, I wonder how weird car chase scenes in movies will seem to people.
Over at The Awl, Brian Feldman on Instagram celebrity, The Fat Jew:
Over the weekend, Instagram celebrity The Fat Jew—real name Josh Ostrovsky—faced swift and concentrated denunciation over the content (“jokes”) he posts on his account—one-liners, supposedly funny pictures, lowest common denominator viral chaff. Ostrovsky, who swipes material from others without credit and does not make much of what he posts, is arguably the native Instagram celebrity, with 5.7 million followers. There are people with more followers on Instagram, but mostly because they were celebrities before they joined; the Fat Jew is wholly a product of and for Instagram.
The Internet is all about posting uncredited words and images. It sucks.
For the record, I always do my best to give attribution to the quotes and words I post on this site.
Read enough old comics and this type of stuff shows up more regularly than one would expect.
After discovering four sets of slide film transparencies sitting in a box of old vintage photographs at a local thrift store, Richmond, Va.-based photographer Meagan Abell is on a mission to find the original photographer and mysterious subjects. Fascinated by the medium format slides, which she guessed were taken in the ‘40s or ‘50s, Abell took them home.
via vintage everyday
Driving a car will be illegal by 2030. Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, man’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted.
The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber, climate change or improvements in mass transportation. Driving should and will be made illegal because we now have the technology to prevent deadly traffic accidents; one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe. More than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents globally each year (which is more than the total casualties suffered by both sides in the Korean War).
—Jay Samit, Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal
We don’t deserve nice things.
via vintage everyday
Company veterans often say the genius of Amazon is the way it drives them to drive themselves. “If you’re a good Amazonian, you become an Amabot,” said one employee, using a term that means you have become at one with the system.
Some veterans interviewed said they were protected from pressures by nurturing bosses or worked in relatively slow divisions. But many others said the culture stoked their willingness to erode work-life boundaries, castigate themselves for shortcomings (being “vocally self-critical” is included in the description of the leadership principles) and try to impress a company that can often feel like an insatiable taskmaster. Even many Amazonians who have worked on Wall Street and at start-ups say the workloads at the new South Lake Union campus can be extreme: marathon conference calls on Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving, criticism from bosses for spotty Internet access on vacation, and hours spent working at home most nights or weekends.
“One time I didn’t sleep for four days straight,” said Dina Vaccari, who joined in 2008 to sell Amazon gift cards to other companies and once used her own money, without asking for approval, to pay a freelancer in India to enter data so she could get more done. “These businesses were my babies, and I did whatever I could to make them successful.”
Since the article came out, CEO Jeff Bezos has refuted many of the claims in the article.
At Bloomberg, Patrick Clark looks at the exact moment cities in the US got too expensive for Millenials:
The rent has been “too damn high” in New York for so long that today’s young professionals might assume it was always that way. Yet it wasn’t until the second quarter of 2004 that the median rent exceeded 30 percent of the median household income for young workers, the threshold at which housing experts say rent is no longer affordable, according to an analysis conducted by Zillow.
Rents are stretching millennial budgets throughout the U.S. Nationally, the typical worker from 22 to 34 years old paid 30 percent of income for rent in the first quarter of 2015, up from 23 percent in 1979, when the analysis begins.1 In those places, rental unaffordability is a distinct obstacle for people trying to carve out lives and careers, particularly in the nine major cities shown in the chart below, where more than half of households rent.
…and on a similar note, Hilary Osborne looks at the house-buying situation in the UK:
Neal Hudson, housing market analyst at property firm Savills, said the barrier for current prospective homebuyers was not the cost of owning but the cost of buying. “With low mortgage rates, annual housing costs are more affordable than for those in the rented tenures,” he said. “Instead, with house prices still at many multiples of income and mortgage lending at high loan-to-values limited and expensive, it is the cost of raising a deposit that prevents many from buying a home.”
The director of the campaign group Generation Rent, Betsy Dillner, said high costs meant people in rented accommodation were struggling to save for the future. “As more low earners and retirees rent privately with no way to pay the rent, the taxpayer will pick up the tab,” she said. “The government needs to have a plan B: to invest directly in housebuilding and reform renting to make it a genuine long-term alternative to home ownership. The longer they fail to act, the more renters they’ll have to answer to.”
Here’s an eye-opener from Vanity Fair on Tinder and the “Dating Apocalypse”:
People used to meet their partners through proximity, through family and friends, but now Internet meeting is surpassing every other form. “It’s changing so much about the way we act both romantically and sexually,” Garcia says. “It is unprecedented from an evolutionary standpoint.” As soon as people could go online they were using it as a way to find partners to date and have sex with. In the 90s it was Craigslist and AOL chat rooms, then Match.com and Kiss.com. But the lengthy, heartfelt e-mails exchanged by the main characters in You’ve Got Mail (1998) seem positively Victorian in comparison to the messages sent on the average dating app today. “I’ll get a text that says, ‘Wanna fuck?’ ” says Jennifer, 22, a senior at Indiana University Southeast, in New Albany. “They’ll tell you, ‘Come over and sit on my face,’ ” says her friend, Ashley, 19.
Kids don’t know how to talk face-to-face, text all the time and men are pervs. Shocker.
Here’s one from The Atlantic on the coddling of the American mind:
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress. In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a new campus politics of sexual paranoia—and was then subjected to a long investigation after students who were offended by the article and by a tweet she’d sent filed Title IX complaints against her. In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,” the headline said. A number of popular comedians, including Chris Rock, have stopped performing on college campuses (see Caitlin Flanagan’s article in this month’s issue). Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Maher have publicly condemned the oversensitivity of college students, saying too many of them can’t take a joke.
Kids need to grow fucking backbones.
Shit is getting ridiculous.
More on how growing up has changed:
It’s difficult to know exactly why vindictive protectiveness has burst forth so powerfully in the past few years. The phenomenon may be related to recent changes in the interpretation of federal antidiscrimination statutes (about which more later). But the answer probably involves generational shifts as well. Childhood itself has changed greatly during the past generation. Many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers can remember riding their bicycles around their hometowns, unchaperoned by adults, by the time they were 8 or 9 years old. In the hours after school, kids were expected to occupy themselves, getting into minor scrapes and learning from their experiences. But “free range” childhood became less common in the 1980s. The surge in crime from the ’60s through the early ’90s made Baby Boomer parents more protective than their own parents had been. Stories of abducted children appeared more frequently in the news, and in 1984, images of them began showing up on milk cartons. In response, many parents pulled in the reins and worked harder to keep their children safe.
I grew up in the 80s & 90s, with two working parents and came home to an empty house after school (in the white suburbs of Northwestern New Jersey). I cooked things on the stove and in the oven with my younger brother and sister and road my bike unchaperoned on roads with no bike lanes.
Things were different then, it seems.
It’s unfortunate to hear parents are afraid to give kids responsibility anymore.