By Michael Mulvey on October 11, 2013 7:17 AM
—George Bernard Shaw
—George Bernard Shaw
Designers (like me) love to talk about how successful Apple is in context of Design—software, operating system, hardware—but Apple's popularity and profitability are due to much more than the big "D".
This email exchange between Steve Jobs and News Corp./HarperCollins sheds light on how important negotiating (or for Jobs, not negotiating) has been to Apple (Tim Cook's supply chain mastery is a whole other story).
Let's face it, without content (music/movies/books) and simple content delivery mechanisms on iPads, iPhones and iPods, they'd just be beautiful hardware devices with nothing to do.
Reading Jobs' emails reminds me of poker. When you watch a true master playing, you understand it's more than just the cards they're holding that determines if they win. It's intelligence, Jedi mind tricks, attitude and confidence all combined into one.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
Samsung, how much more immature can you get?
My friend Quigga first introduced to to John Gruber's site, Daring Fireball around 2005 or 2006. I'll always associate a 5-point star with his site, as it's his way of providing links to individual posts on his site (a quick search on archive.org reveals he started DF in 2002, but only began using the 5-point star for post links in 2006). He also uses the star at the beginning of a post title to indicate long form entries, entries warranting more attention than his quick, day-to-day reactions to tech news.
The star derives directly from his logo, a circumscribed star. When I'm scanning through my RSS feeds, the star placement in the favicon, post titles and entry links tells me immediately it's Daring Fireball.
So why then, all of a sudden, is Ben Brooks using the 5-point star to denote links to posts on his site in his RSS feed? I've been following Mr. Brooks loosely for a year or so and I've never seen him use the star before. Mr. Brooks started using the star on 28 June 2012. Prior to that, he used an infinity sign (it should be noted he seems to just be using the star on his RSS feed, not his site).
Gruber by no means 'owns' the star, but it's a core part of his brand, and the fact that Ben Brooks also writes about Apple-related news and is a somewhat prominent blogger makes this move feel very douchey.
Below are screen grabs from my iPad Reeder application.
Influencer: Daring Fireball (RSS feed), introduced 2006
Influenced, Brooks Review (RSS feed), introduced 28 June 2012