Results tagged “johngruber”

Outgrowing the Computer Industry

By Michael Mulvey on September 17, 2014 8:31 AM

It's no coincidence that Apple announced their hiring of Marc Newson on the Friday before last week's event. But I don't think his hiring is about the Apple Watch in particular. Nor do I think Apple Watch in particular is what Apple thinks was "historic" about last week's event. Rather, I think Apple Watch is the first product from an Apple that has outgrown the computer industry. Rather than settle for making computing devices, they are now using computing technology to make anything and everything where computing technology -- particularly miniature technology -- can revolutionize existing industries. Newson isn't a watch designer, or a fashion designer. He's a designer of anything and everything. He's designed everything from watches to cars to chairs. Apple Watch isn't merely Apple's foray into the watch industry -- it's their foray outside the computer/consumer electronics industry. I think they're just getting started. At the close of his Apple Watch unveiling video during the keynote, Jony Ive said, "We're now at a compelling beginning actually designing technology to be worn, to be truly personal." The watch just happens to be first.

—John Gruber, Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations

A great and lengthy (over 4,500 words) post. A must-read.

Apps and Browsers

By Michael Mulvey on April 8, 2014 11:12 AM

John Gruber on mobile apps versus mobile browsers:

Lamenting the falling share of time spent by people in web browsers at the expense of mobile apps is no different from those who lamented the falling share of time spent reading paper newspapers and magazines at the expense of websites.

I agree with Gruber. Who fucking cares what you use to access your favorite services?

What you should be asking yourself is, "am I using the right tool for the job?"

Platform Maker

By Michael Mulvey on December 5, 2013 3:58 PM

John Gruber is confused:

I still don't get what Medium is. These new features certainly look pretty, but they make me more confused than ever regarding what Medium, as a whole, is.

Just read Ev Williams' blurb at the bottom of his Medium page:

I make systems that encourage typing and thinking (Blogger, Twitter, Medium).

Medium is a blogging platform in my eyes (Blogger '2.0'). Yeah, I know their goal is to redefine what a magazine is, and I think becoming blog-like is part of it. There's also a lot of semantical things happening. People saying the same thing with different words.

Rudimentary Perfection

By Michael Mulvey on February 27, 2013 1:26 PM

I find the knee-jerk, negative responses to Google Glass interesting. I have a feeling they're mostly coming from the 30+ demographic I'm a part of, but I have no proof.

I agree with John Gruber that Sergey Brin is a hypocrite when he stands on stage at TED with his stupid-looking Google glasses on and calls cellphones "emasculating", but I wouldn't go so far as say Google Glass isn't the answer.

Google might be run by engineers and nerds and not always as cool as Apple, but they're not afraid of shipping 1.0 versions of anything. In fact I think "Beta" should be permanently set below the Google logo. This is, in fact, a quality they share with Apple.

Mat Mullenweg on the rudimentary perfection of Apple:

Many entrepreneurs idolize Steve Jobs. He's such a perfectionist, they say. Nothing leaves the doors of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino without a polish and finish that makes geeks everywhere drool. No compromise!

I like Apple for the opposite reason: they're not afraid of getting a rudimentary 1.0 out into the world.

Now that Google has Glass out in the real world they can start making it better, the same as Apple did when it launched a very beautiful but very 1.0 iPhone in 2007.

Google and Apple are both skating to where the puck is going, and the puck is moving away keyboards and touchscreens and towards natural speech and our other senses. Google is doing this with Now and Glass. Apple is doing this with Siri (and whatever might be in the works for an iWatch?).This isn't to say traditional input methods are necessarily being phased out, we're just getting more options for how we interact with our computers.

So Gruber may be right that Google Glass isn't the answer right now, but let's see what happens in a few years.


By Michael Mulvey on October 18, 2012 2:47 PM

John Gruber on Google's new $249 Chromebook by Samsung:

"You know what I'd like? An ARM-based computer that doesn't run anything other than a web browser and gets only 6.5 hours of battery life." —No One

I can think of one classy guy who would might like one.

And we know how that ended.

Charlie Rose

By Michael Mulvey on September 20, 2012 11:56 PM

I just finished watching John Gruber and David Pogue on Charlie Rose.

Quick thoughts: Pogue is a cheeseball, as is expected. Hyperbolic and weird. Gruber was composed, not very camera-friendly but gave solid answers to Charlie's questions.

In all though, it's really hard to give a thorough explanation of the iPhone 5 and the state-of-affairs in as little time as they both had with Charlie. I think they both did as good as job as they could. Pogue with his goofiness and Gruber with his straight-shooter responses.

The Source

By Michael Mulvey on August 10, 2012 10:14 AM

From Marcelo Somers (via Jim Dalrymple)

Our job as independent writers isn't to be first or even to get the most pageviews. It's to answer the question of "so what?". Taken as a whole, our sites should tell a unique story that no one else can, with storylines that develop over time that help bring order to the chaos of what we cover.

This is exactly what goes through my head when I post to Daily Exhaust.

There's many times the link I want to link to and quote is already linked to and quoted by John Gruber, Jim Dalrymple, Shawn Blanc, Jason Kottke, Ben Brooks or someone I found on Techmeme. If I don't have a unique perspective to the link in question, I usually won't link to it. I don't want to be the noise in the conversation.

I try to do the same with the images I post. While it's tempting to get caught up in the whatever's popular on Tumblr at the moment, I try to post my own designs, photography and scans.

Writing original content and posting original imagery makes me a source, not just just another reblogger of other peoples' stuff. Sure it's more work, but it's worth it.

★ Daring Influence

By Michael Mulvey on July 2, 2012 11:36 PM

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 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

Effective as a piece of Art.

By Michael Mulvey on November 16, 2011 2:08 PM

John Gruber on spec-based reviews:

Spec-based reviews of computers and gadgets are inherently flawed, a relic of an era that's already gone. Movie reviews are about what the movie is like to watch. Is it enjoyable, is it entertaining, does it look and sound good? Imagine a movie review based on specs, where you gave points for how long it was, whether the photography is in focus, deduct points for continuity errors in the story, and then out comes a number like "7.5/10", with little to no mention about, you know, whether the movie was effective as a piece of art.

Spec-based reviews are only important to are the companies building them and geeks. Once you have the fundamentals, like battery life and memory/disk space you enter a realm where the average consumer doesn't give a shit.

Dual core, quad core, megahertz, open platform/closed platform. Bah!

Just show me how great the experience is.

It Should Know

By Michael Mulvey on October 31, 2011 1:27 PM

When I come across links I want to comment on and post to this site, sometimes I'll email them to myself from my iPhone. It's not the most elegant process, but it's simple and it works.

The problem comes when I open said link on my laptop.

This is what I see.

I was listening to an episode of The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin earlier this year and Gruber made a great suggestion. He said in the same way a regular webpage knows to serve you the mobile-optimized version when you're on your phone, the opposite should also be true - when you open a mobile-optimized version of a web page on your desktop computer, it should know to redirect you to the regular version.

Turn it Brown

By Michael Mulvey on December 6, 2006 9:56 AM

Daring Fireball does it again - Conjectural Transcript of the Upcoming Negotiations Between Apple and Universal Music

Best line in the 'transcript':

[Steve] Jobs: How about you take one of those white Zunes and you turn it into a brown one, Doug [Morris].


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