Results tagged “shawnblanc”

Back To The Future

By Michael Mulvey on October 17, 2012 6:07 PM

Shawn Blanc nails Microsoft Surface in one sentence:

If I didn't know better, I'd say Microsoft's Next Big Thing was a keyboard.

See, what Shawn doesn't understand is Microsoft isn't going into the future with their new product, they're going back to the future. The Flux Capacitor in Microsoft's Delorean is all screwed up, hence the eternal catch-up game they've been playing since Windows 95.

They were stuck in 2002 with their original line of tablet computers, and they've mistakenly traveled to present-day 2012. They intended to travel to April 2, 2010, one day before the original iPad was announced. They have no idea Apple already announced a second generation iPad on March 2 2011 with a magnetic Smart Cover (in an array of colors and also featuring a pleasing *click*).

The whole time-shifting thing is complicated.

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.

I still need a truck.

By Michael Mulvey on May 8, 2012 10:11 AM

Shawn Blanc says his iPad is now is laptop. Patrick Rhone of Minimal Mac agrees and even wrote his latest book all on an iPad.

To be clear, Blanc used to be a print designer and now writes full-time on his own site. I understand how it's possible to be a writer and use just an iPad for work.

For me, I'm a web designer and rely heavily on my laptop to be productive. When I travel, it's with 3 devices - my iPhone, my iPad and my MacBook Pro. While I am more senior at this point in my career and don't find myself doing as much heavy lifting in Photoshop and Illustrator, I still need to use them.

I would love to reach a point where I just need to carry my iPad, but I still work on the farm and I need a truck (see also here).

A New Home(screen)

By Michael Mulvey on February 24, 2012 4:45 PM

Shawn Blanc thinks about the possibilities of the next Home screen on iOS:

Not until recently have we felt much of a need for a revamped home screen. Since 2007 iOS has evolved significantly in both its functionality (i.e. multitasking and Notification Center) and in the amount of available apps (thus folders, and multiple Home screens). After five years the Home screen is feeling cramped and outdated.

If I were a betting man, I would wager that the iOS Home screen as we know it today is not Apple's long-term plan. My hunch is that the Home screen is still the way it is because the long-term ramifications of what it could be are huge.

A reimagined springboard is a prime opportunity for significant innovation. And significant innovation takes time.

It's really exciting to think about what's next.

Not because it's a fantasy, but because for those of us who understand Apple, we know this is inevitable.

It's inevitable Apple is skating to where the puck is going to be (as they always have). It's inevitable they're re-imagining the Home screen. It's inevitable they'll make a lot of people happy with their next software paradigm. It's also inevitable they'll piss off a lot of people in the process.

It's also all very sad when you think about the opportunities that exist for Android and hardware manufacturers like Samsung who copy everything Apple does.

Comparisons like this stop being funny and just look pathetic.

This is why I'm so happy with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. It's a complete departure from everything that came before it. It's not stale, contrived, fussy or silly. It's clean, efficient and modern. Microsoft acknowledged a missed opportunity in mobile computing but still pushed forward and came to their own conclusion.

Mutliple futures exist for multiple UI paradigms in software. It's a painfully commonplace expression, but it's true - there's more than one way of doing something. It would be great if more leaders of more software companies realized this, strapped some sets of balls on and took some risks.

It's Not Just Stuff

By Michael Mulvey on January 12, 2012 9:53 PM

So Shawn Blanc wrote a thoughtful post today on *stuff*.

He starts his post responding to Dustin Curtis, where Dustin explains how people don't buy computers because of their specs anymore. People select computers because of how they define them. Like cars.

Shawn "generally agrees" with Dustin, but explains how you really need to look beyond the physical "stuff" someone owns to really understand who they are and what they value.

This is true. People are more than their stuff. But it's not just stuff. Stuff is but one facet of a person, but stuff can be a very important facet.

Shawn intimately understands how important stuff can be as the creator and curator of Tools & Toys, a site which describes itself as, "a collection of items for the pickiest of gadget geeks, software aficionados, snowboard junkies, music lovers, writers, coffee nuts, and all around collectors of fine paraphernalia."

Shawn strikes me as the kind of guy who's very selective with his purchases. Someone who might not have tons of amazing products lying around his home. Maybe just a few well-made, possibly expensive items he thought long and hard about before he bought because what he buys is going to stay with him for a long time. I can respect a man who spends his money thoughtfully.

The thing is, assholes can have great taste in stuff too. There's lots of assholes carrying iPhones out there. There's lots of assholes carrying Android phones too. This is why stuff and a person's taste in it is but one facet that defines him or her. Who you are is a constellation of characteristics.

My wife loves our dog. Loves it to death. Every now and then, when she's in the midst of smothering the little guy with kisses I like to ask her if someone offered her a million dollars for the dog, if she'd give it up and every time she says, "Never."

So yes, I get it. In the face of what's really important, the stuff fades away.

After our dog (and I think me), my wife loves fashion. She loves fashion and probably knows more about it than most people. Regardless, she'd kindly give up her Manolo Blahnik heels she bought for our wedding, or one of her Diane von Furstenberg dresses. The same way I'd give up my signed Shepard Fairey poster of Iggy Pop or my collection of Emigre magazines from the 80's and 90's.

But make no mistake. It's never just stuff.


Daily Exhaust is hosted by DreamHost, powered by Movable Type with Minted statistics.