The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com Tech Made Simple CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 30 Sat, 23 May 2015 00:35:47 GMT Sat, 23 May 2015 00:35:47 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss yaki On Apple Watch Ergonomics http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2128 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/22/2128/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/22/2128/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Good thinking.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2128#on-apple-watch-ergonomics" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2128#on-apple-watch-ergonomics">&#x262F;</a></small> Fri, 22 May 2015 21:28:40 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2128#on-apple-watch-ergonomics wiki Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, iPad Pros, multi-user http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2125 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/22/2125/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/22/2125/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>If the dual-app mode pans out (and I see no reason why it shouldn’t work on current devices), it’s going to be their first sensible take on multitasking, ever.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2125#future-of-ipad--dual-app-viewing-mode--ipad-pros--multi-user" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2125#future-of-ipad--dual-app-viewing-mode--ipad-pros--multi-user">&#x262F;</a></small> Fri, 22 May 2015 21:25:05 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/22/2125#future-of-ipad--dual-app-viewing-mode--ipad-pros--multi-user wiki The Apple Watch: User-Experience Appraisal http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0855 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/19/0855/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/19/0855/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Nielsen Norman weighs in.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0855#the-apple-watch--user-experience-appraisal" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0855#the-apple-watch--user-experience-appraisal">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:55:04 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0855#the-apple-watch--user-experience-appraisal wiki On the Wrist: Android Wear vs. Apple Watch http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0848 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/19/0848/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/19/0848/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>A very nice overview of UI flow on both platforms.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0848#on-the-wrist--android-wear-vs--apple-watch" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0848#on-the-wrist--android-wear-vs--apple-watch">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 19 May 2015 08:48:36 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/19/0848#on-the-wrist--android-wear-vs--apple-watch wiki Lollipop http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330 <p>It’s been a long while since I’ve written about mobile phones, so I thought I’d provide an update on the HTC One M7 I started using <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 1 year, 7 months ago">a year and a half ago</a>. But other considerations soon came to the fore, and I found myself poring over <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> 5.0 instead, so consider this my long-term review of both.</p> <h2 id="purple-rain-er-haze">Purple Rain, er… Haze</h2> <p>Let’s start by getting the bad stuff out of the way: the M7’s camera (and HTC’s quality control) are… sub-optimal. Besides their original “superpixel” cop-out (in which they claimed the 4Mpx sensor was actually an improvement due to increased light sensitivity), the camera is prone to developing a hardware defect by way of which your photos become shrouded in a purple haze that becomes progressively worse as the phone warms up.</p> <p>Mine has fallen afoul of that — I can still take photos, but hardly any are of any decent quality. Even when the phone is cool, not even HDR and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en">Snapseed</a> trickery can salvage the pixelated pap the sensor delivers, whis is especially sad given that otherwise the M7 has held up very well indeed. </p> <p>Thanks to a <a href="http://www.poeticcases.com" title="external link to http://www.poeticcases.com" class="http" rel="http://www.poeticcases.com">Poetic</a> case and my usual careful handling (I’ve managed to only drop it twice, as far as I can remember, and only once on stonework), the only noticeable sign of wear on the phone itself is a little yellowing of the composite that binds the aluminum shell together. In a world of cheapskate <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> devices with shoddy build quality, the M7 is (almost) an exception.</p> <h2 id="going-senseless">Going Senseless</h2> <p>Another significant pain point was the default user experience. Not <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android’s</a>, but HTC’s.</p> <p>Let me just say that I really, really wish HTC had never come up with Sense. I hated its precursor in Windows Mobile devices, and I came to loathe it on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> with a passion. HTC waxes lyrical about their OS customizations and their rather dubiously useful BlinkFeed, but I’ve long considered the whole thing to be more than enough reason to re-flash the M7 with a vanilla <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> image (given that the M7 was one of the Nexus Experience devices, that was entirely feasible without resorting to too many hacks). </p> <p>However, and despite the insane amount of time I spent doing <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> builds for other devices, I never found the time (or patience) to do so, partly due to HTC actually providing regular updates to the M7, some of which progressively lessened the gap between their Sense UX and mainstream <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a>.</p> <p>But it was easy enough to install the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> Now Launcher, the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> keyboard, calendar app, Hangouts and (lately) Messenger for SMS. With those in place, I <em>never</em> see HTC’s interface beyond the lock screen. So unless I drop down into Settings or their perversion of the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> dialer/contact manager, it looks and feels very much like a vanilla device.</p> <blockquote> <p>A little aside regarding the dialer and People apps — HTC seems to have taken sadistic pleasure in making sure that searching for contacts and using the device <em>as an actual phone</em> is a thoroughly frustrating and counter-intuitive experience, to the extent where I was practically driven to use <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> Now to search for and dial phone numbers. Fortunately, I hardly call anyone and use mostly SMS and IM (plus a little Skype) these days…</p> </blockquote> <h2 id="sweet-lollipop">Sweet Lollipop</h2> <p>The <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> 5.0 update (which I got by the end of February) made things significantly better by also getting rid of HTC’s clumsy task manager and replacing it with the Lollipop card view, so the overall feel became even closer to a vanilla device.</p> <p>I also started using two other devices (an LG phone, as a tentative replacement for my <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPod/Touch" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPod/Touch was updated 2 years, 8 months ago">iPod Touch</a>, and a Nexus 7, as an e-book reader), both of which were upgraded to Lollipop.</p> <p>But what I didn’t quite expect was that Lollipop and Material design brought a marked improvement in overall aesthetics across just about <em>every</em> application, to the point where I now actually find myself prefering Material design over the stately, staid monochrome of <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>.</p> <p>Yes, it’s garish sometimes. And the round “plus” buttons that float atop scrolling lists on the bottom right corner (often obscuring useful information) are, in a word, stupid.</p> <p>But color provides contextual cues (like making it obvious what app you’re in, or in which section of an app), and the overal hard-edged look makes it look significantly more modern than <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>. Smoky transparent panes are a cool gimmick, but <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> actually looks a lot cleaner and (dare I say it) more professional than <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> these days.</p> <h2 id="the-wins">The Wins</h2> <p>Using an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> device on a daily basis was a bit challenging at first, but as time progressed I came to appreciate a number of things — for starters, It’s almost exhilarating to be able to charge your phone off a standard, no-frills micro-USB cable anywhere on the planet without an overpriced adapter.</p> <h3 id="user-experience">User Experience</h3> <p>But the big wins for me were in terms of user experience. For instance, a lot has been written about <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a>‘s “back” button — most of it written by <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> users who found it (sometimes through quite amazingly contrived arguments) redundant, confusing, or both.</p> <p>Guess what, the back button makes <em>perfect</em> sense. And with a 4.7” or 5” device, it is undeniably easier to tap a button right next to my thumb than trying to reach the usual <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>-style back arrow on the upper left corner - having to resort to a cop-out “feature” like <a href="https://www.apple.com/iphone-6/tips/#retina" title="secure link to https://www.apple.com/iphone-6/tips/#retina" class="https" rel="https://www.apple.com/iphone-6/tips/#retina">Reachability</a> to get at it is just… ridiculous.</p> <p>Then there’s my ancient quest, multitasking. On Lollipop it is, in a word, wonderful. I’ve long abhorred <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>‘ reliance on an actual <em>physical</em> button, and being able to switch apps with a simple tap (not a fiddly button press) and quickly scrolling through the Lollipop card view (which displays more apps at once than the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> task switcher) is a lot more practical. </p> <p>It’s no wonder <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> decided to cram a facsimile of that UI (complete with back button and “multitasking” buttons) into its <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> app — it’s like they managed to smuggle a little haven of <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> UX past the App Store review process.</p> <h3 id="living-in-the-future">Living In The Future</h3> <p>Over time, <a href="https://www.google.com/landing/now/" title="secure link to https://www.google.com/landing/now/" class="https" rel="https://www.google.com/landing/now/">Google Now</a> slowly became less creepy and eminently useful — the public transportation data is great, but the overall experience turned out to be <em>much</em> better than Siri and the Today view in various aspects, and not just in terms of contextual notifications. <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a>‘s speech recognition wipes the floor with Siri in both English and Portuguese, and I can switch languages on the fly without any hassle.</p> <p>That’s what I call the “living in the future” angle — in which I include screen casting (mirroring in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> parlance). </p> <blockquote> <p>There’s an entire sub-post about screen sharing/casting options and how stupid it is that we haven’t got a cross-platform standard for this in 2015, but I’m going to save you the trouble of reading that for now…</p> </blockquote> <p>At the office, we recently added <a href="http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/" title="external link to http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/" class="http" rel="http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/">Chromecast</a> dongles to all the TVs in the meeting rooms (because they work with <em>any</em> laptop running <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Chrome" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Chrome was updated 6 years, 8 months ago">Chrome</a>, which we all have anyway), so I can just walk in to a meeting, pull up a document on my phone, and cast it to the screen —that’s now built in to Lollipop, and works quite well indeed. </p> <p>You simply <em>can’t</em> do that using <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>. Well, at least not without replacing all of those dongles with <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/TV" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/TV was updated 5 years, 10 months ago">Apple TVs</a> for three times as much, but then nobody using <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Microsoft/Windows" class="wiki" title="com/Microsoft/Windows was updated 2 months, 3 days ago">Windows</a> or <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/os/Linux" class="wiki" title="os/Linux was updated 6 years, 9 months ago">Linux</a> would be able to do presentations or demos with them.</p> <h3 id="a-dash-of-style">A Dash Of Style</h3> <p>Then there are the nice touches. For instance, one thing I particularly like (and actually miss in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>) is the way <em>any</em> music player can show interactive “now playing” notifications (which I prefer to the player widget in the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> Control Center) <em>and</em> set the current track’s album art as the lock screen background. </p> <p>The background featurette may seem rather whimsical, but it has the unexpected side effect of making the device a little more personal - and actually feels <em>nicer</em> than the way <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a>‘s Music app takes over your lock screen on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>.</p> <h3 id="its-the-notifications-stupid">It’s The Notifications, Stupid!</h3> <p>Nevertheless, the one thing that really makes a difference for me is <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a>‘s notification system. </p> <p>I could go on and on about how it is, overall<sup id="fnref:1"><a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fn:1" rel="/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fn:1" title="link to fn:1 in this page">1</a></sup>, much better than <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>‘, but I won’t because it’s not really fair — <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> provides a little more (centralized) control over what notifications are allowed, but there is still no privacy control to disable message previews for third-party applications (only for <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a>‘s own apps).</p> <p>The lack of “proper” interactivity in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> notifications, together with the way Notification Center is shoehorned with the Today view, make them much less useful and harder to deal with.</p> <p>The key thing here is that pretty much all <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> notifications I get are easier to understand and immediately useful. </p> <p>For instance, all third-party IM apps can display an avatar as part of a notification, which causes me to perceive those interactions as <em>contact-oriented</em> rather than application-oriented — a much nicer experience than in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>.</p> <p>But going back to the way it tries to deal with notifications and the Today view, I should probably mention that I don’t use widgets of any kind — There’s no need to, for <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> notifications and <a href="https://www.google.com/landing/now/" title="secure link to https://www.google.com/landing/now/" class="https" rel="https://www.google.com/landing/now/">Google Now</a> are a potent context-aware combination that makes <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>‘ Today widgets seem laughable, poorly performing and almost completely useless.</p> <p>I have never been a fan of widgets on <em>either</em> platform (although I would love to have <a href="https://www.google.com/landing/now/" title="secure link to https://www.google.com/landing/now/" class="https" rel="https://www.google.com/landing/now/">Google Now</a> Now as a Today widget on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>).</p> <h2 id="the-utter-dismal-failures">The Utter, Dismal Failures</h2> <p>The first big <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Android</a> failure is, of course, platform management.</p> <p>Although 5.0.1 seems to be the end of the line as far as support for the Sense-enabled M7 is concerned, it seems that 5.1 will be available for the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> Edition devices, so I’ll eventually end up hacking mine — which is regrettable, but still the only real way to keep your <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> up to date after the manufacturer gets tired of supporting it.</p> <p>That’s the Achilles heel of <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> devices, really, and the main reason why investing in one is still a dicey proposition.</p> <p>Next up, contact management (and privacy, and maybe even security) is still a mess — even on vanilla <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> devices, from the moment you grant an application access to your contacts, you’re pretty much hosed — LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. will play merry havoc with your contact list, and it will take ages to sort out (or link) duplicate contacts.</p> <p>Put that together with the utterly dismal phone dialer, and you begin to understand why using an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> device as an actualy phone is… awkward.</p> <p><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> now has a <a href="http://contacts.google.com" title="external link to http://contacts.google.com" class="http" rel="http://contacts.google.com">very nice web app</a> that goes a long way towards lessening some of the pain (and that is actually nicer than <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iCloud" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iCloud was updated 3 years, 4 months ago">iCloud</a>‘s equivalent), but Android’s support for multiple contact providers (and the inability to control what they are up to) limits the amount of damage it is able to undo.</p> <p>Mostly the same applies to calendaring, with the added pain that pretty much <em>nothing</em> on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> seems to be able to handle corporate scheduling. Fortunately, the built-in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Microsoft/Exchange" class="wiki" title="com/Microsoft/Exchange was updated 3 years, 3 months ago">Exchange</a> synchronization works (even if the handling of meeting requests doesn’t), and you can hack your way through work with it to some degree. </p> <p>I did try to use <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en">Outlook for Android</a> for many months as a stopgap, but despite a (very recent) update I eventually gave up on it and went back to the built-in Exchange syncing functionality.</p> <p>The truly damning bit as far as productivity is concerned, though, is that where it comes to mail, <em>none</em> of the various alternatives I tried worked well enough. </p> <p>HTC bundles a moderately useful mail application (that is, however, hopeless at navigating my <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/protocols/IMAP" class="wiki" title="protocols/IMAP was updated 8 years, 3 months ago">IMAP</a> folder hierarchy), but there is <em>nothing</em>, literally <em>nothing</em> out there that worked well enough for me — including the official Gmail client, which I’ve always found to be nearly useless for personal mail, let alone corporate stuff.</p> <p>Kind of ironic, really.</p> <h2 id="the-ecosystem">The Ecosystem</h2> <p>One of the reasons I wanted to spend an extended amount of time using a non-<a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> device was to see if I could wean myself off the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> ecosystem and reduce the amount of distractions.</p> <p>And, by and large, it worked. </p> <p>There’s an important distinction to be made, though, in which <em>I’ve only bought one <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> application, ever</em>. That was <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p5sys.android.jump&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p5sys.android.jump&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p5sys.android.jump&amp;hl=en">Jump Desktop</a>, which I need for secure remote desktop access. </p> <p>But all the stuff I needed was readily available:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en">1Password</a> is available (in read-only mode) for free. I’ve needed to update passwords more than a couple of times, but have held off paying for it until the implementation is better (I’m sure AgileBits can get it to both work and look nicer than what it does right now).</li> <li>As stated above, I used the official <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&amp;hl=en">Microsoft Outlook</a> client for a long while because it dealt slightly better with meeting requests and attachments.</li> <li>The <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub&amp;hl=en">Microsoft Office</a> app is simply amazing, to the extent where I removed all the alternatives (full disclosure: I’m an Office 365 Home subscriber).</li> <li><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/apps/Evernote" class="wiki" title="apps/Evernote was updated 4 years, 2 months ago">Evernote</a> is still exceedingly usable (if characteristically buggy on its own), and works almost as well as the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> version on the go (and for the moment at least, it still edges out <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote&amp;hl=en">OneNote</a>).</li> <li>The social nuisances (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) work about as well as you’d expect them to. Same goes for Instagram and Snapseed.</li> <li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.android.cloudpt&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.android.cloudpt&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.android.cloudpt&amp;hl=en">MEO Cloud</a>, <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/apps/Dropbox" class="wiki" title="apps/Dropbox was updated 2 years, 3 months ago">Dropbox</a>, <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> Drive, etc. work fine. I’m not losing out on anything critical.</li> <li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.mobile.android.musicbox&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.mobile.android.musicbox&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.sapo.mobile.android.musicbox&amp;hl=en">MEO Music</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/music/listen" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/music/listen">Play Music</a> also work fine (and I took the time a few months ago to upload a broad cross-section of my <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/apps/iTunes" class="wiki" title="apps/iTunes was updated 5 years, 1 month ago">iTunes</a> Library to <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/music/listen" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/music/listen">Play Music</a>, so around 80% of my music was on tap without hassle)</li> <li><a href="https://play.google.com/books" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/books" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/books">Play Books</a> turned out to be a nice surprise — I actually prefer it to iBooks these days (even on my <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPad" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPad was updated 2 years, 6 months ago">iPad</a>), because I can upload reading materials from any machine.</li> </ul> <p>Everything else is just junk, except for a little gem called <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en">Twilight</a>, which does the same thing as <a href="https://justgetflux.com" title="secure link to https://justgetflux.com" class="https" rel="https://justgetflux.com">f.lux</a> — i.e., it progressively changes your screen color range (using a tinted overlay and brightness tweaks) as the sun sets, which I find absolutely invaluable to avoid eye strain. Forget the pseudo-science, it works for me, period.</p> <p>Sadly, <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> doesn’t have anything like it on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> (it doesn’t even provide an API for third-parties to have this kind of control over the display or its color range), which is why I stopped reading on an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPad" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPad was updated 2 years, 6 months ago">iPad</a> — I went back to reading on an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> tablet largely thanks to <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en" title="secure link to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en" class="https" rel="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&amp;hl=en">Twilight</a>, and run <a href="https://justgetflux.com" title="secure link to https://justgetflux.com" class="https" rel="https://justgetflux.com">f.lux</a> on all my Macs.</p> <h3 id="the-value-of-android-apps">The Value of Android Apps</h3> <p>But, overall, I’ve wasted exactly <em>zero</em> cash on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> apps — whereas I would grab a new <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> app every other month, I pretty much never download anything from the Play Store.</p> <p>Then again, I hardly ever play games (and most of the nicer free ones are readily available), and using <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> was a long term experiment — albeit one that forced me to re-think the way I used my phone.</p> <p>That was for the better, I think, although the results might be a problem for a lot of people including the ones that worry about developing for mobile and whether there’s any revenue to be had.</p> <p>Well, as far as I’m concerned, I haven’t seen anything running on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> that was actually worth paying for — and the best applications I have are merely fronts for paid services that I already used and would have ponied up for anyway (and I’ve always taken care in picking cross-platform ones).</p> <h2 id="the-end-game">The End Game</h2> <p>Eventually the time came to switch back to <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> full-time (or, rather, to an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a> with a working camera), and I just did it.</p> <p>Regardless of other factors involved, I <em>wanted</em> to do it (even though I now have a more balanced take on <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>‘ foibles and shortcomings) because of three things:</p> <ul> <li>There is still nothing else out there that is <em>at least as good</em> in terms of hardware quality and software integration.</li> <li><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> has <em>zero</em> direct (or even indirect) retail presence, and their reference devices (which they manage in a seemingly random fashion) might as well be made of unobtainium.</li> <li><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> has a set of reference devices that they sell everywhere in the world and <em>are exactly the same everywhere</em>, whereas <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> lets their partners fragment the platform to the extent that two different iPhone <em>generations</em> have more in common than any two random <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> devices.</li> </ul> <p>There is, in effect, <em>one</em> <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a> platform. Even considering the multiple SKUs and hardware configurations, that platform is a much better foundation than anything <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> has ever churned out, and Lollipop can’t change that.</p> <p>I can go into an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> store anywhere in the world (well, anywhere but Portugal, but who cares, right?), buy an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a> and get <em>exactly</em> the same product — a predictable, uniform experience that makes it trivial to replace or upgrade a device.</p> <p>Just you try that with an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> device — replacing it or upgrading to another <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> phone is like playing Russian roulette. There’s no guarantee whatsoever you’ll get the same user experience, the same hardware specs, or even the same platform.</p> <h2 id="epilogue">Epilogue</h2> <p>So would I go back to <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a>?</p> <p>In a word, yes. In fact, I will keep using it, and hope that <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> sorts out their retail strategy to the point getting a reference device with vanilla <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 10 months, 19 hours ago">Android</a> is as easy (cost aside<sup id="fnref:2"><a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fn:2" rel="/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fn:2" title="link to fn:2 in this page">2</a></sup>) as getting an <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a>. </p> <p>If they ever bother with nailing that (and assuming their reference devices are as tightly integrated as <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> and <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a> hardware), there’s a good chance they’ll actually be ahead of the game.</p> <p>In the meantime, I’m going to wait until the Windows Mobile dust settles, and as soon as <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Microsoft" class="wiki" title="com/Microsoft was updated 5 years, 3 months ago">Microsoft</a> has reference devices for Windows 10 (if ever), I’ll see if I can give it a whirl.</p> <div class="footnote"> <hr /> <ol> <li id="fn:1"> <p>The one irritating aspect of it are “icon droppings” on the status bar, which can get pretty ugly when you have, say, pending notifications from more than three apps. <a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fnref:1" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 1 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fnref:1">↩</a></p> </li> <li id="fn:2"> <p>Seriously now, I can see <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google" class="wiki" title="com/Google was updated 7 years, 3 months ago">Google</a> making a killing on mid-range devices in the coming years, provided they can make them as “boring”, standard and consistent as the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a>. <a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fnref:2" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 2 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#fnref:2">↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#lollipop" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#lollipop">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#lollipop"><strong>Lollipop</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Sunday, May 17<sup>th</sup> 2015. Except as noted, it's &copy;2015 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Sun, 17 May 2015 23:30:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/05/17/2330#lollipop wiki Meet by Sunrise http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/14/1743 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/14/1743/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/14/1743/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Brilliant approach. I wish it would work without Sunrise at all (and it probably will now that they’ve been acquired by Microsoft), but I can see the idea catching on in other services.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/14/1743#meet-by-sunrise" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/14/1743#meet-by-sunrise">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 14 May 2015 17:43:38 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/14/1743#meet-by-sunrise wiki Image Scaling using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/08/0836 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/08/0836/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/08/0836/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>This is fascinating. I’ve long wondered about using adaptive algorithms for image processing.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/08/0836#image-scaling-using-deep-convolutional-neural-networks" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/08/0836#image-scaling-using-deep-convolutional-neural-networks">&#x262F;</a></small> Fri, 08 May 2015 08:36:15 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/08/0836#image-scaling-using-deep-convolutional-neural-networks wiki discoveryd Is Still Buggy http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/07/0659 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/07/0659/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/07/0659/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Yes, it is, very much so. It’s a more or less constant annoyance on a couple of networks I connect to regularly, and I wish they’d fix it once and for all.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/07/0659#discoveryd-is-still-buggy" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/07/0659#discoveryd-is-still-buggy">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 07 May 2015 06:59:03 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/07/0659#discoveryd-is-still-buggy wiki Upon This Wrist http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1926 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/06/1926/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/06/1926/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>So amazingly well written that you have to wonder if anything else would deserve this kind of prose.</p> <p>And yet, it’s all true.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1926#upon-this-wrist" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1926#upon-this-wrist">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 06 May 2015 19:26:45 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1926#upon-this-wrist wiki Weave is kinda slow http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1421 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/06/1421/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/06/1421/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>So great. I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed at the way people are “reinventing” networking for Docker containers, and this echoes most of my feelings regarding it.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1421#weave-is-kinda-slow" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1421#weave-is-kinda-slow">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 06 May 2015 14:21:16 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/06/1421#weave-is-kinda-slow wiki Lightsaber Teardown http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/05/0910 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/05/05/0910/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/05/05/0910/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>I missed this yesterday – May The Fourth Be With You, regardless.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/05/0910#lightsaber-teardown" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/05/0910#lightsaber-teardown">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 05 May 2015 09:10:20 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/05/05/0910#lightsaber-teardown wiki Windows IoT Preview For Raspberry Pi 2 http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/30/0904 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/30/0904/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/30/0904/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Requires you to have a PC running Windows 10 Insider Preview. Riiiiight.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/30/0904#windows-iot-preview-for-raspberry-pi-2" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/30/0904#windows-iot-preview-for-raspberry-pi-2">&#x262F;</a></small> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:04:40 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/30/0904#windows-iot-preview-for-raspberry-pi-2 wiki Visual Studio Code http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/29/1730 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/29/1730/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/29/1730/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Microsoft’s new cross-platform editor, based (at least partially) on GitHub’s <a href="https://atom.io" title="secure link to https://atom.io" class="https" rel="https://atom.io">Atom</a> (actually, on <a href="http://electron.atom.io" title="external link to http://electron.atom.io" class="http" rel="http://electron.atom.io">Electron</a>). Cute, and a big statement.</p> <p>Let’s wait and see what the follow-up will be.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/29/1730#visual-studio-code" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/29/1730#visual-studio-code">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:30:12 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/29/1730#visual-studio-code wiki Interview with Brunello Cucinelli, King of Cashmere http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/28/0621 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/28/0621/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/28/0621/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Humane management in the technological age – and amazing reading.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/28/0621#interview-with-brunello-cucinelli--king-of-cashmere" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/28/0621#interview-with-brunello-cucinelli--king-of-cashmere">&#x262F;</a></small> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:21:28 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/28/0621#interview-with-brunello-cucinelli--king-of-cashmere wiki Glimpses http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010 <p>Despite generally rainy weather, this weekend was great for a couple of outings (under the kind of sunshine that makes me inanely happy to live in this technology-forsaken place), a little photography and even some general tidying up.</p> <p>First off, the photography bit. My <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/12/0945" class="wiki" title="blog/2015/04/12/0945 was updated 1 month, 2 days ago">testing of OSX Photos</a> continues, and I’ve found it to be good at syncing things between devices, competent (but not stellar) for triage and posting things online (my <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruicarmo/sets/" title="secure link to https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruicarmo/sets/" class="https" rel="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruicarmo/sets/">Flickr sets</a> are almost the way I want them), and moderately competent at editing (even though I’ve found that the tool I use the most - the levels editor - simply isn’t there in <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a>).</p> <p>But so far it’s a more than adequate replacement for what little I used of <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/apps/iPhoto" class="wiki" title="apps/iPhoto was updated 5 years, 10 months ago">iPhoto</a>. And if you can’t take the time to figure it out, <a href="http://statusq.org/archives/2015/04/25/6665/" title="external link to http://statusq.org/archives/2015/04/25/6665/" class="http" rel="http://statusq.org/archives/2015/04/25/6665/">Quentin has got you covered</a>.</p> <p>Next up, I’ve actually gone and started using Instagram again <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2012/12/22/2325" class="wiki" title="blog/2012/12/22/2325 was updated 2 years, 4 months ago">after three years</a>. Here’s proof:</p> <p><img src="http://taoofmac.com/media/blog/2015/04/26/2010/fluffy.jpg" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" alt="Fluffy" /></p> <p>That’s partly because I’ve been looking at social network marketing, partly because it’s one of the few ways I can get the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2013/10/20/2230" class="wiki" title="blog/2013/10/20/2230 was updated 1 year, 6 months ago">HTC One’s camera</a> to be of some entertainment value<sup id="fnref:1"><a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fn:1" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fn:1" title="link to fn:1 in this page">1</a></sup>, and partly because I need the (mental and physical) exercise - real photography it ain’t, but at least it makes me think about framing things and taking halfway decent shots on a daily basis<sup id="fnref:2"><a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fn:2" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fn:2" title="link to fn:2 in this page">2</a></sup>.</p> <p>Finally, I’ve cleaned up my home office to the extent it’s usable again, 3D printed a few parts I’ve been meaning to get done months ago, and decided to devote a longer amount of time to music (I desperately need to practice more often) and other pursuits <em>besides</em> coding (which I’ve been <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/12/0945" class="wiki" title="blog/2015/04/12/0945 was updated 1 month, 2 days ago">remiss</a> of late).</p> <p><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34488775-rui-carmo" title="secure link to https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34488775-rui-carmo" class="https" rel="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34488775-rui-carmo">Reading voraciously</a> (usually deep into the wee hours) is still my primary hobby, but getting out of the house and actually <em>doing</em> something (preferably with friends and/or family) is much more important.</p> <p>That and <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/06/1940" class="wiki" title="blog/2015/04/06/1940 was updated 1 month, 1 week ago">musing</a> about a few things. More on that later.</p> <div class="footnote"> <hr /> <ol> <li id="fn:1"> <p>Actually, mine has developed the “purple haze” defect, so it’s almost useless in anything but bright sunlight. I am hoping to replace the thing soon, and in the meantime have started putting together some notes on my <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Google/Android" class="wiki" title="com/Google/Android was updated 9 months, 3 weeks ago">Android</a> experience… <a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fnref:1" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 1 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fnref:1">↩</a></p> </li> <li id="fn:2"> <p>Having a wider range of friends using it these days also helps, but to be honest, it’s more about the challenge of taking at least one decent photograph every day. <a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fnref:2" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 2 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#fnref:2">↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#glimpses" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#glimpses">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#glimpses"><strong>Glimpses</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Sunday, Apr 26<sup>th</sup> 2015. Except as noted, it's &copy;2015 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:10:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/26/2010#glimpses wiki Apple Watch First Reactions http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/25/1851 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/25/1851/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/25/1851/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>This seems like the most balanced overview yet.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/25/1851#apple-watch-first-reactions" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/25/1851#apple-watch-first-reactions">&#x262F;</a></small> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:51:27 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/25/1851#apple-watch-first-reactions wiki Four Days of Go http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/2020 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/22/2020/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/22/2020/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>Humorously written, and great reading. I agree with most of his points about the Machiavellian angle…</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/2020#four-days-of-go" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/2020#four-days-of-go">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:20:41 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/2020#four-days-of-go wiki Project Fi http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/1802 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/22/1802/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/22/1802/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>VoLTE (almost), on a single device (the Nexus 6). Not my definition of a carrier, but let’s roll with it.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/1802#project-fi" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/1802#project-fi">&#x262F;</a></small> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:02:24 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/22/1802#project-fi wiki On Becoming Steve Jobs http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919 <p>Like a million other folk, I spent a few evenings engrossed in <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1444761986/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" class="interwiki" title="link to 1444761986 on www.amazon.co.uk" rel="/space/ASIN:1444761986">Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli’s book</a>. I took my time about it, <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/03/29/1720" class="wiki" title="blog/2015/03/29/1720 was updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago">pacing myself</a> to let it sink in rather than powering through it in a couple of sittings.</p> <p>And like a fair amount of them, I formed my own opinion of it. I had the benefit of reading <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/06/14/2304" class="wiki" title="links/2014/06/14/2304 was updated 11 months, 3 days ago">Catmull’s book</a> last year, and that and the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CF66N3A/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" title="link to B00CF66N3A on www.amazon.co.uk" class="interwiki" rel="ASIN:B00CF66N3A">official biography</a> provided some insights into Steve’s character and drive. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1444761986/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" class="interwiki" title="link to 1444761986 on www.amazon.co.uk" rel="/space/ASIN:1444761986">Becoming Steve Jobs</a> complements them by going a little deeper and offering a different perspective on how and why things happened, and what surfaces is a broad overview of how and why <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/people/Steve Jobs" class="wiki" title="people/Steve Jobs was updated 8 years, 8 months ago">Steve</a> grew as a businessman and how his time at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXT" title="link to NeXT on en.wikipedia.org" class="interwiki" rel="Wikipedia:NeXT">NeXT</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar" title="link to Pixar on en.wikipedia.org" class="interwiki" rel="Wikipedia:Pixar">Pixar</a> tempered him. </p> <p>It strikes me not so much a book about <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/people/Steve Jobs" class="wiki" title="people/Steve Jobs was updated 8 years, 8 months ago">Steve</a> himself (his personal side is depicted more subtly and indirectly - that is to say, probably less starkly than in <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CF66N3A/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" title="link to B00CF66N3A on www.amazon.co.uk" class="interwiki" rel="ASIN:B00CF66N3A">Isaacson’s book</a>), but more about his drive and the way he came to leverage and tune it to shape the industry.</p> <p>Is it an accurate depiction? Maybe. It is true that Schlender had access to <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/people/Steve Jobs" class="wiki" title="people/Steve Jobs was updated 8 years, 8 months ago">Steve</a> for decades and that he definitely understood the context and motivations behind many of the things that took place.</p> <p>For instance, it was interesting to read a little more into the background stories behind <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/apps/iTunes" class="wiki" title="apps/iTunes was updated 5 years, 1 month ago">iTunes</a>, Disney’s acquisition of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar" title="link to Pixar on en.wikipedia.org" class="interwiki" rel="Wikipedia:Pixar">Pixar</a> and why AT&amp;T acquiesced to the <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iPhone" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/iPhone was updated 3 years, 7 months ago">iPhone</a> deal (some of which I had read or heard about over the years). </p> <p>And there is a lot more (and much more realistic) accounting of the years churning away and rounding off the sharp edges of prototypes, processes and culture that shape today’s <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple" class="wiki" title="com/Apple was updated 9 years, 1 month ago">Apple</a>, which is a refreshing take on things that bears noting (and praising).</p> <p>But you can’t (or rather, shouldn’t) read just this book - in retrospect, the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CF66N3A/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" title="link to B00CF66N3A on www.amazon.co.uk" class="interwiki" rel="ASIN:B00CF66N3A">original bio</a>, <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2014/06/14/2304" class="wiki" title="links/2014/06/14/2304 was updated 11 months, 3 days ago">Creativity Inc.</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1444761986/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thtaofma-21&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1634&amp;creative=6738" class="interwiki" title="link to 1444761986 on www.amazon.co.uk" rel="/space/ASIN:1444761986">Becoming Steve Jobs</a> are a triptych that depicts a broad cross-section of <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/people/Steve Jobs" class="wiki" title="people/Steve Jobs was updated 8 years, 8 months ago">Steve’s</a> impact on our industry, and all forcibly fall a little short of providing a complete picture of who he was<sup id="fnref:1"><a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#fn:1" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#fn:1" title="link to fn:1 in this page">1</a></sup>.</p> <p>Harnessing creativity, honing management skills and relenteless, iterative improvements are all things we could all learn to do better, and I think you’ll gain a fair amount of insights into all of those if you spare the time to read all three books.</p> <div class="footnote"> <hr /> <ol> <li id="fn:1"> <p>Although this book does provide a more rounded take on his personality, nobody will ever really know him as well as his family and friends - and that, I think, is the way it should be. <a class="anchor" href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#fnref:1" rev="footnote" title="Jump back to footnote 1 in the text" rel="/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#fnref:1">↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#on-becoming-steve-jobs" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#on-becoming-steve-jobs">&#x262F;</a></small><p> <div style="-webkit-border-radius: 8px; font-size: small; background-color: #ccc; color: #000; border: 1px solid #aaa; margin: 0; padding: 3px; overflow: hidden;"><p style="padding; 2px; margin: 2px;"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/"><img align="left" alt="Tao of Mac Icon" src="http://taoofmac.com/img/pavatar48.png"/></a> "<a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#on-becoming-steve-jobs"><strong>On Becoming Steve Jobs</strong></a>" was written by <a href="http://taoofmac.com/RuiCarmo">Rui Carmo</a> for <a href="http://taoofmac.com">The Tao of Mac</a> and was originally posted on Sunday, Apr 19<sup>th</sup> 2015. Except as noted, it's &copy;2015 Rui Carmo and licensed for reuse under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 3.0</a>.</p> <p>As usual, please consider <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/site/Donate">donating</a> towards hosting and bandwidth costs.</p> </div> </p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:19:00 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2015/04/19/1919#on-becoming-steve-jobs wiki OS X Reviewed http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/17/0922 <div class="quicklook_holder drop-shadow lifted"><a title="" href="http://taoofmac.com/media/links/2015/04/17/0922/large.jpg" class="quicklook"><img alt="Click on the image to zoom in" src="http://taoofmac.com/pagethumb/links/2015/04/17/0922/large.jpg" class="thumb" /></a></div> <p>End of an era, for sure – but it ended on a high note.</p> <p><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/OSX" class="wiki" title="com/Apple/OSX was updated 8 years, 9 months ago"><span class="caps">OSX</span></a> is due for a few more changes (further cross-pollination with <a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/com/Apple/iOS" class="wikiunknown" title="com/Apple/iOS is not defined yet">iOS</a> being the most likely next step), but the main act seems pretty much complete if you’ve been tagging along since the NeXT days.</p><br/><small><a href="http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/17/0922#os-x-reviewed" title="link to http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/17/0922#os-x-reviewed">&#x262F;</a></small> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:22:19 GMT Rui Carmo The Tao of Mac http://taoofmac.com/space/links/2015/04/17/0922#os-x-reviewed wiki