Why I love Apple

I’ve got this relationship with Apple that is unique among all the other brands that I use.

I love Apple. At least 10x more than any other brand.

I honestly believe that they make products with the singular goal of enhancing its users lives. Apple can and usually does things in their own way. But their decisions are based on making my day more productive, my experiences more immersive and my tools more delightful. That’s why they obsess over details.

Details like how and when to show you new email in iPhone Mail. Details like formatting dates so they remain visible in varying column widths. Details like making a MacBook out of a single piece of aluminum. Details like variances measured in microns.

Apple recently unveiled their Designed by Apple campaign at WWDC 2013. In the video above that explains their reason for being, they say:

We spend a lot of time
On a few great things.
Until every idea we touch
Enhances each life it touches.

Cynics will say that it’s just marketing or hippy bullshit.

I say it’s proof that Apple makes its products for people, not “markets”. Real people like my mom, not numbers who make up sales figures. It’s proof that Apple cares.

That’s why I love Apple.

Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT time-lapse

I saw this beautiful time-lapse of Kuala Lumpur by Rob Whitworth when he first premiered it but I never blogged it. I stumbled across it in my Google+ feed again today and wanted to share and remember this on my blog.

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Hobbes and Bacon is a Calvin and Hobbes tribute that takes place 26 years later when Calvin is all grown up and married (!). Calvin’s daughter, Bacon, now inherits daddy’s old toy and childhood pal, Hobbes. And it looks like Calvin married Susie Derkins! What a wonderful tribute to my favorite comic strip of all time…

Brian Clark on Marketing Land:

But the true allure of content marketing is in building an audience. Rather than the constant rat race of conventional online lead generation, an audience puts your business into an entirely different space within your industry. Instead of buying access to an audience from the media, your company becomes the media. In the process, you build an owned media asset (your content-rich website) that gets more powerful and valuable each month and each year that you continue producing content.

I’ll add a final point to Brian’s excellent article: It takes hard work

Epic troll of SMS spammer

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I absolutely *detest* spammers so I got a kick out of how this guy turned the tables on his spammer. Originally shared on Facebook by Relax, it’s just Godzilla.

wp10logoIn conjunction with WordPress’ 10th Anniversary I wrote down some reflections on my journey with WordPress on the ClickWP blog:

WordPress is one of the blessings I count every day because it is entirely free to use. It was created freely and given away freely to the world. I am where I am today because of this generosity.

Happy birthday WordPress ♥

Running your own business feels like dodging trains

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Subway Surfers by Kiloo

I’ve been playing a game on my iPad called Subway Surfers (it’s available for Android too). In the game you control an avatar running along the train track. You have to pick up trains, jump over barriers, and dodge trains! As you progress the speed increases so you’re almost flying past the tracks and trains. Sooner or later the inevitable happens – you smash headlong into a train.

It occurred to me today that running your own business feels like a lot like playing Subway Surfers. You’re constantly chasing your paycheck, you dodge problems after problem, but inevitably you smack into one. In the game, you can simply restart but in your business you’re going to waste time, lose money or worse – your reputation.

Moral of today’s random musing: Practice running your business, not Subway Surfers 😀

[VIDEO] Wingsuit flight through a small arch in a mountain

I’ve been very impressed with wingsuit jumpers (flyers?) but this is one of the more insane ones I’ve seen. Alexander Polli threads the needle through a small arch in the Montserrat mountains in Spain.

Forecast.io tells you the weather, beautifully

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Forecast.io is a web-based weather app that tells you the weather in a beautiful, easy to use interface. Every other weather website I use is clunky, slow and full of ugly ads – I’m looking at you Yahoo! Weather. Most weather websites will tell you what the weather is right now, but to see what it will be this afternoon it requires a few clicks and page loads to get there. With Forecast, you scroll down and click on Today and you’ll see the day’s hourly forecast laid out in an easy to understand bar graph.

Forecast.io excels at being fast. It detects your location so you don’t have to type it in. It takes 1 click to view the day’s forecast. And it’s mobile too. Load it up on your mobile and it will prompt you to save it as a home screen app.

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My only quibble is that Forecast seems to have a lot of “Light Rain” reports when it’s only cloudy. Either that or it really does know when it’s just sprinkling outside. Either way, Forecast.io is now my go to app for checking the weather. It’s super useful for me to decide when to go running.

Try Forecast.io, you’ll love it.

Mobile scanner app showdown: Scanner Pro vs DocScanner

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I’m making it a point to go paperless. Instead of keeping piles of dead trees lying around, I’ll convert them to digital scans and make them available to me through the cloud. The first step is converting my paper documents to digital format. For full page documents, a dedicated scanner is the best solution but for receipts, business cards and small slips of paper a mobile scanner app is better.

I tested 2 scanner applications for the iPhone – Scanner Pro by Readdle and DocScanner by Haave Oy. Scanner Pro is the market leader and costs $6.99 (iTunes link). Unfortunately, that app really sucked. Luckily I found a great replacement – DocScanner, $4.99 (iTunes link). Here is a quick review if you are looking for a good mobile scanner app too. Read More »