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Daring Fireball: When All You Have Is an ‘Apple Is Doomed Without Steve Jobs’ Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

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The usual delicious goodness from John Gruber.

When All You Have Is an ‘Apple Is Doomed Without Steve Jobs’ Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 27th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

And As Am I…

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John Gruber on iOS 5.0.1 and battery life:

it seems like battery life under regular conditions — with no glaring bugs — has gotten worse. It’s not dramatic, but I’m getting noticeably worse battery life with 5.0.1, as is my wife, and as is Dan Benjamin.

My experience with 5.0.1 is that battery life is considerably worse than it was with 5.0. I didn’t have some of the problems that others mentioned re: 5.0, and my battery life now is worse than it was before the 5.0.1 upgrade. It’s not terrible, just noticeable.

OS 5.0.2 Coming Soon? | via Daring Fireball

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 16th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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@Gruber on iPhone 4

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John Gruber has, as usual, nailed down some excellent points in his detailed look at the new iPhone 4.

…it’s more than just the pixel resolution — it’s that the LCD is so much closer to the surface of the glass. Like pixels on glass rather than pixels under glass. This is the result of a new manufacturing process Apple has pioneered. No other company gives a shit about things like this.?

I saw my first iPhone 4 in the wild just a few days ago and what Gruber says about the display is 100% correct. The difference is immediately noticeable, even from a distance away. The nearness of the pixels to the surface of the screen and the overall quality of the display itself combine to make the new iPhone something completely different and completely delicious.

Both aesthetically and tactilely, the iPhone 4’s glass back is very pleasing. It has a 2001-monolith-like symmetry. But as a heavy iPhone user since day one, I’m finding it slightly disconcerting. I’ve always carried my iPhone the same way: front right pants pocket, with the glass toward my body, so that if my leg hits something or something hits my leg, the back of the iPhone would take the impact, not the glass. Now it’s glass on both sides, and what keeps happening is that I reach into my pocket to take it out, my fingers feel the smooth glass facing out?.

I too keep my phone, glass face in, in my left pocket for the very same reasons, but I also wonder, being someone who will not have a new iPhone in his pocket until sometime after the first of next year, how easy it is to know if you have the phone face out or in by touch in your pocket. With my 3GS I can tell immediately if I’ve been a bonehead.

Re: the use of Helvetica Neue as iPhone 4’s system font, I love it. Helvetica Neue is my hands down favorite for everything I do right now.

Aesthetically, this change is a win. Helvetica is a great typeface; long-time DF readers know I’m a huge fan of it, and the choice to use it for the iPhone’s system font is one of my favorite decisions in Apple history. But Helvetica Neue, subtle though its differences are, is a nice improvement. It is a more Helvetica-y Helvetica.?

Great coverage, as always, by John Gruber.

(Note to self: you only get Twitter mentions by John Gruber if you talk crap about him. Next time say something salacious just to piss him off…)

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 30th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Five Dials # 10—David Foster Wallace

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From Daring Fireball:

Special issue of Hamish Hamilton’s excellent literary magazine, “A celebration of the life of David Foster Wallace with contributions by Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, George Saunders and others.” Designed by our old friend Dean Allen. So good — do yourself a favor and print it out.

Five Dials # 10 | via Daring Fireball

In short, a great, loving, thoughtful tribute to David Foster Wallace.

Even shorter, I’d know nothing about DFW if not for John Gruber’s site. So, thanks John.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 10th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

What @Gruber Said…

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Two great posts from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball yesterday.

First, a piece in the New Yorker about the recent auction of Cormac McCarthy’s ancient Olivetti Lettera 32, the typewriter that McCarthy bought in a Knoxville, TN pawnshop for $50 and on which McCarthy says that he has,

…typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years.

50 years. Wow. What an amazing run for a single machine and what a tremendous $50 investment. (According to the Inflation Calculator, McCarthy’s initial investment in 1960 is about $360 in 2008 dollars.)

Gruber’s second post of interest was about OmmWriter, which adds a very interesting twist to the idea of “distraction free writing.” (Said idea of which I’m a fan indeed and proven by my constant use of the Hog Bay Software series of apps, WriteRoom,, and WriteRoom for iPhone.)

The creators of OmmWriter designed their app as:

…a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate.

Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, vindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.

Writing while using OmmWriter is a bit like playing Zen Bound, and is designed to be immersive, i.e., best suited to sitting with a set of headphones on your head and tip, tap, typing away. The results can be, well… interesting.



OmmWriter is currently in beta and looks like it may be free once it’s released. You can get your own copy to play with by giving the folks at Herraiz Soto & Co, the creators of OmmWriter, your email address.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 10th, 2009 at 9:34 am

Daring Fireball Points The Way To Deep Green

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John Gruber, today, on his Daring Fireball site, introduces Deep Green, a very well designed Chess game for the iPhone.

Bought it. Love it. But not the end of the story… Can someone please create an iPhone backgammon game of equal quality and simple beauty?

I’ll be the first to buy.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 10th, 2008 at 12:26 pm