iOS 11 includes Smart Punctuation, a feature that substitutes some forms of punctuation with those that are more typographically suitable (e.g., “straight” quotes with “smart” quotes). While this smart replacement is suited for writing, it can get in the way if you’re a developer.
It should be smarter. Wrecks everything from coding to command line. Disabled.
Recorded Books has just announced the release of a new version of the RBdigital app that combines ita OneClickdigital app and Zinio for Libraries. This effectively brings together an ebook and audiobook app and a magazine app.
One less app for some of my digital library loans.
Dave, pointing to an Ars article about a lady who had 27 contact lenses stuck in her eye, wonders what he would do next if he wasn’t able to retrieve a lost lens.
I also had this happen after rubbing my eyes too hard while in the shower and one lens got stuck under my eye lid. I had to carefully retrieve it without damaging my eye. I was prepared for an emergency visit to the eye doctor. But I don’t think I’d just ignore it!
The focus is back on their Safari subscription service instead of one-off sales. I did notice they pushed a lot of deep discounts on the ebooks. It had to be a losing venture when you factor in the per transaction cost. At scale in a broader market, which O’Reilly definitely is, subscription is the only way to go.
The idea: We move functionality from the server to the edge (desktop, mobile device), repeating until someday there’s nothing left on the server. We could go all the way, but it needs a strong operational backend, something a big company is good at, not so much individuals
Because professional translators charge around 10 cents per word, translating makes you question the value of every sentence.
This reminds me a talk Jeffrey Zeldman gave in 2006 at An Event Apart. I can’t remember the name of the talk (or find a video), but the gist of it was: labor over your sentences and leave in only the words that bring actual meaning. No filler words allowed. I think about Jeffrey’s talk whenever I write.
If’d been the producer on this track, I’d have tried to convince them that chicken grease chords are cool as heck, but they don’t belong on any of Muse’s album tracks.
The recording studio is a place where ideas seem better than they are. Cushy sofas, stocked kitchen, perhaps even a hot tub (another story for another time), and a perfectly tuned control room with flawless monitors make everything both seem and sound better.
So, as long as you aren’t a Consumer Sucka, commuting to work in a bank-financed gas-powered racing sofa and borrowing money for furniture and appliances to outfit that last spare room in your suburban mansion, recessions are a great thing. Housing and profitable investments become cheaper, insanity and speculation is reset, and people actually start living more frugally again, getting back to the roots of what living a good life really means.
9:52 PM sunset. :)
Officially on the iPad Pro train. The 10.5” size was the clincher for me.
I’ve been road testing my new Tom Bihn Synapse 25. Overnight trip, 24 hours of airplane travel, etc. Great bag.