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Weiran Zhang

Written by Weiran Zhang who lives and works in Nottingham. You should follow him on Twitter.

02 June, 2018

I’ve used Squarespace as the host for this website since 2012, and I really enjoyed trading small monthly fee for never having to worry about how any of it worked.

However my blogging has become very sproadic, and the content of this website has become much more static — often months or years between updates.

But if I were being honest, I was really looking for an excuse to fiddle around with something. And after taking inspiration from my friend Eddie moving his blog to Gatsby, I decided — under the pretence of saving money — to migrate my website to Gatsby as well.

Gatsby

Gatsby is a static site generator for React. You design and build your web site locally, including all the content in Markdown, and the build process produces a pre-built static website that can be hosted (in my case, for free on GitHub Pages).

The Gatsby Starter Blog template project is an excellent way to learn about Gatsby, and you may be able to tell this website is heavily based on it.

The Migration

Gatsby content is defined by Markdown files on the filesystem. Squarespace exports your content into a WordPress export format file. But even if you used Markdown content blocks in Squarespace, the export will only give you content as HTML. Damn.

So how do I convert Squarespace’s export into something I can use with Gatsby?

WordPress to Gatsby Migrator

An old saying goes: “there’s an NPM package for everything”. In this case Turndown for converting HTML into Markdown, is exactly what was needed. Sprinkle a few more packages to help parse the RSS format export, string them all together, and out came my new tool wordpress-gatsby-migrater.

Modern programming 101: why reinvent the wheel when someone smarter than you has already reinveted it.

After running it, with only a few tweaks to the starter project and the new website is finished.

Was it all worth it? If I converted the number of hours I spent on this and how much Squarespace costs per month, it would probably have paid for years of Squarespace service.

But doing this was easily way more fun, and it may even get me blogging more.

19 February, 2017

I had some time off over Christmas, so I decided to scratch an itch I’ve had for a while now.

Instapaper has been my go to place to save articles and videos from the web. However only way to watch them on the Apple TV is to accept the dubious experience of using AirPlay. Half the time the video would stop when my iPhone locked, and the other half of the time I had to hold my iPhone and tap the screen every few seconds to keep it awake.

I dabbled with the Instapaper API in the past, and had the classical programmer thought process of “how hard can it be”.

 The lovely app icon was made by Paul Wallas.

So I built Watch It Later in a day, an Apple TV app that lets you play your saved Instapaper videos. It supports YouTube and Vimeo, and can playback with the native Apple TV video player.

I also open sourced it on GitHub , because at this point, why not? And you can download it for free on the App Store.

If you use it, I’d love to hear your feedback on Twitter or GitHub.

06 September, 2016

Tomorrow is Apple’s big iPhone event day, with a dash of Apple Watch and software thrown in. However Mark Gurman reports no new Macs at…

20 June, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that travelling on a trip longer than two weeks meant lumbering a laptop with you the whole way. I’ve just recently…

07 February, 2016

Every year I tell myself I don’t do New Years Resolutions, they have a tendency to set one up for failure or have goals that are so benign…

09 March, 2015

Google are doing some questionable things with new TLDs, and the Internet is letting them get away with it: My point is that if you think…

29 July, 2014

I like this new advert. It’s another peek of Apple’s transition into a post-Steve era. You can almost hear the cries of “Steve would never…

11 July, 2014

I find that the longer I run the site, the more resistant I become to the idea of ever giving it up, even if I need to take the occasional…

09 May, 2014

Apple’s interest in Beats Electronics got me thinking about their headphones. I know Apple is probably buying Beats for their music…

10 April, 2014

Marvin Rounce and I are thrilled to announce dot net notts , a user group for .NET stack developers. We hoping to build a first-class…

28 March, 2014

As far as cases go, Snugg’s Bamboo Case for iPhone is a pretty good one. I’ve never really used cases, much to the detriment of the…

14 March, 2014

Why push back against 24/192? Because it’s a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, a business model based on willful ignorance and…

19 June, 2013

“Don’t be evil” is synonymous with Google, it’s their corporate identity. But have you ever stopped and wondered why? Why does Google need…

14 June, 2013

Lots of people were worried when the new-old Mac Pro was released last June. It was an incredibly incremental update, with slightly newer…

31 May, 2013

Apple’s new budget iPod Touch is the first iOS device with a black bezel and silver metal back since the first iPhone. It’s no coincidence…

12 May, 2013

David Celis: Just send your users an email. The activation email is a practice that’s been in use for years, but it’s often paired with…

02 May, 2013

What’s that about a reality distortion field?

01 May, 2013

My favourite iOS podcasting app now out on the Mac.

29 April, 2013

The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss…

17 April, 2013

It didn’t matter that every major U.S. electronics company assembles its products under the same working conditions — or worse. Or that…

15 April, 2013

Glad to see Maddox back at his best. Tablets can take pictures, but tablets can also slice cheese, stop doors from closing and fix wobbly…

11 April, 2013

Similar to last month’s BBC gaff , CNN reports that Siegel+Gale found in a ‘survey’ that Samsung Galaxy phones are simplier than iPhones…

11 April, 2013

The most interesting plan here is to use .search to operate a redirect service on the “on the ‘dotless’ .search domain ( http://search…

10 April, 2013

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely…

09 April, 2013

Matt Drance: Google knew what it was doing when it made and marketed Android as an “open” system. It surely anticipated forks by handset…

08 April, 2013

The New York Times: One of the group’s model bills, “ The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act ,” prohibits filming or taking pictures on…

08 April, 2013

Devices using iOS 6.1 and later with VPN On Demand configured to “Always” will behave as if they were configured with the “Establish if…

04 April, 2013

What’s the one thing iOS lacks? No it’s not real multitasking, inter-app communication, or reliable data syncing. It’s never had an animated…

04 April, 2013

40 years since the first mobile phone call was made, the phones themselves have come a long way since. I’m not sure the Motorola Rokr and…

02 April, 2013

Yesterday, Tim Cook did something Steve Jobs hardly ever did, he apologised . Steve Jobs was a master at dealing with the press, he knew…

27 March, 2013

Just when you though Yahoo might be getting back on their game by appointing Marissa Meyer as their CEO and rejuvenating Flickr, they spend…

26 March, 2013

I think the manager-free model only works for a business that has high margins and depends more on creating hits than cutting costs. The…

26 March, 2013

From the people that made Snapseed , a collection of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture plugins designed for photo editing. $149 is a great…

25 March, 2013

Buy him out boys!

25 March, 2013

In June, 2010, I posted an essay on Core77 entitled ” Design Thinking: A Useful Myth .” Since my essay was posted, I keep encountering…

22 March, 2013

I’m sure Google PR doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

22 March, 2013

Eric Schmidt in not telling the truth shocker.

21 March, 2013

All of the vulnerabilities can be exploited without privilege and according to Paleari, stem from “Samsung-specific software and…

18 March, 2013

CCTV paid Chinese celebrities to post anti-Apple messages to Weibo to promote their “820 Party” TV programme. But one of the celebrities…

15 March, 2013

Last night, Apple approved the latest Hackers update. While the version number may have just increased by a paltry 0.0.1, you’ll find lots…

15 March, 2013

Brutal: “The voice over is terrible, the audience will fall aslepp” “This movie gets worse every screening” “Deckard at the piano is…

15 March, 2013

Apple, now the big player, has to take the hits that big players get: But that’s how news reporters increasingly are treating the state of…

15 March, 2013

Microsoft’s biggest weakness is that they still don’t realize how much they suck. They still think they can write software in house. Maybe…

14 March, 2013

“When they replaced sharing with +1 on Google Reader, it was clear that this day was going to come,” he said. Wetherell, 43, is amazed that…

14 March, 2013

Not so open after all.

13 March, 2013

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, but Rubin’s replacement Sundar Pichai has proven himself with the Chrome browser and it will be…

13 March, 2013

Graham Hill describes what happened after he sold his first start-up in the 90s: My life was unnecessarily complicated. There were lawns to…

13 March, 2013

Whether the WSJ has an agenda or not, they’re certainly producing more link bait about Apple than any other company.

12 March, 2013

Daniel Eran Dilger rips into a Bloomberg “news” article seemingly based on a Samsung press release about how well they’ll survive after…

11 March, 2013

The revised Apple TV isn’t using the quad-GPU A5X chip that was speculated in January. However the new revised A5 is smaller than the old…

07 March, 2013

We launched the WebM Project in May 2010 with the goal of providing the web with a high-quality, open, royalty-free video codec that anyone…

07 March, 2013

I wonder if he’ll continue this as a long winded three parter.

05 March, 2013

Since the iPhone 3G, Apple has recycled old iPhone models to be the low end model. As Apple produces more of each model, it’s profit margin…

05 March, 2013

Psst Americans, leave your litigious culture in the US.

05 March, 2013

The reliable Rene Ritchie from iMore has a source which claims that Apple has considered launching the next generation of iPads in April…

05 March, 2013

Apple has a lower P/E ratio than Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and now Dell, to name a few. I find this baffling and I would challenge…

04 March, 2013

The simple but powerful message is this: ‘Enjoy The Journey’. Remember the smile on Andy’s face when he disposes off the pieces from the…

01 March, 2013

Today I released my new iPhone app, Hackers , which I’ve been working on for the past few months. Hackers is an iPhone app designed for…

01 March, 2013

Fantastic news, payment processor Strip finally comes to the UK. Just in time for a project I’m working on.

01 March, 2013

John Gruber’s detailed and well sourced article about how great products thrive and bad products don’t, and being open or closed has little…

01 March, 2013

This has to be his biggest controversy to date.

28 February, 2013

FOSS Patents does some sleuthing and discoveres the judge that ordered Apple to publish an apology to Samsung, and then rewrite that…

28 February, 2013

The UK High Court has ordered UK ISPs to block more torrent sites at the whim of the BPI, a private company representing the interests of…

27 February, 2013

Doug Kass, where have I heard that name before ?

26 February, 2013

Why are people still surprised when Twitter kills your app? Goes to show that you can’t make a viable Twitter app while selling it for under…

26 February, 2013

Who would’ve bet that Google would be the first company to release a competitor to Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display? Certainly not me…

26 February, 2013

Matt Drance on Sony’s strange Playstation 4 announcement: People would have happily waited longer for a comprehensive, exciting product…

26 February, 2013

HP is selling key parts of it’s webOS product to LG, although interestingly HP are keeping the backend services such as cloud sync and the…

25 February, 2013

Could this be the catalyst App.net needs for a resurgance? I know many people who were interested in App.net, but put off with a service…

21 February, 2013

Jacob Goldstein’s on Marco Arment’s magazine, The Magazine: “What I saw was a fluke in app store pricing,” he told me. “If you have an app…

21 February, 2013

A highly impressive notebook from Google, I love the industrial design and of course the 2560x1700 resolution display. It has an aspect…

21 February, 2013

Movist has long been one of my favourite video players for the Mac. The simplicity of it’s interface and it’s speed has kept me from using…

21 February, 2013

I have seen the Android brand disappear over time. First, it was the Nexus, then Samsung came with the Galaxy brand, who made Android less…

20 February, 2013

‘iHKDesign’ responds to an idiotic article on CNN claiming that Samsung is ‘out innovating Apple’: It seems to me that today, innovation…

19 February, 2013

Tim Cook refers to integration and a great team as unique Apple advantages (but also note the references to magic and belief.) It’s a better…

19 February, 2013

The problem with Microsoft’s online service offerings isn’t that their TV campaigns are lame. It’s not even that the products are bad. But…

15 February, 2013

In a world where companies communicate with corporate PR speak, I applaud Elon Musk’s tone in his response to John Broder’s review of the…

15 February, 2013

Roh, who was a lawmaker for the opposition Progressive Justice Party, has been a vocal critic of Samsung, South Korea’s most powerful…

15 February, 2013

Some great ideas, like the rubbish bag packaged inside a rubbish bag.

15 February, 2013

The biggest mistake Microsoft could make is back down from the progress they’re making with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It’s good to see…

14 February, 2013

It was like this for Mac users until around 2008.

14 February, 2013

Nick Quaranto at 37 Signals describes writing the Basecamp app with RubyMotion so he could avoid using Xcode and learning Objective-C. When…

14 February, 2013

People complain about iTunes and Calendar apps, but the App Store app is by far the worst app Apple makes.

14 February, 2013

Without asking permission, Google sends developers the personal details of everyone who buys their app from Google Play. According to…

12 February, 2013

Nutrition is probably one of the least well understood sciences, this piece looks at the biggest misconceptions we’re told by governments…

12 February, 2013

Jim Dalrymple cuts out the bullshit PR.

09 February, 2013

My local (Northern Virginia) Microsoft store sold out in 15 minutes, which means there wasn’t much to sell. The local Best Buy sold out too…

08 February, 2013

Design is now so ingrained with taste that it’s quite hard to form partisan arguments, but Rian van der Merwe manages it: Dieter Rams…

08 February, 2013

In an interview this week, Mr Heins hailed the success of his company’s new phones, saying that sales in the UK were “beyond expectations…

08 February, 2013

In late October, researchers at North Carolina State University alerted Google to a security flaw that could let scam artists send phony…

08 February, 2013

Good reporting from Ed Bott, when comparing the Surface Pro to a MacBook Air the amount of free space is about the same. The problem is that…

06 February, 2013

This is Dell’s Battle of Britain. This could be his finest hour or it could be him and his ego, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s…

05 February, 2013

Discourse is a new ‘discussion platform’ to replace the old, slow, and over-complicated forum software like phpBB. First impressions are…

05 February, 2013

This will be the best thing you will read all day.

05 February, 2013

Victor Chebyshev analyses one of the most invasive pieces of malware on the Google Play store.

05 February, 2013

Braden Thomas analysis the exploits found in iOS 6 used for the first unthethered jailbreak .

04 February, 2013

The Galaxy brand is fast becoming more popular than Android, I wonder if Google feel threatened by this or if it’s part of their master plan…

01 February, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee spoke at a Linux conference today about mobile platforms and native apps vs. HTML: “The right to have root on your machine…

01 February, 2013

Mike Lombardo explains exactly why Eminem is such a good lyricist.

01 February, 2013

Marco Arment speculates that a 5” iPhone isn’t as unlikely as it seems, and mocks up how it might look. Why would Apple release this? First…

31 January, 2013

An Apple spokesman told TNW that the new Apple TV model is just a in-season silent upgrade: “We sometimes make component changes which…

31 January, 2013

Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, has made it’s App.net app Netbot free to encourage App.net adoption. For developers of other paid App.net…

30 January, 2013

Three weeks ago Alicia Keys announced to her fans: I’ve become an iPhone junky! Today she’s been named as the new Global Creative Director…

30 January, 2013

The only way I can understand the current valuation of Amazon is if they’re expected to eventually gain a monopoly over the entire internet…

29 January, 2013

Brian Klug from Anandtech has discovered that a reference to an as yet unreleased Apple TV 3,2 found in the latest iOS 6 firmware suggests…

29 January, 2013

Rene Ritchie at iMore imagining how a larger iPhone would work. If Apple were to make a larger iPhone, I would guess a 4.8-inch screen with…

25 January, 2013

The hysteria surrounding Apple’s business performance and its market positioning has led to perceptions about the state of Apple becoming…

23 January, 2013

Oracle doesn’t seem to be able to retire Java gracefully.

22 January, 2013

It seems Ballmer is making a lot former Microsoft employees his enemies. Although I’m not sure I agree with Kempin’s asssessment that…

20 January, 2013

Max Rudberg has a well-reasoned and moderate article on mobile design. The hardware and UI have different roles to play. The hardware is…

17 January, 2013

I have come to believe that the true cause is something bigger than all of this. I think the right answer is that Apple just fails to pass…

16 January, 2013

A lot of times I was short at my hedge fund, I would create a level of activity before hand that could drive the futures, it doesn’t take…

16 January, 2013

Mark Rogowsky at Forbes has a great article about yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ‘weaker iPhone demand’ report. The latest rumors about…

15 January, 2013

Yesterday, Wall Street Journal’s claim that Apple had “halved” orders for iPhone 5 displays has caused a few stirs around here. Are the…

15 January, 2013

Nice timeline of Apple’s products by Pop Chart Lab.

14 January, 2013

Aaron Swartz was not the super hacker breathlessly described in the Government’s indictment and forensic reports, and his actions did not…

11 January, 2013

The 787 Dreamliner has been vexed since its inception. The company was convinced by one or more management consulting firms to outsource…

11 January, 2013

The guys at The Wirecutter have cut out all the bullshit from CES and compiled a list of best gadgets in the show into one article.

11 January, 2013

Today we found out that CNET writers don’t have the independence from their parent company CBS after they banned them from letting Dish’s…

09 January, 2013

Samsung spends over ten times more than Apple on advertising and marketing.

02 January, 2013

At least 20% of the comments left on the Guardian website each month come from only 2,600 user accounts, who together make up just 0.003…

20 December, 2012

“What do you think?” he asked. I honestly didn’t know what to think. My mind was a blank because I just didn’t expect it. The name seemed to…

17 December, 2012

Basically, fragmentation is still a problem especially if your app is CPU or GPU intensive. If you look at the amount of energy we spend on…

17 December, 2012

Two million iPhones sold in three days. But because there wasn’t country-wide riots like previous iPhone releases, the press thinks it’s a…

17 December, 2012

This affects the Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, and Note 2. It gives malicious apps downloaded from the Play store root access to your phone and all…

13 December, 2012

I’m sure the press is straight onto this story like the similar one about Apple Maps a few days ago. Any moment now.

10 December, 2012

Horace Dediu on John Sculley’s speculation that Apple is moving to a six-month product cycle.

07 December, 2012

Craig Hockenberry writes about the behind the scenes of the latest version of the original Twitter app, Twitterrific 5.

07 December, 2012

Google demonstration how to discontinue a free service while sugarcoating the announcement. My family use Google Apps hosting for all our…

06 December, 2012

The worst UI “feature” in Android is it’s back button. It feels like a superfluous addition from the days when Android was more like…

04 December, 2012

Anand has found that recent builds of Webkit nightly have drastically better scrolling performance than Safari 6.0.2. It’s not just Retina…

03 December, 2012

Brett Terpstra offers some sound advice for developers releasing a new app.

21 November, 2012

Jakob Nielsen points out many usability problems with Windows 8. It’s sad that I’m not surprised when Microsoft release such a shoddy piece…

20 November, 2012

MG Siegler rightly points out Engadget’s pandering to comment trolls by trying to “remain neutral” on an editorial post . If being neutral…

15 November, 2012

Fascinating article about the abadoned Japanese island of Hashima which was used as the hide out of the new Bond villian.

15 November, 2012

Dmitry Fadeyev on the practice of changing the default font smoothing for WebKit for no reason other than misguided aesthetics: Designers…

14 November, 2012

MG Siegler speculates on the reasons for Sinofsky’s departure from Microsoft: Sinofsky was the driving force behind the “no compromise…

08 November, 2012

In the video, the speaker explains and demonstrates improvements made to the machine understanding of his English words, which are…

08 November, 2012

I’m seriously disappointed in Google not standing behind a defective Nexus 7, just because I didn’t purchase it from them. Apple and Amazon…

06 November, 2012

I don’t understand how Dan Lyons went form insightful pundit to this.

06 November, 2012

Today’s Dilbert comic is opportune.

05 November, 2012

An ingenious idea, and probably the fastest way to create a working prototype.

05 November, 2012

Lukas Mathis: This is a sentiment you often hear from people: casual users only need entry-level devices. Even casual users themselves…

02 November, 2012

What can I say about the iPad mini that hasn’t already been said ? I don’t miss the Retina display as much as I thought I would, I love…

02 November, 2012

If you live in the UK and use Safari, this extension redirects your Google searches to google.co.uk.

01 November, 2012

Don Lehman analyses the ramifications of Apple’s recent management changes: Cook’s task of molding the executive team to work best for him…

31 October, 2012

Matthew Panzarino on Google’s relationships with mobile phone networks and why that’s the reason the Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE: The real…

27 October, 2012

Brent Ozar shares his experiences with the Surface. The videos are particularly telling.

27 October, 2012

The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the…

25 October, 2012

Bruce Schneier on the convictions of six Italian scientists over a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila:  [ They were ] convicted because the public…

25 October, 2012

Steve Ballmer told the BBC: “Is it fair to say we’re going to do more hardware? Obviously we are… Where we see important opportunities to…

25 October, 2012

New iMacs and MacBook Pros I think everyone welcomed updates to long neglected Macs in Apple’s line-up. The biggest one being the new iMac…

19 October, 2012

The best Twitter app for the Mac is out on the Mac App Store. Completely worth $20, it’s head and shoulders above any other Twitter app on…

15 October, 2012

Loren Brichter is back: In 2007 I left Apple and started my own company. In 2010 that company was acquired by Twitter. Today I’m giving it…

11 October, 2012

Amazon’s goal should be for Kindle typography to equal print typography. They’re not even close. They get a pass on this only because all…

09 October, 2012

1536x1152. The current iPad is 2048×1536. What if Apple simply used the exact same panels they are currently using in the new 9.7 inch iPad…

06 October, 2012

Motorola had promised owners of the Photon, Electrify, and Atrix an upgrade to to Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, which would…

03 October, 2012

Not quite CoffeeScript, but Microsoft’s new TypeScript language claims to be a superset of JavaScript that complies to JavaScript. Mainly I…

03 October, 2012

It seems like Google is adding stuff to Chrome just to add it. It’s as if they feel like they can’t do nothing feature-wise, so they come up…

28 September, 2012

Do no evil? I guess Susan Wojcicki didn’t get the memo.

27 September, 2012

John Paczkowski on the reasoning behind Apple using their own mapping service in iOS 6: Spoken turn-by-turn navigation has been a free…

25 September, 2012

Anyone who has used Netflix knows how great it is. The simplicity of the interface, the syncing, and the speed of streaming makes it a joy…

25 September, 2012

DisplayMate analyses the iPhone 5’s screen: The display on the iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the display on the iPhone 4. Apple…

24 September, 2012

Now, I’m not disputing that Maps does give a lot of strange results to a lot of people all around the world, but for a large, large number…

21 September, 2012

A common complaint I’ve seen is “I don’t want to install (company)‘s shitty app in order to get their storecard on my phone”. You don’t have…

20 September, 2012

Windows clients can’t connect to an Airport Extreme network with an Emoji name, this could be a useful feature.

20 September, 2012

Sam Biddle at Gizmodo: There was a time when you could buy something that was compact, fast, and beautiful. That time is over. “Smaller” is…

20 September, 2012

Google effectively bought Motorola to use as its personal patent troll.

18 September, 2012

The thing to remember is that UI design is like selling a restaurant, where you can’t just serve up good food in order to run a restaurant…

26 August, 2012

FOSS Patents has an insightful article about the Apple vs Samsung verdict: Samsung has issued a statement that claims this jury verdict is a…

23 August, 2012

Some years ago, executives at a Houston airport faced a troubling customer-relations issue. Passengers were lodging an inordinate number of…

23 August, 2012

Marco Arment on Twitter’s blocking of Tumblr “find friends” access Twitter will now only permit large services to add value to Twitter, not…

23 August, 2012

Dave Winer being right again about tent.io:  “Think of a protocol like a road. You could have a wonderful road. Well paved. Wide lanes…

15 August, 2012

Gruber delves deep into the abyss of iPad mini rumours.

08 August, 2012

I’m sure Mike Daisey is already at the Samsung factory gates.

01 August, 2012

Swampash explains why Apple has to take Samsung to court: The Fender Stratocaster was released in 1954 and totally changed the then-new…

30 July, 2012

Tesco demonstrating why you shouldn’t let your customer service team make sweeping statements on Twitter about your websites security.

26 July, 2012

Bad news: We failed. Hopefully there can be a true successor to OAuth 1.0 because the whole request signing process still gives me a…

25 July, 2012

John Siricusa writes the only 26,000 word review of OS X Mountain Lion worth reading. Make sure you do.

24 July, 2012

I wonder how you’re supposed to use Google Earth without an internet connection.

21 July, 2012

I was going to write a post about Sparrow’s talent acquisition by Google, but Rian van der Merwe did it for me: I paid full price for every…

21 July, 2012

BoingBoing gets it.

20 July, 2012

I don’t think anyone saw this coming : While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and…

19 July, 2012

Not really , but the proliferation of “vintage” effects for photo apps is starting to make every photo on the internet look the same. The…

19 July, 2012

Matt Alexander posts his thoughts on Windows Phone : Boasting a colorfully angular interface, the promise of smooth transitional animations…

19 July, 2012

Matthew Panzarino speculates that Apple will drop the iPhone 4 rather than the iPhone 3GS when “the new iPhone” is released later this year…

18 July, 2012

Former Yahoo engineering manager Sriram Krishnan has some unsolicited advice for Yahoo’s new CEO : Make a huge sign with the phrase ‘the…

16 July, 2012

I like the new look of Office 2013  and the “cloud” integration, but as The Verge reports: The touch experience isn’t great from my own…

16 July, 2012

Better sharpen your knives.

16 July, 2012

I can’t believe ReadWriteWeb let Antone Gonsalves write a follow-up post to his piece on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display . And of…

15 July, 2012

I wouldn’t normally link to a link-bait article such as this , but the comment from another staff writer at ReadWriteWeb is quite revealing…

13 July, 2012

Channel 4 is bringing back Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror for a second series of three episodes:  The first series prompted 322 complaints…

13 July, 2012

I sell an app for money, then I spend less than I make. Bingo. Source: What is the Readability & Instapaper business model? - Quora

12 July, 2012

It seems BetaWorks is  buying Digg for their technology , and not so much the brand. That is the price for being the loser. Update : it…

12 July, 2012

Things you used to find on Twitter back when I first joined.

11 July, 2012

Where there’s smoke .

11 July, 2012

The best Twitter app for iPhone and iPad is now on the Mac. A public alpha has been released today . More from the  Tapbots blog : “We’ve…