Stephen Hackett has a great post about photo management, and he and John Siracusa echo a lot of what I feel. While a folder-based photo system using DropBox and Hazel scored high on my nerdometer, I’ve missed the old-fashioned simplicity of plugging my phone into iPhoto (or dragging new photos in from DropBox) and organizing using Apple’s built-in tools. With iCloud Photo Library coming later this year, I plan to move everything back into iPhoto (while shedding a lonely tear for Aperture) and pay up for the 200GB plan when it’s available.
Jan Dawson has a great piece over at Techpinions about Samsung and the continuing changes in the overall “smart device” market. I thought this list of points in the middle of the article were particularly astute:
- Google is reining in Android and looking to reassert its own position and services in the smartphone market, putting pressure on Samsung and others to tone down their customizations. New flavors of Android for wearables, the car and TVs will provide even less room for customization
- People are at any rate apparently tiring of Samsung’s customizations of Android and starting to look more seriously at smartphones which provide a stock Android experience or at least something more like it
There’s no denying that Samsung’s high-end devices are attractive. The Galaxy S4 in particular looks and feels like a high-quality device. It’s only when you turn on the device that the sheen begins to wear off, and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that the experience “inside” the device didn’t match the lofty expectations set by the exterior.
Ultimately, Samsung has to either keep down the road with their scattershot approach to product development – that is, make “something for everyone (or in this case, for every market)”. Otherwise, they’ll be forced to go the route of Apple, Google, and Microsoft: focus on a few core elements, and refine the heck out of them. The problem Samsung may well face is that the scattershot approach has led to wild profits, but can’t sustain customer satisfaction. Laser-focus on a few precise products and categories could see huge upswings in customer satisfaction, but at a cost to their bottom-line. To put it bluntly: Samsung is provider of commodities, not a brand in the sense that Apple and Nike are brands.
At the end of the day, I expect Samsung to continue doing what they’ve been doing, releasing products for every possible customer in every possible market. They’ll have great profits, but their time of building a brand that can run with the Nikes and Apples of the world is going to pass.
Important end note: None of this should be read as, “Samsung is doomed” or any other such hogwash. Samsung as a company is smart and profitable, and will continue to be so unless something crazy happens, like they sell a billion TVs that become self-aware and start killing people. Short of that happening, Samsung will continue to be a smart, profitable consumer electronics corporation.
Last week I decided to take a little bit of 18Track to the airwaves, and published the first-ever episode of my first-ever Podcast, Panelism.
In the first episode, I’m joined by a good friend to talk about everything buckets, startups that want to sell you money, and a plethora of other loosely-related topics.
It’s great. You should listen and subscribe.
I don’t know that anything can replace the Dialvetica-shaped hole in my heart, but this app makes contacting your contacts really, really easy and fast. Well worth the money.
I liked a lot of this post. I’ve been too much in the mindset of “run everything all the time” and honestly it makes me feel stressed out and a little overwhelmed. It also provided the motivation to finally remove most of what was in my menu bar.
The article is outdated in many ways by now but still some great take aways.
Oh, except about Opera. Nobody uses Opera.
I haven’t installed Photoshop on any Mac I’ve owned since 2009. I’m far from a prodigy with PS to begin with, but Pixelmator is so simple, so powerful, and so darn good-looking that it’s become one of the first apps I install every time I buy or upgrade a computer.
One of my favorite features in Safari is the ability to quickly launch items on my bookmarks bar with a quick and easy keyboard shortcut.
The bookmarks you keep up in your bookmarks bar are actually numbered by Safari based on their position; the left-most bookmark is 1, the next one is 2, and so on. This means you can launch the first bookmark in the bar by pressing Command + 1, the second by pressing Command + 2 and so on.
This is especially great if you use lots of bookmarklets to interact with your web pages. For me, I have bookmarks in my bookmarks bar that add things to my Instapaper queue, my Pinboard account, and my FeedWrangler feeds; with a quick keystroke, and can add the page I’m on to any of those services without ever touching the mouse!