Monthly Archives: June 2014

Goodbye Aperture, iPhoto…

Rest in peace Aperture and iPhoto – you were two great apps that made a lot of people very, very happy:

With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.

And iPhoto will be replaced by the new Photos App that’ll be released in conjunction.

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A Mode to Help You Get Your Writing Done

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I’m currently experimenting with bringing in a mode that will help you “focus” your writing efforts so that you can work with speed and poise.

I’m not entirely sure what I want to call it but I was leaning heavily toward “GID” (Get It Done) but that’s not exactly the most exciting acronym.

But, that’s essentially what I hope it’ll do for the user.

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The Loudest Yes

A good friend of mine shared with me something 4 years or so ago that I have never forgotten:

Sometimes our loudest “Yes” in life comes from our loudest “No.”

I can think of about 1,000 ways this has applied in my life and how many times this has turned out to be so true.

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Inbox Zero

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I achieve the so-called “Inbox Zero” about 10,000 times every single day. It is one of the few places that I keep absolutely pristine and it’s how I manage much of my life (seriously, no hyperbole here).

It’s how I order my day, how I schedule meetings, how I create “action plans,” how I create reminders and to-dos as well as a repository for interesting quips, blog post ideas (if I’m not dropping them immediately into Desk PM), and random links to articles that I find interesting.

It is, quite literally, my “one-stop shop” for everything digital.

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Training Your Replacement

One of the beautiful things about working with very entrepreneurial individuals is that the ground in which to plant and invest in future leadership is already fertile.

Make no mistake, it’s still not an easy thing to do! The challenge is a different kind of training and one that requires a lot of introspection on behalf of both the team as a whole and each individual.

This is especially true when you work with people who have already shown great leadership and who are naturally hungry to take on new and exciting challenges.

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Privacy as a Competitive Advantage

A fascinating article about how Apple uses privacy as a competitive advantage:

The issues of safety and security—and by extension, privacy—provoke visceral emotions in people. Apple has always tried to build an emotional connection between its devices and customers. With its increasing focus on privacy, it’s clear that Apple not only sees privacy as important to maintaining this bond, but as a means of differentiating itself from the competition. For a variety business and technical reasons, it’s an advantage that will be hard for Apple’s competition to duplicate.

In a world that loves to sling around words, thoughts, and ideas about absolute transparency I still believe there’s a strong and healthy motive to stay opaque.

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AWDG: Show and Tell

show-tell-awdgI’ll be sharing my little app, Desk PM, at the next AWDG Meetup. Here’s my short description:

As the world looks toward a future focused on a browser-based applications (and even as an entire OS) I’ve become more enamored by native desktop apps. Call me contrarian I suppose. Desk Publishing Machine is an application 13 years in the making and I’d love to show you my passion.​ 

Love to see you there!

 

Giving Up the Business

March 15th, 2011 I sat down with three of my friends and made them official equity partners in my growing company. What had once started as just a whisper of an idea had ballooned to something much, much bigger and it was clear that taking this next step was the right thing to do.

We incorporated and signed papers and made what was already very real a little more legitimate. 8BIT, the product company had become 8BIT, LLC (I’m still surprised that we were able to get that as a legal name – crazy).

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