Being tired isn’t a badge of honour – Signal v. Noise

As Joe Rogan says The universe does indeed reward hustle, but your body doesn’t have a limitless ability to keep going. It isn’t a competition to see who can keep going the longest and one quote from Jason Fried is at least trying to buck this horrible trend:

A lot of entrepreneurs onstage have been bragging about not sleeping, telling their audiences about their 16-hour days, and making it sound like hustle-at-all-costs is the way ahead. Rest be damned, they say - there’s an endless amount of work to do.

This badge that people that are successful seem to wear is not just damaging to your long term health but also more often that not untrue. Sleep might seem like a waste of time but enables you to performa much better in the hours you are awake. Gary Vee is often one of the people that people look to for inspiration and motivation - yet he supports down time.

Go hard, but don’t kill yourself doing it.

*edit: I corrected the title to the correct English spelling!

The Comfort Of Apples Ecosystem - MacStories

Long time Apple enthusiast Federico Viticci has been fighting using Apple products exclusively for quite a while, but has finally given up. He wrote:

Since the end of last year, however, I’ve been witnessing a gradual shift that made me realize my relationship with Apple’s hardware and software has changed. I’ve progressively gotten deeper in the Apple ecosystem and I don’t feel like I’m being underserved by some aspects of it anymore. - [Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple’s Ecosystem

I have also started to embrace using the stock Apple apps and services more, yet still cant get to grips with everything. Without doubt apps such and Notes and even Mail prove over time to be more robust than third party systems. However there are still some pretty large holes in Calendar and most of all Reminders. It seems that not everything gets the same attention as others.

There is no denying that in terms of hardware its hard to find equals to AirPods, iPad and even I would argue to some extent HomePod. As frustrating as Siri is, with regard to music there is no equal in finding exactly the song or album you want to listen to.

Every Android phone should have this Huawei P20 Pro feature - Android Authority

What is most apparent, however, is that there’s no reason not to have this feature. The notch is a polarizing and contentious topic amongst Android smartphone fans. A software feature like this could be the simplest solution to serve both parts of the market. Every Android phone should have this Huawei P20 Pro feature - Android Authority

Whist this is a very good point I think if you make a design decision as big as cutting a section out the screen you should own it. A choice is going to appeal to wider section of people but you’ve got to have #courage!

Device Advice

When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets—both in the present and the future—the filter we need to employ is the simple question “What problem does it solve?” Device Advice

This is one of the biggest questions I ask myself when buying new technology.

Much of the time now the iteration or new product is not revolutionary, more iterative and if it doesn’t solve a problem - what’s is the point.

Don’t buy a new device because it is new, but because it adds something new that is needed.

Many Siris · Bryan Irace

If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone. Many Siris · Bryan Irace

This is ultimately where the Apple privacy stance falls down. With on device processing Apple are unable (or unwilling) to make abilities available everywhere.

They could in theory sync encrypted information to other devices. Or allow for account information to be stored in iCloud, however this again breaks Apples privacy ethics.

There may soon become a time when Apple needs to back down from such a view point and give users the ability to opt in. Until then don’t bank on Siri being able to do everything everywhere.

Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree

As I said last night, Apple should also make a version of this new MacBook at runs iOS and see what the separation is in sales. I’d be incredibly curious to see is a MacBook with a 13 inch screen and keyboard would sell better running iOS or macOS Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree

The MacBook running iOS is the iPad Pro?

Whilst I see where Matt I coming from I just don’t see that this would sell very well. It may be appealing to us nerds that already work on their iPad/iPhone. But Apple must sell tens of millions fo devices to make it worth while.

Such is the life of one of the biggest companies in the world!

Siri needs to become a platform

Platform versus OS appendage, it’s a philosophical construct that’s really hurt Apple at this point. Siri needs to become a platform | iMore

Siri needs to stop being something tacked onto iOS updates and be able to run wild and pick up abilities that Apple can’t provide. The amazing possibilities that Siri could have achieved are long gone, and it’s clear Apple are holding it back.