The yellow flag must be down!

Our over-sized plastic mailbox has an extra plastic tab that pops up every time the door opens. Ding! You’ve got mail! The tab is adorned with a bright yellow sticker you can see from the house. A glance from the window prevents a fruitless lap to an empty mailbox. That tab is a terrific life […]

Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter

Commentary by Mat Honan. So good. So true! Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter: Electronics are our talismans that ward off the spiritual vacuum of modernity; gilt in Gorilla Glass and cadmium. And in them we find entertainment in lieu of happiness, and exchanges in lieu of actual connections. And, oh, I am guilty. […]

Simple Writing Advice

The best writing advice is simple. Evan Thomas, former editor-at-large for Newsweek, is co-teaching a winter writing program for Harvard students with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson (and, oh yeah, chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time Magazine). Thomas shared this insight about how difficult and crucial it is to write simple. Writing, clear […]

MoneyWell 2.0: So Far a Poor Return on Investment

As a general rule I prefer to give independent developers the benefit of the doubt, but MoneyWell 2 (produced by Kevin Hoctor at No Thirst Software) is pushing it. MoneyWell was one of the indie apps that rose to fill the void left by Intuit’s malnourished and barely-supported Quicken. It uses the concept of budget […]

A Cloud of His Own

Maciej Cegłowski writes about cobbling together his own server to run the awesome Pinbaord bookmarking service for introverts: “While certainly motivating, spending hours trying to unbrick a five thousand dollar server was not a joyous journey of discovery that I wanted to repeat.” It’s worth the read for lines like this one.

Boondoggle? Seriously?

File this incredibly shortsighted ReadWriteWeb editorial away. It will come in handy when all computers are expected to have a Retina-like display. Apple’s Brilliant Boondoggle: MacBook Pro Retina Display: “‘Until you saw it, you didn’t know you wanted it,’ adds Frank Gillett, another Forrester Research analyst.” Wow, they really blow it with this one. If […]

Emmett Till in Sanford : The New Yorker

“This week, the state attorney in Tallahassee, Willie Meggs, told the Times, “The consequences of the law have been devastating around the state. It’s almost insane what we are having to deal with.” Gang members, drug dealers, and road-rage killers are, according to Meggs, all successfully invoking Stand Your Ground. “The person who is alive […]

iCloud vs everyBody

Brett Terpstra’s recently brought in Paul Mayne and Ben Dolman on his nascent Systematic podcast, the designers and developers who created the delightful personal journal app Day One (available for Mac and iOS, and yes I am behind on my monstro 5by5 listening schedule). The episode, titled “On Design, Visualization, and Journaling“, brought some attention […]

Ars staffers exposed: our home office setups

Ars staffers show off their personal work spaces.​ Since the commenters on that post have spent some time analyzing what they see on our desks thus far, we thought it would be nice to let some other Ars staffers in on the fun. Is there something to the fact that all desks clearly display an […]

Playing around

I’m still playing with the new templates and formatting capabilities. Let me know if you love it or hate it. Squarespace 6 offers a ton of new features that make it easy for anyone to go from zero to published in nothing flat.

CaSt: Already Transforming Again

I just migrated from version 5 of Squarespace to the brand new Squarespace 6 and you should too. You can check out the latest Squarespace 6 for free for 14 days, but you should go ahead and sign up because it is awesome. Readers will find this updated site employs responsive design and looks great […]

Making the jump

It looks like I’m not the only one thinking about getting out from other The Man. Marco Arment wrote in “A future full-time job“: Realistically, nobody has job security. It’s a myth. Marco gets right to the nut of the scary parts. The difference is who’s responsible for keeping you in your job, and specifically, […]

Clickety Clack, the Keyboard is Back

The hushed clacking of the keys on a rescued Apple Extended Keyboard II evoke nostalgia in waves as these letters form on the screen in front of me. It started on July 4 when Julie and I took the kids to her brother’s house to set off explosives in celebration of America’s independence. He had […]

It's Monday already?!

The Wall Street Journal is among those on the web talking about Binge Viewing: TV’s Lost Weekends: “Binge viewing is transforming the way people watch television and changing the economics of the industry. The passive couch potato of the broadcast era turned into the channel surfer, flipping through hundreds of cable channels. Now, technologies such […]

Embedded tweets

After reading a recent post by Dr. Drang about embedding tweets, from now on I will use his methods here. Moving from posting photos of tweets to embedded text into the site will make life easier for everyone. Using his tweet that sparked this update as an example: Another thing that’s so 2006: Using screenshots […]

Letters of Note: Regarding your dam complaint

This was funny when I first saw it a few years ago and is still funny today. Here is an excerpt from Letters of Note: Regarding your dam complaint: “As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first […]