Tag Archive for ‘Andy Nicolaides’

Are You the Product? ➝

Andy Nicolaides:

Many of the services we use today, for the various things we do one the web, are so engrained into our brains, and even muscle memory, that it’s difficult to even consider using something else. When someone says they are going to look something up online they don’t say I’m going to go and look that up online they say I’ll just go and Google that. It’s become second nature, so it’s easy to see why people often won’t even consider alternatives, or even know where to look. The list below, and the rest of this article, is just an informational piece about what else is out there, that will respect your desire for privacy, but that will also help you to be productive online.

Some great options outlined here. I just wish there were better alternatives to Google and Apple Photos. My wife and I use Google Photos because it’s the only reliable option with partner sharing, good object recognition, and a rock solid mobile app. If something else came along with those, I’d move immediately.

➝ Source: thedent.net

‘Hey, World!’ ➝

Jason Fried:

Email is the internet’s oldest self-publishing platform. Billions of emails are “published” every day. Everyone knows how to do it, and everyone already can. The only limitation is that you have to define a private audience with everything you send. You’ve gotta write an email to: someone.

So I thought, why not expand the possibilities here? Of course still let email be email, but what else could email be?

The folks at Hey.com are experimenting with a weblog publishing platform where your email client is the editor. It’s an interesting idea. It is worth noting that other platforms already have this as an option. But I get it, they have their own take on the idea.

I am curious how editing an entry would work, though. On WordPress, if you were to publish by email, you still have an editor you can go to for changes after publishing. Would this service offer something like that?

It would be weird if that wasn’t option, but truthfully, anything that gets more people publishing is good for the web.

Andy Nicolaides, on the announcement:

A blogging platform in this style will also remove one of the elements that always feels like a bit of a blocker for me, the design and naming of my blog. I’m consistently unhappy with the design of any blog I make, and then when I do write I spend too much time worrying about adding images and making it look nice instead of just getting the words out / down.

In addition to the publishing by email, HEY World is also de-emphasizing the design of your site. Their thinking is that it causes too much friction. I can understand the sentiment, but fortunately that isn’t something that has been too much of a barrier for me personally.

Back to Jason:

For now, this remains an experiment. I’ve got my own HEY World blog, and David has his. We’re going to play for a while. And, if there’s demand, we’ll roll this out to anyone with a personal @hey.com account. It feels like Web 1.0 again in all the right ways. And it’s about time.

I’m not a Hey.com user, but I am excited to see where this goes. And speaking more broadly, there does feel like something neat is happening right now. An undercurrent of interest in moving away from the existing social media sites. I hope many will move to publishing on their own domain, but at the very least, it would be nice to see the Facebooks and Twitters of the world shrink a little bit — both in active users and influence.

➝ Source: world.hey.com

The Best Apple Setups

This is a nifty thought experiment from Chris Wilson:

I saw a YouTube video with the ultimate apple setup for $1000 and thought, “that’s interesting. I wonder about other budgets” So I thought I’d write it. To make it fair, I’m only using prices from the Apple website. It’s the easiest way even though I’m sure some other options could be found using second hand sites.

The idea being, what is your dream Apple setup at various price points? With the only rules being that the prices are based on Apple’s website and you can’t use anything you already own.

Matt Birchler, Habib Cham, Greg Morris, and Andy Nicolaides have shared theirs and I thought I’d do the same.

$500 Setup

  • 64GB iPhone SE for $399
  • Magic Keyboard for $99

Total: $498

I could have gone with an iPad, but an iPhone is just too essential in my eyes to leave out. And the SE is the only model within this price range. The Magic Keyboard might seem like an oddball choice, but I type a lot and having a physical keyboard for longer stretches of writing seems pretty clutch.

I haven’t included anything to prop-up the iPhone for typing, but you could rest it against the top edge of the keyboard and prop it up against literally anything — including the box that your items ship in. So I wouldn’t consider this cheating based on Chris’ rules.

And after selecting the iPhone, I don’t think there are any other accessories that I would be willing to purchase for the remaining budget. An iPhone case, headphones, or charger are natural options but I don’t use a case on my devices at all and the stock headphones and charger are just fine for my needs.

$1,000 Setup

  • 64GB iPhone SE for $399
  • 10.2-inch iPad with 32GB of storage for $329
  • Magic Keyboard for $99
  • AirPods with Charging Case for $159

Total: $986

With the additional funds, adding an iPad and AirPods seemed like the best options. The iPad is my preferred platform and AirPods are probably the best Apple product in the last decade.

In my original draft, I had an Apple Watch instead of the keyboard and AirPods, but I think this is the superior list.

$2,500 Setup

  • 64GB iPhone 11 Pro for $999
  • 128GB 11-inch iPad Pro for $799
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 for $229
  • Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro for $299
  • AirPods with Charging Case for $159

Total: $2,485

This is where things start to get really interesting and some higher-end products start to come within reach. Upgrading to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Pro were of the highest priority for me. The 11 Pro’s camera system is much better than the iPhone SE and it’s the only other iPhone in the lineup that comes in a size that’s worth owning — I’m still not down with larger phones.

The iPad Pro is much more powerful than the standard 10.2-inch iPad and gives us the ability to upgrade our typing setup from the Mac-centric Magic Keyboard plus cardboard box setup to the Magic Keyboard designed for the iPad Pro.

The AirPods remain, because they’re great. And this budget also sees the addition of the Apple Watch. I suppose that tells you where the Watch sits in my hierarchy of importance.

$5,000 Setup

  • 256GB iPhone 11 Pro for $1,149
  • 128GB 11-inch iPad Pro for $799
  • 21.5-inch iMac with 3.6GHz Core i3, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD for $1,899
  • 44mm Apple Watch Series 5 for $429
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro for $299
  • AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $199
  • Nomad Base Station, Apple Watch Edition for $150

Total: $4,924

A little bit of extra storage on the iPhone, the same iPad, an upgrade to the Apple Watch, and the wireless charging AirPods. I cheated a bit with the Nomad Base Station — it’s not available on Apple’s website, but it’s the only wireless charger that I think is worth purchasing. You can charge all of your portable devices with it — the Watch, AirPods and iPhone wirelessly while the iPad charges using the built-in USB-C port. It’s also a gorgeous piece of tech.

But the biggest addition is the iMac — the first budget to actually include one. I would have gone with a Mac Mini to be used headless, but because of the rule preventing you from using anything you already own, it would have meant I needed to purchase a Keyboard, Mouse, and display in order to set it up. It’s not really worth the trouble at that point, so an iMac was the best alternative.

In terms of the specific configuration for the iMac, I went with the most well-balanced and powerful iMac I could afford with my remaining funds.