Tag Archive for ‘Jesper’

At ARM’s Length ➝

Jesper discusses the options Apple has for transitioning their Mac lineup to ARM processors.

RSS is Still Everywhere ➝

Jesper, regarding RSS as a technology:

RSS feeds (by which I also mean Atom feeds) are now one of the foundational building blocks of the web. It is to podcasting what RF signals and antennas used to be to analogue TV. […]

We’re in the 10s of this century, and this century, RSS is our analogue TV. It is the “regular” telephone net. It is boring and known and useful and a cornerstone and a foundation. There’s nothing ruling out a replacement, it’s just that no one’s going to work on one for an awfully long time because right now, there’s no obvious improvement.

I get a little annoyed (as Jesper seems to, as well) every time I hear writers and pundits espouse the death of RSS. But the truth is, Flipoard, Apple News, and nearly every other application and service that was lauded as the death knell for RSS made heavy use of the technology in order to display content. None of them would have existed in their current form if their developers didn’t have RSS to build upon.

Feed readers in the traditional sense aren’t likely to be a growth market going forward, but that doesn’t mean RSS is dead. If anything, RSS is stronger than ever. But as the applications that make use of the technology broaden their user base by designing for mainstream appeal, they start to look less like RSS readers and more like applications that allow users to read the news. They don’t advertise themselves as “RSS readers” and that’s a good thing — the mainstream doesn’t know or care what RSS is, they just want to keep track of their favorite sites without having to load each one separately in thier browser, and for obvious reasons.

Google Buzz ➝

Jesper of Waffle Software writes this regarding Google Buzz:

One of the things I hate about Gmail is that it tries to leverage synergies. Not across the enterprise, mind you, but always across my address book. The address book that it stuck everyone you ever exchanged emails with on. The address book that suddenly saw your stupid status messages and cluttered your buddy list. And now the address book that automatically hooks together everyone’s intertubular facetweets into one big list and sticks it in your face.

Jesper is exactly right, and this is precisely the reason I’m beginning to dislike Google. I don’t have a problem with them introducing Buzz. But, when it’s force feed to Gmail users the way it has been, that’s when I start to get ticked off. Email is inherently a private communication tool and it doesn’t make sense for Google to duct tape a public broadcasting feature onto it.

Feature creep is why I stopped using Google Reader. Google Reader doesn’t even feel like a reader anymore — what exactly is the difference between “starring” and “liking” an item? And, why does “share” and “share with note” have to be two separate buttons?

Luckily Buzz is much easier to disable then it was at launch. But, this doesn’t make up for the terrible job Google did at launching the product. And, their excuse of under-testing is absolutely ridiculous. Google has thousands of engineers and developers, not to mention a labs section in Gmail that could have easily housed Buzz until it was ready for prime time.

Google made the decision to launch Buzz immediately hooking directly into Gmail. If they didn’t expect backlash they were as ignorant as they come.