I don’t support Russia’s anti-gay policies, but I still admire the sheer scale of their opening ceremony: the floor alone required 120 projectors!
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Carriers Reject a Plan for Preventing Cellphone Theft ➔
Brian Chen, reporting for the New York Times:
The emails […] suggest that the carriers are concerned that the software would eat into the profit they make from the insurance programs many consumers buy to cover lost or stolen phones.
Was there ever any doubt that carriers are more interested in profit than helping consumers?
How to Blog About Code ➔
Our communities need to hear from people who aren’t the maintainers and conference speakers and web celebrities. We need to hear from people who give zero f***s, who never worry about their Klout scores or how many people starred their repo. The big names create an echo chamber where ideas are safe and popular and failure and being wrong are covered up so no one else can learn from them. We don’t really badly need any more of that crap. We need you.
On Apple and the New iPhones ➔
Victor Agreda, Jr.:
Apple isn’t innovating. Apple is just iterating. Well, yes. But do we worry Mercedes will disappear because the company has yet to introduce a flying car? What’s the last category-redefining washing machine you couldn’t wait to try? And yet people still buy them — the mind boggles.
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.
— Clay Shirky
All the Apps Have Been Written ➔
Kevin Hoctor, on the importance of creating things you’re passionate about:
It took ten months to design, acquire funding, and ship the 1.0 release. In those months, there were dozens of episodes where I felt too stupid and lacking the Cocoa skills I needed to get MoneyWell completed. I’m sure my wife was exhausted in her roles as cheerleader and therapist. It’s a damn good thing that I made this personal.
We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a crime against our minds.
— Roger Ebert
#Pragma Declarations ➔
NSHipster posted an excellent article on #pragma tricks for Xcode. For the uninitiated, Xcode uses #pragma declarations to help you organize code into sections and disable compiler warnings.
If you aren’t using #pragma yet then I highly recommend perusing the article.