Say "I'm a multitasker" one more time

At work many people aren't multitasking anything. They're merely devoting less time to each task and assuming is multitasking. True multitasking is , at once, managing the lift, speed and vector of a commercial airliner as it lands. Not switching between apps gratuitously until something gets done.

The only things multitasking in the workplace are computers and servers. If I were your desktop computer, I'd be super-pissed that you were running around the office proclaiming your exploits as a result of my hard work.

On the bright side, "multitaskers" are great starters. They get things moving at a high-volume. But the quality therein? It's spotty. Some "multitaskers" do good work and other do awful work. But for the most part, the focus is almost non-existent and focus is, in my humble opinion, a prerequisite for great work.

June 02, 2014  ·  Permalink

What bubble?

Glen Allmendinger via Bits Blog at New York Times

This is all part of the future of cloud-based Internet computing and right now everyone is in a land grab where the more people you have on your service, the better off you are

Every user has a cost and if you're not breaking even, you're racing hard and fast towards breaking something and it's not even. History will likely repeat itself.

March 11, 2014  ·  Permalink

How Facebook Paper helped me escape Facebook

Facebook's Paper app is a social news app. It funnels all the news and blog links people share on Facebook into a bit-sized Flipbook-like package. Most are still better off using Flipbook or Zite for curated/aggregated news.

Even though I use Paper mostly to read news from popular topics, I can still keep up on normal Facebook stuff like messages, friend requests and notifications. You realize that Paper is really just a news app with Facebook baked in. But the real value of Paper is that I don't check or post to Facebook as much. Facebook use has become more a calculated choice than a knee-jerk reaction to bordem.

February 20, 2014  ·  Permalink

Kotaku attempts to explain the hype around Titanfall

Tina Amini writes:

Titanfall is accessible, but not in a way that ostracized its more skilled players. Think about it: what is the most cited reason people stay away from playing even well-made first-person shooters? It's an easy answer, everyone knows: all those 12-year-olds we like to joke about who have way too much free time to practice. It puts adults with maybe a spare hour or two to play at a huge disadvantage.

Having played a few rounds of the Titanfall beta, there is a lot to be had in terms of fun and skill. Until now I didn't think it was possible to have fun and play alongside all the try-hards.

February 18, 2014  ·  Source  ·  Permalink

Exclusives will be a marginal win for consoles going forward

Reading the article from The Next Web, "Why PlayStation 4 was the best-selling next-gen console in the US last month", Nick Summers had this to say about exclusives:

While Titanfall will almost certainly help Microsoft to shift a bucketload of Xbox One consoles, Sony has its own share of platform exclusives in the pipeline including Infamous: Second Sun, Driveclub, The Order: 1866 and a fresh instalment in the Uncharted franchise.

Honestly, Titanfall will mostly drive Xbox One sales because there just aren't very many exciting games to buy right now and it's better than buying new games for last-generation hardware. The same goes for the Playstation 4.

I'm just not convinced Sony or Microsoft will extend themselves very far to win unit sales. Both companies are seemingly relying on existing fans to carry them through. Neither company has done much to convince anyone why one is better than the other. Let alone whether anyone should buy a console at all.

February 16, 2014  ·  Source  ·  Permalink

Editorially shuts down

From their FAQ:

WHY NOT JUST CHARGE FOR USE? We thought of that, and in fact, it was always our plan to do so. But Editorially is a sophisticated application that requires a team of engineers to maintain and develop. Even if all of our users paid up, it wouldn’t be enough.

This essentially sums up everything that is wrong with start-up culture. When the acquisition lottery doesn't pan out, most start-ups fold. Sad, really.

February 14, 2014  ·  Source  ·  Permalink

iPhone or Android? What I tell every person who asks

It doesn't matter who you are, buying a smartphone is a simple decision and it's based on how you like to use your phone.

Android?

If you're the kind of person that really enjoys widgets and copious amounts of customizability, then Android is a great platform. Powerful and sometimes overtly complex. Yes, it can get exhausting keeping tabs on all those customizations, but that's a dream for some people.

You can replace most of the default apps and that's something I wish iOS would copy. Apple has great intentions, but their default apps often leave me wanting. But where Android often falters for me is build quality. It's parade of cheap hardware. But that's slowly becoming less of and issue.

I've made the mistake of generalizing Android as a nerdy platform. But if there is one thing Android has become, it's easier to use.

iOS/iPhone?

If you like power and simplicity, then I recommend the iPhone. To this day, Apple garners most of the best-in-breed apps you'll ever find on a smartphone or tablet. But the innovation stops there.

The iPhone gets out of the way. I often recommend the iPhone to people coming from older mobile devices. The iPhone is easily the path of least resistence and complexity for most people.

Some would have you believe iPhone owners are simple-minded idiots. But that just isn't the case. The iPhone is for people with simple needs.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, we're all just buying products we connect easily with. For some it's an iPhone, others an Android device. And God bless your heart, maybe a Windows Phone or Blackberry.

I tell people to buy what they like the most and to never feel guilty or envious if someone thinks that choice sucks.

November 25, 2013  ·  Permalink

Play your PS4 on your Xbox One

Joe Juba reporting for Game Informer:

All you need to do is plug the HDMI cable from your PS4 into the HDMI In port on the back of your Xbox One. Then make sure your Xbox One is plugged into your TV.

Why? Because you want to play Killzone Shadowfall while binge-watching the Breaking Bad series on Netflix. That's why.

November 20, 2013  ·  Source  ·  Permalink