36 Staples

The Microsoft Surface is like…

A box of 100 staples, where 64 are used to hold the box together, so you only get to use 36

Biting satire on Hacker News in response to Marco Arment’s post about the Surface free space scandal.

A Bad Robot in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Disney Selects J.J. Abrams for Star Wars Sequel

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

This is unbelievably good news for anyone who loves Star Wars.

Disney has made a bold and inspired choice here.  Abrams has spent the last decade establishing himself as the name in Hollywood Science Fiction.  Cloverfield, LOST, Super 8, Fringe, and yes — the best Star Trek movie since Wrath of Khan.  Bringing his attention to detail; his sublime knack at casting; and his ability to mix humor with action will ensure that the next Star Wars movie is in the debate with Empire and A New Hope as the best in the franchise.

Don’t get hung up on the whole Star Wars vs Star Trek thing.  Joss Whedon jumped from Firefly to The Avengers.  Steven Spielberg jumped from Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.  Hell, Abrams has already jumped from Mission Impossible to Star Trek.  A good director can make any project better, no matter how many other franchises he’s helmed before.

This is the droid we’re looking for.



How To Name Your Git Remotes

Here’s a quick tip for how to give your Git remotes a more meaningful name.

Personally, I don’t like how every remote defaults to origin.  What does that mean?  Did this code from from Beanstalk?  GitHub?  GitStack?  Who knows?

We can do better.

To assign a meaningful name to the remote when you clone a repository, simply use the -o parameter, followed by the name you wish to use.  For example:

git clone git@account.beanstalkapp.com:/my-awesome-app.git -o beanstalk


git clone https://github.com/account/my-awesome-plugin.git -o github

To use these fancy new remotes, you can say…

git push beanstalk master


git push github mybranch

Easy as pie.  Mmmmm… pie…

American Airlines New Logo

Check Out the New American Airlines Logo

I like what FutureBrand has done here. Again, I’m not fully convinced that a new logo was even required, but given the request, I think they’ve done a great job.

I agree. The new design is bold, modern, and helps to refresh a brand that has become stale. Well done.

American Airlines New Logo

Intel getting out of the PC business?

Intel starts killing off its own PC business

Intel has taken the first steps toward dissolving its PC motherboard production. If all goes according to plan, the entire division will be nonexistent by 2016.

If anyone still thinks that tablets are a fad, this should be a harsh dose of reality. The iPad has eroded the dominance of the Win-tel platform and sucked the profits out of the PC business. Intel can see the writing on the wall…

Forbes Crushes Microsoft

Sell Microsoft NOW!

Ballmer has committed to fight to the death in his effort to defend & extend Windows. So expect death…

Adam Hartung paints a dire picture of decreasing sales, increasing competition and poor leadership. If customers and investors smell blood in the water, Microsoft will be the next RIM.

Only 18% of Top CEOs are on Social Networks

Only 18% of Top CEOs are on Social Networks

Only 18% of the CEOs of the world’s top 50 biggest companies by revenue have one or more social networking accounts, according to a study released Tuesday by global pr firm Weber Shandwick.

I’m not sure what is more likely here — that these folks are woefully out of touch with the rest of society, or that the corporate PR folks have muzzled the CEOs to keep them from embarrassing the company.

Target will now price-match Amazon

Target will now price-match Amazon, other retailers year-round

Target also plans to match rates from Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us if customers should find the same item priced lower there.

Smart move. Target already had the best brick-and-mortar retail shopping experience. Now they have the best prices too. This is their play to crush WalMart and BestBuy.

Game on.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes for Maps

A letter from Tim Cook on Maps

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.

Say what you will about Apple, but their leadership isn’t afraid to stand up and admit when the company has faultered.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze

Well played.  Of course Apple would love everyone to use their new Maps application, and help it improve.  In the long run, however, Apple wins no matter which app you use — as long as it’s running on an iPhone.
I wouldn’t want to be working on that Maps team today though.  I suspect they’re going to be burning the midnight oil for quite a while.

Taxing Customers Who Use IE7

Internet Explorer 7Kogan Imposing Tax On Shoppers Who Use IE7

…from now on, anyone who visits the Kogan site using IE7 will be charged an additional 6.8% “IE7 tax” — 0.1% for each month since the browser was released — on any purchases.

A+ for original thinking.

If Microsoft won’t push their customers off old versions of IE, the market will find a way on its own…