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Rex Hammock
Re: The People vs Orson Scott Card - http://scripting.com/2013...
"If we boycotted art because of the mis-guided beliefs of those who commission or create it, the great art museums of the world would be devoid of visitors." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"Was that what that the screeching sound behind me was? ; )" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"(This comment forks away from the game maker observation, but relates to the article you pointed to re: Evan) In the Techcrunch article, there is this quote: "Williams is taking aim squarely at the news industry’s most embarrassing vulnerability: the incessant need to trump up mundane happenings in order to habituate readers into needing news like a daily drug fix." It's a bit odd to me that the reporter would suggest that the co-creator of Twitter, the needle that delivers much of daily fix, would be our savior from it. (And I'm not criticizing Medium, as I don't have time enough to use it enough to criticize or praise it.) The internet is big enough for all types of news, even the trumped up mundane kind. Heck, load up news in a video game and I'd probably like it." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Should I buy an AppleCare Plus warranty for an iPhone? Yes - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Last comment. I keep using the word "abuse" but what I actually mean is "heavily used" -- I don't use my iPhone in an abusive way (except that time one went an entire wash and spin cycle). I just use them aggressively for a wide range of work related activities." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Should I buy an AppleCare Plus warranty for an iPhone? Yes - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Okay. I remembered another in my long line of having Apple+ Care be worth it. While they will charge you $49 for an obvious "abuse" issue, with different models of phones, there seems to be something that breaks that can fall into a gray area between abuse and "just happened." I've had two iPhones in my family replaced due to a malfunctioning camera w/ no question about what the cause of the problem was...and knowing the user of the phone, I didn't ask either." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Should I buy an AppleCare Plus warranty for an iPhone? Yes - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"I knew someone would ask that ... I just didn't expect to be honored by one of my favorite tech journalists asking. Here is my experience. IPhones are abused more than any other device. I use mine nearly 24/7 (I think Ive explained how I find BBC streaming news the perfect cure fore insomnia) and so, the battery replacement is incentive enough. I always need one about 14 mos. into the life of the phone. Also, if you look online, you'd think it takes 5 days to get a new battery, but in an Apple Store with AppleCare+ they'll replace the battery as soon as they've tested it about 15 mins to make sure that's the problem. Also, I'm friends and relatives with people who are constantly in need of a little confidence boost that they can, for example, update apps. The on-going customer support that you're given is discernibly better in an apple store, in my experience, if AppleCare+ pops up on the Apple Storista's screen." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: How I know watch computers have a future - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"As I responded to Dave below, the Pebble does vibrate when my iPhone receives a call or txt. And it displays the info from the RunKeeper app on my iPhone, so I glance at it while riding for that reason, as well. Like the dozens of gadgets I've first "played with" over the years, I think the Pebble is a glimpse into how wearable devices can extend the utility of the computers we carry around with us in the form of Androids and iPhones. I'm not ready to turn over my interaction with the world to Google Glass, but there are dozens of "little things" that one realizes could be helpful, not intrusive, when they "play" with new gadgets, like a Pebble. (And if the rumors are true that Glass(es) will cost $300, I'll be playing with it also.)" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: How I know watch computers have a future - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Sorry I've was offline yesterday and am only now responding to this -- but the Pebble *does* vibrate. That' how I knew you were calling me. When someone calls or txts, it vibrates and displays caller ID or first line of message. (And my RunKeeper speedometer disappears.) -" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
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"A comfortable and comforting setting for a wonderful meal. Our server was not only helpful with the wine and meal selection, she was helpful with suggestions for other places we should eat and visit…" - Rex Hammock
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"Great place for renting a bike for multi-day road or tour biking. For the past 2 years, they've fixed me up with a rack for my panniers I arrived from the airport, they switched out the pedals and…" - Rex Hammock
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"A canceled flight and the closest hotel I could find a room in w/ airport shuttle service was the Holiday Inn about ten minutes from the airport. Didn't have high expectations for the adjacent 24/7…" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Ignore what you don't understand - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"I would make one exception to the "ignore what you don't understand." I've been married 36 years and I gave up long ago on ever fully understanding women -- but I did learn early on that even if I don't understand my wife, I ignore her at my own peril. ; )" - Rex Hammock
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"I love the name of that server. ; )" - Rex Hammock
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"Jon. As you are one of this blogs 12 readers, I actually know the town of which you speak. And your dilemma is precisely what I'm talking about. First off, in big city or small, everyone who drives a car feels that bicycles are a nuisance. Indeed, when I drive, I do. Also, I think the research cited in the post concurs with your observation that it is not recommended for someone wearing spandex as putting on spandex is counter to the research that drivers will avoid people who, in essence, look as if they've never been on a bicycle before. I, myself, wear spandex (but not the logo'd kind) on the weekends during rides around the beautiful part of Tennessee where I live -- and know that every pick-up truck views me as a target. As for greenways, I will say this: Greenways don't appeal to the kind of bicyclists who wear spandex. Greenways work for commuters and people who look like they are enjoying their ride." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Thanks for Calling Technical Support. How Might I Help You Understand How Stupid You Are? | Thomas B. Conner - http://www.thomasbconner.com/post...
"Was I that customer on the other end of Bill's call?" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: 10 steps to <i>My First Post</i> - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Sounds hard. Can you get it down to 5 steps? ; )" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Don Norman on Google Glass - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"I look forward to linking to that when it is posted. Thanks for commenting." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"You're a first-day, prototypical CitiBiker®. ; )" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: This is a test. Do not attempt to adjust your TV. - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"If you've used the opml editor, then you'll find several things familiar. (It worked backwards for me -- not until using Fargo, did I understand how to use the OPML editor fully. To answer your question, if you click on the "Docs" tab at Fargo.io, you'll find (scroll to the bottom) directions for how to connect your Fargo.io account to a Wordpress blog (it can be a blog you have running on your own server, or one that's hosted someplace like wordpress.com." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: This is a test. Do not attempt to adjust your TV. - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Hey, Dave. You must mean "outliver" -- That's a person who outlives everyone else who gives up. It's taken me a long to time to discover my inner outliner. You always knew I would. ; ) And I do plan on doing an actual post about Fargo. I just wanted to make sure I could do the "post to Wordpress" new feature with this item." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Steve Jobs’ Parable of the Stones - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Perhaps I spent too much time separating myself from the chatter. This blog has never been about "writing" but about "off-loading thoughts and observations." It's always bloated as it's more a "first draft" than anything else. To the main point: One of the fascinating things about the quote is the context of the parable within his blast of John Scully. I think Jobs probably was (as generals often do when they fight the *last* war) obsessed with not making another "Scully mistake" during his return to Apple. I think he wanted to make sure that it would be run by true "craftsmen" like Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Phil Schiller -- not just "idea" people. I think this is the best strategy, long term. But my opinion is about creating great products, not meeting investor expectations." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Steve Jobs’ Parable of the Stones - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Thanks for the catch. I've fixed it. I had it correct earlier in the post, but I guess my finger muscles have now been trained to type in the 21st century." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"I am a big fan of the logo for Fargo! ; )" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: How podcasting got its name - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"I blogged the following on the day after Doc's post and on its 5th anniversary: http://www.rexblog.com/2004/09... http://www.rexblog.com/2009/09..." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"You disagree with what? My quote was, "Content isn't king -- Brilliant content is king." Are you disagreeing that brilliant content trumps not-brilliant content?" - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"Thanks for all the comments. I believe my full quote was, "Content isn't king -- Brilliant content is king" so I'm still a believer in the role of content -- just not in the SEO carpet-bombing content that many people have started to apply to cranking out a bunch of fluff in the mistaken belief that it will make their company successful. Content must be tied to a specific business objective. I could make an "argument" that great content has all sorts of mysterious, "hard-to-measure" benefits related to branding, etc. But my 25 years in the business of customer media leads me say, if the content you are investing in doesn't lead to something you can connect to the bottom line, your strategy is wrong. Also, clients will only buy the "branding" argument for so long. As for "writing skills can take you only so far," there is plenty of research demonstrating it can take you VERY far -- including simple research using various versions of copy and photography in selling the exact same items..." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Don’t do this: Hand out your PowerPoint sales presentation deck - http://www.rexblog.com/2013...
"Funny you should mention Hypercard as it plays a role in this post. I wrote it in 2009 and it includes an "annotated" version of "the deck" I used in a presentation called Wiki 101 I made at a Bar Camp in Nashville. It's one of the few times I've posted such a KeyNote (although I think I used an early version of Google's presentation app. The way in which I told the story to the group was easily adapted into something akin to a picture book for grownups." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"A wise man once told me to ignore the trolls. Hardest thing I've ever done." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
Re: Gamifying the NY Times - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
""Well, flush my cookies" sounds like it should be a southern expression." - Rex Hammock
Rex Hammock
"Thank you Nancy. I'm glad you and Steve got to meet Feste and to see what a wonderful dog he was." - Rex Hammock
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