It’s holiday season, and I thought it would be interesting to go back over this year’s articles and see which items I’ve written about in the past year that I’d recommend to my readers. (I actually go back to the end of 2013, because there were some great releases in the last months of the […]
It’s Black Friday, in the US and around the world. People are thronging to stores, seeking the best possible bargains, and retailers are helping to fan the fire. Here at Kirkville, I have nothing to sell, so there’s no real sale. However, if you plan on shopping at Amazon, click one of these links, which […]
I’m an Amazon Prime member here in the UK, and have been since shortly after I moved to my current location, in the West Midlands, near Stratford-Upon-Avon. Until a couple of months ago, all my Amazon packages were either delivered by the post office (Royal Mail), or one of a handful of delivery services: DPD, […]
When iOS 8 went into developer betas, and so many interesting features began to be discussed, as well as a more developer-friendly approach, I had hopes. Perhaps Apple would “solve” Newsstand, and rescue it from neglect. Maybe it would break us out of Newsstand jail and let publication apps coexist, even if we had to give up showing a changing cover as the app’s icon. (It seemed unlikely Jony Ive would allow this, but he’s a clever man, and I thought he might have a solution to meld static app icons with changing covers.)
But iOS 8 went into release with nary a change. The Newsstand abides, a wasteland for publications that only use it as an adjunct—and us. The failure to improve iTunes and the App Store for discovery also remains problematic. It’s really impossible for people to find a publication that matches their interest when all they find are top-ten lists and a field to search for something they already know they want.
Glenn Fleishman writes, for Macworld, about the history of The Magazine, the publication that he has been editing, and which is retiring on December 18. I contributed an article to issue #5, Tour de Front Row.
A few months ago, I wrote a Macworld article explaining why I’ve stopped reading magazines with Newsstand. The Magazine, and Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine, are the only two exceptions. And then there was one…
Once or twice a day, I sit facing a wall in my home. I just sit. I sit for twenty minutes, a half-hour, sometimes more. But I just sit. I sit and think not thinking; I do that by non-thinking. This is the Zen practice of shikantaza, or “just sitting.” You sit, cross-legged if you […]
As you may have read yesterday, Macworld magazine is no more. There will be a final November issue, then all that will remain is macworld.com. This is a sad moment, as Macworld was such a great crew of writers and editors, and they’ll be missed. I’ve been writing as a freelancer for Macworld since 2001, […]
It was thirty years ago today that I landed in Gatwick airport, on the first leg of my trip to southern France, where I was to spend a year. I’m not in France any more, but I’m still in Europe. That’s a long time…
When I moved to the UK in early 2013, I had to make a major change in the way I run my business. Having lived in France for a long time, I was familiar with French accounting rules, and I used a (very bad) Mac app to manage my accounting. in the UK, everything is […]