Death to the Embargo (and the Last Sliver of Integrity)

I purposefully try not to read Techcrunch, but this came across the twitter and – weak as I am – I bit.

One annoying thing for us is when an embargo is broken. That means that a news site goes early with the news despite the fact that they’ve promised not to. The benefits are clear … Traffic and links flow in to whoever breaks an embargo first.

That means it’s a race to the bottom by new sites…

And so,

From now our new policy is to break every embargo. We’ll happily agree to whatever you ask of us, and then we’ll just do whatever we feel like right after that.

After all, if you’re going to run the race to the bottom, then honesty-be-damned you’d better win.

WelcomeToYourMac v0.2.5 Released

New WTYM update! WelcomeToYourMac is an easy way to access your Mac’s files/screen/apps from any browser – even your iPhone. Download your copy here.

This latest version was a lot of fun to work on. WTYM is already my first ever Cocoa app to work on, and now it’s my first ever Cocoa app that automatically updates. Just like all those other fancy apps that provide a handy “Check for Updates” button, WTYM now incorporates the Sparkle framework to provide that same seemless upgrade experience.

And the best part? It only took about an hour to integrate and test (and I’m probably on the slower end of all you Cocoa pros out there :P).

Very fun stuff :) Download WTYM here or visit the site for more info.

Resig is spot-on regarding Objective-J

Resig:

Pyjamas, GWT, and Objective-J all hinge around a central concept: Abstracting away the authoring of JavaScript-heavy web applications by allowing the developer to program entirely in their natively language (be it Python, Java, or an Objective-C-like-language accordingly)…

I worry about large abstractions like this for a number of reasons.

Well worth the read.



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