“Apple will roll on just fine, and those invested will continue to propagate the narrative of Apple as Magic Workshop. But these are now, without doubt, the days without surprise. End of cycle. The days before punk, perhaps. Or maybe just the top of a Long Now of circular stagnation in the field. Soundtracked by Coldplay and U2.”—Warren Ellis - Apple Cores | MORNING, COMPUTER
Journalism will never be a cash cow, but there are plenty of ways to make it profitable and self-sustaining so that it can do what’s most important: educate readers, enrich lives, and build some really fantastic content.
“Back in the day, there was virtually no documentation or tech support from the creators of the hardware, and as Simon Brattel recalls, “maybe that was for the best”. “We did meet the designers of the Amstrad CPC464, they walked up to our stand at one of the first exhibitions and accused us of modifying the hardware of the Amstrad on our stand because it was doing something they regarded as completely impossible,” he says. “What I was doing was changing the video mode several times during the active video period so that I could mix the different resolutions and have more than four colours, but still use the high resolution mode - that was in Tank Busters… They were quite aggressive about it. I remember being fairly rude about a number of mistakes they’d made in the design. It could have been so much better with a couple of tiny changes that wouldn’t have cost anything at all. Gah…””—Face-Off: ZX Spectrum vs. Commodore 64 • Eurogamer.net
“At the end of the day, it’s a tad ridiculous for Twitter to think they can build a platform designed for an audience with short attention spans on the one hand, and expect to have a captive audience to market advertisements to on the other. It’s a recipe for disaster. I’m sure Twitter ads must have a place somewhere where they can be effective. But so far it seems like they annoy users more than they actually spread knowledge (in a good way) of a product.”—Twitter Ads were completely useless for me | Jonathan Zdziarski’s Domain