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2011-08-19 03:22:48 (248 comments, 283 reshares, 374 +1s)Open 

Today we’re rolling out a new feature that makes the Google+ bar float at the top of the screen when you scroll down. It also floats differently on big vs. small screens to maximize reading space. Let us know what you think in the comments!

#googleplusupdate

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Hi. My name is Andy Hertzfeld and I'm a designer and an engineer on the Google+ team.

One of my favorite features of Google+ is the black "plus bar" across the top, because it unites all of Google, putting most of my frequently used services a mere click away. The red notification count on the right lets me know when there's something new to view, and the drop-down sharing menu makes sharing to your circles accessible no matter what you're doing.

Unfortunately, like most users, I spend most of my time scrolled down in the stream, so the plus bar is usuallyn... more »

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2011-12-29 23:59:22 (128 comments, 756 reshares, 1278 +1s)Open 

In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here's one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it. My editor begged me to include it in my book, but I was too timid to ask for permission, especially since IBM was still making CPUs for Apple at the time.

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2011-12-29 23:59:22 (128 comments, 756 reshares, 1278 +1s)Open 

In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here's one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it. My editor begged me to include it in my book, but I was too timid to ask for permission, especially since IBM was still making CPUs for Apple at the time.

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2015-05-15 21:50:46 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Dylan is on the next to the last show next week.   I hope he does "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

Dylan is on the next to the last show next week.   I hope he does "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".___

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2015-04-14 14:42:23 (6 comments, 28 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

My review of the recent Steve Jobs bio:

"I adore the early Apple Computer that Brent and Rick belittle, so I'm writing this piece to defend it."

My review of the recent Steve Jobs bio:

"I adore the early Apple Computer that Brent and Rick belittle, so I'm writing this piece to defend it."___

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2015-01-21 19:24:52 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

I visited with the amazing team working on the new "Steve Jobs" movie yesterday.   I feel very lucky to be portrayed by someone as talented and scrupulous as Michael Stuhlbarg.

I visited with the amazing team working on the new "Steve Jobs" movie yesterday.   I feel very lucky to be portrayed by someone as talented and scrupulous as Michael Stuhlbarg.___

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2014-10-24 23:23:08 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Excited to be at Game 3 tonight. Go Giants!

Excited to be at Game 3 tonight. Go Giants!___

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2014-10-06 17:29:04 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

It was great to see everyone at the General Magic reunion yesterday.  So many amazing people who went on to do monumental work (eBay, iPod iPhone, Android, Nest, etc.) and so much mutual affection for each other.

It was great to see everyone at the General Magic reunion yesterday.  So many amazing people who went on to do monumental work (eBay, iPod iPhone, Android, Nest, etc.) and so much mutual affection for each other.___

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2014-06-26 01:21:26 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

We were lucky to be at the ballpark this afternoon to witness Tim Lincecum's no-hitter.   The tension and release in the stadium during the ninth was exquisite. 

We were lucky to be at the ballpark this afternoon to witness Tim Lincecum's no-hitter.   The tension and release in the stadium during the ninth was exquisite. ___

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2014-02-24 20:15:54 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Some fascinating photos of Bob Dylan and the Hawks performing an early electric show recently surfaced.  It was at Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ on October 2, 1965, only his sixth electric concert ever.

Some fascinating photos of Bob Dylan and the Hawks performing an early electric show recently surfaced.  It was at Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ on October 2, 1965, only his sixth electric concert ever.___

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2014-01-22 17:04:13 (10 comments, 19 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Nice article on CNET about the original Macintosh software team, on the eve of the Mac's thirtieth birthday:

"And of course the best part of participating in designing the Mac was getting a great computer to use for the last 30 years"

Nice article on CNET about the original Macintosh software team, on the eve of the Mac's thirtieth birthday:

"And of course the best part of participating in designing the Mac was getting a great computer to use for the last 30 years"___

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2013-12-23 18:50:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This song was written about the demise of Giants stadium in the swamps of Jersey, but is a good one to bid farewell to Candlestick Park this evening, "where Giants played the game".

This song was written about the demise of Giants stadium in the swamps of Jersey, but is a good one to bid farewell to Candlestick Park this evening, "where Giants played the game".___

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2013-12-02 16:22:23 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Shameless plug:  You can get Revolution in the Valley as well as every other O'Reilly ebook for 50% off today as part of their Cyber Monday sale. 

Shameless plug:  You can get Revolution in the Valley as well as every other O'Reilly ebook for 50% off today as part of their Cyber Monday sale. ___

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2013-11-14 02:10:33 (17 comments, 10 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

A sign of the overheated real estate market in downtown Palo Alto.

A sign of the overheated real estate market in downtown Palo Alto.___

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2013-11-08 20:57:05 (10 comments, 21 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

I was really excited to receive my copy of Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One  this week, which is a box set containing every officially released Bob Dylan album, many of them newly remastered.  A 43 disc set would be too cumbersome to consider, but luckily they offered it on a tiny USB drive, enclosed in a cool harmonica-shaped container.   It has both MP3 and lossless FLAC versions of every song, 19 gigabytes in all.   The only disappointment is that it lacks the bootleg series stuff, but I suppose that’s what Vol. Two is for.

I was really excited to receive my copy of Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection, Vol. One  this week, which is a box set containing every officially released Bob Dylan album, many of them newly remastered.  A 43 disc set would be too cumbersome to consider, but luckily they offered it on a tiny USB drive, enclosed in a cool harmonica-shaped container.   It has both MP3 and lossless FLAC versions of every song, 19 gigabytes in all.   The only disappointment is that it lacks the bootleg series stuff, but I suppose that’s what Vol. Two is for.___

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2013-09-21 22:02:16 (11 comments, 17 reshares, 144 +1s)Open 

Susan Kare, the designer of the original Mac's fonts and icons, gave a talk in Göteborg, Sweden earlier this week and, as requested, left behind a mural as a memento.

Susan Kare, the designer of the original Mac's fonts and icons, gave a talk in Göteborg, Sweden earlier this week and, as requested, left behind a mural as a memento.___

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2013-09-12 02:10:50 (11 comments, 15 reshares, 183 +1s)Open 

There was an impromptu reunion of early Apple folk this afternoon at the Computer History Museum, attended by five of the first eight employees.  Here's Steve Wozniak conversing with Rod Holt, and Jerry Manock with Terry Oyama, the industrial designers of the Apple II and original Mac.

There was an impromptu reunion of early Apple folk this afternoon at the Computer History Museum, attended by five of the first eight employees.  Here's Steve Wozniak conversing with Rod Holt, and Jerry Manock with Terry Oyama, the industrial designers of the Apple II and original Mac.___

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2013-09-10 00:13:50 (26 comments, 5 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

dot matrix skywriting above Palo Alto this morning.

dot matrix skywriting above Palo Alto this morning.___

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2013-08-25 17:26:22 (15 comments, 26 reshares, 155 +1s)Open 

An amazing, 3D-printed  "Mock Pro"

I have just written a feature article on 3D Printers for MacPeople, a leading Japanese Mac and iOS devices magazine. For examining the ability of some of the professional 3D printers, we tried to build a mock-up of the new Mac Pro. We used two different printers, ZPrinter 650 for color printed boards, and Formiga P 110 for inner frames and covers. Frames and covers are painted for the finishing touch. The mock-up should be almost the same size as real new Mac Pro, so you can see the difference from the current model.___An amazing, 3D-printed  "Mock Pro"

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2013-07-05 10:02:32 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

High fashion dinosaurs

High fashion dinosaurs___

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2013-07-01 21:29:06 (21 comments, 17 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

We strolled across a "Love Lock" bridge in Paris today, where lovers commemorate their commitment by writing their names on a lock, fastening it to one of two bridges, and then tossing the key into the water. 

We strolled across a "Love Lock" bridge in Paris today, where lovers commemorate their commitment by writing their names on a lock, fastening it to one of two bridges, and then tossing the key into the water. ___

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2013-06-21 06:47:41 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

On vacation in Barcelona, I was awed and inspired by Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, which is probably the most amazing building I've ever encountered. It's been under construction for over 120 years now and is still only 60% completed. Truly visionary.

On vacation in Barcelona, I was awed and inspired by Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, which is probably the most amazing building I've ever encountered. It's been under construction for over 120 years now and is still only 60% completed. Truly visionary.___

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2013-06-02 23:24:17 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Umami Burger is an LA-based gourmet hamburger chain that recently opened a place on University Ave in Palo Alto.   Each restaurant features a decor that's tailored to its locale, so the student infested Palo Alto version is decorated as a faux library, teeming with bookshelves.

Amazingly, we ate there without even realizing that three out of the five posters adorning the walls were based on my book, "Revolution in the Valley".   For example, in one poster, pages from the book were superimposed with an old black and white photo of the Palo Alto tree, a William Burroughs quote about the future and some obscure Radiohead lyrics.  I love that someone thought my book was emblematic of Palo Alto.

Umami Burger is an LA-based gourmet hamburger chain that recently opened a place on University Ave in Palo Alto.   Each restaurant features a decor that's tailored to its locale, so the student infested Palo Alto version is decorated as a faux library, teeming with bookshelves.

Amazingly, we ate there without even realizing that three out of the five posters adorning the walls were based on my book, "Revolution in the Valley".   For example, in one poster, pages from the book were superimposed with an old black and white photo of the Palo Alto tree, a William Burroughs quote about the future and some obscure Radiohead lyrics.  I love that someone thought my book was emblematic of Palo Alto.___

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2013-05-27 05:23:57 (15 comments, 19 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Illegal downloading is certainly a problem, but it doesn't justify anti-user terrorism like this insane proposal.  They might be more successful if they focused on pleasing their users instead of attacking them.

Illegal downloading is certainly a problem, but it doesn't justify anti-user terrorism like this insane proposal.  They might be more successful if they focused on pleasing their users instead of attacking them.___

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2013-04-02 04:24:12 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

I pass by these street signs on the lawn of the Palo Alto Art Center twice a day on my way to and from work, but last week I finally decided to walk by to get a closer look.

I pass by these street signs on the lawn of the Palo Alto Art Center twice a day on my way to and from work, but last week I finally decided to walk by to get a closer look.___

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2013-03-17 18:12:04 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

I almost forgot that last fall my wife got me the perfect shirt to wear on St. Patrick's day.

I almost forgot that last fall my wife got me the perfect shirt to wear on St. Patrick's day.___

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2013-01-04 06:07:55 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I was surprised to see these scarily impractical cigarette lighters / bottle openers prominently displayed at Mac's Smoke Shop in Palo Alto this week.

I was surprised to see these scarily impractical cigarette lighters / bottle openers prominently displayed at Mac's Smoke Shop in Palo Alto this week.___

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2012-12-21 06:31:33 (30 comments, 9 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

My publisher O'Reilly neglected to inform me that my book about the development of the original Macintosh, "Revolution in the Valley", was being translated into Spanish, so I was pleasantly surprised when a couple of Spanish copies showed up in my mailbox yesterday.  I was also surprised to see that they changed the cover again, this time to prominently feature a 28 year old Steve Jobs along with MacPaint creator +Bill Atkinson.

My publisher O'Reilly neglected to inform me that my book about the development of the original Macintosh, "Revolution in the Valley", was being translated into Spanish, so I was pleasantly surprised when a couple of Spanish copies showed up in my mailbox yesterday.  I was also surprised to see that they changed the cover again, this time to prominently feature a 28 year old Steve Jobs along with MacPaint creator +Bill Atkinson.___

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2012-10-30 17:21:32 (17 comments, 18 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Here is another unused commercial for Apple's original Macintosh computer that was produced by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983.   This one features brilliant Macintosh artist Susan Kare, who designed the Mac's fonts and icons, extolling the virtues of the exciting new medium.

Here is another unused commercial for Apple's original Macintosh computer that was produced by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983.   This one features brilliant Macintosh artist Susan Kare, who designed the Mac's fonts and icons, extolling the virtues of the exciting new medium.___

2012-10-19 21:48:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Good luck to the Giants today, who must win all three of the remaining games in the NLCS to move on to the World Series against the Tigers.  If you're a Giants fan, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of listening to Dan Bern's anthem celebrating their victory two years ago, as well the rest of their storied past.

Good luck to the Giants today, who must win all three of the remaining games in the NLCS to move on to the World Series against the Tigers.  If you're a Giants fan, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of listening to Dan Bern's anthem celebrating their victory two years ago, as well the rest of their storied past.___

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2012-09-28 19:04:41 (13 comments, 15 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Here is another in the series of commercials for the original Macintosh produced by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983 that were never used.   This one immodestly features myself, talking about the amazing things users were going to do with Macintosh, half a lifetime ago.

Here is another in the series of commercials for the original Macintosh produced by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983 that were never used.   This one immodestly features myself, talking about the amazing things users were going to do with Macintosh, half a lifetime ago.___

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2012-08-30 19:25:25 (4 comments, 17 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

As an inveterate Bruce Springsteen fan, I was tickled to notice this brief sight gag in a recent episode of Futurama.

As an inveterate Bruce Springsteen fan, I was tickled to notice this brief sight gag in a recent episode of Futurama.___

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2012-08-29 19:05:02 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Here's another clip of a short commercial for the original Macintosh produced by Chiat Day in the fall of 1983 that was never used.   This one features the brilliant Mac digital board designer Burrell Smith discussing the liberation of electrons.

Here's another clip of a short commercial for the original Macintosh produced by Chiat Day in the fall of 1983 that was never used.   This one features the brilliant Mac digital board designer Burrell Smith discussing the liberation of electrons.___

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2012-08-17 17:46:00 (42 comments, 32 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

It's hard to believe, but the 25th anniversary of HyperCard occurred last week on August 11th.   HyperCard was a major inspiration for the World Wide Web, and a high water mark for end-user programming. It enabled ordinary users to create their own data-rich applications more effectively than practically any tool available today.

To help celebrate, here is a short video featuring an interview with HyperCard's primary creator, Bill Atkinson, discussing his artistic, iterative approach that led to breakthroughs like MacPaint and HyperCard.   It's one of a series of never used commercials that were created by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983 for the original Macintosh launch.  I have a few more of them that I will post soon.

It's hard to believe, but the 25th anniversary of HyperCard occurred last week on August 11th.   HyperCard was a major inspiration for the World Wide Web, and a high water mark for end-user programming. It enabled ordinary users to create their own data-rich applications more effectively than practically any tool available today.

To help celebrate, here is a short video featuring an interview with HyperCard's primary creator, Bill Atkinson, discussing his artistic, iterative approach that led to breakthroughs like MacPaint and HyperCard.   It's one of a series of never used commercials that were created by Chiat-Day in the fall of 1983 for the original Macintosh launch.  I have a few more of them that I will post soon.___

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2012-08-09 16:59:51 (40 comments, 94 reshares, 240 +1s)Open 

Here's a rare commercial for the original Macintosh that Chiat-Day made in the fall of 1983 , featuring snippets from interviews of the design team.  It never aired because Apple deemed it too self-congratulatory, although it was used in some promotional materials sent to dealers.

Here's a rare commercial for the original Macintosh that Chiat-Day made in the fall of 1983 , featuring snippets from interviews of the design team.  It never aired because Apple deemed it too self-congratulatory, although it was used in some promotional materials sent to dealers.___

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2012-07-17 20:18:28 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Exciting news for Dylan fans!

Exciting news for Dylan fans!___

2012-06-16 00:54:01 (143 comments, 218 reshares, 759 +1s)Open 

In 1971, at an early meeting at Xerox PARC, Alan Kay coined one of my favorite quotes, that I used at the very beginning of my book:

    "The best way to predict the future is to invent it".

  Today, more than 40 years later, Alan Kay spoke at the Alan Turing Centenary Celebration, where he revised his famous quote to address the current litigious state of the computer industry:

     "The easiest way to predict the future is to prevent it".

In 1971, at an early meeting at Xerox PARC, Alan Kay coined one of my favorite quotes, that I used at the very beginning of my book:

    "The best way to predict the future is to invent it".

  Today, more than 40 years later, Alan Kay spoke at the Alan Turing Centenary Celebration, where he revised his famous quote to address the current litigious state of the computer industry:

     "The easiest way to predict the future is to prevent it".___

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2012-06-12 06:31:56 (109 comments, 47 reshares, 328 +1s)Open 

The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic.  I ordered one immediately and can't wait to start using it.  Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today.

The Mac Pro is Apple's top of the line, expandable Macintosh, aimed at users who need lots of computing power and disk storage, like programmers or other professionals.  I have an 8-core Mac Pro with 16 GB of RAM in my home office that was an amazing machine when I acquired it in 2008, but it's not so hot by today's standards.   I've been looking to get a new one for a while now, but Apple hadn't updated the hardware for two years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing a new one announced today, with essential features like Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

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The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic.  I ordered one immediately and can't wait to start using it.  Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today.

The Mac Pro is Apple's top of the line, expandable Macintosh, aimed at users who need lots of computing power and disk storage, like programmers or other professionals.  I have an 8-core Mac Pro with 16 GB of RAM in my home office that was an amazing machine when I acquired it in 2008, but it's not so hot by today's standards.   I've been looking to get a new one for a while now, but Apple hadn't updated the hardware for two years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing a new one announced today, with essential features like Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

When they didn't mention the Mac Pro during the keynote presentation, I got worried but figured they'd update it anyway, it just wasn't worthy of mention from the high pulpit of the consumer-oriented keynote.  And sure enough, when I visited store.apple.com, there was a little "new" icon above the Mac Pro.   But I was in for a shock when I clicked on the link to check it out.

The specs for the "new" Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump.   Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements  - it seems like it's stuck in time in 2010.  The only thing that's still high-end about it is the bloated price.

Even though I'm well aware that Apple's future lies increasingly with mobile iOS-based devices, it still makes no sense to drop the ball on your high end desktop Mac so thoroughly, and to utterly disappoint your most loyal customers like yours truly.  Why do an update at all if you hardly change anything?  What's going on here?
 ___

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2012-05-30 01:46:02 (16 comments, 25 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

Congratulations, Bob!

Congratulations, Bob!___

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2012-05-06 17:45:14 (8 comments, 22 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting, poignant Steve Jobs story from +Fumihiko Shibata , who's a world-class Apple enthusiast and journalist as well as the Japanese translator of my book.

This is a picture of the genuine Steve Jobs autograph.

It is written on a Japanese "shikishi" which is a square card originally for writing poems or pictures. He wrote it for a sushi restaurant in Kyoto when he visited Japan with his family in July 2010.

Actually, the Kyoto visit and the sushi restaurant is briefly mentioned in the Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. The line can be read as "They also found a tiny neighborhood sushi restaurant, and Jobs tagged it on his iPhone as 'best sushi I’ve ever had.' Erin agreed." The name of the restaurant was not revealed on the book, however. Now it turned out to be "Sushi-Iwa (http://www.sushiiwa.jp/)." from an episode follows.

I play a role of an surveyor and commentator in a Japanese
TV show called "Kaiun Nandemo Kanteidan", from time to time. It's something like a treasure hunting show where people called "client" appears with their treasures. Then the surveyor evaluates the price of the treasure and explains the reason why and how it values or not. About five years ago, I appraised Apple I, and last year I did it for Toshiba's rare 12-bits computer, and this time, just on-aired a few weeks ago, it was an autograph of Steve Jobs.

The autograph was dedicated to a daughter of the sushi master. "Yukako" is her name. She is about the same age as Jobs daughter with him at the time, I guess. In the autograph, Jobs wrote a short message which can be read as "All good things." I think there are at least three meanings in this sentence. The first meaning I believe is something like "May all good things happen to you." This is a surface meaning pointed at her. The second one might be like "You serve all good things." and it is probably pointed to the sushi master, because it seems Jobs liked his sushi very much.

And I know there're some words usually following this sentence. "All good things must come to an end." Although he didn't write the latter part, it seems to be his inner voice pointed to himself. He might have some kind of preparation at the time already, I believe.

What do you think?___Here's an interesting, poignant Steve Jobs story from +Fumihiko Shibata , who's a world-class Apple enthusiast and journalist as well as the Japanese translator of my book.

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2012-05-04 14:47:46 (32 comments, 56 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Commercial e-books are currently plagued by "Digital Rights Management", which is thoroughly anti-user, inconveniencing and restricting legitimate fair usage of books you have purchased. Help celebrate and support the Free Software Foundation's "Day against DRM" today by buying a DRM-free e-book for half-price from O'Reilly.

Commercial e-books are currently plagued by "Digital Rights Management", which is thoroughly anti-user, inconveniencing and restricting legitimate fair usage of books you have purchased. Help celebrate and support the Free Software Foundation's "Day against DRM" today by buying a DRM-free e-book for half-price from O'Reilly.___

2012-03-16 04:32:57 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Here's a link to Bruce Springsteen's SXSW keynote speech from earlier today, as inspirational as ever:

"There is no right way, no pure way of doing it; there's just doing it. We live in a post-authentic world, today authenticity is a house of mirrors, it's all just what you're bringing to it when the lights go down. It's your teachers, your influences, your personal history, and at the end of the day, it's the power and purpose of your music that still matters..."

Here's a link to Bruce Springsteen's SXSW keynote speech from earlier today, as inspirational as ever:

"There is no right way, no pure way of doing it; there's just doing it. We live in a post-authentic world, today authenticity is a house of mirrors, it's all just what you're bringing to it when the lights go down. It's your teachers, your influences, your personal history, and at the end of the day, it's the power and purpose of your music that still matters..."___

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2012-01-24 03:25:43 (9 comments, 23 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Here's the brand new Leonard Cohen album, his first in more than seven years. He's a sportsman and a shepherd, he's a lazy bastard living in a suit.

Here's the brand new Leonard Cohen album, his first in more than seven years. He's a sportsman and a shepherd, he's a lazy bastard living in a suit.___

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2011-12-31 03:00:39 (26 comments, 17 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

I saw an interesting license plate on Highway 280 this afternoon and managed to get a photograph.

I saw an interesting license plate on Highway 280 this afternoon and managed to get a photograph.___

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2011-12-29 23:59:22 (128 comments, 756 reshares, 1278 +1s)Open 

In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here's one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it. My editor begged me to include it in my book, but I was too timid to ask for permission, especially since IBM was still making CPUs for Apple at the time.

In memoriam for Steve Jobs as 2011 draws to a close, here's one more rare photo that illustrates his rebellious spirit. In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time. Somehow I ended up with a copy of it. My editor begged me to include it in my book, but I was too timid to ask for permission, especially since IBM was still making CPUs for Apple at the time.___

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2011-12-10 03:16:59 (15 comments, 43 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

This might be my favorite TV commercial ever...

This might be my favorite TV commercial ever...___

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2011-10-19 05:49:22 (34 comments, 22 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

My book about the development of the original Macintosh, "Revolution in the Valley", is being reprinted in a paperback edition this week on October 20th. I haven't seen a physical copy yet, so when a book from O'Reilly arrived in the mail today, I assumed it was the paperback. Instead, it was the new Korean language edition, which apparently has a brand new cover and a surprising title change that they didn't bother to run by me. I was shocked at first, but it's kind of growing on me.

My book about the development of the original Macintosh, "Revolution in the Valley", is being reprinted in a paperback edition this week on October 20th. I haven't seen a physical copy yet, so when a book from O'Reilly arrived in the mail today, I assumed it was the paperback. Instead, it was the new Korean language edition, which apparently has a brand new cover and a surprising title change that they didn't bother to run by me. I was shocked at first, but it's kind of growing on me.___

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2011-10-07 06:55:19 (66 comments, 141 reshares, 621 +1s)Open 

Here is a rarely seen photo of Steve Jobs and myself that was taken in June 1981. The reason that we're dressed so formally is that we were ushers at Steve Wozniak's wedding to Candi Clark, who emailed me the photo earlier today. Maybe it helped inspire Steve's bow-tie phase a couple of years later; I'm pretty sure that I've never worn one since.

Here is a rarely seen photo of Steve Jobs and myself that was taken in June 1981. The reason that we're dressed so formally is that we were ushers at Steve Wozniak's wedding to Candi Clark, who emailed me the photo earlier today. Maybe it helped inspire Steve's bow-tie phase a couple of years later; I'm pretty sure that I've never worn one since.___

2011-10-06 04:52:49 (42 comments, 116 reshares, 842 +1s)Open 

Steve Jobs was my friend and hero for over thirty years. The Apple II changed my life before I met him, and working closely with him to create the original Macintosh was the high point of my career, if not my entire life. Steve was more than the greatest business person of his generation, he was a passionate artist who poured his soul into his work. I will miss him terribly, even though he will live on in Apple's products for many years to come.

Steve Jobs was my friend and hero for over thirty years. The Apple II changed my life before I met him, and working closely with him to create the original Macintosh was the high point of my career, if not my entire life. Steve was more than the greatest business person of his generation, he was a passionate artist who poured his soul into his work. I will miss him terribly, even though he will live on in Apple's products for many years to come.___

2011-09-26 21:01:43 (112 comments, 259 reshares, 248 +1s)Open 

I'm excited to see the "sharing circles" feature that I worked on launch today. For your enjoyment, here is a circle containing some of my favorite technology journalists.

Andy Hertzfeld shared a circle with you.

I'm excited to see the "sharing circles" feature that I worked on launch today. For your enjoyment, here is a circle containing some of my favorite technology journalists.

Andy Hertzfeld shared a circle with you.___

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2011-08-19 03:22:48 (248 comments, 283 reshares, 374 +1s)Open 

Today we’re rolling out a new feature that makes the Google+ bar float at the top of the screen when you scroll down. It also floats differently on big vs. small screens to maximize reading space. Let us know what you think in the comments!

#googleplusupdate

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Hi. My name is Andy Hertzfeld and I'm a designer and an engineer on the Google+ team.

One of my favorite features of Google+ is the black "plus bar" across the top, because it unites all of Google, putting most of my frequently used services a mere click away. The red notification count on the right lets me know when there's something new to view, and the drop-down sharing menu makes sharing to your circles accessible no matter what you're doing.

Unfortunately, like most users, I spend most of my time scrolled down in the stream, so the plus bar is usuallyn... more »

Today we’re rolling out a new feature that makes the Google+ bar float at the top of the screen when you scroll down. It also floats differently on big vs. small screens to maximize reading space. Let us know what you think in the comments!

#googleplusupdate

Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Andy Hertzfeld and I'm a designer and an engineer on the Google+ team.

One of my favorite features of Google+ is the black "plus bar" across the top, because it unites all of Google, putting most of my frequently used services a mere click away. The red notification count on the right lets me know when there's something new to view, and the drop-down sharing menu makes sharing to your circles accessible no matter what you're doing.

Unfortunately, like most users, I spend most of my time scrolled down in the stream, so the plus bar is usually not on the screen, so I don't have quick access to it. Today we’re fixing this -- let me show you.

We're rolling out a new feature that makes the plus bar and the thicker, gray navigation bar below it float at the top of the screen, so they're always accessible no matter how far down you've scrolled.

Of course, screen space is precious, especially on mobile devices, and we don't want to take up a large percentage of it with controls, no matter how useful they are. So we made the floating bar sensitive to the available space in the window.

Here I’ve made the window a little smaller, so notice that only the black bar stays on the screen when I scroll. Now I’ll make the window even smaller yet, and you’ll notice that now neither bar stays on the screen when I scroll, giving you maximum real estate to read your posts.

We've just started rolling out this feature, so you'll see it appear over the next few days.

Thanks for listening, and let us know what you think!___

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2011-08-06 04:13:44 (119 comments, 73 reshares, 464 +1s)Open 

Here's a recent photo of my original Apple II, serial number A2S1-1703, which I purchased in January 1978 for $1295. It was undoubtably the best purchase of my life. Suffused with the genius and irresistible personality of +Steve Wozniak, it inexorably drew me to Apple, like a moth to a flame.

Here's a recent photo of my original Apple II, serial number A2S1-1703, which I purchased in January 1978 for $1295. It was undoubtably the best purchase of my life. Suffused with the genius and irresistible personality of +Steve Wozniak, it inexorably drew me to Apple, like a moth to a flame.___

2011-07-23 18:51:50 (34 comments, 154 reshares, 260 +1s)Open 

Here's a tremendous recent episode from NPR's superb This American Life series exposing one of the most hypocritical and harmful companies that I'm aware of, Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures is a Microsoft spin-off that's kind of a hi-tech shake-down racket, where they buy up patents on the cheap (over 30,000 so far) and try to intimidate tech companies into licensing agreements, while pretending to be on the side of creativity and invention.

The insanity of software patents is one of the most damaging forces in the tech industry these days, so it's heartening to see journalists shining some light on the issue.

Here's a tremendous recent episode from NPR's superb This American Life series exposing one of the most hypocritical and harmful companies that I'm aware of, Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures is a Microsoft spin-off that's kind of a hi-tech shake-down racket, where they buy up patents on the cheap (over 30,000 so far) and try to intimidate tech companies into licensing agreements, while pretending to be on the side of creativity and invention.

The insanity of software patents is one of the most damaging forces in the tech industry these days, so it's heartening to see journalists shining some light on the issue.___

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