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Entries for week beginning March 4, 2012

March 9, 2012

Too Soon!

Reading about Marco’s decision to add typefaces to Instapaper reminded me of a story I heard a couple of years ago about a Big Cellphone Manufacturing Concern.


The release of the iPhone changed the face of cellphones, leap-frogging over all the plasticy button-ridden casings with a elegant full-face touchscreen. A lot was written about how the existing industry players had missed this idea, needing Apple to make it a reality in the marketplace.

In fact, BigCellCo had experimented with multi-touch cellphone displays in their labs before.

Years before.

At the time they did the research, though, it was found that full-colour multi-touch displays were too much of a battery drain and thus were not productizable.

That got ingrained into the company culture as “Full-screen multi-touch is undoable”, ensuring that it always got shot-down in product meetings, with no-one pausing to consider advances in touchscreen or battery technologies.

And then Uncle Steve stood on a stage in 2007 and blew the world’s collective minds.

It’s dangerous (and common) product thinking that because you tried something and the implementation was impractical that it can’t be done. All too often, a competitor will come out of nowhere and do exactly what you dreamt of, and reap the rewards.

Always take a pause and remember the path that lead to something being ruled out.

Biologic: A Playful Social Network Browser for iPad

Cellular loveliness from Bloom. Makes for a delightful second-screen.

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March 8, 2012

Robin Sloan tweets the iPad 8 launch

Live-future-tweeting. “Scored a last-minute invitation to the #iPad8 event here at the Donut in Cupertino. I’ll try to live-tweet—but text only. No 3DHD allowed.”

Instapaper Placebo

“I don’t need an online cross-platform bookmark syncing service. I just need a way of offloading all my good intentions.”

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.