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June 4, 2012

Vinyl Tap - A record player app for your iPad

Skeuomorphism gone mad. I kind of love it. (Also, double plus points for the name)

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March 9, 2012

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.”

December 4, 2010

What happens when you switch from being a search engine to a Q&A site?

What happens when you switch from being a search engine to a Q&A site?

Curious to know why Ask routed this question to me!

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September 21, 2010

Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Nice! I like the idea of rebooting your iPad by holding it upside down and shaking.

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August 16, 2010

Kindle and iPad Displays: Up close and personal

The striking difference between the iPad LCD screen and the Kindle’s e-ink at 400x magnification.

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August 11, 2010

Scott Pilgrim for iPhone

The Scott Pilgrim books for reading on your iPhone or iPad. I’d downloaded some pirate CBRs into Comic Zeal, so it’s nice to actually pay for them!

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July 27, 2010


A moment’s hearty hurrah for the fine, forward-thinking folks of O’Reilly Media

While catching up on a chum’s splendid bloggish-thang, I noticed that the new book by Rands is now available. On the Amazon page, the dead-tree hardcopy was still on pre-order, but the Kindle version was available straight away.

Normally, at this point, I would have hit that tempting, orange, A/B-tested-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life “Buy Now with 1-Click®” button and been on my merry way. But then I noticed that the book was published by O’Reilly.

O’Reilly (and can I just interject here to show off that I’m old-skool-geek enough that I still hit their website by typing ora.com into my browser, because that’s what their domain was when I bought my first animal-woodcut-covered book, dammit. Also: Get off my lawn!) have a smart attitude to eBooks purchased from their own website. You can download your eBooks in various DRM-free formats: PDF is almost always available, but often so too are ePub and mobi, and occasionally something called “Android”. (I believe that’s some sort of Chinese iPhone knockoff)

Because of this, by purchasing eBooks directly from O’Reilly, I can carry them around and read them in a variety of fashions. If it’s a mainly wordy book, then the soothing-to-the-eyes e-ink screen of my Kindle is just dandy. The reflowable ePub format works a treat in iBooks on my always-in-my-pocket iPhone and increasingly-always-in-my-bag iPad. And with Apple’s recent iBooks update, I can quickly switch to and from the designed-and-laid-out-by-a-professional view of the PDF which perfectly mimics the physical original.


So thank you O’Reilly and Associates Media for your top-notch splendiferousness. I hope more publishers start taking this approach too.

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July 23, 2010

Let's start a new life with iDish

This might upset some folks, but I think it’s beautiful. “If iPad were a dish, there are no problem”

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July 21, 2010

Flipboard for iPad

Beautiful social news gathering tool for iPad. Feeds are “curated” using Twitter lists, giving buttloads of flexibility. (Sadly the social part is buggered at the moment, as they didn’t account for all the iPad users out there)

Unrelated: New goal in life: Create a product that is cool, then get Adam Lisagor to make the promo video.

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July 17, 2010

iFontMaker – The First & Fastest Font Editor for iPad

Super-simple typeface designer for iPad. Touch interface to sketch your font, then it uploads it to a website for sharing.

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July 5, 2010

iBooks highlighting

iBooks highlighting

Jeez, even the text highlighting is gorgeous and magical! (Quote from Richard Herring's How Not to Grow Up)

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June 3, 2010

Reeder Redefines Google Reader on the iPad

Looking forward to this. Reeder on iPhone is the reason I switched back to using Google Reader for my RSS collation needs.

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May 9, 2010

Hey, Jonny Ive! Want to know how to make the iPad even more “magical and revolutionary”?

Hey, Jonny Ive! Want to know how to make the iPad even more “magical and revolutionary”?

Make it out of bacon!

(Gelaskins Bacon skin)

April 21, 2010

Mac & the iPad

Bruce Tognazzini on Apple & Steve Jobs: “His harsh treatment of both the ideas of, as well as the people of, the original Mac team led them to buy Steve a special red rubber stamp that said, “THIS IS S___!” so he could just stamp each page of their design submissions, instead of having to wear out his hand writing.”

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April 16, 2010

Phaidon Design Classics for iPad

The content of the $175 hardcover books that I’ve been coveting for years are available as a $20 iPad app? Sold!

April 8, 2010


The perfect wallpaper for your new iPad.

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April 7, 2010

My window to Fenway Park

My window to Fenway Park

Thank you Apple, NESN and MLB.TV.

April 2, 2010

January 28, 2010

stevenf.com - I need to talk to you about computers.

One of the best things I’ve read following the iPad launch.

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About This Site

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.