Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pursuit of perfection: Hand-crafting a Leica lens

Joe Minihane, Human Invent speaks to Leica’s Director of Product Management, Stefan Daniel:

First of all, we do our production in batches, not in serial production. So, we do batches of 50 or 100 lenses and that requires a lot of work by hand. You cannot automate production of a single lens element, or the lacquering of the rim of a lens for only 50 lenses. It doesn’t make any sense. So we use hand work because it’s more efficient. Also, in doing it by hand, our skilled people know exactly what they’re doing and they can assure perfect quality. Doing it by machine, you have to do control checks afterwards and maybe that’s not getting the result that everybody wants.

Leica Lenses (English) from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

The satisfaction when you know there has been so much thought and effort put into a product. Just gives me goosebumps.

Meet Apple’s Favorite Blogger

Mark Milian and Adam Satariano, Bloomberg:

He quit his day job at software startup Joyent in 2006 when revenue from T-shirt sales and ad sponsorships on the site picked up. During that time, the Philly native had to dip into his savings to support his wife and then-2-year-old son. These days his one-man operation brings in more than $500,000 a year, according to a person familiar with his financials who is not authorized to speak on the matter. Gruber would not confirm the figure.

Not bad for being an Apple evangelist. That’s if the numbers are true of course. Even if it was less than half this value, then still not that bad for link blogging and writing a few original pieces a month. I’m totally in the wrong profession.

Do I Really Need A Style Guide?

Patrix Cox, Codrops:

Your style guide depends on a couple of things like: what type of site is it for and who’s gonna actually use the style guide. In some cases you might just be creating a style guide for you so it may not need to be super detailed and pretty. In other cases you might have hundreds of other people referencing the guide and you’ll want to dive deeper and provide more details.

In short, Yes. But don’t go overboard.

Cleaning Your Burr Grinder

Lura Lee:

Set the grinder for espresso grind, then put a handful of raw, uncooked white rice in the grinder. The result of the first batch will be a salt-and-pepper-looking grind. Keep putting rice through the grinder until it comes out as clean and white as the driven snow. Throw away the rice grounds unless you can think of something better to do with them.

Nice tip.

How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Newest Attempts to Track Everything You Do, Even Offline

Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker:

To opt-out of everything (including the Facebook comparison data) Datalogix is collecting, head to their Privacy page, scroll down to the “Choice” heading, click the last “click here” link in the paragraph, and fill in your information. This will opt you out of any and all data collection done by Datalogix.

You can also easily to opt out of Datalogix’s cookie-based tracking by clicking this link. Like any cookie based advertising, you will have to opt-out on every computer and browser you use.

CRM or Customer Experience depends on whether you are disciplined or lazy

Michael Maoz, Gartner:

There is a pent up anxiety about ‘relationship.’ Organizations that want the customer to have a great ‘experience’ without any context of ‘relationship’ would also have failed to grasp Woodstock. Experiences are contextual, and context is intentional even when the underlying reasons for the context are not all well understood by the customer. Does the customer know, exactly, why they are drawn to Facebook or Twitter? Or to Hollister and Sephora? Or to Carrefour or Tesco? Maybe not – but you need to. It is what makes the great great. Most magic is practice and discipline

Microsoft Services Agreement updated for dummies

Example of Microsoft Service Agreement:

3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.

Well done to MS for making it easier to understand Ts & Cs. Shame no-one will read them still…

Facebook friends mapped by Wolfram Alpha app


The app, by Wolfram Alpha, shows Facebook users their account activity in the form of pie charts, graphs and maps

I tried this out. Not too much in terms of a revelation, but thought the presentations were clean and clear. I do however like the network diagram. I’ve added commentary on what the clusters are.