The Moment
by Nathan Walker

→ The Seven Golden Rules of Collaborating with Great People

Paul Ruderman, Lifehacker:

> People feel more empowered if they’re encouraged to contribute their own ideas.

They feel more ownership if their team ultimately incorporates some of their ideas. People rightly feel that their contributions are unique to them, and therefore, when their ideas are implemented, they feel more ownership in their team’s success. Nothing should be held in higher regard.

A nice complement to yesterday’s link from the New York Times.

→ Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Interesting piece from the New York Times regarding the productivity of various groups. It turns out that groups that promote the engagement of as many members as possible are most productive.

Also, this:

Teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not “diversity” (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women.

Worth a read.

→ Apple Software Quality Questions

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Last, there is the mixed bag of comparisons. One side of the coin is Apple’s numbers are splendid. The quarterly results that will be disclosed next week (January 27th) are likely to show strong iPhone 6 sales and a continuation of Mac progress. And despite my bug list, Apple software still compares favorably to Windows 8 and Android offerings.
The other view is that the quality lapses we observe are the beginning of a slide into satisfied mediocrity, into organizations and projects that “run themselves”, that are allowed to continue for political reasons without regard for the joy of customers.

Another perspective on the shift in Apple software quality. While there isn’t yet a consensus on the extent of the quality decline, it is clear that everyone in the Apple community sees a growing problem.

→ Daniel's Refactoring

Brent Simmons:

But here’s a point worth making: every good programmer has their own style, the way that works for them. Which means that Daniel’s approach is utterly right for Daniel, as mine is for me. Part of the deal with becoming a good programmer is learning about yourself — learning what your style actually is, and being comfortable with it evolving over time.

The Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what my next computer is going to be, especially with all of the announcements about new technology coming along with CES. After looking around at my options, I think that I’m fairly certain that I will be purchasing another Mac, and I’m going to go with the notebook form factor this time around (right now, I’m using a 2011 iMac for most of my daily work, but I also have a 2010 MacBook Air).

The nice thing about staying on the Mac side is that there are only really two notebook choices: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. For me, I ultimately decided on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, because I wanted the higher quality display and the faster processor for compiling code, making graphics, and editing video. However, with the great speed boost that SSDs brought to the general computing experience, the MacBook Air was a close second, with its greater portability and longer battery life.

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→ Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

President Obama:

What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it. It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.

Excellent news for the future. Education is truly a gift that everyone should have access to.

→ Razer Nabu X

A new smartband by Razer, the gaming company. Really only useful for basic notifications and fitness tracking.

What is interesting is the price. Razer is selling this smartband for just $20 for special preorders. I might just get one. It’s a lot cheaper than the Apple Watch is going to be.

→ Apple has lost the functional high ground

Marco Arment:

Apple’s hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I’m deeply concerned for its future. I’m typing this on a computer whose existence I didn’t even think would be possible yet, but it runs an OS riddled with embarrassing bugs and fundamental regressions.

It’s time for Apple to introduce a “Snow Yosemite” release like Snow Leopard, where they just focus on incremental improvements instead of big new features. They need to start making things “just work” again.