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Our brains prefer instant rewards to long-term payoffs. It's simply a consequence of how our minds work. Given this tendency, we often have to resort to crazy strategies to get things done—like Victor Hugo locking up all of his clothes so he could write a book. But I believe it is worth it to spend time building these commitment devices if your goals are important to you.

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from Daring Fireball Good piece by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch regarding a Twitter internal email on why they’ve broken significant functionality for third-party clients: And Twitter wonders why users don’t want to use its own clients? Perhaps, users want a consistent experience — one that doesn’t involve a million inconsequential product changes like turning stars to hearts or changing the character counter to a circle. Maybe they appreciate the fact that the third parties seem to understand what Twitter is better than Twitter itself does: Twitter has always been about a real-time stream of information. It’s not meant to be another Facebook-style algorithmic News Feed. The third-party clients respect that. Twitter does not. Twitter executive Rob Johnson: We’ve heard feedback (#breakingmytwitter) from our customers about the pain this causes. We’re committed to understanding why people hire 3rd party clients over our own apps, and we’re going to do better with communicating changes. My strong preference for Tweetbot, on both iOS and Mac, is simple: I prefer its user interface. Tweetbot presents tweets and replies/mentions in a way that fits my mental model of what Twitter is. Tweetbot makes sense to me — in large part simply because it presents tweets in chronological order. Twitter’s iOS app does none of these things for me. I truly find it confusing. And Twitter no longer even fucking has a first-party native app for the Mac. I don’t want to use a website for Twitter. I want an app. I think Twitter should reverse course on this whole thing. Replace the now-deprecated third-party client APIs with new ones, let third-party clients flourish, and figure out a way to make money from them. Require third-party clients to show ads. Or require users who prefer third-party clients to pay some sort of fee. I already happily pay for Tweetbot; I’d also happily pay Twitter for the privilege of using it. I am convinced there are ways Twitter could make money from people using third-party clients. I am equally convinced that there’s no way Twitter can make one interface that pleases all of its users. Twitter cutting off third-party clients is as foolish and wrongheaded as it would be if Apple cut off third-party iOS apps for maps, email, calendar, notes, podcasts, music, etc. iOS is a platform and Apple has default apps for all those things, and most iOS users stick with those defaults. Twitter should look at itself as a platform in the same way. As it stands, they’re chasing influential users away.

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Leo is a PIM, IDE and outliner that accelerates the work flow of programmers, authors and web designers. Outline nodes may appear in more than one place, allowing multiple organizations of data within a single outline.

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Pixelblaze V2 – an advanced LED pattern development engine and controller

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I agree with the general sentiment expressed in this editorial, but I also feel news media should do way, way more to earn the trust from the public other than…

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Twitter company email addresses why it’s #BreakingMyTwitter by @sarahintampa

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A comprehensive guide to yellow stripey things (aka bees, yellow jackets, and other stinging things)

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Shhhh! I've blogged about Twitter's secret "guest mode".

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Google employees are organizing against Dragonfly, the censored search app the company wants to launch in China

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In Brief The Problem Most companies approach hiring with faulty assumptions and poor practices. They believe talent is fixed rather than contextual. They fail…

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Kimurai is a modern web scraping framework written in Ruby which works out of box with headless chromium/firefox, phantomjs, or simple HTTP requests and allows to scrape and interact with javascript rendered websites

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