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Andy Grove and the iPhone SE

Andy Grove passed away the same day that Apple announced the iPhone SE. One of Grove’s best decisions reminds me of this launch.

Inside Apple's perfectionism machine

Apple’s Phil Schiller explains how Apple has perfected its attention to detail over time, and how it manifests in products like the new MacBook.

The Bro Code

Booze, Sex, and the Dark Art of Dealmaking in China

Stanford researchers discover the 'Anternet'

A collaboration between a Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world

Panos Athanasopoulos says bilinguals view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.

The rise of the red prince

How Xi Jinping took control of China.

Sliding into marriage

Meg Jay for The New York Times:

Sliding into cohabitation wouldn’t be a problem if sliding out were as easy. But it isn’t. Too often, young adults enter into what they imagine will be low-cost, low-risk living situations only to find themselves unable to get out months, even years, later.

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture

What is it like living in Hong Kong vs Singapore?

I like both cities but I’m not sure I could live in Hong Kong. It’s so narrow and crowded.

21 women

The University of Montreal has found that men who had sex with more than 20 women lower their prostate cancer risk.

Still the Water

I love the movie and I love the soundtrack.

Scrum product owner checklist

Hans Brattberg from Crisp shares his mindmap.

What, exactly, is a product manager?

Many people that call themselves product managers are something else: Project managers, agile coaches, Scrum product owners, …

So what does a product manager do?

I love Marty Cagan’s definition. A product manager’s job is “to discover a product that is valuable, usable and feasible”.

The best productivity apps for Mac

A Quora user asked for the best productivity apps for Mac OS. Here’s my answer:

There are of course the big productivity suites like OmniFocus and Things but I want to focus on the small helpers that save me several hours per week.

BetterTouchTool

My number one pick is BetterTouchTool. It’s a small, free application that lets you map actions to various forms of input. Some of the trackpad shortcuts I use all the time:

  • Three finger swipe down → Minimize window to dock
  • Four finger tap → Close Window below cursor
  • Four finger click → ⌘W (Close tab/window)
  • Three finger click → Middle click (lets you open links in a new tab)

You can also define application specific shortcuts:

Chrome

  • Five finger click → ⌘⇧T (reopen closed tab)
  • Three finger swipe left → ^Page down (switch to the tab on the right)
  • Three finger swipe right → ^Page up (switch to the tab on the left)

OmniFocus

  • Three finger swipe right → ⌘⇧R (mark as reviewed)
  • Three finger swipe left → ⌘K (update view, i.e. remove tasks that no longer belong into the current perspective)

You see the pattern. The tab switching is something I add to every app I’m using on a regular basis. Similar to going back and forth in history (Finder, Spotify, …).

You can also trigger actions from the keyboard, a normal and a magic mouse, an apple remote, Leap and from the BTT iOS app.

Hazel

Hazel is another tool I’m using on a daily basis. Well, I’m not actively using it. It’s running in the background doing its fantastic job.

Hazel asks you for folders to monitor. You can then define rules to apply on the files in this folder.

Some examples of my Hazel rules:

Download

  • Archive old files
  • Rename and move PDFs from my banks, phone companies, … into the corresponding folders
  • Move files downloaded from Facebook to a special folder

Scan Inbox

(This is the folder in which my ScanSnap document scanner dumps all the PDFs it creates.)

  • Add date and time (extracted from the document)
  • Move bills to a special folder
  • Move processed files (scans that got a date and a description) to a special folder

Desktop

  • Move Screenshots to a special folder

Screenshots

  • Move everything that’s not a screenshot but ends up here back to the Desktop

Alfred

Alfred is a launcher that you invoke with a keyboard shortcut. It can do many helpful things like find files, eject volumes, quit programs. It also lets you define search engines so you don’t have to open/navigate to your browser to start your search.

You can define complex actions, called workflows, or download shared ones. My favorite one searches LEO (one of the best German English/French/Spanish/Chinese/… dictionaries) and shows the results in Alfred.

When I’m gone — Life tips.

Death is always a surprise. No one expects it. Not even terminal patients think they are going to die in a day or two. In a week, maybe. But only when this particular week is the next week.

The job of leadership

Ev Williams:

The job of leadership is to foster alignment and enthusiasm toward the right goal.

What happens when you drink alcohol?

For some unknown reason (I was hungover) I decided to research how alcohol affects the body. I wanted to know exactly what happens from the moment you drink the alcohol to the moment (22 hours later) when the alcohol is gone.

What do all the controls in an airplane's cockpit do?

I love airplanes. The closest I ever got to flying one was a simulator class in a DA42.

How Jürgen Klinsmann plans to make U.S. soccer better (and less American)

The former German star hopes to keep expectations low for the coming World Cup. For now, Klinsmann will take the long view when it comes to soccer success for the United States.

One year since The New York Times Magazine wrote about Klinsmann. I’m not a soccer person but it seems to be going well.