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Jun 11 2013
Don't judge iOS 7 by screenshots

I spent a day using iOS 7 on my iPhone 4 and about an hour on my girlfriend's iPhone 5. It's unpolished, it's not very pretty either, but we should stop judging it by static screenshots.

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Jun 7 2013
Interview about music

Last month my new friends at Vinyl Me Please did an interview with me. We talked about music and I tried to be funny.

By the way, if you have a turntable and love vinyl, check them out. Those guys are the most awesome thing on the Internet.

Jun 7 2013
Vesper, Balls and Marco Arment

Marco Arment on Vesper:

How can these guys launch a relatively expensive text-note app that’s missing so many features of competing text-note apps?

Balls.

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May 29 2013
Recommended reading: Steal Like an Artist

Every once in a while I come across a book that not only delivers great ideas and valuable information, but also inspires me to start doing something right away. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon is one of those books and I would strongly recommend everyone to read it.

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Oct 31 2012
Quick thoughts on Star Wars Episode VII

As you might already know, Disney bought Lucasfilm and now they're going to make the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

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Oct 30 2012
How to write in English without losing your self-esteem

It's been a year since I started to blog and tweet in English. The decision to switch from my native language was made because I started working at Jitbit with Alex and the majority of our clients were English speaking. Also, every blog I read is written in English as well as most of my twitter feed and I wanted to be a part of that ecosystem.

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Jun 26 2012
Podcasts.app: Sometimes Someone Has to Say "No" to Designers

Sometimes, when you give a free hand to designers, they go insane. Especially the most talented ones. But it’s always a good thing to let your designer do what they want, because too many constraints always lead to an ugly result.

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May 16 2012
The Unexpected

Finding new ways to improve your apps is always good. Things that will dramatically improve your products or increase revenues are often unexpected.

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May 9 2012
Feature requests are not (necessarily) evil

We are not a big fans of 37Signals' approach of turning down every feature request by default at Jitbit. We actually love and appreciate our users feedback. Not a day goes by without a couple of feature requests for one of our apps and in many cases we're making a decision to implement them.

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Jan 27 2012
Easy way to quit smoking (unless you're dumb)

I don’t remember myself as a non-smoker and I don’t remember how was it – to live without cigarettes. Now I’m 23, and I had been smoking since I was 15. That’s not a lifetime, but quite much for this age.

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