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Mental Models – The Best Way To Make Intelligent Decisions

When ego and not competence drives what we undertake, we have blind spots. If you know what you understand, you know where you have an edge over others. When you are honest about where your knowledge is lacking you know where you are vulnerable and where you can improve. Understanding your circle of competence improves decision making and outcomes.

This is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. I think it’s natural to not want to appear ‘weak’ by admitting you can’t do something. It leaves you feeling a little exposed and vulnerable – if you’re doing something serious.

But far too many times have I felt inadequate because someone else is better at a task than me. Yet we all have strengths and weaknesses and there is nothing wrong with admiring this to yourself.

What Is An Instagram Party Account | The Atlantic

The switch to Instagram allows kids to escape the ever-watchful eye of parents and other adults like school administrators or police. “When you think Facebook, you think, your grandma and mom are on that,” says Jason, who is also 18. “They’re probably following you. Insta is different.”

I get the feeling that Facebook is becoming the network that your parents use. For some strange reason Instagram seems to appeal to everyone. Much like Twitter it does not focus on friends and more like minded people, it builds echo chambers and not networks you feel forced into.

On Blogs In The Social Media Age | Study Hacks

As I noted in Deep Work, if you took the contents of the standard Facebook or Instagram feed and published it on a blog, it wouldn’t attract any readers, or comments, or links. But put this content on a Facebook wall and there’s an implicit social contract in place to motivate the people you know to click a like button, or leave a nice comment in the anticipation that you’ll do the same.

This is actually one of the most interesting points I have come across in a long time. If you used 99% the content posted to social media and put it on a blog – no one would read it. Yet why are people so interested in consuming bits of other peoples lives?

I have absolutely no idea – but I have a feeling that Facebook is pulling on something that we will never understand. The vast majority of these posts don’t offer value, they are posted so others can get a hit of dopamine from a like or a retweet. Does that make us drug dealers?

A More Deliberate Way Of Living | Zen Habits

One activity at a time. If you’re going to write, close all other tabs and just write. If you’re going to brush your teeth, just do that. If the activity is important enough to include in the limited container of your life, it’s important enough to give it your full focus.  Treat it as if it might be your last act on earth.

I have read loads of these types of posts, often in the hope of pulling out some gem of wisdom. This one is mostly like all the others, obvious pointers that don’t really tell you anything. But this little paragraph struck a chord with me following my chat with Matt Gemmell. In order to get something done just simply sit in the chair and do it.

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret | The New York Times

Brian Wong, chief executive of Kiip, a mobile ad firm that has also sold anonymous data from some of the apps it works with, says users give apps permission to use and share their data. “You are receiving these services for free because advertisers are helping monetize and pay for it,” he said, adding, “You would have to be pretty oblivious if you are not aware that this is going on.”

This is the most worrying part for me. The attitude, in fact down right arrogance, that people should be aware of where their data goes when they are not explicitly told. “Expect adverts unless you are told otherwise” is the excuse of the worst type of profiteering, it makes me sick to my stomach to see the attitudes of some tech companies.

Top 10 iPad features we’d like to see in iOS 13 | Macworld

Time for an overhaul, so that—at minimum—two apps can access the audio input at one time. That would let me talk to someone on Skype while recording the conversation with a different app.

This would be huge for me, recording podcasts is the single thing that keeps a MacBook hanging around. I would still edit with keyboard and mouse but it’s 100% time for better audio on an iPad.

Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect

The iPad Pro packs in an astounding amount of processing power, doubling the benchmark scores of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in multiple tests, and even exporting a 4K HEVC video in less than half the time. Here’s the issue: that power is going to waste.

I agree with some of the points in this post, but I don’t really see a downside here. Many apps don’t take advantage of the power, they simply don’t need to. But is this really a ‘problem’?

What is Article 13 and Article 11? The EU’s “meme ban” copyright plan explained | WIRED UK

Simply put, the Directive on Copyright places more responsibility on websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to make sure that copyrighted materially isn’t being illegaly shared on their platforms.

I don’t get it. Isn’t this a good thing? Why all the fuss?

The Big iPad | Matt Gemmell

Also, be extremely skeptical of anyone who makes a judgement about switching to an iPad when they haven’t actually done it themselves (this goes for most judgements about most things throughout life). This group includes the apparent majority of tech journalists, most of whom seem to have an annual ritual of spending one week with the newest iPad, and then saying it’s not a laptop replacement yet in some general sense. How would you even know? I certainly didn’t until six months or so in.

This is dead on correct. I have fallen out of faith with many reviews on tech sites. This doesn’t just refer to iPad reviews, but it has increased the frustration. How can you review something like the iPad without actually using it for a serious amount of time. Posting a review of a different phone each week is one thing, but not actually using a whole other system and drawing a judgement is the wrong take.

I appreciate that the iPad is polarising bit of tech, and I am more than slightly bias. It’s not a computer for everyone – but it might be for you if you actually TRY!

The 2018 iPad Pro | The Dent

The iPad Pro’s are not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination. They are also, potentially, almost too powerful for what you can do with them right now. These two points, however, go hand in hand. The hardware is only half of the equation. Yes, they are quite expensive for a tablet, but they are also priced quite well when you consider it as a laptop.

Now People that actually use an iPad will begin to tell you what the difference these upgrades make to their usage. Andy’s thoughts mirror most of my own and almost make me want to write a post.

The hardware is only part of the equation – and when looked at individually the upgrades aren’t huge. However I have found that the whole package together makes a huge difference to me that it’s hard to put my finger on one thing.

The iPad Pro Review | TechCrunch

Microsoft still hasn’t been able (come at me) to ever get it through their heads that they needed to start by cutting the head off of their OS and building tablet first, then walking backwards. I think now Microsoft is probably much more capable than then Microsoft, but that’s probably another whole discussion.

Apple went and cut the head off of OS X at the very beginning, and has been very slowly walking in the other direction ever since. But the fact remains that no Surface Pro has ever offered a tablet experience anywhere near as satisfying as an iPad’s.

Yes, it may offer more flexibility, but it comes at the cost of unity and reliably functionality. Just refrigerator toasters all the way down.

This is by far the best sim up of my stance for the iPad. I know I am a little bias towards using the device full time – but Apple have taken the correct approach in my opinion. They get a lot of stick for the OS not being able to do ‘normal’ computer tasks.

Yet I would much rather have a touch OS that makes steady improvements of its ability than a desktop OS made to accept touch input. Things will improve again come WWDC and the narrative will change again.

Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor | Daring Fireball

The talent pool writing about Apple products and platforms from outside the company’s walls is getting noticeably shallower.

I don’t agree with this statement at all. And it’s typical that someone like John would make it. There is a huge talent pool of people writing about Apple for the enjoyment and a huge community of bloggers and video makers.

The issue is all of the ‘old guard’ and still clinging onto each other and not open to others. You only have to point to the iPhone X reviews fiasco and all the toys that were thrown out of the Pram to see the attitudes we are dealing with.