Beauty and the Beast: Marissa Mayer & Yahoo

Yahoo!

On one hand, the world still thinks rockstar CEOs can pull off a “Steve Jobs” turnaround. The reality is that they can’t because that was a once in a lifetime thing. The board and investors at Yahoo! need to ground themselves in reality and stop expecting huge growth or profits at every quarterly announcement.

On the other hand, a CEO needs to at least show investors and consumers a direction/clear path that they’re going to take to bring a company around to profitability.

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is fairly easy on the eyes, but her report card as a CEO doesn’t look nearly as good. Since taking over Yahoo!, I’ve seen Marissa look beautiful in that red dress in Glamour magazine, and I’ve seen her spend lots of money on seemingly pointless acquisitions like Tumblr. I’ve seen little to nothing else.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I hope Mayer can pull off a “Steve Jobs” at Yahoo! fairly soon. I think she’s a brilliant tech mind, and Yahoo! has the ability to make big waves. But I suspect her time is running out.

How Apple could make iOS keyboards useful

As interesting as iOS keyboards can be, their initial implementation at the OS level is severely flawed. They’re cumbersome to setup, switching between them is needlessly tedious, and limitations make it difficult to teach users about keyboard features. As far as I can tell, all these problems require solutions and improvements from Apple at the OS level.

I agree completely with everything David Chartier said in his post yesterday on How to fix iOS 8 keyboards—which is why I installed a bunch of them when iOS 8 was released, and quickly deleted them. They’re buggy, missing too many features, and quite frankly they’re just not worth the effort of using them.

Advice: Building the best graphic design toolbox

There is no perfect set of tools for graphic designers. We’re all unique, we all work in different ways, and budgets always come in to play. I’ve put together a breakdown of major factors when building the best graphic design hardware and software toolbox based on my experience. Consider the following as a guide, rather than a set of absolute rules.
Design Toolbox

Keep it simple

I’ve been a graphic designer for 30 years, using the Macintosh the entire time to produce work for some great clients. I’ve worked for ad agencies large and small, a design firm, printing companies, and I’ve freelanced full and part time. Over the years I’ve learned a few short rules as it pertains to building my design toolbox and getting things done—and it has held true everywhere I’ve worked. Those rules are: keep it simple no matter the cost, don’t get caught up in software trends and gimmicks, buy a little more than you think you need, because you will grow into it. The following is more specific advice for building your design toolbox. (more…)

Know your shit vs. know you’re shit

Grammar

While one person couldn’t care less about colons vs. semicolons, another person will have a visceral reaction to a misplaced apostrophe or a “there” where a “their” is needed…

In the age of texting and 140-character blurbs, grammar has become a lost art. But in business, it’s the difference between taking you seriously or not.

The most ignorant puddle of palaver all year

So I was reading the Macalope column over at Macworld.com and he/they/it shared a link to this dipshit’s commentary on Apple (titled: 10 Things Apple Won’t Say). As pointed out by the Macalope, this ass-spatula (also referred to by his mother as Quentin Fottrell) wrote the same article two years ago. Not similar, but almost exactly the same.

Normally that would be bad enough to call this ass-hat out publicly—but almost everything he writes is completely made-up monkey piss, or incredibly stinky and opinionated guano.

Note: The link to the ‘article’ in question is a no-follow link, so the putz gets no Google juice from linking to it. So go ahead and read this hot mess. But be warned, unless you just now found out who/what Apple is, this article is going to annoy the ever-loving’ shit out of you.