March 20, 2013

The Random Show Episode 20

A new episode of the Random Show with Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) and Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Workweek) is out! This is episode 20, which is strange since the last episode was 18, but as I've said before, the numbering of these episodes are sort of random as well.

Lessons learned:
  • KR explained how Android has improved but still lacks a few important functions from iOS. 


If you want to watch the rest of the episodes, you can find them here:
The Random Show with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

March 7, 2013

Simplicity by Franklin D. Roosevelt

The book On Writing Well features a chapter with the heading "Simplicity" and the chapter explains why you should simplify what you are writing. It is well know that Internet services and products should be as simple as possible, but text is often forgotten. One example of why you should simplify text comes from the former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt. The US government wanted in 1942 to issue a blackout order, and this is what the original message looked like:
"Such preparations shall be made as will completely obscure all Federal buildings and non-Federal buildings occupied by the Federal government during an air raid for any period of time from visibility by reason of internal or external illumination."

This is what Roosevelt said when he saw the message: 
"Tell them that in buildings where they have to keep the work going to put something across the windows."