• FunctionFlip is a great little Preference Pane that lets you use some function keys as function keys, while leaving other keys’ special features alone. This is great for Xcode 4 users, because Xcode 4’s default keyboard bindings map F6 to ‘step over" and F7 to “step into.” Because of this, I’ve enabled “Use all function keys as standard function keys” in System Preferences. It’s annoying, though, because I use the special keys a lot. I just don’t use them as much as I use the debug commands in Xcode.

    I’ve now moved “step into” over to F5 in Xcode, and I’ve used FunctionFlip for making only F5 and F6 behave as normal function keys. The special behavior of those keys is to adjust the keyboard backlight brightness, and I never use that (but if I need to, it’s as simple as holding down the Fn key).

    Now I have all of my common cases accessible without ever touching the Fn key. Great little tool.

  • Apple’s violent success should serve as a powerful beacon that others should follow. Rather than copying its products other companies should copy Apple’s processes–its way of thinking. They should copy how Apple harbors the creative process and the technology processes under the same roof.

  • Changing the Way People Live

    Walt Mossberg writing in The Wall Street Journal:

    Most people are lucky if they can change the world in one important way, but Mr. Jobs, in multiple stages of his business career, changed global technology and media in multiple ways on multiple occasions. And that changed the way people live.

    The Thomas Edison of our time.

  • Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

    Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

    Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

    Steve Jobs

  • What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    Rebecca Traister:

    The empirical choice between Clinton and Obama was never as direct as those on either side made it out to be; neither was obviously more equipped or more progressive than the other. The maddening part, then and now, is that they were utterly comparable candidates. The visions — in 2008, of Obama as a progressive redeemer who would restore enlightened democracy to our land and Hillary as a crypto-Republican company man; or, in 2011, of Obama as an appeasement-happy crypto-Republican and Hillary as a leftist John Wayne who would have whipped those Congressional outlaws into shape — they were all invented. These are fictional characters shaped by the predilections, prejudices and short memories of the media and the electorate. They’re not actual politicians between whom we choose here on earth.

    I’ve wondered more than once over the last few years if Hillary would have been better equipped to deal with the intransigence of today’s extreme conservative Republican Party. This article makes a good case that such exercises aren’t terribly illuminating.

  • No Easy Answer on Income-Tax Issue

    No Easy Answer on Income-Tax Issue