On the indelible impressions of the devices we hold closest
Lost amidst the hubbub around flat design is the fact that the flat trend makes it really easy for mediocre designers to do merely passable work.
A commentary on my blog on the state of comments, inspired by a series of comments on a website for people to comment on blog posts.
With my attention fixed on Twitter during the Boston Manhunt, even with CNN blaring on the television, I wondered, "At what point will it stop feeling natural to turn to broadcast media during major news events?"
A Winklevossian tale of an invention whose time has come, and nearly left me behind.
It's natural to view news items and blog posts about the brain as authoritative. We need to talk about what we're talking about when we talk about "the brain".
Why Apple's recent "defensive" showing may more tactical than meets the eye.
A response to Scott Adams of Dilbert and some successful guys I interacted with on Twitter on the topic of entrepreneurship. My take: Entrepreneurship is a wonderful thing, but let's not prescribe or fetishize it.
With all the hubbub about why you should you learn to code, should you? Definitely maybe. I argue that the motivations behind learning to code should not be much different from learning Powerpoint or Excel to the extent that your career demands.
A response to the debate on "An MBA is a worthwhile investment for those looking to join or create a tech startup" on Boston.com. My take: You'd have to be either naïve or extremely risky to go get an MBA with the sole intention of joining or creating a tech startup. Smart MBA applicants are wiser than that.
My theory: Teens eschew Facebook and Twitter for Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and other apps not because they're a new, different generation, but because they don't yet have much of an identity to boast of.
The quasi-best-practice of conveying that your app will "never, ever post anything to Facebook without your permission" is indicative of a problem Facebook needs to solve. My solution: Silent Connect.
What app makers can learn from snack makers, via a terrific New York Times Magazine piece on the snack food industry.
Some time ago I stopped publishing my blog at jonathanlibov.com. That blog was a great way for me to document my move to Israel and adjustment to life here. Since then I've developed a number of sketchy, ill-informed opinions about the world, in particular the world of tech, and it wouldn't amount to a real set of opinions if I didn't post 'em on the internet.
Why "whoo.ps" though? First and foremost, it's an eye-catching domain. But really, it's "Whoops" because I've taken a few risks in my life and made a handful of mistakes that turned out awesomely. In that vein, I want document some of those mistakes here.
In any case, thanks for the visit. Check back soon. Or don't!