5 Things - Week Ending 9/7/12

It’s not really about the display and how great it is in the sun, as I rarely find myself reading outdoors. My eyes never had any problem reading for an hour or two at a time on the iPad display, either. For some reason, I never ran into the eye fatigue I get with my laptop’s display. The reason I’m hooked on E Ink displays has to do with battery life and device weight. If I’m reading for more than 20 minutes or so, I’d much rather hold a feather-light E Ink reader than any tablet out there. I also love that I can go weeks without recharging an E Ink device. It seems like my iPad and now my Android tablet’s battery rapidly loses juice when using a reader app on it … much more so than when I’m just watching a video on the device. I end up having to recharge that Android tablet at least every couple of days. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it makes me much more miserly when I’m on a plane for several hours with no power source available.

In the past few years we have gained the option to read books on our computers, smart phones, tablets, and E Ink devices. When it comes to reading for shorter periods of time I use whatever device is most convenient. If you were behind me in line at the grocery store you would likely see me reading an article on my iPhone.

When it comes to reading for an extended period of time nothing beats a dedicated E Ink device. They have fantastic battery life (measured in weeks not hours), are easy on the eyes, and are easy to hold in one hand for long periods of time.

I am very excited about the new Kindle Paperwhite that Amazon announced this past week. I plan on picking one up as soon as they are available.


Press Release:

For the eighth consecutive study, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction. Apple achieves a score of 849 and performs well in all factors, particularly in physical design and ease of operation. HTC (790) follows Apple in smartphone rankings.

This doesn't surprise me one bit. I can count on my hand the amount of people that I have met that were not satisfied with the iPhone. With the iPhone 5 coming in the next few weeks I expect to see Apple to continue to lead customer satisfaction for the forseeable future.

Glassboard: The Anti-Facebook

Gabe Weatherhead:

So now I have a space that only my family can see. It took some encouragement for them to join but they all like it now. They get to see pictures of the family and receive semi-regular updates but no one is selling information about my daughter and they are not being sold to an advertiser.

I have been using Glassboard for a couple months and I really like it. It's like a private Facebook. I just need to get more of my family and close friends on using it and I will delete my Facebook completely. If you are not a fan of the direction Facebook is heading or perhaps never joined Facebook due to privacy concerns I would encourage you to check out Glassboard.

Amazon: We’re No Apple

Peter Kafka:

That is: Amazon is selling Kindles and Kindle Fires so it can sell more stuff to consumers. That could be by selling them more media, like ebooks and videos, or by getting them to buy more physical goods, via Amazon Prime.

There is a big difference between Amazon and Apple when it comes to the devices that they sell you. Apple makes their profit when you purchase the device. The App Store, iTunes Store, and iCloud all exist for you to have a great experience so that you want to continue to purchase other Apple devices in the future. Apple could care less if you only use the iPad to check email and surf the internet. Amazon on the other hand makes very little profit selling you a Kindle or Kindle Fire and makes the majority of their profits by selling you additional stuff via the device. I like to think of the Kindle and Kindle Fire as a vending machine for Amazon products.



A few years ago I read an article about the Seinfeld productivity secret. The main premise is that you don't want to break the chain once you start a new habit.

I discovered the app Lift recently and it is the perfect digital tool to use with the Seinfeld productivity secret. You pick a habit and then press a button when you do that habit for the day. One of the things that I want to do each day is do some pushups. Once you have started a chain there is definitely some motivation to not break it and to continue to grow it. The app is free in the App Store and has helped me build on some habits!