On the second day the history of this very blog, more than 11 years ago, I posted a picture of my desk.

I like taking pictures of the places where I spend a lot of time. Even after all these years, they still feel very familiar (no idea why I needed 4 computers back then…).

To keep up with the tradition, here’s a fresh picture of my desk, at home, in San Martino. I love working here.


Can’t but wonder where we will be in another 11 years.

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iOS 7 – day one notes

I was ready to fall in love immediately with the new os, and I must admit it didn’t happen last night after upgrading my iPhone 5.

This morning I do like it a little better.

Sometimes I don’t like good design at first sight. There has been more than one occasion when my first reaction to projects that had been developed for me has been “meh”, yet I ended up loving it later and even much much much later. I guess that new design languages made to last for a long time require some time to adapt. Not saying that this is the case, just saying that it could be.

It’s clearly the first OS designed for post retina display devices, it does work on the old ipad, but the smaller symbols and thin lines are clearly designed to work well on high resolution screens.

It’s unstable, it did crash a few times since yesterday. No big deal, you get back to the application so fast that it’s just a glitch, but I do hope it won’t crash while I’m writing this, and the very fact that I’m thinking this is a bad sign.

I have more than 50 apps queued up for updates (it was 0 a couple of days ago), it looks like most developers are embracing it. It’s more than one third of the apps I have installed on my phone updated within 24 hours from the release of a new OS, quite amazing if you think about it!

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Intensity of the mundane

This morning I spent 10 minutes reading this post: Our new extrusions are in – and they are AMAZING

I’m not interested in aluminum extrusions, and I don’t plan to buy any, yet the post is a brilliant example of what Euan Sample, quoting Rob Paterson, calls “the intensity of the mundane”:

In the right circumstances nerdiness and passion about even “boring” subjects can be really fascinating.

But it so hard to convince people in companies to speak with their own voice, and even when they try they often go all “adult” ending up sounding fake. Yet the very same people use their own voice with their buddies on Facebook.

It’s a long road…

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Dave Winer:

Software takes time. Good software takes even more time. We know that so we don’t make promises about when software is coming. It’ll be here when it’s ready.


On a wet winter night.


For the last seven days I have been fighting an unusually aggressive chest cold. No smoking. No drinking. No taste.

I hardly noticed not smoking my pipe or the occasional cigar. I have not missed a bit the usual glass of wine, or our Friday martini. It’s flavours I can’t live without! For the last week I have eaten all these fantastic and tasty dishes, but no matter how hard I tried, I could only perceive some very basic “salted-acidic-sweet-bitter”. Nothing more.

Can’t wait to go back to all mi vices, but it looks like I’m only addicted to one.

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Generations by paolovalde
Generations, a photo by paolovalde on Flickr.

Got my first Mistubishi cell phone sometime in 1991. Many others followed, these are just the ones left in my collection. (Picture taken with my current iPhone 5)

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