The retina macbook pro

My 2007 macbook pro was too old to take the mountain lion upgrade. Fine, I took the plunge and forked over the money for the new retina macbook pro.

You don’t normally use words like ‘breathtaking’ when talking about laptops, but I am tongue tied. This laptop is like nothing you might have used before. I’m tempted to say ‘and ever will’, but I know that’s not true.

If you are like me, you have seen this laptop and walked away saying ‘Meh’. Trust me, once you start using the Retina display, there is no going back. More than pictures, it is text that I still gawk at. Brilliantly clear and sharp. Writing code on it goes from fun to downright pleasurable. The form fact is just perfect. So much thinner and lighter. I struggle with using the previously beautiful apple 27″ monitor. Suddenly, everything else has glaring imperfections.  Going from retina to non-retina is a struggle. I have never heard the fan (even when I am running flash).

It reminds me of what Job’s said -‘ Design is how it works, not how it looks’. This laptop is a real winner. The only problem is all the drool landing on the keyboard


12 TED talks for entrepreneurs

The Shopify blog put together a list of 12 talks for entrepreneurs. Here is my list of the major points of the talks:

Dan Ariely:  Are we in control of our own decisions ?

(read his amazing book, predictably irrational)

We are not always in control of our decision making – and how choices are presented to us influence us heavily – and we are completely unaware of it

Rory Sutherland: life lessons from an ad man

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

I found this having a lot of interesting overlaps with Seth Godins presentation:  You have to either build a remarkable product (Godin) or figure out a way to make it remarkable to people (Sutherland). It is either about having enough implicit value for people that they talk about it (‘no one talks about a cow by the side of the road – but they will if it is purple’) or creating creating intangible value -potatoes became a staple in German food (the kings garden started growing it and guarded the crop after the citizens refused to eat it)

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Entrepreneurs make a mistake by focusing on the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. Great leaders focus on the why. Inspire people. Martin Luther  King said ‘I have a dream’ not ‘I have a plan’.  Apple employees believe that they produce great, beautifully crafted products, and consumers can see the love in it. They buy into the products emotionally

(to be continued..)