Bookmarks for July 25th through July 26th

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to for July 25th from 18:42 to 15:31:

  • 7 design lessons from Silicon Valley’s most important failure – “In 1990, a company called General Magic spun off of Apple with members of the original Macintosh team as cofounders. Their goal was to create a mobile computing device that would connect everyone in the world. It was a radical idea: What if everyone had a personal communicator, a computer that went with them everywhere and that they used to run their lives? Over the next few years, a group of talented engineers and designers worked to create a handheld device and a network to connect them, building touch screens, apps, and even emojis for their platform in the process. But this was before the internet. People didn’t understand what they would use such a device for–and no one bought it. The company eventually went bankrupt.”
  • Goodbye HipChat: Slack and Atlassian Team Up on Chat Software – Bloomberg – “About two months ago, Atlassian President Jay Simons met Butterfield for breakfast and asked if he wanted to acquire the chat business, Butterfield said. The two companies had worked together in the past on software projects and shared congratulatory baked goods to celebrate product releases, said Cannon-Brookes. The agreement marks the first time Atlassian is making a strategic investment in another company, he said.”
  • That Time the USPS Launched a Missile Full of Letters Off a Navy Submarine – “Summerfield was optimistic, insisting the delivery was "of historic significance to the peoples of the entire world," and that "Before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to England, to India or to Australia by guided missiles."”
  • That time I had Steve Jobs keynote at Unix Expo – Cake – “Peter Drucker, the famed business book author, gave the advice that you should always hire for strengths, not absence of weakness. Steve had so many weaknesses. Sometimes it seemed like he could see what nobody else could, but he couldn't see the obvious that everyone could see. But those strengths. I don't know where they all came from. Intensity? Drive? Quickness? Passion? A deep frustration with anything that wasn't insanely great? All of them?”
  • My opinion after working for him (and writing this story) is he couldn’t see obv… | Hacker News – “My opinion after working for him (and writing this story) is he couldn't see obvious things everyone else could see, but he could see things no one else could. I fought with him over stores as did virtually everyone on the board of Apple, and it turned out he was right. Thank God he was stubborn enough to go forward with them. We all said it drove Gateway out of business, yada.” – couldn’t see obvious things that others could, saw things that no one else could.
  • The secret call to Andy Grove that may have helped Steve Jobs change the world – Cake – “The thing I loved most about working in developer relations at NeXT was how Steve could call anyone.” – brilliant story about what it was like to work directly with Jobs during the NeXT era.