Monthly Archives for April 2011

30 April 2011

I Think This Is What You Call A “Bitch-Slap”

From the 2011 Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner

Donald Trump has no sense of humor1.


  1. Haircut notwithstanding. 

27 April 2011

So, How Lame Does Your Resume Look Now?

Victor Petit is a very clever guy. Not only did he come up with a creative way for his résumé to stand out among all of the other internship candidates, the video he created is getting him some massive exposure on sites like Mashable.com.

Oh, and he’s applying for jobs at communications agencies.

Um…hired?

27 April 2011

RIP, Symbian

The Wall Street Journal:

Nokia said it plans to outsource its Symbian software operations and cut its global workforce by 4,000 employees by the end of 2012 as part of an effort to cut costs by €1 billion ($1.46 billion) … The Finnish company said it intends to outsource all Symbian software activities and transfer about 3,000 employees to Accenture. Accenture, meanwhile, will provide mobility software services to Nokia for future smartphones.

As if there was any doubt after the formal signing of the Microsoft-Nokia alliance last week, today’s announcement should make it obvious to anyone that Nokia is a Windows Phone company now.

Symbian is dead. And Microsoft has a phone subsidiary in Finland.

23 April 2011

“Cranking” Is the Best Thing You Are Going to Read All Weekend

Merlin Mann did some real writing yesterday.

It’s the kind of thing you start, then stop after a sentence or two, realizing this one’s not going to be like the rest. You shift in your seat, start again and brace yourself, waiting for the words to land and knock the wind right out of you. Which they will, at least once, probably three or four times. Simply excellent.

22 April 2011

Two Degrees of John Gruber

“Dude! There is a piece on DF that references your Unicorn stuff!!!”

The SMS from my friend buzzed my iPhone at 12:18 this afternoon. “DF” is Daring Fireball, the website of John Gruber and famous for bringing sites to their knees with a single post. punchingIN is only six weeks old (today, in fact), and already it’s gotten the attention of one of the biggest tech blogs on the web?

Well, not quite. But close.

At about 11:30 a.m., Daring Fireball linked to a story on The Elaborated which riffed on my post from April 4, Chasing the 6.4 megapixel unicorn. My name makes up the first two words in the post on The Elaborated, linked back to the Unicorn story. The spike in traffic began almost immediately.

I traded twitter messages with Tim Ricchuiti who wondered out loud if he’d end up being fireballed, but it appears his site was just fine. Interestingly, when he posted his story showing about 7,000 visits to The Elaborated, punchingIN had recorded about 500 of its own, which works out to a click-through of about 7%.

By the end of the day, a link on a link from Gruber had generated over 1,000 hits on punchingIN. Small potatoes compared to the 3 million (!) that Daring Fireball sees each month, but it was my biggest day so far by a long shot. I even saw a little uptick in Twitter followers and RSS subscribers to punchingIN. And James Britton from MacTrast was kind enough to link back to my story, too.

When I started punchingIN, I did it with the aim of sharing my thoughts on design, technology and strategy with like-minded people around the world. Today was my first taste of something approaching a real audience. And let me tell you, it felt great.

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