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Written on 1st April, 2014 in Email.

A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. Before there was email, there were letters. It amazed (and humbled) me to see the amount of time each person allocated simply to answering letters. Many would divide the day into real work (such as composing or painting in the morning) and busywork (answering letters in the afternoon). Others would turn to the busywork when the real work wasn’t going well. But if the amount of correspondence was similar to today’s, these historical geniuses did have one advantage: the post would arrive at regular intervals, not constantly as email does.

The Daily Routines of Geniuses by Sarah Green in Harvard Business Review.

(via ParisLemon)



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Written on 31st March, 2014 in 3D, and Oculus Rift.

What I found was startling. Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.



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Written on 20th February, 2014 in Facebook, WhatsApp, and Feature Phones.

TextIt makes the point that WhatsApp high valuation ($16 Billion Dollars) is because it was built to be run on features phones.

See, WhatsApp wasn’t born in Silicon Valley on an iPhone, rather it fought its way to a $16B exit by providing an awesome messaging experience to the middle billion, those living on $10 a day. And you know what, on $10 a day you probably don’t have an iPhone or an Android handset. Rather you are probably carrying around a “feature phone”, one of a thousands variations of handsets build by Nokia or Samsung running a version of Java 2 Mobile Edition. (J2ME)