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Steve Jobs’ Playboy Interview from 1985

This article is almost 30 years old, and when you read it, you get a true sense of Steve Jobs’ genius. He knew where we were going, and he knew how to take us there. Here is a tiny excerpt from this (very) long interview.

Jobs: Socratic education isn’t available anymore, and computers have the potential to be a real breakthrough in the educational process when used in conjunction with enlightened teachers. We’re in most schools already.


Playboy: Those are arguments for computers in business and in schools, but what about the home?


Jobs: So far, that’s more of a conceptual market than a real market. The primary reasons to buy a computer for your home now are that you want to do some business work at home or you want to run educational software for yourself or your children. If you can’t justify buying a computer for one of those two reasons, the only other possible reason is that you just want to be computer literate. You know there’s something going on, you don’t exactly know what it is, so you want to learn. This will change: Computers will be essential in most homes.


Playboy: What will change?


Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people—as remarkable as the telephone.

9 things to prepare before selecting a web design agency

Let’s face it, nowadays your business has to have a web presence if it wants to stay relevant and competitive. However, if you’re not a seasoned professional when it comes to finding a project partner that can help you achieve your vision, many businesses can be unsure about where to begin. You know your current website isn’t cutting it. You’ve been given the green light to search for a design agency, but you have no clue where to start.

We come across these businesses all the time, so we thought we’d outline the 9 things you need to have prepared before reaching out to a web design and development agency. Doing these things ahead of time will ensure that you spend less of your time gathering information after initial contact, which will speed up the process and make you appear like a more attractive prospect.

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The benefits of being a distributed team

We’ve had two offices since 2006. They were beautiful, spacious, and creative environments. But over time, the novelty wore off and we had a hard time justifying the overhead. We realized that we didn’t need a traditional office space to be a productive and inspired group. In fact, we learned that having the freedom to work where and how we wanted brought out the best in us—and we think it could help you too. Here are a few things we’ve learned since ditching our offices.

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Welcome to the 45royale refresh

In September of 2012, we launched the seventh iteration of 45royale. Since then, the web has seen some pretty amazing advancements. We’ve seen responsive web design explode as we all try to look our best on every device, retina graphics are no longer something “nice to have”, and it’s apparent that content is still king.

Over the past two years, we’ve been able to help our clients adapt and thrive by harnessing the power of these new technologies. However, after some soul searching, we thought it was time for us to take a look at our current offerings and solidify our spot within this new web space. So here it is—the refreshed 45royale. Some things will look familiar, but we’ve thought about our positioning within the web industry and re-built from the ground up. Follow along as we explain a few of the things we did to enhance our little corner of the internet.

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Create GitHub issues faster with Gitdone

The team and I have been working on a little web app that centers around GitHub issue creation. We’re calling it Gitdone and it allows you to quickly create issues while you’re in a meeting or doing QA.

Several months ago while I was on a conference call I had to create a bunch of issues for the final sprint of a build out. It took me a lot of clicks on GitHub’s interface adding one issue at a time. Tabbing through fields on GitHub doesn’t help to speed things up either because certain controls require a mouse click (assignee/milestone). After expressing my frustration to the guys, we decided to see if we could come up with a better way.

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