Hypercritical T-Shirts 2.0

John Siracusa, at Hypercritical.co writes:

Let's try this again. Last month, inspired by Marco and bolstered by the drop-dead-simple Teespring web site, I put the first Hypercritical t-shirt up for sale. The response from fans was amazing, vastly exceeding my expectations. Unfortunately, that sale was aborted due to my unauthorized use of copyrighted artwork. All orders were refunded and no t-shirts were printed. Now the Hypercritical t-shirt is back, with a new design. At a glance, it may look exactly like the previous shirt, but this version features new artwork. (It's the same image that appears next to this site's title and as its favicon.) For any of you who were very disappointed that the first shirt was cancelled, well, it is now back. Go get one. Also, Marco has a more detailed explanation as to what happened with the first round of shirts. More copyright bullshit. As usual.

In Which I Review The New Podcast "Neutral"

The term "Car Guy" does not fit me. Until two months ago, I couldn't care less about cars. I am not a fan of driving, and love being able to take Metro to work (the DC subway system for you non-locals). That was until Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin started talking about cars on Marco's now concluded podcast, Build and Analyze. The episodes, in particular, are: 1. Build and Analyze #66: Car Haters and Idea Guys 2. Build and Analyze #71: The Lottery Mindset 3. After Dark #155: After Build and Analyze #77 After Marco started talking about cars, and BMW vehicles in particular, John Siracusa followed up Marco's shows on his also now-ended show Hypercritical: 1. Hypercritical #61: I Ran Out of Bombs Long Ago 2. Hypercritical #63: Talking to the Bear A lot of what both Marco and John talked about really clicked with me. Despite not being a 'Car Guy' I was very interested in what they had to say and it clicked with the geek in me. When my wife and I decided late last November that we were going to buy a new car, we started looking at BMW. For one reason we live less than a two minute drive from the local BMW dealership. For another, Marco & John's episodes heavily influenced me to look to BMW first - and then to Honda, Lexus, and Audi - only to come back to BMW in the end). A lot of what Marco said about Camrys and Accords being 'boring' cars not being fun to drive (I owned a Honda Accord) clicked with me, and when I began test driving these nicer BMWs and Audis I found that having a car I was excited to drive really made the difference for me. Two months later, my wife and I own a new 2013 BMW X3 (as of about 10 days ago). I tell you all of this because I was very excited to be surprised a few days ago when John, Marco and Casey Liss announced their new (possibly) short-run podcast, Neutral. Marco hinted as something like this last year at the close of Build and Analyze, saying he might want to start some sort of new podcast in 2013 where he could talk about his other passions, such as coffee or cars. At the time it hadn't even crossed my mind that John might be a host on the show as well. The first episode of Neutral was delightful - Marco and John are always entertaining to listen to. I didn't know of Casey prior to this show, but am pleased to say that the trio of hosts have a great dynamic, each with their own sets of differing and agreeing opinions. A range of topics from car aesthetics to dealership service are covered, including a few topics I had no interest in but nevertheless enjoyed hearing about. Having grown up with parents who only buy white or black cars, I found myself in agreement with Marco on his outspoken opinions on car color (our new X3 is 'Deep Sea Blue') and found his argument regarding his old Nissan Maxima familiar (my first car was a Mazda 929 that my mother gave me at the age of 16). Overall, a solid first episode by three great hosts that was a pleasure to listen to. I am pleased that I have new episodes to look forward to each week with John & Marco on my iPhone and to be able to listen a new host as well. None of these guys profess to be car experts, just geeks who happen to like cars talking about cars. If this sounds like something that interests you, I recommend you give Neutral a shot. If you think you aren't a 'car guy' or 'car gal', give them a shot anyway. They'll surprise you.

OS X Mountain Lion Review Roundup

iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store This morning, Apple released OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) on the Mac App Store, for $19.95. I have been using Mountain Lion since Beta 3 as a part of the OS X Developer Program. While there were a few bugs during the betas, as to be expected, the ones I noticed were all fixed by Apple by the time they released the GM Seed to developers a few weeks ago. Since then, the OS has been rock solid. There are lots of new features, many of which I think you'll appreciate. Rather than attempt to explain them to you myself, I wanted to list a few places where you can go read reviews of Mountain Lion written by the veteran reviewers themselves. First and foremost, I want to point out, that John Siracusa has once again written one of his famous OS X reviews (Web or Kindle) . John's review, which weighs in at 25,935 words, is the most in-depth review of all reviews. John has famously written epicly detailed reviews of OS X going on for over a decade now. His reviews are a must-read by die hard Apple users, so much so that Marco Arment has wrote a review of his review (which is quite funny to read).

Review Roundup

  1. John Siracusa - "OS X Mountain Lion" (Web or Kindle)
  2. John Gruber - "Mountain Lion"
  3. Jason Snell - "OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)"
  4. MG Siegler - "OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness"
  5. Jim Dalrymple - "Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion"
  6. Wayne Dixon - Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and ML Server via Web, Kindle
  7. Federico Viticci - "OS X Mountain Lion Review"
  8. Richard Gaywood - "OS X Mountain Lion: The TUAW Review"
  9. Shawn Blanc - "Mountain Lion and the Simplification of OS X"
  10. Harry McCracken - "Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Review: The Mac's Lion Adventure Continues" While a lot of these reviews, or probably all, talk about the same topics, like me you may wish to read them all as I respect the views of each author and each author will have a different take on these features. Also, some reviewers will catch details that the others miss. I like to have a thorough understanding of the tools I use, so knowing as much as possible about OS X is desirable to me. I find that reading all of these reviews each year when new OS X versions come out gives me that knowledge.

John Siracusa Reviews OS X 10.7 Lion - The Review To End All Reviews

John Siracusa has released his OS X 10.7 Lion Review. In case you aren't aware, John Siracusa is the king of Apple OS reviews. The PDF of his review is 105 pages long and has a table of contents for pete's sake. A Kindle Edition is available for $4.99 to get the article all on one page. Other notable Lion reviews that are out: 1. Shawn Blanc's review, "OS X Lion". 2. Benjamin Brooks, The Brooks Review, "Time for the Big Cat". 3. Jason Snell, Editor in Chief at Macworld Magazine, "Apple Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)". 4. Wayne Dixon, a friend of mine, reviews both Lion and Lion Server in a combined review. 5. Not really a complete review per say, but a brief commentary, Matthew Guay wrote on tech inch, "First Thoughts on Mac OS X Lion". In addition to Lion being released, Apple released new MacBook Airs, new Mac Minis, and a new Thunderbolt Cinema display. I've been using Lion since early May, due to the fact that I'm an Apple developer and I've had access to the developer previews since earlier this year. Developer Preview 3 and 4 were stable enough for me to run as my main machine, with the GM Seed (retail version) having been released 2 weeks ago, it was just icing on the cake. My system has been very stable, with perhaps the only app to semi-regularly crash being Chrome, which was the norm for me on Snow Leopard as well. I highly recommend Lion. Mission Control, Launchpad, Versions, the recovery partition, the new About This Mac panel, I could go on and on. This is a good upgrade. Get it.