CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

- Vic Gundrota - Icon Ambulance

On Inverted Scrolling

I’ve been using inverted scrolling in Lion for a few days. I want to like it but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it.

Here’s the problem: On an iPad, I’m physically manipulating the content, moving it in relation to the screen. On my Macbook Air, I’m not (or at least it doesn’t feel like I am)

If you want to abstract this imagery, think of a long scroll hanging from your ceiling to the floor. Now imagine your iPad screen placed somewhere on that scroll. As you flick and move the content, the scroll flows through the iPad.

When I scroll on my Air, I’m not manipulating the content like I do on an iPad, I’m manipulating the view, the window.

iPad - touching content

Air - touching the window

It’s a distinction that can be easily confused. I think the inverted scrolling/content manipulation works well on a touch screen but not so well on a laptop/desktop.

What do you think of inverted scrolling?

Save Your Memories: How to Extract Photos from iPhone Backup Files

Photos are a funny thing. On one hand, they’re how we remember our lives. No one wants a photo-less life to look back on. On the other hand, we’re terrible at saving our photos when we sync our phones with our computers. 

Let’s say you just restored your iPhone but forgot to pull the photos off and put them neatly into iPhoto before you restored, you just did it on an impulse.

Before you restored, iTunes made a backup of every file on your iPhone. That’s good. Now how do we crack it?

  1. First, download the iPhone/iPod Touch Backup Extractor for your Mac.
  2. Next, open the Backup Extractor and click the Read Backups button. This will create a new window that lays over the previous window with a list of iPhone backup files that are living on your harddrive.
  3. Find the date of the most recent backup that you want to pull photos from. Select the backup and click Choose.
  4. Next, scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of items and select iOS Files. That’s where all of your photos are. Click Extract and choose the folder that you want to save a new folder to, also called “iOS Files.”
  5. Find the new iOS Files folder that you just extracted, open it and click the folder called “media.” Open the folder called DCIM and the subsequent folder inside. 

Bingo! You’ve unlocked your photos from your backup. Select the ones you want to save, drag them into iPhone or upload them to Flickr or Facebook and you’ve just saved some of your precious memories.

Lessons from TechStars: Create with Passion. Listen. Repeat.

Recently at TechStars, Pascal Finette and Lloyd Hilaiel from the Mozilla Project came to visit the teams and give presentations. Pascal’s talk centered around creating great products and great communities, and that’s what I want devote this post to.

Pascal started with a simple point: Superior products matter

Throughout the talk I referenced Pascal’s points to the creation and distribution of iPhone apps. I thought about how the most useful apps or the most intuitive apps (or both) floated effortlessly to top of the App Store. Unknowingly, waiting communities resonated with great products and adopted them into their lives.

I can’t remember how many hundreds of thousands of apps have been released into the App Store. There are a very few apps that are clear standouts, because they do something very well. Simple put, they’re great products.

Pascal shifted his talk from products to the people who use them. He talked about the community that adopts the product and how it’s then their job to use it, break it and tell the original creators what they love, what they hate, what could be done better.

The community takes over. Now it’s your job to listen and not just blindly create. After listening, it is on you to build with the same care and passion, taking to heart what your users want to see from this product that they love. 

The community wants more than anything to see your product succeed. They’re on your side, one of your biggest assets. Pascal noted that you need to grow the circle of participation. Make it easy for your users to contribute and have their voices be heard.

It is the community that makes the product what it is. This can be plainly illustrated by looking at Twitter. Twitter’s users created @replies and #hashtags. Twitter did a great job of listening to its users and seeing how they were using the product. They, in turn, generated the user feedback into features that we now use everyday.

In conclusion: Create with passion. Listen. Repeat.

What Apple did in 10 years to its main product (via TUAW)

What Apple did in 10 years to its main product (via TUAW)