"It’s really the government of the United States protecting an outdated, monopolist business model"
MegaUpload founder Kim dotcom’s first interview was just released on a New Zealand TV Channel. I had based my previous opinion of Kim on what I had heard and read about him, but after watching this I think he seems like a clever guy who’s done little wrong. The first version of this video was removed shortly after being posted to Dailymotion (by the DMCA aparently), so I found another version and downloaded it just in case.
My first thought was “Where can I host this that it won’t get removed”, and MegaUpload was the only place that immediately sprang to mind. Maybe thats saying something, but another interesting quote from the interview was that the authorities and record labels had direct delete access to MegaUpload servers, and that they had never brought a claim against Dotcom before. Will be interesting to see where this one goes.
Clear is a new to-do app for the iPhone that’s garnered quite a bit of hype recently due to a nicely produced demo video (shown above) of a very unique and sleek UI.
It has just hit the app store at the “introductory sale price” of €0.79, and while I can justify paying this for the app, considering I pay 10x to commute to and from work every day, the question still remains as to whether or not I will continue to use it after the initial novelty period has worn off. I’m doubtful to say the least.
I’m a huge fan of keeping aesthetics as simple and neat as possible, and I do love the UI and touch gestures, but there’s a sweet spot at which functionality meets design, and I think Clear leans too far towards the latter. Maybe added features in future versions will change my mind.
That being said, the feeling amongst the community is that Clear’s UI and UX may cause current app developers to rethink the way they’ve been designing. I’m not sure I share The Next Web’s view that it will Change the way we use our devices forever , but I’m interested to see where it goes.
What do you do if you’re a single founder, you haven’t launched and you can’t seem to motivate yourself to code right now?