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John Gruber on Meta's Earnings

Gruber:

That ARPU extrapolates to about $45/year. Would you pay, say, $50/year to get an ad-free experience on Facebook's products? A year or two ago I'd have said yes, just for Instagram. (My Instagram use has decreased significantly since then.) I realize they're not going to offer that, but “average revenue per user” is an interesting metric.

So for all of that invasion of privacy, whining about App Tracking Transparency and the terrible algorithmic and ad-driven experience on Instagram all for ~$45 a user per year.

Given their drive and investment on their ad-driven model I genuinely thought it would be hundreds of dollars. It does equate to $90billion for Meta (Facebook), but who needs to be generating that level of revenue anyway? And all this after a round of layoffs.

Sometimes, Big Tech is just awful.

Posted 3rd Feb 2023 @ 08:59

Study Suggests That Hardware Buttons in Cars Are Safer and Quicker to Use Than Touchscreens

Certainly distinct buttons are easier to use than a touch screen. Both cars in ours household have rows of buttons that don't have any gaps between them so you still have to look over to see what you're pressing. One car even has some individual buttons that are flush against the surface.

Those buttons are still a lot easier to use than touch screens, touch surfaces and other weird and wonderful inputs that manufacturers continue to come up with.

Posted 25th Jan 2023 @ 16:03

How Artisans Make One Of Pakistan's Favorite Board Games

We had one of these carrom boards in our family and played it all the time when we all got together. Tempted to get one when my kids are older.

Posted 10th Jan 2023 @ 16:00

product designer maker uploaded a drawing to Instagram everyday for a year

Certainly achieved that goal way better than I did. I'm always in awe of the drawings shared and the process of bringing them to life. Watching the videos takes me back to my DT classes at school, which were probably my favourite lessons of all.

Posted 9th Jan 2023 @ 16:29

Alphaputt iOS game

I think this game looks brilliant, but I can't believe it is just over 500MB in size. It reminds me of the LEGO Builder's Journey game in Apple Arcade and that game is 1.2GB in size.

I just don't understand how we've got to a point where these things are so big.

Price: £1.79

Posted 5th Jan 2023 @ 16:20

Why Bellerby globes are So Expensive

This video is interesting enough anyway, but the timing was great as I was looking to share their products on Good Gear Club. The only reason I haven't is because their product photography isn't very good. It's not that they don't have nice photos, but the nice photos are of their staff.

They are beautiful globes and I'd love to be able to justify one of their desktop globes for myself.

Posted 3rd Jan 2023 @ 11:30

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