Simply Jonathan

Archive for 2011

Your Web, Half a Second Sooner 

A new Google technique to speed up the delivery of AdSense.

The announcement in and on itself is fine — speed is always good. What I really like about the announcement, though, is the signature: ‘Michael Kleber, Ads Latency Team’. Google apparently have an entire team devoted to ads latency. That’s serious shit.

Moving on from iPad ‘office productivity’ apps 

Marco Arment on how Apple moved away from the productivity apps on the iPad 2, and instead focussed on the creativity apps.

Marco has an amazing ability to see these sorts of trends, this time with the transitory connection dongles.


Mia and I turn off the WiFi power at night, since we don’t use, so we might as well save the money, and help the environment.

The computers are connected to the same power outlet, so usually the startup time for the router and the computers match, meaning one can get online as soon as the computer has booted. But we recently got MacBook Airs, so this morning she said, ‘The computer turned on faster than the Internet…’

First world problem, first world problem indeed.

The Mac App Store: It’s an honor thing 

Whenever one introduces some sort of piracy prevention, one makes it a little bit more difficult for people who are willing to buy whatever one is trying to sell. It also makes it more difficult for people who are trying to obtain illegal copies, but those who insist on doing this will often have the tenacity to soldier through it.

It’s a battle that can’t be won, and so one might as well make it easier for the honest ones.

I’m a romantic 

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Sid Lowe’s most excellent Guardian interview with one of the most important footballers of his generation, Xavi Hernandez.


Permanent location of 'Forever'

Mandy Brown on the debatable merit of the word ‘forever’, and how we can all work to make sure the things we love for, live forever.

The Dark Side of Usability 

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Fascinating study on the actual benefits of usability. It’s not that usability isn’t of any use; it’s that sometimes, in order to get a person immersed in the task the application facilitates, he or she needs some stumbling blocks.

Airbnb ad 

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asdf Adam Lisagor ‘s newest ad.

I especially like his Hitchcock-style appearance halfway through.

Good Code 

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Print this out and hang it somewhere.

Dansk Folkeparti: Herfra Min Verden Går 

(This post is in Danish)

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Hvis ikke det parti definerede dansk politik, ville dette være meget sjovt. Men det er det ikke…

This is Simply Jonathan, a blog written by Jonathan Holst. It's mostly about technical topics (and mainly the Web at that), but an occasional post on clothing, sports, and general personal life topics can be found.

Jonathan Holst is a programmer, language enthusiast, sports fan, and appreciator of good design, living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. He is also someone pretentious enough to call himself the 'author' of a blog. And talk about himself in the third person.