Recommended reading

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๐Ÿ’ป Here’s a glimpse at the kind of thing I think about in my day job leading software development teams. Why do software products that you use get worse over time, and not better? Because of those users who only use them occasionally. Companies are incented to keep adding users, and after a while they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel. They have to change the product so that those users will stay engaged. Ivan Vendrov explains. Read The Tyranny of the Marginal User

Naptha Soap
Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor, 2023

๐Ÿ’ป Radio used to really matter, and was a vital part of our everyday lives. Not so much anymore. J. R. Smith remembers his time as a radio disk jockey. Read Late Night Radio

๐Ÿ“ท J. M. Golding shares the entries from the last 127 Day, which was July 12 (12/7). I have an entry this time! Read 127 Day exhibition – 12th of July, 2023

๐Ÿ“ท I’ve been thinking about buying one of the new Polaroid I-Type cameras. Now here comes Dmitri with a comprehensive look at Polaroid’s 600 films, which are the same emulsions as the I-Type films. Read Polaroid Color 600 Film Review & Shooting Guide

๐Ÿ“ท Lots of plastic cameras have been issued over the last couple of years under the Kodak brand. They’re all manufactured by Chinese companies who affix that storied label under license. James Tocchio reviews one, a half-frame 35mm job called the Kodak Ektar H35. Read Kodak Ektar H35 Half Frame Film Camera Review

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10 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    Nice roundup! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  2. JR Smith Avatar

    Thank you for the mention, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure.

  3. Michael Carnell Avatar

    Always interested in your recommended reading lists. Lots of interesting stuff, thanks.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  4. J P Avatar

    My favorite part this week is the P&G Naptha Soap. Marianne inherited from her mother a deep devotion to Fels Naptha Soap for rubbing on laundry stains. I find those old cleaning products fascinating.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s remarkable that Fels Naptha is still with us!

  5. Bryan Costin Avatar

    Thank you for the “Marginal User” piece. I manage and develop web sites. A bit of a different user dynamic, but with some similar pressures to follow what’s easiest to measure and implement changes for the sake of change.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Measurement is both a blessing and a curse.

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