“Without a person at (or near) the helm who thoroughly understands the principles and elements of Design, a company eventually runs out of reasons for design decisions. With every new design decision, critics cry foul. Without conviction, doubt creeps in. Instincts fail. “Is this the right move?” When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions.”—Douglas Bowman on why he left Google.
So you upgraded to iOS 5 and you’re all psyched. You turn on Photo Stream and marvel at the novelty of it pushing the photos you take to all of your devices, including iPhoto on your Mac. Suddenly that honeymoon feeling ends when you realize there’s no way to remove photos or videos from your Photo Stream. Yes, every stupid picture you take immediately gets pushed to all of your device for permanent residence whether you like it or not.
Well have no fear because there’s at least one thing you can do. It’s not ideal but it’s something…
Step 1: Login to your iCloud.com account, click on your name on the top right (to go to your account settings), click on “Advanced”, then you’ll see “Reset Photo Stream”. NOTE: this will not remove the media from your devices, it will only remove them from remote strage.
Step 2: Go to each of your device’s settings and turn OFF Photo Stream. This will delete the Photo Stream media on that device only. You can then turn it back on if you so dare.
10 years ago today my grandmother’s cousin, an NYC fire chief, was killed when the south tower collapsed on his command station. Linked is a sound bite of him talking about his duties and the fire department. This guy was truly a great American.