The Crystal Ship, is being filled…
I Know What You Think of Me - NYTimes.com -
I’ve often thought that the single most devastating cyberattack a diabolical and anarchic mind could design would not be on the military or financial sector but simply to simultaneously make every e-mail and text ever sent universally public.
THE CONNECTIVE: Get The Connective! -
After spending 48 hours furiously writing, editing, and designing (and many, many more hours anxiously awaiting its final release), we’re so thrilled to announce that The Connective, a crowd-sourced magazine created in a single weekend, is finally live and available for download. You can find it…
You should get this and read it. It’s great. And not just because I was one of the contributors.
Purina wants developers to build more video games for cats -
Cute as this is, I’d worry that introducing my cats to video games would mean I never get to use my iPad again.
It was bad enough when I had to deal with one cat who had developed a severe laser pointer addiction.
Since March 11, 2007, I have a read total of 94,926 items in Google Reader.
So, yeah. The news broke today. Google Reader will be gone once the calendar hits July 1st, 2013.
Google Reader (or GReader) was the first RSS feed reader I ever used as more of my news consumption moved online and as my career as a journalist was starting to go somewhere and found myself needing to keep up on more and more sites.
In fact, it was probably the Google service I used most besides GMail. It was always open in a browser tab.
But soon it will be gone.
This whole thing feels like the time Yahoo announced they would be (using that great Silicon Valley euphemism) “sunsetting” Delicious, a rather great site for storing and sharing bookmarks.
While alternatives like NewsBlur and TheOldReader exist, I can’t help but worry, once again, about what happens when we start to rely on software stored on other people’s servers.
A massive company like Google shutting down a popular service like Reader suggests to me that no web app is safe.
The Most Terrifying Button On Facebook -
More and more, I begin to wonder if perhaps Facebook is some type of incredibly elaborate (and expensive) performance art.
Today's lesson in journalistic ethics -
I’m imagining the update to journalism school text books that’ll be appearing in the next editions:
Note that sleeping with a source is considered a bad idea and may be considered a violation of ethics and a conflict of interest. It should generally be avoided.
Outlawed by Amazon DRM -
I really like the concept of eBooks. Not using paper, having something that’s searchable, being able to find and then copy and paste citations rather than re-typing a passage. Being able to keep hundreds of books on a device smaller than a single paper book.
But that’s where it ends.
This tale of having one’s Amazon account obliterated due to committing some kind of infraction that Amazon won’t specify and then losing access to all their books as a result is beyond absurd.
This is the second strike for Amazon after they remotely deleted Kindle copies of 1984 and Animal Farm back in 2009.
If eBooks are to have a serious future, the industry needs to get over Digital Rights Management. Desperately.
I’m sure Amazon will issue some kind of apology and say this was a mistake but the fact of the matter is, they shouldn’t have the capability to remotely destroy someone’s books in the first place.
In the meantime, I suppose for research purposes, I should go back to sticky-tabs and highlighters on printed books.