PC World: New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers.
Might actually be handy.
Medium: Last Call. (For print newspapers, that is.)
“Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade.” A must-read. Via George Kelly on G+.
Techdirt: Thomson Reuters Thinks Not Responding To Their Email Means You’ve Freely Licensed All Your
“So it’s just bizarre and surprising that media giant Thomson Reuters apparently believes that it can license whatever content it wants by merely sending an email and saying that a refusal to respond will be taken as consent that it can use your content.” !@&^#$$% Bloggers, beware. That puts a whole new exponential spin on ‘big grab’.
euansemple.com: Social tools and the filter problem.
“We expect to meet different people in different physical contexts and manage our expectations of different conversations in this way. The problem at the moment is that in the competition between Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and the others for our time and attention, they are all beginning to look and feel the same!”
Software should be able to solve the problem of high quality/high frequency social. The only obstacle to plucking consistently interesting bits from the firehose of social is the programs themselves. [Tags, FB. Like Tumblr. Yesterday, or sooner.]
The Airship: Simple Reasons Why You Should Read Physical Books.
What’s happening with me is, I’ll take a chance on an ebook based on price (not that much of a savings, really). I hit upon a book I really, really like - it gets purchased as a physical volume. Not only for sole ownership, but also for the ability to share it easily. I hate holding up a Kindle to someone and saying, “here’s the passage I was talking about” and then have them grab the touchscreen by mistake, sending me into the ebook ozone. I do note, however, the double-profit to the publisher with this method. I wish I could predict whether I’d like a book or not from the cover ... but you know that old saw.
The Atlantic: The Joys and Sorrows of Late-Night Email.
“Wake-up-to-power-down is the new 9-to-5.” Yep. Ugh. And we bloggers didn’t help that much, typing our little hearts out deep into the night.
PS Mag: Just Kill All of the Comments Already.
“Our problem was a different one: We primarily deal with science and research, and know that comments can change the perception readers have of not just the stories themselves, but the facts and figures covered in the stories that often shouldn’t be open to interpretation.” If you don’t actively engage your commenters, I see how this can be true. I feel having a comment system requires active participation by the blog- or site-owner. It’s not a set-it-up-and-let-it-run device.
Hello, Fastmail. Goodbye (soon), Google.
I’ve been using Gmail for email aggregation for quite a while now. In the last year or so, email checking has become so slow and unpredictable, such a barrier to accomplishing timely work, that I’ve invested in new accounts at Fastmail.fm. Simple yet deep feature set, easy interface, larger attachment sizes ... and actually fast.
SERoundtable: Google - Low Quality Guest Blogging Considered Content Spam.
Google as arbiter of ‘good blog posts.’ What’s the world coming to?
Adobe blogs: One Weird Trick to Baseline-Align Text.
This may interest others besides myself.
Re/Code: Amazon Goes After Square in the Way It Knows Best - Pricing.
“... the negative reviews are mostly focused on the annoyance of having to create a new account, if a business owner only has a regular Amazon account, as well as the models of devices listed on the compatibility list. Additionally, the current device does not support a more secure type of payment card, called chip cards, which will become more popular in the U.S. over the next year as merchants are pushed to upgrade their point-of-sale systems.”
An app that switches out ‘simple’ desktops. I prefer making my own, YMMV.
CNBC: Has Google lost control of its anti-spam algorithm?
Not the best source. Still, some more interesting info to be gleaned within. Double-check before counting on it. Really horrible modal dialog to begin.
SERoundtable: Google Gives Full HTTPS/SSL Secure Web Sites A Ranking Boost.
Hmmm. I don’t see any huge need here on DM!, do you?
Behance Blog: Adobe Sketch - Natural drawing tools, seamlessly integrated with Behance.
Don’t know if I’d necessarily want to insta-post drawings. Nice to have the feature, though, I’m sure.
Dbignore - .gitignore for Dropbox.
May be useful for some of you.
Mashable: Major Security Vulnerability in WordPress, Drupal Could Take Down Websites.
Another week, another security issue.
The Bookseller: Sony to cease production of e-reader devices.
“Analysts have previously indicated that e-readers have a short shelf life in the market now the versatile and popular tablet computer is more affordable.” Surprised it took this long. I predicted the dedicated e-reader was an interstitial form-factor; tablets, in various sizes, would win the long game.
RSS Reader for Developers.
Not really my style, but others might enjoy it.
nemex.io: Self-hosted, markdown app to track ideas, projects ... and store photos.
Oh, I’ve got to download and play with this. iCloud [Photo Stream] and iPhoto have been driving me bonkers with the iPhone.
cole peters blog: Design culture is a frozen shithole.
“We spend our time and energy not on things that improve the lives of people around us in an honest fashion, but on whatever seems most profitable and tempting to VCs; then, we convince ourselves that our profit-centric ventures are actually humanitarian causes because it sounds really good in the press and makes us feel special and warm and fuzzy.”
SERoundtable: Google Restores MetaFilter’s Traffic After 20 Months Of Poor Rankings.
Later: Apparently Naked Capitalism is back, too.
Got a GitHub account? Kick the tires on Jekyll. When I have a moment, I’m going to.
Later: As I have time ... dangerousmeta.github.io. Stupid-simple setup. GitHub can take up to ten minutes to show the initial page, after you set the URL.
Updates to Creative Cloud this morning.
Between Apple and Adobe, I’m wondering when we hit the point where they’re applying so many updates that we cannot be social anymore, for eating up all the bandwidth. We need bigger ‘pipes’.
PerlTricks: Your users deserve better than Disqus.
Of note, particularly the security implications.