Mashable: You’ll soon be able to register a .blog domain.
Jeez, the early-access price. Vanity, thy name is .blog?
WaPo: 98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you.
Astonishing. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. What concerns me more is the creation of ... no term for this yet ... ‘economic vacuum chambers’. As we see Republicans and Dems split off to ideological vacuum chambers, these targeted ads are feeding us product and services in ‘perceived’ economic and interest categories. What if I don’t fit the profile, but I’d really like an aged steak? Will I be served endless ads for Wal-Mart ground beef? What does this do to a person’s overall character, not to mention aspirations? Not describing this well, but I hope you get my drift. Many of these ‘feed them what they routinely view’ algorithms encourage and vivify terrible habit formation.
vowe dot net: Move from Evernote to OneNote on a Mac.
I think I’ve expressed before, if I were starting from scratch, I’d look closer at Eaglefiler. I don’t use Evernote or OneNote regularly from mobile devices. Though, as with all things digital, that will likely change.
Register.UK: Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour.
Of note. If you need access to Win7, perhaps ...
BBC: News site Gawker.com to shut down next week.
DebugMe: Sites Where Girls Can Learn to Code Online.
FishbowlNY: NPR Is Closing Its Comments Section.
“Montgomery added that social media provides a much better platform for discussing NPR stories than the site’s comments section. He’s right, of course.” Um, Twitter just encourages snark. So I respectfully disagree.
FishbowlNY: The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt.
“In the month of July, there were a total of 2,678,400 news-making seconds. If you divide the Drudge July page views total by that number, you get an average of 549.66 page views per second.” One look at the DR, you feel the world’s falling apart. As bad as Amazon’s “Most Read” email, if not worse. Do we as a society really love bad news this much?
Harkening back to the days of the 5k. Sharpen your keyboards!
Guardian.UK: The hounding of Gabby Douglas - unworthy end for a great American champion.
Lesson: Stay away from social media while in competition.
Register.UK: Rackspace CEO - Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz.
NY Times: The Blog That Disappeared.
If you use a service, be warned. Back up your stuff locally! Before using any new service, make sure you can get out what you so carefully put in.
TechDirt: DNC Claims That Wikileaks Has ‘Malware Embedded Throughout The Site’.
“We’ve seen various organizations impacted by Wikileaks come up with all sorts of excuses and claims about why people shouldn’t use the site, but “the site is embedded with malware” is a new one. It also seems hellishly unlikely.”
The Atlantic: Charles Duhigg’s Productivity Tips from Smarter, Faster, Better.
Were the DNC emails ‘tampered with’?
This is the original article for this rumor, being widely misinterpreted. Scroll down to paragraph beginning “The metadata in the leaked documents ...” and read from there (if you want to cut to the chase on this subject).
Money quote: “Although so far the actual content of the leaked documents appears not to have been tampered with, manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories.”
The media is presenting this all over the ideological map. Beware what/who you believe on this one.
VSCO: Retiring VSCO Sync as of August 12.
WSJ: Spotify Rolls Out Programmatic Ad Buying.
FYI. Seems the monthly fee is not enough?
Recode: Entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuk ‘cannot wait’ for the startup armageddon.
“I’m not going to get a job! I’ve got an idea!” Oh yeah. BOINGGGGGG.
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...
Macworld: Scrivener for iOS review - A sophisticated writing and research app for on-the-go.
Quirky but lovely, I use Scrivener for all my longer-form writing on desktop. I’ve not tried this mobile variant yet.
SER: Google Releases AMP Case Study & Here Are My Results.
Hmmm. Small/medium sites, think twice before committing the time/resources.
‘5297 unread articles.’
Not so bad, really. I’ve seen worse.
Zoho: Free Evernote Alternative.
Usual caveats apply. [Such as, can you get out what you put in, etc. etc.]
ProBlogger: My Blogging Income Breakdown for the First Half of 2016.
I find these things fascinating. Amazing what readers find of value.
Tried Prisma, the latest popular cam app on iOS.
Totally fun, more fun than VSCO, Instagram filters, etc. [You can turn off the watermark in the prefs - didn’t realize until after I proc’d that shot.]