Life/work’s getting in the way of postings.
After 3MST, kids. Until then, tootle along elsewhere.
MIT Technology Review: Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects.
BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.
Read this one. Wow.
Twibble.io - A Better RSS feed to Twitter Service.
Hmmm. IFTTT has been rock-solid for me (every fifteen minutes, whatever is new on the blog gets sent to Twitter). This still may be worth a look, for scheduling abilities alone. If anyone decides to use it, a quick overview in the comments would be appreciated.
PHP 5.6.0 released.
Salon: Why female writers get trolled the most.
“The study does note that men still receive the highest proportion of abusive tweets overall — but they’re also primarily the ones disseminating hatred.”
Dropbox Pro Users Now Get 1TB of Storage, Other Goodies.
Designer News: How much time do you guys need to complete a 10 page website?
The comments. Surprised noone’s responded to the ‘guys’ thing yet.
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.