Virus Bulletin : Mayhem - a hidden threat for *nix web servers.
New Yorker: How to Be a Better Online Reader.
Paris Review: Notes from the Milk Cave.
“Even if someone had told me ‘twenty minutes per breast per feeding,’ it would still have taken sitting down every two hours for forty minutes for me to understand, because just like every other aspect of pregnancy and motherhood—morning sickness, contractions—the imagined experience turned out to be laughably unlike the experience itself.”
Ad Age: Why Online Audiences’ Mobile Migration Isn’t Bad for Blogs.
“Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger and Medium have each experienced double-digit declines in U.S. desktop traffic in the past year, according to numbers from comScore. Three of them — Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress — have recouped some of their audience on tablets and smartphones, to the point that their respective mobile audiences are now bigger than their desktop ones. But so far, only WordPress has been able to offset its desktop declines enough to spur overall traffic growth.”
AppleInsider: Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email to prevent snooping.
“Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google’s Gmail.”
EE Insider: ExpressionEngine 2.9 Released.
Time: Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State.
“In some ways, bloggers use the same practices of 19th Century pamphleteers, where anybody with a hand-crank could stand on a corner and shout to a group of people.” I’ve repeated this metaphor countless times now … I should have trademarked it a decade ago.
Another ‘definitive’ static site generator list.
Here. Multi-language again. Bookmark, before it disappears (the other one did, albeit briefly).
Curator [Visual Notes App for iPad].
Looks tres interesting. I’m always a sucker for apps like this.
RockHealth: Why Doctors Still Use Pagers.
Significant positives. Makes me want my pager back.
TopRankBlog: 10 Real Time Content Discovery Tools for Curation, Engagement and Sharing.
Hmmm. I’ve not yet hit such a service that can gauge my taste accurately. I spend my time in them going, “Really? That’s the best you’ve got for me?” RSS still rules the airwaves for my linkblogging.
PC World: Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?.
Cloud is starting to win. I’ll have to look closer now.
The New Yorker: The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny.
“… to pretend that a reward is always (or even ever) commensurate with the amount of work one does is to misconstrue how the world works. If potato salad leads people to reflect on the injustices of modern American capitalism, then we really may be on to something.”
The Register: Bell Labs sends 10Gbps over crappy COPPER cable, smashes records.
“The technique is based on the G.fast standard being considered by the International Telecommunications Union; it’s a DSL standard designed to sustain 500Mbps connections over legacy copper cable networks using a 106MHz frequency range.” Seriously, those titles, Reg.
SER: Did Metafilter’s Founder Matt Haughey & Google’s Matt Cutts Talk About Google Ranking Issues?
There is a chart, at the bottom, to show an uptick for MeFi. I’ll note that I have not had any more takedown notices since the last surge.
Seattle Times: Why in the world I hand-wrote my emails – and what it taught me about how we wr
Irish Times: Word for Word — is the end nigh for the e-book?
“What irks the ‘digerati’ is the failure of ebooks to dent the affection heavy book-buyers retain for the thing-ness of the original Gutenbergian model. Bibliophiles abhor the impermanence of ebooks because downloads confer no sense of ownership or collectability.”
10,000 Words: Source Sleuth Looks to Connect Journalists, Bloggers with Quality Sources.
“… we assign a researcher to each query that comes in. They look through our database to find quality sources and then reach out to sources to see if they are interested in helping out with the story.” Of interest. I wonder what criteria is used to judge a ‘quality source’.
Messy Nessy Chic: This GIF Art will Charm your Socks Off.
ReadWrite: An Early Fourth - Welcome To ReadWrite 4.0.
Another redesign. I swear, Evan W. should charge for Medium copycats. It has had such a huge impact on design.
Funny Gmail outage this morning.
Seemed strangely quiet, my email. I went to the SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS AND IMPORTS page, and found my main email address hadn’t been checked in over an hour and a half. Error? “Network connection can’t be made. Please contact other provider.” Other provider? Automatic mail checks were failing. I hit ‘check mail’ by hand [Occam’s Razor], and it hooked up again. 46 backed up emails.
Just mentioning it, in case anyone else is experiencing a strangely quiet email morning. Check your account settings directly.
The Rumpus: Face-Off - Facebook Vs. Reality.
“Someone who’s not on Facebook is sketchy. It’s like people who don’t drink. You can’t trust them.” Bwah-hah-hah-hah. Like NYC in the 80’s - if you weren’t seeing a shrink like everyone else, you had to be an axe-murderer. And the author, Bibi Deitz, sounds like she lives in Santa Fe. Go for it, kiddo.
Apple Insider: Apple’s ‘Photos’ for OS X to come with pro-level image search, editing, plugins, more
“As for current Aperture users, Apple said it will roll out a final update to bring compatibility with OS X Yosemite, but there are no plans to continue software development beyond that point. [snip] Interestingly, Apple also mentioned it is concurrently working on a transitionary workflow from Aperture to Adobe’s Lightroom, suggesting Photos may not fit the needs of photography professionals.” My italic emphasis.
He’s baaaaaack … eye update, longer version.
Well, I had my macula mapped, and a whole host of other tests. The good (?) news is that my vitreous has detached from my retina cleanly. Got to see a nice little cutaway scan of my eye (like a horizontal slice showing the separation). My macula is clean. I’m still having flashes, and apparently that’s to be expected. I have a very small blind spot just above center in the right eye. Seems to be diminishing as the PVD progresses, so we’ll just continue to observe its progress. Doc says everything is ‘normal’ … but I should not go out and engage in kickboxing for the next three months. Impact sports are forbidden. I have a host of floaters, too, that occasionally make viewing a monitor a real penance. There is no change to my overall prescriptions.
Best news: The headaches have subsided, the light sensitivity is gone.
Net-net, though: I can start posting with normal frequency again. The floaters do, however, annoy me to death, so if I am suffering from their blurriness, that will naturally slow down my posting. I hate having to read blurry type. Best description is, the floaters can be numerous enough, it’s like trying to read through a bowl of chicken noodle soup.
Wired: Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online.
“We often think of the internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done.” Well, that explains Washboard.co (sadly, defunct already).