rc3.org: NewsBlur redesigned.
Mashable: The New Flickr—What it Means for Flickr Pro Users.
A whole lotta confusion if you’re a Pro member. New skin on most of Flickr, but much is the same … an anchored top menubar slammed over the old interface. Another tablet-like experience, better than the old cluttered design. I’ll live with it a little, and decide whether I’ll continue in a month or so. I use too many photo services now, and need to eliminate a couple.
Nice. Perhaps it is finally time to walk away from Flickr. I’ll have to look more closely when I have a moment.
CNet: Adobe unplugs Creative Cloud sync tool during transition.
Turned mine off. I was getting annoyed by the constant “Creative Cloud can’t sync” messages. I don’t use the feature anyway, at the present time. Leaving it deactivated still gives me quick access to the Creative Cloud website from the menu bar. Note the link at the bottom of the article to the CC Status page.
Luminous Landscape: Clouding the Issue.
Well, I’ve been on the cloud for a few months now, and the experience has been good so far. Better than with a CS disc. The only glitch … the Creative Cloud Connection widget loses sync capability too frequently. I turn it off most of the time, unless I’m actively needing it. The cost? Cost of doing business these days. Raise a ‘cloud’ of anger if you wish; I’m over it and moving on already.
The future of Adobe Fireworks.
From the horse’s mouth: “While we are not planning further feature development for Fireworks, we will continue to sell Fireworks CS6 as well as make it available as part of the Creative Cloud. We will provide security updates as necessary and may provide bug fixes. We plan to update Fireworks to support the next major releases of both Mac OS X and Windows.”
BuzzFeed: Where Did All The Search Traffic Go.
No answers, just data and a lot of questions.
nouincolor: Adium Reborn.
Gravity by Disqus.
This might score more linkable items than Twitter.
Naked Capitalism: Beware Bait and Switching WP Engine! A Case Study in Devolution.
Macworld: Pupil is a quick-change artist for the Retina MacBook Pro.
Poynter: Medium buys science journalism site Matter.
“Williams has said he’d like Medium to create ‘a better Twitter for long-form content,’ as Rip Empson put it in TechCrunch last month.” Of all people, as a short-but-not-short-enough-for-140-characters blogger I applaud longer form. But. Medium’s at the edge of my attention. They’ve promised posting capabilities for too long without delivering. The curated content is nice enough, but if they intend to remain a walled garden, I question the value. It feels too clubby and exclusive at present. One person on their front page right now has the potential of owning a gray hair, for instance.
Google Apps Status Dashboard.
Google’s having a set of outages today, including Gmail. If you’re trying to reach me, that’s why I’m not answering back.
PS Insider: First Look—The 7 Hottest Features of Lightroom 5.
Such a pair of chuckleheads. But they cover some really great updates. Can’t wait for it to release.
Slashdot: Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked.
DP Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta hands-on preview.
You know, I never screw with Lightroom betas any more. My catalogs and images are too voluminous now to risk any sort of corruption … in spite of multiple backups. It would be too time-consuming to fool with.
“Understanding online data collection and controlling access to your personal info should be easy. You should be free to move about the Internet without anyone looking over your shoulder and without fear that your online activity might be analyzed, your searches scrutinized, or your security compromised.”
Sucuri Blog: WordPress Plugin Social Media Widget Hiding Spam – Remove it now.
The Next Web: Brute force attacks against WordPress and Joomla sites have tripled.
I just checked the stats on some WP I administer, and holy cow, it’s gotten ridiculous. I never use ‘admin’ or ‘administrator’, but it’s time to get my WP clients to use a service like Sucuri. I don’t want this crap on MY servers, thankyouverymuch. Another reason why I’ve used Expression Engine since 2003 …
Later: More on this.
ExtremeTech: Windows 8 causes most precipitous PC decline in history.
Windows was a ‘skin’ over DOS, Windows 8 seems like a poorly-implemented mobile-targeted skin over Windows 7. Most ‘average’ users I come across spent enough time adjusting from WinXP to Win7 (and the new ‘ribbon’ interfaces on Word/Outlook/etc.). They look at Win8, shake their heads and contemplate Macintosh.
Jayson Lorenzen: Convert Picture Clipping (pictclipping) image to PNG, JPEG, etc.
This just came in handy.
Panic’s secret app: Status Board for iPad.
Reviews mention bugginess. Perhaps wait for 1.x or 2.0.
Note to programmers … the latest BBEdit update stops that annoying individually-load-every-text-file-in-a-project behavior - or rather, just hides individual names so it happens faster. Better.
Panic’s releasing something new.
These folks tend to have a carte blanche to my wallet, somehow. Wednesday.