CNet: Facebook eats up patents for the ‘feed’.
“Can I start screaming loudly about patent reform now?” Seems a little late, if you ask me.
CNet: Gmail runs into importing issues Thursday.
I ran into this yesterday. Didn’t get POP3 email for 7 hours. Going in and doing a ‘manual’ retrieve seemed to kickstart everything. Got a lot done without email, however ...
ReadWriteCloud: Backing Up a Wordpress Blog to the Cloud Using Amazon S3.
FlashMobileBlog: Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One.
A side comment: Try running the debugger version of Flash Player sometime. You’ll realize how many sloppy Flash programmers are breaking your video experience. Even large site/services! Rather than bitch to Adobe, you might be better served to nudge the authors of the Flash content to debug their creations. Photographers’ sites are particularly bad about this; Flash is widely used by photographers as a technique to prevent right-click copying.
Creep me out.
New Scientist: Newborns’ blood used to build secret DNA database.
Discover Magazine: Augmented Reality iPhone App Can Identify Strangers on the Street.
Mashable: Google Adds Facebook Pages to Real-time Search. That’s not the bad part; read the last paragraph: “Still, Google’s stream doesn’t include public Facebook profiles, something only rival search engine Bing can access.” A lot of people still can’t figure out Facebook’s privacy settings. Time to walk your friends, relatives and children through it.
ReadWriteWeb: 2 Ways to Sync Google Buzz with Twitter.
I’m not wild about meta-posting across social media (the repeats are a bloody waste of my time), but this might be helpful to some.
Mashable: Scribd Makes Online Documents E-Reader and Smartphone-Friendly.
“Scribd — the online document-hosting service — is announcing a major play for the mobile device document market today: a new send-to-device feature, pending mobile apps, and fresh e-reader and smartphone APIs.”
Wired: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web.
“Even the Bingers confess that, when it comes to the simple task of taking a search term and returning relevant results, Google is still miles ahead.”
COLOURlovers v4 by COLOURlovers.
Photoshop Insider Blog: NAPP Members Invited To Beta Test Next Version of Adobe Photoshop.
“Adobe has recently rolled out a special program to invite some members of NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to become private Beta testers of the next version of Adobe Photoshop, and start working with the future of Photoshop today.”
NY Times: Macmillan’s DynamicBooks Lets Professors Rewrite E-Textbooks.
This will be a problem in the future, IMHO. Lose physical books, how do you warranty that a text is ‘original’? All code can be hacked.
Genuitec: iPhone Emulator for Windows.
“MobiOne is the best iPhone emulator and Palm Pre emulator on the market today and has just updated to the Milestone 7 version, which includes a new drag-n-drop mobile Web visual designer for mockups, mobile HTML code generation, convenient mobile design templates, updated OSS components, screen capture, multi-touch and gesture support and more!” I suppose I’ll download it to my XP laptop, see what it does.
Atlantic, Business: How Far Will Apple Go to Keep Its Secrets?
I think Mr Jobs’ controversial comments are starting to backfire on Apple. These kind of Apple-critique articles are popping up more and more, along with Google-takeovertheworld-privacy articles ...
MacUser: Why I’m dropping Google.
“Google knows more about you than the NSA, and has recently shown that it doesn’t give a hoot about your privacy. The company has gotten too big, and has turned into just another corporation trying to maximize its assets — and those assets are you.” The link to check how much information is connected to your Gmail address is fascinating ... in aggregate, they know significant amounts about me. In fact, more than I ever realized. I thought I’d been parsimonious with my outpourings of info.
Happy Birthday, Adobe Photoshop.
I’m late with this, but I can truly say I wouldn’t be here today without it. I would have died of caffeine overdose, anxiety and sheer impotent frustration in the video studio on 33rd Street.
CNet: ShadyURL makes URLs entertainingly suspicious.
“This wonderfully satirical service turns even legitimate URLs into something that even the least tech-savvy friend or family member would know better than to click on. It inserts anything from what appear to be hijacking commands, to profanity and the names of well-known malware.” Wonderful.
“The theory is that if all the User-Agent providers implement all these algorithms exactly as specified, complete interoperability will be achieved and people who build Web applications need no longer concern themselves with the differences between User Agents. Which would of course be wonderful. Will it work? Nobody knows ...”
Rob Galbraith DPI: PhotoShelter to add PicScout IRC image licensing technology.
“PicScout, the worldwide standard for image credit, information, and commerce, and PhotoShelter, the leader in websites and online tools for serious photographers, today announced a partnership to automatically include PhotoShelter photographers’ images in the PicScout ImageIRC™ (index, registry and connection platform). This partnership gives individual photographers access to the same powerful PicScout technology used by major image libraries worldwide, enabling them to connect with more image buyers and ensure critical metadata remains accessible to image users anywhere online.”
Maximum PC: Apple Files Patent for OS Embedded Advertising.
“The operating system is configured to present one or more of the advertisements to users of the computer device. In some implementations, the operating system can disable one or more functions during the presentation of the advertisements and then enable the function(s) in response to the advertisements ending. That is, the operating system can disable some aspect of its operation to prompt the operator to pay attention to the advertisement.” Turn it around, perhaps Apple doesn’t want *anyone* doing it? Taking the rather ugly option off the table? Trying to be optimistic, here.
CNN: Steve Jobs’ six sneakiest statements.
Macworld: Create a splash screen for your iWeb site with Keynote.
dynaTrace Blog: The Real Performance Overhead of CSS Expressions.
“CSS Expressions are evaluated very often – especially when scrolling or moving your mouse over the document. Using the dynaTrace AJAX Edition on this document and moving the mouse over the document showed that IE is constantly re-evaluating the CSS expression, recalculating the layout and redrawing the page – for every pixel the mouse moves ...” Sounds like a very good way to get yourself booted off a shared server.
O’Reilly: The Widening HTML5 Chasm.
“Every now and then something comes up so wrong that it’s time to put aside my pleasant retirement from the web standards process and get out the high horse again. This time it’s the spin that WHATWG folks have been pushing about ‘Adobe’s secret hold’ ...” Important read.
It’s been a week now.
Unable to log into Delicio.us. Got a lot of bookmarks in there. “Sorry, we’re having temporary problems.” Emails to support tell me it keeps getting escalated. Next escalation should have it at the top of the Burj Dubai.
Once again, I say: when using any web service, make sure you can get your information *out* of the service, and back it up regularly. The cloud is very convenient, but clouds also tend to be ephemeral ...