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Briefs

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

At the Zapier Blog they note that AirTable, the online database builder, is the fastest-growing app. Competitors include Knack and Zoho Builder. Could be that the online database service might finally be entering public consciousness as a possibility, taking its rightful place alongside word processors and spreadsheets.

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Now that I’ve joined eyeem.com, I was attracted to this article on Instagram and art history. “Today, we look at Instagram feeds with the same level of scrutiny as the Renaissance merchants who converted their Madonnas into ducats.” He argues persuasively and enjoyably that we are being just like Amsterdam burghers.

 

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Sports are the linchpin holding the entire post-war economic order together.

Ben Thompson, The Sports Linchpin

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

From the top: Chapter 1, Part 1 of The Internet History Podcast.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Joel Spolsky announces the public beta of HyperDev, “a developer playground for building full-stack web-apps fast.”

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As announced at WWDC 2016, Macworld summarizes the new things in iOS 10. Among them are voicemail transcription, a new Home app for HomeKit-enabled devices, and a redesigned Control Center.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Lately I’ve noticed an irritating profusion of paid-in-kind reviews on Amazon—see Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews? in The Consumerist. I think that allowing this is a huge mistake on Amazon’s part—the first I can remember seeing them make. It essentially makes their incredibly valuable review functionality—even other retailers include it in their web sites—valueless. Worse, it’s irritating and draining, because you have to scan to the end of a review to find out if it’s been subsidized by the vendor. See “How to Snag a Deal by Writing an Amazon Review” in USA Today. The current antidote? fakespot.com.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Centralized or distributed computing? It’s a pendulum.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Ben Thompson on Apple: if they really want to become a services company they’ll have to change their fabled organizational structure.

Occasionally the ethernet-based internet connection at my desk goes down, and I can’t tell without checking Airport Utility as there’s no immediate visual indicator in OS X. Hence Icon Ping by Italian ubergeek Salvatore Sanfilippo AKA Antirez. Perfect!

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

So the neighbor Brian is playing his and I thought, you know what, John Williams’ “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens kind of lends itself to the accordion. And here it is on YouTube, very nicely done by Adam Matlock in his bedroom. Commendations to you, sir.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I scrolled straight past the recent entries at The Setup and clicked only on Charlie Lloyd’s based on his job description. And I guessed right. “At work we’re on small MacBook Pros with maxed-out RAM and external monitors on standing desks,” he writes. Check. “I do my coding and writing in TextMate.” Check. Since he passes these tests of sameness with me, the rest is all gold.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s been a couple of days since reading “What’s Next in Computing?” by Chris Dixon and I’m still harking back to it. It’s kind of made me a quasi-believer in the Singularity, made me think that these are the final handful of years in which there’ll be some continuity with what has always been. Disconcerting.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

A story and video of a young reporter kind of blown away, so to speak, by some new VR porn demoed at CES. [Via DrudgeReport]

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A professor of medieval history laments the contemporary propensity to be surveilled just as Europeans were by the Church. [Via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Web site heat map tool HotJar is so impressive and so is Maltese founder David Darmanin, interviewed here by Stephen Esketzis in Feb 2015.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Monday, August 18th, 2014

In defence of email, the much maligned cockroach of the Internet. Which, by the way, is what I used to post this, using iPhone’s Mail app.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Clap along if you feel like steering wheels are uncouth (via DrudgeReport).

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Released: Steve Jobs’ and James Murdoch’s email correspondence negotiating over HarperCollins e-books for iPad. Note how Murdoch’s careless spelling and grammar improves after receiving a reply in Steve’s impeccable English. Murdoch capitalizes News Corp’s businesses, “Studios, Books, and Newspapers” but then writes lowercase “apple”, which, if deliberate, is kind of thuggy.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Surely the definitive article about internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz. Only eating white or yellow food seems a glaring sign that not everything there was quite right.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

TV too is dying. The percentage of people who watch video on a computer once a month—84%—is now higher than the percentage who watch TV.

Martin Amis reports on the California porn industry in 2001 before the internet sent it tits up.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Re Facebook, “Mark Zuckerberg is to uselessness what Henry Ford was to the automobile.”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Guardian’s Battle for the Internet feature, including Tim Berners-Lee’s warning about walled gardens. BTW, if you’re reading this on Facebook, I don’t write these Trail entries on Facebook, but on my own site at http://adamkhan.net, and a nice Facebook app called RSS Graffiti sends them over.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Paul Graham PyCon US 2012 keynote
wherein he spells out some of the big ambitious start-up ideas on our collective mind. Be the next Google. Fix email. Be the next Apple. Replace universities. Ongoing diagnostic healthcare.

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

On the rise of the ebook and how it’s just another step in the increasing convenience of distributing a written work, just as books typeset on paper are.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

“We don’t have castles and noble titles, so how do you indicate you’re part of the elite?” Wicked piece on TED by Benjamin Wallace.

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Peter Thiel to Francis Fukuyama, full of quotable sentences. “We cannot simply say things went wrong with credit creation in the 1980s; we also have to deal with government malfunction in the 1970s.” “There’s a close link between technological deceleration and increasing cynicism and pessimism about politics and economics.” “There has been this increase in inequality, but it’s a secondary truth. The primary truth is this truth of stagnation.”

Friday, February 10th, 2012

If you walk and don’t talk you can maintain the shock.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Marxist academic Slavoj Žižek on what are not proletarian protests but protests against the threat of being reduced to proletarians.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Some probabilistic, and in restrospect kind of obvious, methods for seeing who in Facebook is interested in you. Here’s looking at you, XXX.

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Can we home knowledge workers learn from the monks and nuns who preceded us?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Irit and I were discussing this regarding ET, which still feels contemporary: in arts, entertainment and style, it’s been Groundhog Day for 20 years. “Now that we have instant universal access to every old image and recorded sound, the future has arrived and it’s all about dreaming of the past.”

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Only 10% of computer users know about ctrl-f. Pathetic.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

 
 

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