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Welcome to Series, a new type of story on Medium

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

This might actually be something new in the online publishing business that looks interesting. Although not along the lines of news, it does remind me somewhat of how Breaking News app worked when you followed a story. Breaking News was amazing for this but it died so I wonder if this will die in time just the same. Hopefully not.

Series are mobile stories that can be added to over time and unfold card by card with the tap of your finger

Source: Welcome to Series, a new type of story on Medium

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Why AWS has such a big lead in the cloud | TechCrunch

February 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

This sums up exactly why AWS (Amazon Web Services) has been so successful:

“First, they said no one will use it, then maybe only startups will use it — but they won’t use it for anything real. Then it was enterprises will never use it, then enterprises will never use it for anything mission critical. Companies and developers voted with their workloads and now [competitors] are in this spot of trying to spin something up and you know, it’s six or seven years late,” Jassy said.

Source: Why AWS has such a big lead in the cloud | TechCrunch

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YouTube’s Horrendous Changes

February 20th, 2017 · No Comments

I can see that YouTube has been testing some changes to what it presents on one’s Home page. This seems to be across all platforms I’ve tried (iPad, AppleTV, web browser). The new changes come in now and then and then it reverts to the old format. My guess is they are testing this by making it available to a subset of users for a period of time.

I hope that during this testing they discover that these changes are HORRIBLE.

They are certainly horrible for me. What used to be a very good feature on the Homepage has all but disappeared. It was a Recommended section. It constantly provided some pretty decent recommended video’s based on my watch history. It actually worked pretty well. And even allowed me to discover new channels for me to subscribe to. I don’t know how I would find things otherwise cause I’m not one to just browse for anything on YouTube. I’m not watching trending video’s or anything else that they might splash in my face. I only watch for things I am subscribed to or searched for based on my interest at the time. Plus the recommendations would help to discover new stuff along the lines of my interests.

So what have they done? They got rid of this Recommended section and replaced it with all sorts of shit like:

  • Top Tracks: I’m not on Youtube to watch music videos and I couldn’t care less about this.
  • Top Stories: I’m not on Youtube for news so why force it on me.
  • Latest Videos: I couldn’t care less what the most recent video’s posted are.
  • Trailers: I don’t like to watch movie trailers. Stop trying to force them on me.
  • Watch Later: Finally one of the old useful sections. I might want to watch something I marked to watch later.
  • Music: More music? WTF is this?
  • Trending: And again I couldn’t care less. I’m not into trending videos. I get enough of that shit posted on Facebook (ok, some are good but I’m not hear on Youtube for that).

Now, one time I did find the Recommended section buried way down here somewhere but today its completely gone.

Guess what else is gone? My viewing.

So if YouTube wants to keep viewership up the way to do it is go back to showing me stuff I might actually want to watch rather than shoving stuff in front of me that you think is going to keep my interest. Because guess what, its not going to.

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Inside Medium’s meltdown: Evan Williams’ startup – Business Insider

February 17th, 2017 · Comments Off on Inside Medium’s meltdown: Evan Williams’ startup – Business Insider

A big misstep by the startup’s billionaire founder has angered some people and hurt his credibility.

Source: Inside Medium’s meltdown: Evan Williams’ startup – Business Insider

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End Of The Internet As We Know It

January 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Given the recent NSA revelations it seems appropriate to now discuss the end of the Internet as we know it and talk about building the new Internet. Calling it Internet 3.0 or something like that doesn’t sound right. We just need a new name. Perhaps UltraNet, MeshNet or OurNet.

Everything on this new OurNet will / should be controlled by end users. We can’t trust governments or corporations to do the right thing.

Net Neutrality is basically dead given the recent ruling in the US. Here is an article on why you need to care about Net Neutrality (or NOT). There is likely no fixing it so lets just forget about it as it will become irrelevant on the new OurNet.

The new OurNet will NOT be accessed through the ISP’s of today or likely any ISP’s at all. Likely it will be based on some sort of wireless mesh network. Likely everything will be encrypted on the new OurNet perhaps something like the TOR network. Currently we are seeing a flood of products and services coming out with encryption for the current Internet. But on this new network this will likely not be necessary as the network itself will be fully secure and encrypted. Although I guess we will see how it develops.

I’m not sure what DNS and Domain registration will look like on the new OurNet. I think they will probably look entirely different than they are now or just be completely different or not required. Again, I’ll be interested to see what develops in this area.

Update Mar 23, 2013: Little did I know that Apple has such a framework for this type of network in iOS7. See this Cult Of Mac article.

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Cerulean Opens Up Trilliam IM Protocol

June 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Cerulean, the company behind the great IM client program Trillian is opening up their IM protocol. I’ve been a very long time user of Trillian on Windows and even iOS. They have always had really decent support in connected to the various other IM systems and everything feature wise you’d want.

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Time Service At Microsoft Is Incorrect

June 13th, 2013 · No Comments

So for a few days I couldn’t figure out why the time on my Windows laptop was ahead by 4-5 minutes. I figured the time sync service/feature in control panel wasn’t working so I went to take a look there. Clicked update a few times to make sure it was working. Yup, its working but returning an incorrect time.

It is was to time.microsoft.com. I guess nobody at Microsoft pays attention to such things. You would think somebody would notice and fix. What kind of time service is this if it isn’t going to be correct.

I changed it to time.nist.gov and time is back to normal.

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NewsBlur vs Feedly – Let the RSS Reader Wars Begin

June 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Since Google announced shutting down Google Reader I’ve been looking for a new news reader that fits my needs. I’ve been using Feedly for a month or more. Although the iOS app is pretty decent the web based experience is terrible. The only way to use it is through some Chrome extension. Its terrible and basically I don’t use it.

The iOS app is decent enough but it is missing a key feature I use all the time. Its a simple one. The ability to “mark all as read” for a particular folder/group. Without it, Feedly just won’t work for me. In the meantime I’ve been switching to the Google Reader interface to do that function but that won’t be possible when it dies for good.

I would figure that simple stuff like this would be fixed in the last two months but doesn’t seem like much is happening on the client side with Feedly which doesn’t give me a good feeling moving forward with them. My guess is they are spending a lot of time on the back-end though and ignoring all this client side stuff. That is all great I’m sure but right now its the client side I need working right.

I just checked out Newsblur and it looks really good. The web based client seems to work really well and mirrors the Google Reader keys so its really easy to use if you are familiar with them. The iPad app also looks really good.

I am just waiting now to be able to import all my feeds into it to test it fully and I’ll likely be paying the $2/month for the service if I really like what I see.

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Apple Fixes Terrible UI Design

June 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Perhaps someone from Apple heard Jobs screaming from his grave or read my blog post and decided to fix the terrible layout of the audio buttons on the iPhone lock screen.  I believe it was just fixed in iOS 6.1.4.

See this post on how they screwed up at one point. Glad to see it finally fixed.

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Gree Pulls The Plug On OpenFeint

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

This was not unexpected however I think this will backfire on them especially given the short one month notice. My guess is that a lot of companies will just NOT bother migrating to Gree and just pull the plug on them altogether. With most apps supporting both Gamecenter and OpenFeint I see zero incentive to spend the time migrating to Gree.

It’s a bad situation any way you slice it, and while GREE is offering a solution to migrate developers to their new platform, with how they’ve handled the OpenFeint shutdown the general consensus amongst developers on my Twitter feed is that playing ball with GREE is the last thing they’re interested in doing.

via Touch Arcade

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