Monthly Archives: February 2012

What comes after the Post-PC?

I think at the dawn of PCs there was a company with a name like The People’s Computer Company. If not, it could have been the name of the whole industry. This is what all the heroes of the 80s … Continue reading

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Blogmark

Must remember to write a blog post about this. The tech industry has been absorbed by the ad industry, and vice versa. However, there is, imho, still room for a tech industry that is not merged with the ad industry. … Continue reading

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Another look at Dropbox

Big tech companies don’t trust users, small tech companies have no choice. This is why smaller companies, like Dropbox, tend to be forces against lock-in, and big tech companies try to lock users in. That’s why Dropbox is so useful … Continue reading

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Everything is scaffolding

I love it when software gets to the stage that the worldoutline is getting to. For the last year, while under development, it’s been a hot steamy mess. But I use my messes, and I have users, so every time … Continue reading

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Podcast with Adam Curry

I did a podcast with Adam Curry yesterday. Except for one glitchy Rebooting the News last year, this is the first podcast we’ve done together since 2005, the early days of podcasting. http://adam.curry.com/2012/02/24/wop120120224final.mp3 I know we need to get a … Continue reading

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Contraception vs the death penalty

I understand that the Catholic Church doesn’t want to pay for insurance for its employees that includes coverage for contraception, even though they are required to do so by law. I take them at their word that it’s a matter … Continue reading

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What news must do

I just read Mathew Ingram’s report on John Paton’s talk about the future of news. I agree with what Paton says, but with an important caveat. He doesn’t go far enough. The change he describes will not be at equilibrium. … Continue reading

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What I learned by turning off comments

After all these years, the reasons I write my blog remain the same. 1. To influence. 2. To be influenced. Hopefully, in both cases, for the better. I want to learn things that make what I do better informed, more … Continue reading

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Thinking out loud: DNS as ID

Suppose Facebook or Twitter wanted to be really good netizens, and let you use their service to log onto other services, but to not lock you in. How might that work? Well, I wouldn’t be known on other nets as … Continue reading

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Everyone’s talking basketball!

There was a time, in the year 2000, when everyone was talking music. Everywhere you went. You’d be checking out the cucumbers and lettuce at the supermarket and the person next to you would ask if you were using Napster, … Continue reading

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