Archive | September, 2014

I pulled this from another thread on Facebook, because I think it’s an important idea, that isn’t being factored into a lot of people’s thinking. In all my conversations with Facebook people, this is the idea we agree on. So if you think Facebook is all locked up, well they say otherwise. Maybe I’m a fool. I’ve been wrong before. But…

26 Sep

I pulled this from another thread on Facebook, because I think it’s an important idea, that isn’t being factored into a lot of people’s thinking. In all my conversations with Facebook people, this is the idea we agree on. So if you think Facebook is all locked up, well they say otherwise. Maybe I’m a fool. I’ve been wrong before. But…

Ultimately the killer idea would be for Facebook to federate. Let me put my content on my server, to be part of whatever networks I want it to be part of, and at the same time also be on Facebook. That combination imho would create an infinite number of competitors to Facebook. Funny thing is I think they’re actually doing this. Why? Where do you think the kickass new ideas for networking will come from? From a service operating at Facebook’s scale or from something new that gets a chance to iterate, to start small, and get to some new place. If you know how technology develops, you know that only the latter approach has a chance of working. I’ve been waiting for a platform vendor to get to the stage Facebook is at now, and realize that they’ll do better if they plant the seeds for successors of their current product, and make sure they have a good seat from which to observe. Then keep the checkbook out, and make investments and acquisitions, and help distribute the products that achieve critical mass (in this day, distribution means operating huge data centers).

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I just erased my iPhone 5s, preparing to sell it or give it away, not sure which. I just picked it up and man, that sucker is light! If this phone came out after the iPhone 6, we’d all be marveling at how compact it is, and how elegant it feels in your hand. Now I’m wondering if I’m selling the wrong phone! :-)

25 Sep

I just erased my iPhone 5s, preparing to sell it or give it away, not sure which. I just picked it up and man, that sucker is light! If this phone came out after the iPhone 6, we’d all be marveling at how compact it is, and how elegant it feels in your hand. Now I’m wondering if I’m selling the wrong phone! 🙂

My two cents on Ello.

25 Sep

My two cents on Ello.

They don’t have feeds in or out. That means whatever you put in there, starting right now, is theirs. They won’t even share your stuff with you. That’s not a good deal. You shouldn’t accept that.

So Ello isn’t answering any question I can think of.

If they were open, then I would be interested. Because that means I could use my tools with it. At least with Facebook, there’s a lot of openness, I’m writing this using my software, and if I weren’t I could easily get it out (though honestly I haven’t tested that yet). Here’s a screen shot.

This is the same problem I have with people pouring love into Medium. I don’t care if they pay you to write there, then it’s just like Vox or Huffington Post or Quartz, Buzzfeed or any of a thousand other sites that employ writers. But if you do it thinking this is some cool way to publish, it’s the most uncool way! Really seriously wrong that people do this thinking they might be doing themselves some good. It’s the bad bargain tech companies always try to make with users. And users still fall for it.

Anyway, I’ll watch it, but I won’t invest in it. At least not yet. If you guys make them the new boss, then I guess I’ll have to. I hope you all get wise, instead. 😉

From the last episode of The Roosevelts, a friend explains that when Eleanor Roosevelt was touring, when she’d meet someone who wanted to tell her how she had helped them, she didn’t show interest, she just rushed on to the next thing. Why? She didn’t have time for that. She’s busy doing stuff.

23 Sep

From the last episode of The Roosevelts, a friend explains that when Eleanor Roosevelt was touring, when she’d meet someone who wanted to tell her how she had helped them, she didn’t show interest, she just rushed on to the next thing. Why? She didn’t have time for that. She’s busy doing stuff.

I feel the same way when people say they respect me for work I did ten or twenty years ago. I only care about that to the extent that it means it might be a little easier for me to do the next thing I want to do. Ironically, it works exactly the opposite way. The more people feel your accomplishments are in the past, the *less* they let you do now. (My philosophy is to do it anyway.)

The same thing happened to her uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt. He left office at 50, desperately wanted to stay involved, but couldn’t find a way to do it. This is the guy who built the Panama Canal. When the US finally got into WWI, he tried to enlist, but President Wilson wouldn’t let him. Instead he sent his four sons off to fight in the war, while he stayed home. To him this must have been torture. He died at 60, I assume because there was nothing for him to do.

ER said the same thing, as long as there were still things to do, as long as her life had a purpose, she wanted to keep living. As soon as their stopped being a purpose, she wanted to die, and she did.

My stuff is coming together in ways I only dreamed about in the past. I have no time to think about what happened in the past, except in ways it makes me wiser about things I do now and in the future, and if it makes people more open to the idea that I might be doing something of significance.

This is a test.

22 Sep

This is a test.

Dread Pirate Sunk By Leaky CAPTCHA.

20 Sep

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/09/dread-pirate-sunk-by-leaky-captcha/

Do You Need a Worse Phone?

20 Sep

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/do-you-need-a-worse-phone/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0