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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Back Up Your Google Reader Data Jun 29, 2013

Via Tiny Tiny RSS forum user cqrt, a solution for making a complete backup of your Google Reader data before the lights go out on July 1st: This should probably belong in knowledge base but in a few days it … Continue reading

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William Gibson’s “Pattern Recognition” Jun 29, 2013

I recently finished reading William Gibson’s novel, Pattern Recognition.  Published in 2003, it’s a prescient social critique of surveillance marketing, the post-9/11 security state, and the uncomfortable blurring of the two.  While reviews of the book when it came out apparently fretted … Continue reading

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Merriam-Webster on “Irregardless” Jun 28, 2013

I watched the explanation.  This word still ticks me off regardless.

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“When Unix was created and when it formed its cultural values, there were no end users. Computers were expensive, CPU time was expensive, and learning about computers meant learning how to program. It’s no wonder that the culture which emerged valued things which are useful to other programmers.” Jun 28, 2013

—Joel Spolsky, “Biculturalism” In this essay, Spolsky reviews Eric S. Raymond’s recent book, and examines differences between the cultural values of Windows and Unix programmers and how that translates into different user experiences.  I like the essay quite a bit—it … Continue reading

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“The problem with most Web video startups is that you’ve seen them before. Another compilation of cheap clips posing as the next big cable channel. Another solution for nonexistent ‘discovery’ problems. Another ‘Instagram for video’ that won’t be.” Jun 27, 2013

—Peter Kafka, AllThingsD

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Obligatory Google Reader Exodus Post Jun 26, 2013

Since Google announced it would be shutting down Google Reader everyone who makes regular use of RSS, and who’d succumbed to Google’s hegemony over feeds, has scrambled to find a good alternative.  I’ve been following other folks’ posts about the various options … Continue reading

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On Centralizing Skype Jun 24, 2013

For scholars and others interested in questions of “materiality and media”—i.e., among other things, how media technologies and infrastructures enable and constrain particular modes of production, distribution, and use—this mailing list post by one of Skype’s software architects on the … Continue reading

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“Developing better in-car technology is critical for automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers. If they can pull it off, the companies will generate new sources of revenue and boost profit margins. One approach may be for GM to sell advertising within the car itself.” Jun 14, 2013

—Tim McLaughlin recounting remarks by General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson  Please, please no.

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Cicadas! Jun 9, 2013

My wife and I went to see the 17-year cicada emergence today.  I took this, among many other photos.  A pretty amazing event that won’t happen again until 2030.

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“I approach my journalism as a litigator. People say things, you assume they are lying, and dig for documents to prove it.” Jun 7, 2013

—Glenn Greenwald on investigating government surveillance programs

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