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  • oiler 12:18 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books,   

    How to be a friend to a friend who’s sick 

    I’m lucky that I don’t have this as a reality (right now), but this conversation about a recently released book was fascinating. And educational.





  • oiler 12:07 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hbo, netflix   

    Password sharing your HBO, Netflix accounts 

    Now that the NYTimes has made this a general discussion issue…

    If you watch HBO or use Netflix by using a friend’s password, thus managing to avoid paying for the service yourself, is that acceptable digital-native behavior or is it piracy?


    And this is why we can’t have nice things.

    The only thing this is going to lead to is an increase in restrictions from HBO, Netflix, et al to require us to register the MAC addresses for our machines and limit the number of devices we allow to use their service.

    It’s going to be confusing and difficult for many.

    UPDATE, 22 April 2013 – Netflix Seen Cracking Down on Sharing to Bolster Profit

  • oiler 10:51 am on April 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: browsers   

    Amazing correlation here of what happens on the weekend when people can choose what browser they wish to use:

    (From GS Counter via Matt Cutts)

  • oiler 1:18 pm on April 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: content, real time web   

    “Without freshness, information is simply not trustworthy or accurate.”

    Greg Slovacek, writing a guest column about the real time web for RWW
  • oiler 10:36 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ebooks, future   

    “Digital technology doesn’t just make it easier to move bits; it often makes it easier to move atoms, too.”

    Clive Thompson How We Will Read
  • oiler 2:42 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Remember, evolution selects out for who has good kids. It doesn’t select out for who lives until their 90s or 100.”

    David Agus, commenting about his book “The End of Illness” – http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/feb/29/end-illness/
  • oiler 11:22 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    On Instagram and growth 

    At first, I was excited to read this:
    You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline).

    But on second thought, I’m not so sure.

    What’s interesting to me about incredible growth of Instagram is that it has occured inside a very small (for lack of a better term coming to mind) area of exsposure.


    In other words, Instagram users are iPhone users and only iPhone users.

    And at first I thought that was limiting their success. But it could just be that is a key reason they have exploaded the way they have.

    As a long time Android user, I’ve been watching Instagram from the sidelines. I see my family and friends use it daily but I couldn’t break in to the community because there was no app for my Sprint-powered Nexus S.

    In a way, it reminds me of early 2006 when I was working with a group of college seniors on a political campaign. I’d watch them spend all day with facebook.com open in their browsers and it didn’t take me long to know I wanted needed in. But I had to wait. I didn’t have a .edu email address. I wasn’t a part of the group.

    Now think about Instagram. How do you view Instagram photos? Discovery is frequently made on Twitter and until now less frequently made on Facebook. But really the only way to view a river feed of photos is within the app. The whole experience, really, is inside their iOS app. That’s really limiting their audience and in a way I think contributing to its growth. Not everyone can have it. But it seems like everyone is using it. And the people that are actually using it share a commonality (in this case, iOS). Sounds a lot like Facebook, circa 2006.

    So in mid-Decemeber, I bought an unlocked iPhone (more on that later).
    And now I’ve finally become a part of the Instagram community.

    But now I wonder what the future holds for a company that (perhaps unintentionally) has thrived on such exclusivity.

  • oiler 10:40 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , news apps,   

    “The AP, normally at the front of the line, found itself behind Google – and behind WNYC, which paired its data with a news application built by one person over Christmas vacation.”

    How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)
  • oiler 11:48 am on January 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “I mark down the dates to retrieve the cameras on a calendar; it is such a slow process that the best thing I can do is forget about the cameras so I don’t obsess about them.”

    Michael Chrisman on pinhole cameras left in public spaces
  • oiler 10:34 am on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    219 West 15th Street, 10011 New York – Matt Danis 

    If you’re looking for a room to rent and see a posting for this location on craigslist, just keep looking. Live someplace else.

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