links for 2010-01-31

  • When I upgraded to a new macbook pro with a smaller display, my finder font size shrank. This is how I fixed it.
  • "However, the new reference in Apple’s e-mail about certain features and applications not being available or being priced differently depending on a customer’s location raises unanswered questions. It could refer to content-oriented applications (movies, books, magazines, etc.), which in their physical forms, vary in price based on location — we already know that this is true of books. But all we really know about that at this point is that the iPads sold in one area will differ in features and app prices from iPads sold in another area.

    "The agency approved the iPhone about a month after Apple announced it. Unless there’s an unexpected hiccup, it will most likely do the same for the iPad. A conspiracy theorist might say that Apple secretly hopes the FCC will step in and “force” it to sell the iPad to all of its potential customers, regardless of which wireless carrier or plan they want to use, but that seems like wishful thinking."

  • Q: "Do you see this magnificent fabric? raccoon on fire, raccoon drowning, raccoon digging his own grave? raccoon hog tied and dead… why is the raccoon getting tortured so?"

    A: Because raccoons are evil, conniving, vicious, thieving, malicious, and entirely-too-intelligent enemies of mankind. I swear, after we're gone, they'll be giving the cockroaches a run for the money. Plus they have opposable thumbs.

    (tags: fun humor design)
  • New research fr SF State. Doesn't mention polyamory specifically, but it's about ethical, consensual, honest nonmomogamy

links for 2010-01-27

  • "Convenience still pays. It's why people pay for a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription when they can get the same bits from CentOS–or effectively the same bits from Canonical (Ubuntu) or Novell (Suse). It's why I buy "Jane Eyre" on my Kindle instead of just downloading a free version. And it's why O'Reilly Media can dump DRM for its e-books and still see sales rise 104 percent, according to BoingBoing."

    "Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady suggests the future of digital content businesses is data. Give away the content and monetize the data that results from tracking your customers' behavior with it.

    Maybe. This model certainly pays nice dividends for Google with its advertising model.

    "But just as often we'll see business models based on convenience-enhancing filters. We simply can't process all the abundance that digitization offers, and we'll happily pay someone to pare it down for us and make our music, software, and movies manageable."

links for 2010-01-26

  • "Feature phones typically come loaded with a simple suite of applications selected by the carrier, like puzzle games, a mobile e-mail application, a navigation application and an instant-messaging client. “These companies are trying to raise the bar from the lowest common denominator,” Mr. Rubin said.

    "One such company, GetJar, offers about 60,000 applications for nearly 2,000 different mobile phones, including the Motorola Rokr. Feature phone users can find YouTube, Tetris, the restaurant locator Urbanspoon and a range of expense-tracking and calorie-counting apps. But just because consumers have simple cellphones doesn’t mean they don’t want Facebook, Wikipedia or a popular instant-messaging application like Nimbuzz on their phones, says Ilja Laurs, chief executive of GetJar, which is based in San Mateo, Calif., and Lithuania."

  • This is exactly why major media companies are in trouble: Squandering resources on people and strategies that MAKE NO SENSE!!!!!

    "The bankrupt Tribune Co. wants to give up to $45 million in bonuses to hundreds of their managers. A bankruptcy judge in Delaware is waiting for objections to their proposal and is set to make a final decision this week."

  • "At first, Woolley used the phone’s camera flash to illuminate the space in which he was trapped in near dark, and to take flash photos that let him study his surroundings. He was able to spot an elevator shaft in the photos, to which he made his way to wait in hope of rescue.

    "Then, he says, he remembered that he had an app called Pocket First Aid & CPR, a $3.99 download created by the American Heart Association. Sure enough, Pocket First Aid instructed him on how to dress the compound fracture in his leg, as well as scrapes on his head.

    "Most important, the app told him that falling asleep in his condition could be fatal. Woolley set his phone’s alarm to ring every twenty minutes. Thanks to a fully-charged battery, he was able to stay awake — if jittery — for most of the 65 hours that passed before a French rescue team discovered him.

  • "According to a new report from Gartner, worldwide revenue from mobile applications will total $6.8 billion in 2010, an increase of 60% over the $4.2 billion spent in 2009. Growth in revenue from mobile apps can be expected to continue at a rapid rate, as more consumers purchase smartphones and more apps become available. Gartner predicts that in 2013, 21.6 billion apps will be downloaded, generating nearly $30 billion in revenue — more than a fourfold increase over 2010.

    "Gartner forecasts that 82% of all downloads will be free in 2010, and that the share of free apps will increase to 87% by 2013. This leaves mobile advertising to make up for the loss in share for paid apps — Gartner claims that in 2010, 0.9% ($0.6 billion) of mobile app revenue will be generated by advertising."

links for 2010-01-25

  • "It is impossible for an independent author like Violet Blue to publish free for Kindle. From what I can see there is one of two possibilities here, both of which make a much more deeper and interesting story:

    "Possibility #1: Amazon is entering into special agreements with certain independent authors – and thus not playing a square game with the rest of their authors. Perhaps this is to drive traction to their e-reader, but to the detriment of maintaining a level playing field and equal publishing ecosystem. Or…

    "Possibility #2: Mainstream publishers (who apparently use different platforms to publish ebooks into Kindle marketplace) are able to set a zero price on their books. I note this option because despite the “independents kick it to the man” fairy tale Motoko Rich paints in her NY Times piece, those two free books written by Ms Blackstock are also available as ‘hard-copy’ paperbacks for $10.19 published by publishing house Zondervan. Not so ‘independent’ after-all.

  • "Let’s learn from the mistakes a bunch of us made back in the 90’s when we put up online “discussion” rooms and held online “town halls.” If you want the pay-off – if you want good ideas and positive outcomes – you have to invest the resources and plan strategically. Think of it as running a meeting. Here are some tips…"
  • "My future will be rosier if a value is put on name-brand news. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have either a distinctive enough voice or clear enough point of view to draw a profitable audience as a blogger. Being abroad doesn’t help. As a would-be startup, all of this adds to the pressures and uncertainty. I will literally be updating my business plan after this week’s news, though trading in one set of uncertainties for another."
  • "Is that God talking to you on your iPod? Do you get an RSS feed from your priest's blog? Pope Benedict XVI hopes so. The theme for his annual World Communications Day message, "New Media at the service of the Word," saluting technology in the service of evangelism, was released Saturday. The event is May 16."
  • To get totally unbiased Google results use, this proxy search service/

links for 2010-01-23

  • "I've long complained about online news publications that automatically redirect all requests from mobile devices to their mobile home page. The practice kills deep-linking online, which is especially frustrating when the deep link comes from the news organization's own Twitter feed.

    "But today, I'd like to highlight another frustrating practice by some news organizations – publishing incomplete articles to the mobile version of their websites or smartphone apps.

    "I'm illustrating two examples here today, but I've encountered so many on my iPhone over the past several weeks that I often wonder if many news organizations employ anyone to actually read their mobile publications, or if they merely entrusted their mobile versions and apps to automated processes.

  • "The biggest barrier nonprofits face in raising money via “text to donate” campaigns is the price tag associated with setting up unique shortcode campaigns through a mobile app vendor who not only works with nonprofits but with mobile carriers like AT&T. According to the mobile vendor mGive’s website, “New shortcodes are leased through the Common Short Code Administration. Leases are a minimum of three months and must be paid upfront. The cost is $1,000 per month for a vanity code and $500 per month for a random code.”

links for 2010-01-19

  • "In general, I’m against paywalls for general-news websites, for reasons that I and many other digital-media pundits have expressed many times over. But that’s a black-and-white view, and I think there are shades of gray that might work, as I’ve outlined above.

    "So … Dear Bill Keller and NYT executive team: Please don’t blow it with a restrictive metered paywall that will damage your brand’s influence and bottom line. If you’re dead set on the metered paywall model — and I still have hope that you’re not — then at least implement it intelligently."

links for 2010-01-15