Posts tagged ‘internet’

Track neutrality

Last weekend’s deal between Netflix and Comcast has been discussed to death, so you might consider this an exhumation. Most of the early reaction was not at a particularly high level: “Deal bad. Comcast bad. Net neutrality good. Hulk smash!” My knee jerked this way, too, but it was put back in its joint by…


Free

I’m sure you’ve noticed the backlash against free internet services over the past couple of years. Not that there are fewer free services, just that a certain set of people have been arguing that we shouldn’t be using them. Their rallying cry is “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” This…


Khan!

I’d like to like Khan Academy. I like its goals. I like how its website works (not surprising, given that John Resig works there). And I like how it makes its videos available in different ways: streaming on its site, streaming on YouTube, and downloadable for playback anytime. But every time I’ve watched a Khan…


DuckDuckGone

In an attempt to be like all the cool people, I started using DuckDuckGo as my search engine a few months ago. And, as you can tell from the title, I’ve stopped using it and gone back to Google. The rush to DuckDuckGo was largely driven by Google’s announcement that it was going to pool…


Nonresponsive design

Eventually, I’m going to be a hot, cutting edge web designer. Not because of anything I do, but because, sooner or later, the fads in web design will swing around to the way I’ve built this site. Remember several years ago when The Mobile Web started to take off? The hot thing then was to…


Hotel wifi help

Let me start by apologizing for the title of this post. If you were searching for help with balky hotel wifi and wound up here through some horrible SEO failure, I can assure you you won’t find anything useful in what follows. It’s more a post about the lack of hotel wifi help. Last night…


Best product review

Much talk on Mac blogs this week about product reviews, strong opinions, and the journalists/blogger/fanboy division. I was reminded of that when this popped up in my Twitter stream just a few minutes ago. It is, I believe, the best product review I’ve ever seen. Have acquired and used @LeapCard. Worked smoothly, totally hassle-free so…


Craft

Generally speaking, I’m in favor of celebrating the spirit of amateurism; that we should make and do things for ourselves rather than always relying professionals and retailers. Even if our results aren’t perfect, the skills we develop in doing for ourselves are important in making us well-rounded humans. I’m no fan of Robert Heinlein’s politics,…


Savior of the Universe

Following a link from Michael Tsai (who’s been my go-to blogger recently on the OS X sandboxing controversy), I read this post by Jeff LaMarche on Adobe’s announcement of the end of mobile Flash. The key passage is this: I missed a huge factor in the demise of Flash. I assumed the performance issues they…


Google Maps printing oddity

While the Google Maps scroll/zoom confusion I blogged about last week has been around for years, the printing problem I ran into today seems new. It’s a case of Google doing things right initially and then screwing it up later. I have a packed schedule on Monday. A meeting in Joliet in the morning and…