Microsoft Fuse Labs Blog: Introducing the new... →
fuselabs: After launching So.cl we were pleasantly surprised to see how well it resonated with non-English native speakers. In the short time since, the site has received attention from users all over the world, adding to the richness and diversity of the So.cl content stream. To support our… I’m a little proud of this one as I had a hand in the specification and design. One of...
A 28-Day Window Before You Can Even *Think* About... →
parislemon: Ben Fritz for the LA Times Company Town blog: Under a new deal between the two companies, Netflix users won’t just have to wait 56 days to rent Warner Bros. movies on DVD. They’ll have to wait 28 days to add the movies to their queues. Creating a 28-day window between DVD release and rental period was ridiculous. When that didn’t work, doubling the window to 56 days was bullshit....
Three extra hours a day →
Rob Beschizza, boingboing.net Brian Lam on finding happiness after absorbing too much Internet as a too-busy website editor. With my three extra hours a day, I will often go to the beach. Cook a healthy meal. Do a bunch of exercise. Have a drink with friends. Read a… Does everyone have this dream? This idea of cutting back, cutting away. Kudos to this guy for doing it.
What is wrong with messaging apps
Recently some colleagues and I talked about using Facebook messaging vs. Twitter vs. text vs. email. My opinion was that for communicating widely email still was better. Why? Simply put it’s ubiquitous. Even my mom has email and can manage to use it. But I am willing to learn. And nothing lasts forever, there was a time when many people didn’t use email. So I tried using FB...
Classes are cancelled but Team Freeride is going strong @crystalmt, should be an epic snow day
Paul Steckler: Just completed a 57 min wo ... →
twitter.com Funny…. I went to the gym because of GymPact to save $5. And then I bought a $6 smoothie.
Off to the gym. I truly would not do this except GymPact is ticking and I don’t want to lose $5.
Yeah, delete finally deletes! →
GMail has a ridiculous default of archiving messages from mobile devices rather than putting them in the trash. First of all there is a setting on the iPhone that says “Archive vs. Delete”. Turns out Google ignores that. Finally they added this feature in, check out the link.
Inequality: Americans aware politics exists, poll... →
M.S., economist.com THE NEW Pew poll finding that 66% of Americans perceive a “strong” or “very strong” conflict between the rich and poor doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me. As Ezra Klein notes, it’s up 19% since 2009. That’s the strongest finding. And it… The real headline is 34% of Americans have their heads somewhere other than their...
Fwd: Tattoo Disappears
Bob has this one right. I got a Spotify playlist from Flipboard the other day. There were some artists I had heard of. But I listened and now I’m a fan. The artist won’t realize any real money from my streaming… But you can bet the next time I see them coming to town I’ll be tempted and see a show and heck maybe buy MP3 at some point, I still do that for music I want...
Cut the working week to a maximum of 20 hours,... →
stoweboyd: If we were rational about the new world of work, we would accept the idea that people should work less, since productivity has climbed so much in the past few decades. But will that be accepted doctrine of Western countries? Can we shift to a 20 hour work week? Heather Stewart via The Observer A thinktank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which has organised the [recent London]...
How Twitter Stores 250 Million Tweets a Day Using... →
highscalability.com When you tweet it’s stored in an internal system called T-bird, which is built on top of Gizzard. Secondary indexes are stored in a separate system called T-flock, which is also Gizzard based. Unique IDs for each tweet are generated … Interesting… The beginning of the NoNoSQL movement? For years we’ve heard that SQL doesn’t scale and...
Google+ Experiencing Massive Membership Growth →
Samantha Murphy, mashable.com Google+ may not have membership numbers as strong as Facebook, but it recently had its strongest-month ever and, at least according to one analyst, is on track to reach 400 million users by the end of the year. Experian Hitwise sent ou… The Google+ / Android connection should scare Facebook silly. Any numbers out there on Twitter usage since they did...
January goal: less email
For the past year my goal around fitness was to change or fix or instill one new habit each month. I tracked that at http://fitnow.posterous.com. This year I am doing the same thing for my brain, writing, career, etc. For January my goal is less email. Email is at times a great communication tool. But it suffers from immediacy, lasting impact, and frankly it tends to make me cranky more...
Tony Fadell's Newest Invention Is The iPod Of... →
Do one thing very well. Keep it simple and elegant from start to finish. We hear this over and over so why don’t all companies do this? Because it’s hard. People ask for new features, they often want a Swiss Army knife but then complain it is too complicated and messy. And they really only use the corkscrew once a year anyway.