Uber, the “use an app to call for a car” company, intrigues me. What business are they in? Kottke’s take:
Good companies always seem to be playing a different game than you think they are…outsiders see only the tactics and not the strategy. And the best ones succeed.
What business are YOU in?
This is momentous.
A month ago, we found out that Walt Mossberg, along with Kara Swisher, are leaving The Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD.
“For years, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal has enjoyed working with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher… however, after discussions, both parties have decided not to renew the agreement,” said Gerard Baker, editor in chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Mossberg and Ms. Swisher are in negotiations with investors and media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, for their next partnership, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Now David Pogue is leaving The New York Times for Yahoo.
But 13 years is a long time to stay in one place; we all thrive on new experiences. So I was intrigued when Yahoo invited me to help build a new consumer-tech site. Actually, “site” doesn’t even cover it. I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos. But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations.
(hat tip: Daring Fireball)
Tim Pool on how Google Glass can be pretty useful for reporting from a war zone — Tech News and Analysis
I am not a fan of how intrusive Google Glass appears to be but reporting from a war zone seems like an ideal use case. I wholeheartedly approve.
“When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you’re running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying ‘OK Glass, record a video’, makes that recording process a lot easier,” he says.
Like many others that work in IT professionally, I live in Outlook during the day. One of the plugins that has lightened the email burden is Xobni because it connects my contacts to their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles and also to Evernote. My favorite feature is how Xobni shows me all of the latest attachments from each contact for quick access. It is an amazing time-saver. Imagine my frustration when the LinkedIn integration stopped working a week ago. Now imagine my frustration when I searched for the reason and found that LinkedIn no longer allows Xobni access to my data.
This is so frustrating to me. Here is my short message to the Tent community:
Dear LinkedIn: Why did you drop support for Xobni? I realize you looked on with jealousy as >50% of my LinkedIn activity was through Xobni but I brought professional *to* you using them. Now you are just another data silo that I used to respect.
My social graph is in the hands of for-profit companies: LinkedIn for my professional life, Facebook for my personal life, and Twitter for the vast gray area in the middle. My social graph is not under my control. I’m ready to change that but haven’t found a mature-enough solution. Hopefully Tent will grow up in the next year or so and projects will begin to use this amazingly useful protocol.
Using two-step verification is completely optional — you’re not required to use the extra security measure if you don’t want to. For those who opt-in, Apple gives fair warning that you’ll need your trusted device with you to access your account information. Apple does provide a printable Recovery Key in case you lose your iOS device or forget your password, but they won’t be able to help you if you lose it. I recommend storing the Recovery Key in 1Password for safe keeping. If you do lose the Recovery Key, you can generate and print a new key if you can log into your account.
This is an important step in making Apple IDs more secure. I just finished enabling two-step verification on mine and putting my recovery key into 1Password.
Eliminate the bi-annual time change caused by Daylight Savings Time | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government
If, like me, you find the twice-a-year time change less than helpful, sign this petition for the White House to eliminate it.
Daylight Savings Time is an archaic practice in our modern society.
The original reasons for the policies are no longer applicable, and the most cited reason for keeping DST (energy savings) has never been shown to be true.
Some industries still like DST (like sporting equipment retailers), but there are many more who dislike the changed hours (like television).
The real issue, however is not the later hours or extra sunlight. Studies have shown that changing the clocks is responsible for health problems (including increased heart attack and vehicular accident risks) and leads to hundreds of thousands of hours of lost productivity in workplaces across the country. Also: It’s really annoying.
We should either eliminate DST or make it the year-round standard time for the whole country.
We are in the middle of testing every app in every LPAR to make sure that it all works. We have code written in Lansa, RPG, CL, and Java. Some apps are home-grown and some were purchased.
V6 is the behemoth update while V7 is much smaller. As you might be aware, the V6 upgrade process must touch every program object due to a new memory management system. This requires that every program object be observable. If any aren’t, they will no longer execute. This has been a challenge for us since we began with about 10,000 non-observable objects. Now we are at a much more manageable number.
Now BitTorrent Inc. has launched BitTorrent Sync, a pre-Alpha service for syncing files between devices. The new service is very much like Dropbox but with one major difference: it doesn’t store any files on anyone else’s servers. In fact, it doesn’t store any files anywhere in the cloud. It only copies files directly from one computer you own to another computer you own (or to a friend’s computer that you explicitly allow into your personal “network”) without intermediate storage anywhere else.
Distributed computing is a good thing and having protected access to your files is a very good thing.
This feels significant. Like we are crossing the threshold from science fiction into non-fiction.
Great post from Universe Today.
[Update] The @SarcasticRover brings us this light-hearted addition.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) January 4, 2013