Interesting Links, April 2010

Here are links I found interesting in April 2010:

Interesting Links, March 2010

Here are links I found interesting in March 2010:

  • Books in the Age of the iPad – This has got to be one of the best articles about the rise of digital publishing that I’ve ever read. It makes me excited to be witness to this revolution. Read it and rejoice! Thanks to @andreaLG for sharing this link.
  • Why DRM Doesn’t Work – I’ve been saying something like this for a while. On The Brad’s. Thanks to @szymonniemczura for sharing the link.
  • The Ad-Blocker’s Dilemma – Some interesting thoughts on blocking ads on Web sites. On PlagiarismToday.com.
  • Patently Stupid – According to Farhad Manjoo of Slate Magazine, “Apple’s multitouch lawsuit is both dumb and dangerous.” He makes some good arguments. But what his piece really highlights is the problems with the U.S. Patent Office.
  • @ at MoMA – The history of the @ sign, which was just “acquired” by MoMA. Interesting stuff in a weird, geeky sort of way. Thanks to @JenniferWhitley for sharing the link.
  • And an iPad in Every Backpack – Media Decoder Blog – NYTimes.com – “Everyone is looking for an angle on much-hyped entrance of the iPad to the marketplace and Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania has grabbed a piece by announcing that every incoming freshman will be handed a tablet when they walk in the door for the 2011-2012 academic year.” Read more in the NYTimes.com Media Decoder Blog.
  • Apple is No. 3, closing in on Microsoft – Apple 2.0 – Fortune Brainstorm Tech – With its market cap at $213.9 billion, only two U.S. companies are bigger than Apple. Read more on Fortune.com. Who would have thought this was possible 10 years ago? Thanks to @DonPerreault for sharing this link.

Interesting Links, February 2010

Here are links I found interesting in February 2010:

  • Are You Spamming Comments Inadvertently? – Some food for thought for bloggers about comments, comment moderation, and comment spam. On Weblog Tools Collection.
  • In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security – Informal survey of security experts on Mac vs. PC security issues. On CNET News. Thanks to @EstherSchindler for sharing the link.
  • All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend – An excellent, entertaining, and truthful read by John Scalzi. Thanks to @Jodene on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop – A great summary of the history of Photoshop, which is 20 years old this month. On Webdesigner Depot. Thanks to @estherschindler for sharing the link.
  • Stopping Self Content Theft – “Feeding Google’s insatiable appetite for content is on of the main reasons why infringers scrape and plagiarize content and also one of the biggest reasons why it is important to monitor and, in many cases, defend against it.” Read more on PlagiarismToday.com.
  • We’re turning comments off for a bit – Engadget realizes (belatedly) the problems that ensue when you fail to tightly moderate comments on a blog. Thanks to @MikeTRose for sharing the link.
  • Why You Should Never Consider Buying A Used Kindle – Another great post about Amazon’s long reach into their customer’s lives. Thanks to @Jodene for sharing the link.
  • 15 Design Tips to Learn From Apple – 15 practical ways to follow Apple’s example in creating beautiful interfaces. On Design Shack.
  • Why Amazon Cannot Afford To Lose The eBook Wars To Apple – “The Apple iPad isn’t even available yet, but already it is forcing Amazon to respond in a variety of ways to protect its competing Kindle eBook business.” Read more on TechCrunch. Thanks to @alanpringle for sharing the link.
  • YouTube – High Quality JPEG Recompression Artifacts – 500 saves – Interesting video shows the degradation of an image saved as JPEG over and over. Thanks to @BorrowLenses for the link.
  • WordPress for BlackBerry Version 1.0 – Information and a video about the new WordPress for BlackBerry app. On WordPress.org.
  • Macmillan gets standing ovation from American booksellers | theBookseller.com – “US publisher Macmillan received a standing ovation at an America Booksellers Association meeting, according to various tweets from the event, picked up by GalleyCat.” Read more on TheBookSeller.com. Thanks to @publishingtalk for sharing the link.
  • 8 Types of People That Belong on Twitter | Inc.com – Fun article summarizing the kinds of people on Twitter. On Inc.com. Thanks to @cofrenchy on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • mea culpa – One of the best and most honest things I’ve read about Apple in a long time. By Rick LePage. Thanks to @BWJones on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Free Speech and Freedom of Information: Advice for Bloggers – “The information bloggers choose to put out there often has a huge impact on how they’re perceived and what others online think about them. And what many bloggers don’t realize is that information they put on their blogs can have a direct legal impact.” Read more on WebDesignerDepot.com. Thanks to @yaksierra and @flyingwithfish for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Privacy, complexity seen as Google blind spots – “The recent privacy backlash over Google Buzz, the company’s new social-networking service, is the latest in a series of launch fumbles that some argue reveal troubling blind spots within the Internet giant.” Read more on SFGate.com. Thanks to @jodene for sharing this link.
  • A Camera That Can See Straight Through You – Fine art photography via X-Ray. On NPR.org. Thanks to @BWJones for sharing this link.
  • Is This Any Way to Run an App Store? – “Apple seems more concerned with its excessive control over the iPhone and its App Store than providing its customers with the best possible apps.” Read more from Ted Landau on recent App Store removals. THIS is one reason I’m a bit leery about buying an iPad. I don’t like the idea of Apple controlling what I can and can’t run on my device. Thanks to @MikeTRose on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • A Win For Publishers – Inside Higher Ed – “In what publishers are calling a significant copyright victory, a German court has approved an injunction filed by six academic publishers — including four founding members of the electronic textbook consortium CourseSmart — against the file-sharing company RapidShare AG. The injunction prohibits the company from giving away digital copies of dozens of scholarly titles.” Read more on insidehighered.com. Thanks to @plagiarismtoday.com for sharing the link.
  • The Sandpit – A really great time-lapse video of New York City, using tilt-shift photography. Thanks to @SzymonNiemczura for sharing the link.

Interesting Links, January 2010

Here are links I found interesting in January 2010:

December 2009 Links

Here are links I found interesting in December 2009:

  • Image Detection: Watermarking vs. Fingerprinting – A discussion between the two image protection techniques. On PlagiarismToday.com.
  • Stupid WordPress Tricks – A collection of copy-and-paste HTML/PHP code for use with WordPress.
  • The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2009 – Excellent list of idiotic decision making in the tech world. On InfoWorld. Thanks to @estherschindler on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • In the gig economy, who protects journalist bloggers? – As newspapers and other mainstream media outlets dismantle their ranks, many pundits have wondered who will be society’s new watchdog. On Chris Around the World. Thanks to @yaksierra on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Traveling? Better Get a UPS Account – Bad news for photographers who travel with their equipment: they might not be able to get said equipment on the plane securely. Get some tips in this post on PhotoFocus. Thanks to @BWJones on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Five Ways Apple’s Tablet May Change the World – The iPad is on the way, and it just might reduce calling costs, cut your commute, and, to the delight of journalists everywhere, pull print media back from the brink. In BusinessWeek. Thanks to @mjvalente for sharing the link.