Stewart Alsop is having many problems with his Motorola Droid:
“The software (Google’s Android plus apps both from Google and from other developers) doesn’t work and is unacceptable on a mobile device.”
Only thing is that these are problems that it appears no other Droid users are having – blatant, massive issues which anyone even glancing at the phone for five minutes couldn’t fail to see.
But Stewart’s opinion is, at seems, that everyone else is wrong and he is the only one who has seen it.
Obviously, there’s some kind of conspiracy and all the other people who have Droids and are not reporting this behaviour are in on it. As opposed to, say, Stewart having a duff phone.
Twitter with a Brain — Shotton.com:
“The example he [Dave Winer] used was wanting to un-follow a particular user for a day, then re-follow them automatically. It’s certainly possible to build this sort of functionality into an existing Twitter client, but I’d like to suggest something easier than herding all of the Twitter client authors in this direction. Specifically, rather than having the scripting support built into a Twitter client, why not just ask Twitter client authors to allow their clients to be pointed at alternate hosts that implement the Twitter APIs besides Twitter’s own servers?”
Umm…. because that would be a massive, gaping security hole?
Seriously, just because Dave thinks some kind of federated Twitter is the solution to his problem* doesn’t mean that opening up Twitter clients to evil hackery is a good idea. There already is an open source Twitter clone, in the shape of the excellent Identi.ca.
(* Dave’s issues with Twitter only appeared to start when they introduced the suggested user list and he wasn’t on it, leading to him not getting millions of followers who would have been baffled by his tweets.)
Lookie Lou isnt really a customer | yelvington.com:
“Once upon a time, I blocked Google from being able to index or even access Associated Press stories from our local newspapers websites. It was not a stupid thing to do, not at all.
Heres why. At that time, we were not participating in any national ad networks. Every pageview delivered to anyone outside a newspapers geographic market was a net loss in two ways: One, it consumed some server resources not a huge deal, but servers do have costs. Two, when the ad server delivered a local ad to an out-of-market user, it reduced the effectiveness of that advertising campaign in measurable clickthrough per thousand pageviews.”
Steve gets it. Undifferentiated traffic is, as I’ve banged on about at length before, the least valuable kind. The “dash for pageviews” has been an utter disaster for newspapers and magazines heading online.
Well, I thought it was funny
Daring Fireball: Maybe Instead of Two Cars, You Just Need a Car and a Bicycle:
“The idea of a computer that does a lot less — leaving out even things you consider essential, because you can still do those things on your other, primary computer — is liberating. That’s the opportunity, and that’s the idea behind Chrome OS and Litl and even Android and iPhone OS.”
The idea of it is liberating, as I’ve found out with my experiences with netbooks over the years. The problem is that while the idea of it is liberating, the actual reality of it is less so.
While my MacBook Pro takes up a larger bag, I’ve carried it around with me much more lately because it really doesn’t weigh that much more. And the rest of the time, I have my iPhone – a constantly-connected device which lets me take notes, write short documents.
Chrome OS is an interesting experiment, but in the long term the trend is still towards more power on the desktop – and in the lap.
Joe Wilcox, 10 things about Microsoft’s PDC 2009: The good, the bad and the ugly | Betanews:
“It’s embarrassing for Microsoft to pitch three screens when the software and strategy around one of those screens stinks so badly. I actually felt sorry for Microsoft executives trying to make the three-screen pitch. I was embarrassed for them.”
Joe sums it up nicely. Until it gets its mobile product line sorted out, Microsoft will be like a plane coming in to land with undercarriage only at the nose and one wing.
One of the prime reasons for the success of Twitter is that it has never been reliant on a single interface. Because it has cleverly exposed everything via rich APIs, it has effectively allowed a hundred interfaces to blossom.
Don’t like the way that the web interface now handles retweets? Wait a few weeks and you’ll have a choice of other interfaces, as native (or semi-native) clients on your desktop. All of them will offer different options.
And it’s that combination of rich applications, rich APIs, and web interfaces which makes the Internet so powerful.
That’s why Google ChromeOS, which says “do everything in the web”, is so weak. Of course, there’s good reasons why Google wants you to use web interfaces for everything (MOAR EYEBALLS! MOAR ADS!) but there aren’t really good reasons for customers to want to do it.
Faster boot times? Does anyone really shut down laptops? The only time any of mine – Windows or Mac – get shut down is when they need to restart to install an update. Other than that, it’s sleep all the way, and my Mac’s two second start up from sleep makes ChromeOS’ seven second cold boot look sluggish.
Security? Really? Does no one at Google know how to install anti-virus software? And it’s not like web applications haven’t had their own security issues, or are immune from any kind of attack.
Rich applications. Rich APIs. Web interfaces. The future is all of them, not a single, ad-dominated cul-de-sac.
Murdoch to Google: Search This:
“No, what Murdoch has realized is that a newspaper is not just valuable for the individual stories or tidbits that can be culled, piecemeal, from a generic list. A newspaper provides context. It tells a story through its selection of articles for a given day, their juxtaposition, and even their flow over time.
By opening themselves up to immediate vivisection-by-search, news organizations invite the disconnection of their articles from their context and their source. And the more they encourage their content to be parsed in this way, the more they encourage readers to look at the work of their journalists as mere datapoints, isolated from a greater perspective. Like what ringtones are to music.”
Finally, someone gets it.