Dave Winer’s been experimenting with a feature he calls “Sub-text”, which lets you get more depth from a story while still being able to skim-read it. The idea is simple: You can embed a piece of sub-text underneath a paragraph, which you can expand or contract at will.
The basic idea is that you should be able to skim the post without reading the sub-text, but that the sub-text provides additional depth to the paragraph it’s attached to. It’s one of Dave’s responses to the fact that people tend to skim-read online rather than actually reading things fully.
I think it’s actually a pretty neat idea, and one that I’d like to incorporate into this blog. At the moment, there’s some rough edges – most notably, RSS doesn’t support it which means you have to read the site in order to get the “full” text. But it still looks promising as a method for adding depth without linking off to other pages.
I’m a huge fan of Dropbox, but there’s one missing feature that I’ve always wanted: The ability to email files and have them appear in a folder on your Dropbox.
Enter Habilis, which takes advantage of Dropbox’s API to give you a secret, personal email address which then places any attached file into a “From Habilis” folder on your Dropbox. It’s extremely quick – when I tried a simple small file it took just a couple of seconds between hitting send and the file appearing online.
It’s particularly useful with the iPad, as unfortunately some applications such as Apple’s iWorks don’t support direct upload to Dropbox. But it’s also useful if you like to email yourself documents for later sorting into folders online. And best of all, at the moment it’s free.
Freeview Allowed To Use DRM To Curtail Online Piracy:
“Ofcom is allowing the BBC to operate its Freeview HD multiplex in such a way that only TV receivers and set-top boxes with built-in digital rights management DRM can see programmes’ electronic programme guide EPG data.
The BBC had sought the regulator’s permission to block EPG data access, for channels on the multiplex B which it operates, to “enable broadcasters to control the multiple unauthorised copying of broadcast HD content and its retransmission over the internet”, Ofcom says. Those channels are BBC HD, ITV1 HD, Channel 4 HD and S4C Clirlun.”
I can understand content companies wanting to protect their content from being illegally copied, but let’s be really clear about this: This will do precisely nothing to stop anyone pirating HD content. The only thing it will do is inconvenience perfectly legitimate consumers, who will need to upgrade their Freeview boxes. EPG data can be added in from other sources, or simply put in by hand.