• Paragraphs

    There’s a new blogging app out, well actually a new blogging platform, called [Paragraphs. I wrote up some thoughts about it and naturally published it on its own platform.][1] [1]: http://benbrooks.me/whiny/

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  • Kit & Kiya

    Kirsten Ostgard, a friend (well friend of my Wife) has started [an Indiegogo campaign for a children’s Web/TV show called Kit & Kiya][1]. I’ve known Kirsten for a while now and I can say that [her passion for children][2], and children’s film in particular has been with her the entire time I have known her. […]

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  • Is it a beach ball, or a pinwheel?

    Help me out: [SURVEYS 0]

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  • ‘Social’

    [Really great post from Cliff Watson (on Medium) about how and why kids are using social networking differently than adults][1]: > For those of us out of school, Facebook is a place to see the accomplishments of our friends and acquaintances we’ve made over years and decades. We watch their lives: babies, job promotions, vacations, […]

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  • W3 Total Failure

    When I first started with WordPress, I knew one thing to be true: I needed caching. A WordPress site without caching is a site waiting to go down. Even with a fast, powerful server you’re better off caching WordPress, which as anyone who has tried will tell you, is a black-art. Not a black-art in […]

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  • ‘Please Don’t Buy an SLR if You’ll Only Use the Kit Lens’

    [Marco Arment on SLRs][1]: > A decent consumer SLR body, usually $600–900, is a big investment for most people. But if you can’t also afford to buy at least one good lens with it, you’ll get better photos by going with a less expensive kit, such as a high-end point-and-shoot or an entry-level mirrorless setup. […]

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  • The Deciders

    [This is a fantastic article from Jeffrey Rosen at The New Republic][1]. The article details one of the toughest problems with running a service — a service which allows users to upload content — the problem is: when, and what, content to take down. The implications of being too aggressive are huge for the general […]

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  • Limitless Surveillance

    [Glenn Greenwald reporting][1]: > Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded […]

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  • Calendaring on the Mac

    For a long time I have argued for a smarter calendar. Jason Snell, [in an article for Macworld][1], outlines some great features that seem rather obvious, yet are missing from most apps. > And yet it all feels a bit pedestrian, like I’m really just using a computerized, networked version of a paper calendar. What’s […]

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  • Gmail’s Design

    [A great post detailing the difference between simplifying for the sake of design instead of for the sake of usability][1]. There are some really great points made, especially about how many clicks it takes to perform rather basic actions. > It’s also stop putting away the things I’m currently using. I might like to have […]

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  • Transporter

    I was listening to the [latest episode][1] of “Unprofessional” with Lex Friedman and Dave Wiskus, and found myself quite intrigued by one of their sponsors, [Transporter][2]: Transporter is a private “off-cloud” storage device for syncing, sharing, accessing, and protecting your digital life. No cloud, no fees, no privacy concerns. Your files are only stored on […]

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  • Quote of the Day: John Carey

    “We are information junkies, always wondering whats behind the next refresh.” — John Carey

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  • Quote of the Day: Paul Kafasis

    “In short, the league owners as a whole don’t want to set a precedent of paying for their own stadiums.” — Paul Kafasis

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  • Quietly Admitting

    [Fraser Speirs][1]: > The entire article follows the pattern of building up small issues (and non-issues) to be insurmountable obstacles, then quietly admitting that a solution actually exists. What site is he talking about? Out of context it could really be any major tech site these days… (For the record he was debunking an “anti-iPad […]

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