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For the love of FSM

Back in March, Yahoo! bought Flickr, a growing community of people who upload their photos to share with whoever they want. Flickr was cool because it could be free (there's a pay option) and it was well designed. It allowed people to comment on other people's photos, tag them, and create groups to share.

So now, as Yahoo! starts to integrate Flickr into their portfolio, you know, like all acquired companies are eventually, Flickr Fans are pissed. Why?

At stake is a new user-profile stipulation that reads: "We will be migrating all independent Flickr accounts to Yahoo's network in 2006. At that time, if you have not done so already, you will be asked to create a Yahoo ID (or link your account to your Yahoo ID if you already have one) in order to continue using your account."


Members' photos will be deleted if they later drop their account with the portal and search engine, disappointing some.

Wow, what a terrible, evil thing to do to people. And what is their pr…

Edward Surovell hates Students

Says Ann Arbor's Sourvell, "Students are horrible, disgusting. Their rooms smell. They live together like rabbits in a warren. They eat and sleep together. They have beer fights, and they don't make their beds."
What a brilliant business move in a town that is one quarter (that's 25%, Mr. Surovell) students. It's a good thing no students ever stay here, become community members, or buy houses.

The most ironic part about this? If he'd replaced "students" with any other minority, the students couldn't have gotten their poster board stapled to a stick fast enough. Hmm.. maybe he does know something about this community.

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Back

Sorry for the silence, we just got back from Saint Ignace, camping. An entire week with no computer, no phone, no TV. Just J--, books, and the dog. Aside from the rain, it was fabulous. Longer post to come, but we're settling in for a recovery night.

New family member

Posting has been light in, er.. light of the new family member we received this past week. (I even got scolded for not posting about it.)

Meet Froggie.



(Flickr set)

Sick of wacky religions? Convert to the one true faith, Flying Spaghetti Monster-ism

Kansas is set to approve an official science standard for their schools that includes the teaching of "Intelligent Design" and criticism of evolutional theories. (Yes, this is likely old news to you.)

I really wanted to put a huge post up, but for now let's leave this as a Damn It, Kansas moment.

Damn it, Kansas, you're screwing this up. No one wants hear your version of how science works. Faith is a personal, intimate experience; this is a self-serving, headline-grabbing, narrow-minded move. I believe in God, but that doesn't change the fact that some things are measurable and true. Faith does not give you license to ignore reality.

To all that right-leaning bloggers who are screaming for a fatwa against terrorism, try calling for the Christian leaders in this country to call for an end to the idiocy going on in Kansas. The whole world is not Christian; read the Bible and stop listening to some upwardly-mobile, hypocritical preacher.

To all the left-leaning bloggers…

Macromedia Drop Freehand

Macromedia has announced that they will not included Freehand in the next release of their suite, Studio 8. Since the Adobe announced that they were buying Macromedia, speculation has run wild about what products would get killed. Freehand was high on that list. While a capable program (I actually like using it quite a bit), it's not nearly as powerful or flexible as Illustrator.

It will be interesting to see what else gets killed as the merger moves forward. I can't see GoLive making it to the next version.

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A Rocket to Nowhere

Back in the day, I was a huge space nut. You know that kid you went to school with who knew just a little too much about dinosaurs? Yeah, that was me, only with NASA.

But, I have to admit, the luster of manned space flight has tarnished of late. The "science" isn't there, and the almost obessive nature of NASA's desire to "fix" the Shuttle program is sad to watch as an adult.

So, when I saw a link from Kottke to Maciej Ceglowski's post "A Rocket to Nowhere", I had to click.

It's harsh. It's bitter. It's also true.

The goal cannot be to have a safe space program - rocket science is going to remain difficult and risky. But we have the right to demand that the space program have some purpose beyond trying to keep its participants alive.

Ceglowski's post is spot on. Spend time to read the whole thing; it's worth it. He writes like someone who has dreamed the dream, but woken up to a harsh reality. He writes what I want to have writ…

Repeat after me: Google is Just as Bad as

Google, the search company that knows everything about you, your friends, and that night in Vegas, is cutting off CNET over this story (which, ironically, now gets more Google juice thanks to this moronic PR move). From CNET:

Google could not be immediately reached for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.)

So what's the big deal? CNET's original article used Google to dig up all kinds of information about Google CEO Eric Schmidt, such as his attendance at Burning Man and his status as a pilot. Ground-breaking stuff? Not really. But it apparently pissed someone off. Here's the real problem:

"But if you step back and look at the suite of products and how they are used, you realize Google can have a lot of personal information about individuals' Internet habits--e-mail, saving search history, images, personal information from (social…

Disable Adobe's Nagware "Feature" When Disabling Javascript

Local Linux Purveyors, The Linux Box, have a nifty little utility to get rid of the crappy nagware-esque dialog box that Adobe tosses at every startup when you disable Javascript execution in Acrobat. You have disabled Javascript in Acrobat 7, right?

Disclaimer: This messes with your registry. Back up beforehand, just in case.

You can download the little app here.

Top Tips for Running Your Internet News Website

So, you want to make a fortune on the internets, eh? Well my friend, then you need to start a news site devoted to internet-related news. That's right, follow these simple steps and you'll soon be pulling in enough Google juice you too will make a million dollars a year on Google Ads.
Republish every press release. Every. One. MSN upgrades their Shopforcrap Beta site? Let the world know!
Google is perfect. Seriously, the last being that walked the Earth that was as pure and beautiful as Google was instantly killed so its beauty could not be tarnished.
Everyone loves cell phones. Make sure to publish every photo, rumor, and technical spec, no matter how speculative, on every single phone that could possibly be made in the next two decades. Bonus coverage for being able to insert a new convergence-style phrase your headline. ("Marginal company releases cell phone/matter transporter, with MP3 and direct line to God!)
Apple has released an operating system that cannot be improve…