Tech news – February 22nd 2012 to February 28th 2012:
- From Twitter – (Huge Facebook just created an app store ecosystem where OS doesn’t matter) http://t.co/KSnZQfHK
- Steve Jobs was right: Dropbox is a feature, not a product | PandoDaily–
I’ve always been a big fan and committed user of Dropbox. Over the last couple years the handy file-sync app has gotten me out of many scrapes—when I need to access six-month-old interview notes when I’m out of town, it’s always a thrill to find them in my Dropbox. Along with my sit/stand desk, my Livescribe pen, and my MacBook Air, Dropbox is one of the few genuinely delightful tools I use regularly, and I’m constantly recommending it to friends and family.
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- From Twitter – ( Navigator Utilities – Excel add-in for power users) http://t.co/oQTdTQ4O
- Flickr disables Pinterest pins on copyrighted images (exclusive) | VentureBeat–
As the third most popular source of content on digital pin-board site Pinterest, Flickr and its photographers are subject to frequent acts of copyright infringement. But a site-wide update to Flickr promises to better protect members and their copyrighted works.
- From Twitter – ShopLocket lets users embed and sell a product anywhere, no storefront required. http://t.co/RQuSHQuC
- BBC News – The myth of the eight-hour sleep–
Sleeping in one eight-hour chunk is a very recent phenomenon, and lying awake at night could be good for you, according to scientists and historians.
- From Twitter – US seeks to mine social media to predict future http://t.co/l9W5IzAi
What I’m reading and finding for February 16th 2012 through February 21st 2012:
One of the coolest things about the Kindle is that it keeps your content in sync via the Amazon Whispersync service. So you can skip between your kindle, the iPhone app or even the Cloud Reader in your web browser and stay on the same page in your reading material. Amazon takes care of all of this in the background for you. The problem is, if you for some reason decide to skip way ahead on one of your devices or, if you liked your book and want to read it again in the furture, Whispersync thinks you are done and continues to ask if you want to sync to that furthest location. The awesome Whispersync becomes more of a nusance at this point.
There isn’t a quick method that I have found to be able to reset your furthest point read. What I am about to detail is not hard but you have to go methodically through the steps and don’t skip any. You may want to print this page.
1. Grab one of your devices and try syncing your book. Make sure you get a message that you are at the furthest location. If you are not, then go ahead and sync to that location.
2. Close out of your book.
3. Open the book again and try syncing. You should get a message that you are at the furthest location across all devices.
4. Set your device down and on your computer
5. Visit the Manage Your Kindle page http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.
6. Click Manage Your Devices under Your Kindle Account on the left side of the page.
7. Under Whispersync Device Syncronization at the bottom of the page, click “Turn Off.”
8. Stay on this page on your computer and pick up your device again
9. Got to the beginning of your book and try syncing.
10. If you do NOT get a message that you are at the furthest location, click No.
11. Close your book
12. Click sync to refresh your library
13. Open your book and be sure you are at the beginning then try syncing again. If you do NOT get a message that you are at the furthest location, click No and go back to step 12.
14. Close your book
15. Set you device down and, again at your computer, click “Turn On” on the Whispersync Device Syncronization page.
16. Pick up your device again and, to be safe, sync your library again
17. Open your book and try syncing it again. It should now be at the furthest location and you are done.
18. If you have another device, pick that up now.
19. Sync to refresh your library
20. Open your book and go immediately to the beginning
21. Sync your book and you should now be at the furthest page read across all your devices.
If you have more devices, go back to step 18.
Hopefully that worked for you. It has worked for me for several books.
What I’m reading and finding for February 12th 2012 through February 15th 2012:
- From Twitter – Time Warner Cable Launches Live TV Streaming for the Desktop http://t.co/Y50l7yRa
- From Twitter – Update Rollup 2 for Windows Home Server 2011 is available http://t.co/e46Kyiqd
- Your address book is mine: Many iPhone apps take your data | VentureBeat–
Path got caught red-handed uploading users’ address books to its servers and had to apologize. But the relatively obscure journaling app is not alone. In fact, Path was crucified for a practice that has become an unspoken industry standard.
- Real Dan Lyons Web Site » Blog Archive » Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool » Real Dan Lyons Web Site–
It’s tough being a journalist, especially if you’re covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you’re stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy. What’s worse is that all these people who are getting rich don’t seem to be any brighter than you are and in fact many of them don’t seem very bright at all. So of course you get jealous. And then you start thinking maybe you could find a way to cash in… show all text
- From Twitter – VLC 2.0 arriving this week http://t.co/RzIYnxKc
- parislemon • Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink–
This morning, I woke up and read Nick Bilton’s weekly New York Times’ column. Nick is a friend and one of the best bloggers/writers/journalists out there. But with today’s column, he was way off base.
Having already said what I wanted to say about the Path situation, I debated if I should weigh in again. Then I read Nick’s column again. There’s a way to say what he wants to say, but he goes about it the complete wrong way. I felt like I had to respond.
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- Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery–
Information has become easier to steal over the Internet because employees can carry proprietary data around.
What I’m reading and finding for February 9th 2012 through February 12th 2012:
- Wired Opinion: The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox | Epicenter | Wired.com–
The other day, I tried out Unroll.me, a clever new service that reads your inbox to let you unsubscribe from mailing lists and other unwanted e-mail flotsam with a single click.
As I was about to connect my Gmail account, my finger hovered over the “Grant access” button.Wait a second. Who am I giving access to my Gmail account, anyway? There was no identifying information on their site — no company address, no team page listing the names of its team members, and broken links to their privacy… show all text
- From Twitter – Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty http://t.co/7Ylm1F61
- From Twitter – Study Finds BitTorrent Does Not Hurt U.S. Box Office Numbers http://t.co/ByY5DbxY
- Wall Street Journal Columnist Jeffrey Zaslow Is Killed in Crash – WSJ.com–
Wall Street Journal Moving On columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, who wrote some of the paper’s most memorable front-page features and became a best-selling author, died in a car crash Friday.
- 24 Hours » The Kickstarter Blog — Kickstarter–
There are crazy days and then there are days like yesterday. Kickstarter has experienced some frantic hours but nothing like what happened in the 24-hour span between Wednesday at 6:54pm and Thursday at 6:44pm. Two million-dollar projects, a …
- Gumroad Gets $1.1 Million From Chris Sacca, Max Levchin And Others To Turn Any Link Into A Payment System | TechCrunch–
Gumroad, the buzzy one-man startup launched by Pinterest and Turntable app designer (and 19-year-old college dropout) Sahil Lavingia, officially launches today with over $1.1 million in seed funding from investors Accel Partners, Chris Sacca, Max Levchin, SV Angel, Josh Kopelman, Seth Goldstein, Naval Ravikrant, Collaborative Fund and Danny Rimer.
- From Twitter – Tiché PC HDD Vibration Killer http://t.co/HUTushIi
What I’m reading and finding for February 6th 2012 through February 9th 2012:
- From Twitter – Sad. I love my Zx5. / End of an era Kodak discontinues camera business http://t.co/0aXjM3EO
- From Twitter – (Google Near Launch of Cloud-Storage Service) http://t.co/0ON6aoKR
- Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers –
Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers
8 Feb 2012 – Singapore
Dave Morin, the CEO of Path has responded in the comments and I’ve pasted it below. As an aside – never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this to blow up like this. I hope we can keep calm and continue to discuss this sensibly.
Arun, thanks for pointing this out. We actually think this is an important conversation and take this very seriously. We upload the address book to our servers in order to help t… show all text
- From Twitter – (Google Makes Its Chrome Browser Mobile) http://t.co/csLpxJDM
- Coding Horror: Farewell Stack Exchange –
I am no longer a part of Stack Exchange.
I still have much literal and figurative stock in the success of Stack Exchange, of course, but as of March 1st I will no longer be part of the day to day operations of the company, or the Stack Exchange sites, in any way.
It's been almost exactly 4 years since I chose my own adventure. In those four years, we accomplished incredible things together. Stack Overflow is now an enormous bustling city, a hugely positive influence on the daily lives of progra… show all text
- From Twitter – (Maximum PC | Google Starts Laying Fiber In Kansas Cities) http://t.co/3bzEXmn8
- Over 3 years later, "deleted" Facebook photos are still online –
Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years after Ars first brought attention to the topic. The company admitted on Friday that its older systems for storing uploaded content "did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site," but said it's currently finishing up a newer system that makes the process much quicker. In the meantime, photos that … show all text
What I’m reading and finding for February 3rd 2012 through February 5th 2012:
- Apple’s iPhone Business Alone Is Now Bigger Than All Of Microsoft–
Tech writer MG Siegler just noted a remarkable fact:
Apple’s iPhone business alone is now bigger than Microsoft.
Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft.
Think about that.
The iPhone did not exist five years ago. And now it’s bigger than a company that, 15 years ago, was dragged into court and threatened with forcible break-up because it had amassed an unassailable and unthinkably profitable monopoly.
The iPhone also appears to be considerably more profitable than Microsoft.
In the December quarter,… show all text
- From Twitter – Font for people with dyslexia? I had no idea. http://t.co/N2lt42ev
- A Foot in the Door in Silicon Valley–
In Silicon Valley, wearing flashy socks is more than an expression of your personality. It signals that you are part of the in crowd.
- Komen apologizes for ‘recent decisions,’ pledges to continue funding Planned Parenthood | The Scoop | dallasnews.com–
UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said during a Friday conference call that her understanding of Komen’s announcement is that it’s a complete reversal of the decision to bar funding to her group.
“It’s quite clear that Planned Parenthood and our health centers and our doctors are eligible now to work with Komen foundation again,” Richards said, before adding that she hasn’t actually talked to Komen leaders about the decision. “I certainly take them at their wor… show all text
- From Twitter – CalCheck Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook http://t.co/1M1FE1Br
- From Twitter – ZipKord A Better Car Charger http://t.co/vfqAEfmr
- From Twitter – (Maximum PC | Motherboard Price Hikes Rumored to be Just Around the Corner) http://t.co/vCIZmK0z
What I’m reading and finding for January 31st 2012 through February 3rd 2012:
- From Founders to Decorators, Facebook Riches–
Facebook’s public offering will make a lot of billionaires and millionaires, some of them prominent people and others not.
- Registration Statement on Form S-1–
- Congratulations Crunchies Winners! Dropbox Is The Best Overall Startup | TechCrunch–
This year’s fifth annual Crunchies Awards has just finished up at the classy Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and it was a smashing success. We poked fun #humblebraggers
, got cussed at by Siri, honored former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde, and gave wild monkey trophies to tech’s greatest innovators. If you missed the event or our livestream, check out the full list of nominees and winners below.
The world owes a thank you to Jack Dorsey, the “Founder Of The Year” and leader of Twitter, win… show all text
- Bowing to anti-abortion politics, breast cancer charity cuts funds for screenings at Planned Parenthood – Boing Boing–
Collateral damage in the abortion wars, and bad news for working class and low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood clinics for breast cancer and cervical cancer screening services. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, America’s largest and best-funded cancer charity, is reportedly cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, in response to pressure from anti-women’s health political groups.
Planned Parenthood provides a wide array of women’s health services, including mammograms and cancer screenin… show all text
- From Twitter – (RePress, An Internet Censorship Defeating Plugin For WordPress) http://t.co/xPHGnRx8
- Letters of Note: To My Old Master–
In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated). Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I’ll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do… show all text
- From Twitter – A working group is pitching a system that will allow providers to authenticate emails better. http://t.co/jqnsSizH