Archive for the ‘internet’ tag

#  “The Entire Internet in Five Minutes” →

March 6th, 2014 at 11:32 // In Worth Watching 

Jeremy Bowers explains the entire internet in five minutes. Well tries. But it’s still pretty awesome and educational.

It unfortunately seems that his 30 minute version of the talk wasn’t recorded, but I did manage to find you his slide deck.

(via Stellar Interesting)

#  The Constructive Internet →

February 7th, 2014 at 16:10 // In Worth Watching 

Mike Rugnetta is a really great presenter, and I should really watch Idea Channel more, but his XOXO 2013 talk is worth a watch if you have any interest in “internet culture” and its virtues.

#  Being a Woman Online →

January 10th, 2014 at 10:43 // In Worth Knowing 

A good read about the perils of being a woman on the internet. Sadly nothing with which I wasn’t vaguely familiar, though the specifics drive the point home. The overview is pretty simply expressed by this point:

Abusers tend to operate anonymously, or under pseudonyms. But the women they target often write on professional platforms, under their given names, and in the context of their real lives. Victims don’t have the luxury of separating themselves from the crime. When it comes to online threats, “one person is feeling the reality of the Internet very viscerally: the person who is being threatened,” says Jurgenson. “It’s a lot easier for the person who made the threat—and the person who is investigating the threat—to believe that what’s happening on the Internet isn’t real.”

(via Next Draft)

#  Why YouTube is Buffering →

August 6th, 2013 at 17:35 // In Worth Knowing 

Really good piece about the secret world of high volume internet backbone operators and how their small political squabbles redound on the average person’s ability to have the internet work in the way they want.

“Right now, YouTube doesn’t work too bad on Free,” Felten said earlier this month. “Three weeks ago it was horrendous. A 30-second video, like an Angry Birds solution video, would take 12 minutes before the first frame moved. Right now, you get some lags but it’s acceptable. I suspect whatever they’re doing, they’re constantly shifting it so it doesn’t look like it’s constantly horrible.”

As always when the topic of internet comes up in a US context, it’s worth noticing how much worse the problem is made by the near monopolies most television and high-speed internet providers enjoy in the areas they serve.

#  How To Love the Internet →

July 28th, 2010 at 19:58 // In Worth Reading 

The premise of this piece — stop using the acronym “IRL”! — is thin, but its substance resonates with the way I use (and love) the internet.

8. When you spend your online time on what really matters to you, you experience your time online as an authentic reflection of your values.

9. When you embrace online conversations as real, you imbue them with the power to change how you and others think and feel.

(via disassociated)

#  Why Are Browser Icons Round and Blue? →

April 23rd, 2009 at 10:39 // In Worth Considering 

As an IE hater, I’m a fan of the globe metaphor theory.

(via Gems Sty)

#  Sunday Evening →

January 12th, 2009 at 19:21 // In Worth Knowing 

That’s apparently the time that internet congestion is the worst. And though I’d take this result with a grain of salt, it makes some sense to me.

#  Russian President Vlogs →

October 7th, 2008 at 14:47 // In Worth Seeing 

Speaking of international figures doing unexpected things, Demitry Medvedev has a video blog.

(via Passport)

#  2001 Google →

September 30th, 2008 at 20:29 // In Worth Distraction 

For a limited time only, you can Google like it’s January 2001. Andy Baio points to a few drastically different searches:

9/11, YouTube, Sarah Palin, or this [his] blog

#  Google Chrome →

September 1st, 2008 at 13:44 // In Worth Knowing 

Google Blogscoped shares (of all things) a comic book explaining Google new browser initiative. I wasn’t expecting much from the book, but it’s really quite good. It offers plain-spoken explications of all that they’ve tried to do with browser. Now I just want to try it out.

UPDATE (9/2/08): It’s now available for Windows XP and Vista. I’m using it to write this update and have to say that it’s pretty smooth. It seems faster than Firefox 3, but then it’s also not been running with 20 tabs open for three days. Oh, and there is, as promised, (at least) one system-visable process running for every open tab.

#  The First Web Page →

July 30th, 2008 at 19:23 // In Worth Seeing 

Andrew Simone points to a piece of internet history.

#  I Killed Tim Russert →

July 1st, 2008 at 12:30 // In Worth Reading 

…on Wikipedia. And enjoyed it. An interesting story:

Why I was compelled to be the one to change it, I couldn’t tell you, but that’s what I did. I added a “2008” as an ending date on his tenure at the show. I changed everything else to the past tense. And I did so post-haste.

I don’t know if the impulse was the same as the one that compelled that NBC subcontractor to go out and kill Tim Russert on Wikipedia. But I can tell you that it didn’t stem from a desire to make sure that the public was well-informed.

No, it was more like the primal instinct that makes people shout “First!” on online forums, a recognition of the improbable act of stumbling across a special place at just the right time. After I had done my duty, dozens of others piled on, tweaking, retweaking, fixing and updating until my work was moot. But I got to that particular page first, and that left me ever-so-slightly chuffed.

(via Fimoculous)

#  Small Google Changes

May 30th, 2008 at 15:55 // In Worth Knowing 

I noticed two interesting things on Google today, so I thought I’d share.

  • Google has a new favicon. They’ve switched from the big G to the little one. I like it. (via DF)
  • Maps on searches for country names and cities. Now when I want to know where Zambia is, I no longer have click through to Wikipedia to know.

#  Mapping the Blogosphere →

May 15th, 2008 at 14:12 // In Worth Seeing 

Further proving that I’m a sucker for cool presentation of data that serve no practical purpose: another in a recursive series about mapping the blogosphere. The coolest visuals are at the bottom, some analysis is here.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Perspective →

May 9th, 2008 at 12:25 // In Worth Distraction 

This is rather silly, but I like it.

#  Now With More Commercials →

May 5th, 2008 at 12:50 // In Worth Knowing 

It appears that the few-commercials honeymoon that TV-on-the-internet has enjoyed is closer to ending:

“Disney-ABC Television Group will begin conducting research next week on inserting multiple commercials into ad breaks for primetime series on its broadband player,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Upping the ad load would amount to the most aggressive move yet from in its quest to draw as much ad revenue.”

#  Gin, Television, and Social Surplus →

April 27th, 2008 at 11:10 // In Worth Reading 

Clay Shirky’s pedaling some of the most interesting ideas about the internet and collaboration I’ve ever heard. This speech/essay is probably nearly as good as his Bloggingheads appearance.

Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they don’t? I saw that one. I saw that one a lot when I was growing up. And every half-hour that I watched that was a half an hour I wasn’t posting at my blog or editing Wikipedia or contributing to a mailing list. Now I had an ironclad excuse for not doing those things, which is none of those things existed then. I was forced into the channel of media the way it was because it was the only option. Now it’s not, and that’s the big surprise. However lousy it is to sit in your basement and pretend to be an elf, I can tell you from personal experience it’s worse to sit in your basement and try to figure if Ginger or Mary Ann is cuter.

And I’m willing to raise that to a general principle. It’s better to do something than to do nothing. Even lolcats, even cute pictures of kittens made even cuter with the addition of cute captions, hold out an invitation to participation. When you see a lolcat, one of the things it says to the viewer is, “If you have some fancy sans-serif fonts on your computer, you can play this game, too.” And that’s message — I can do that, too — is a big change.

EDIT (4/28/2008): If video’s more your thing, now has that.

#  The Internet Will Survive →

April 21st, 2008 at 11:04 // In Worth Considering 

I’ve heard a lot in the last year about how the growing distribution of video and other big files over the internet will effectively kill the thing. The Economist’s Tech.view columnist is not sold on the idea:

While neither the DSL nor the cable companies have beefed up their local connections as fast as the internet backbone operators have boosted their capacity, there’s still enough bandwidth over the last mile for current traffic. And soon there will be a whole lot more—at least for Verizon, Sprint and even Comcast.