THE PENDING DRAFT

Eric Meyer on Content/Ad Blocking

September 22, 2015

Eric Meyer’s primer on Content Blocking is spot-on.

The ads that are at risk now are the ones delivered via bloated, badly managed, security-risk mechanisms.  In other words: what’s at risk here is terrible web development.

Granted, the development of these ads was so terrible that it made the entire mobile web ecosystem appear far more broken that it actually is, and prompted multiple attempts to rein it in.  Now we have content blockers, which are basically the nuclear option: if you aren’t going to even attempt to respect your customers, they’re happy to torch your entire infrastructure.

I used an Ad Blocker on desktop for a long time now, but i also have many sites set to “do not block”. These are basically all sites that respect me and treat me as a human being. And if you are a publisher, ad-provider or anyone else working in this industry and don’t respect your customers, i couldn’t care less if you’re going downhill from here and i would suggest you to go back to the drawing board as fast as you can.

Or, as Kontra eloquently phrased it on Twitter:

Eric Meyer – Content Blocking Primer

Dustin Curtis on Twitter

September 7, 2015

Dustin Curtis pretty much nails it with his summary on what twitter’s product team should be focusing on and what problems he sees for the the twitter platform.

The fact that Twitter has fucked up its platform, more than anything else, is why I think Twitter’s next CEO needs to be more of a visionary, a person who can walk into the room and say, “What the fuck have you been doing for the past three years?” The last thing Twitter needs is to sit on its ass, twiddling its thumbs, while the product team continues to completely fail at addressing its most dire imminent existential threats.

Duston Curtis – Fixing Twitter

Google revealed a new logo

September 2, 2015

Google announced a new logo yesterday. I can only vaguely imagine how big of a task it is to redesign the logo for a company like Google. While there are many that “dislike” it, i think it works quite well. It’s definitely much more modern, but the tilted e at the end still preserve some of the “goofy-ness” from the old logo and the animations with those jumping dots do feel playful and match the overall style.

Google’s look, evolved

picu is available in Public Beta since yesterday

September 2, 2015

Since yesterday you can download picu from WordPress.org as a Public Beta. We hope to gather as much feedback as we can from an even broader range of photographers.

Download it, test it, rip it apart, review it, send us your inputs. But please don’t forget that picu is in “public beta” and just learned to walk, so please be kind to it :)

picu on WordPress.org – Client Proofing for Photographers

Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker

August 25, 2015

This is fantastic! I always liked globes, those really old, large ones mounted in a wooden cntainer – and i love hand-crafted products. And this video shows the process of the (probably) only producer of hand-crafted globes. Really fascinating!

Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker

Google creates new parent company “Alphabet”

August 11, 2015

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet. I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), andCalico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related.

Google just announced that they created a new company called “Alphabet”, which will be the holding company for all their different efforts with Google being the largest of them.

Read the Announcement at abc.xyz