This new digital idea of patronage

Om Malik, at the end of a blog post discussing Bandcamp: This did, of taking a stake in the success of something you believe in, is an excellent way to think about fostering creativity in the future. I mean, why just music? We are all stuck with Instagram as the only place to follow photographers,Continue reading “This new digital idea of patronage”

Another Skirmish in The Ad-Tracking Wars…

This article from Forbes about the ramifications of the improved privacy controls announced by Apple for iOS 14 makes for enlightening — and depressing — reading. Because, as it notes at the end, both of the biggest firms affected by this — Facebook and Google — have the resources to find ways around this. MyContinue reading “Another Skirmish in The Ad-Tracking Wars…”

What’s Old Is New Again (Mobile App Permissions Edition)

Symbian was, for its time, a brilliant OS. It ran 3D games smoothly, had terrific hardware support, a decent ecosystem for developers. And it was bloody annoying for users. Every few minutes, Symbian would interrupt you to ask “Are you sure you want this app to connect to the Internet?” … On and on itContinue reading “What’s Old Is New Again (Mobile App Permissions Edition)”

The Secret Fight For Your Personal Information

Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap: Is Facebook using US courts to create a GDPR backdoor to your data? Namecheap has a long history of advocating for and protecting our customers’ privacy. We were early champions for your rights, we embraced the GDPR, and we will continue to go above and beyond in fighting for yourContinue reading “The Secret Fight For Your Personal Information”

Thank you, Matt Harding

This video floated back into my consciousness the other day thanks to this post on Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD): What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend national boundaries and occur in practically every humanContinue reading “Thank you, Matt Harding”

Termite Capitalism

Why does this matter? The problem is that the private equity model of takeover and ownership is akin to inviting termites into your house. The basic model is as follows: private equity acquires a company using loans, usually from banks but also increasingly from pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds etc. The old managementContinue reading “Termite Capitalism”