• I was wrong last year when I wrote in Android On Tablets that Google would not sell another tablet. The Pixel Slate is a tablet even if Google prefers to market it like a 2-in-1.

  • In some ways we may have a reformation taking place today in the United States. Perhaps we ought to consider it a U.S. Democratic Reformation away from Representative democracy to a Direct democracy . If this is the case then like Gutenberg’s printing press, the Internet appears to be the technological advancement that is enabling this reformation. Fueled by the Internet. More on this thought on my wiki.

  • They want us to become really afraid; they want us to become divided; they want us to join their “us and them” thing. On a larger scale, I think we have to resist that. It’s an argument for celebrating and nurturing our diversity and nurturing our multicultural society, and our pluralism.

    Source: This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned. - Vox

    All we have done since 9/11 is become more and more divided, so much so that we now have a POTUS who revels in the dividing.

  • Kwilt looks similar to a device I had in the past called Pogoplug.

  • We now have an Android app for micro.blog. Check out Dialog.

  • “The United States rests on a dedication to equality, which is chiefly a moral idea, rooted in Christianity, but it rests, too, on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching.” from “These Truths: A History of the United States” by Jill Lepore

  • The real problem with social networks like Facebook and Twitter is that they require using their servers that store all of what you write and share. By nature of the fact that you are using their servers Facebook and Twitter have the right and ability to access what you write and share.

    A peer to peer network takes a server, like Facebook and Twitter’s, out of the middle. What you write and share goes directly from your computer to the computer of others on the peer to peer network. Because this information can actually end up on many more computers most peer to peer networks encrypt what is passed around. Consequently, only the people who have access to your public or private keys can actually read what you write. (By the way, in a simple way I have just explained one reason why blockchain has been written so much about.)

  • I am intrigued by the number of alternative social network products being developed. Some consider micro.blog, which I have been using, as one. I think of Micro.blog as a hybrid decentralized environment, but which I mean you can use it to either store content on their server, like I do, or use it to facilitate content you store an other site. I store what I write on my blog and transmit copies of that to Twitter and Facebook.

    However, I suspect that if it becomes dead simple, reliable, and secure, a peer-to-peer type of network like Secure Scuttlebutt will be the winner.

  • Scuttlebutt is a decentralized, secure gossip platform. Gossip is a method (protocol) for computers to talk with each other.

  • Track your time with an 8 sided die. Does anyone else get D&D flashbacks?

  • I’ve developed a pretty efficient workflow for adding pages to my wiki. I created the Index page before I learned that you can have a alphabetized list of a site’s pages display by clicking in the Search box and pressing ENTER.

  • I’ve used Evernote for a long time. One of the problems I have always had with Evernote is that it doesn’t really provide a simple structure for notes. With just Notebooks and Tags building structure can turn your Evernote environment in to a big mess.

    Kanbanote looks like an interesting alternative for layering a structured view on top of Evernote, treating Evernote as a back end data store.

  • Remember when a president who really wanted to start a war in Iraq claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and he had his war and no such weapons were found? Seems to me we have another president making similar claims of a crisis to get his way. We ought to be skeptical.

    Let’s start with a request for the project plan for building this wall. Where is the budget? Where are the bids for the construction? How do we know the price is $5 billion and not $10 billion or $2 billion?

    Its all theater. Like taking off your shoes at the airport and it is time that people opened their eyes.

  • So ridiculous that it once again raises the frightening question of how a president who can’t successfully manage peace and prosperity would manage to deal with an actual national crisis. Vox

    We could have treated the election like a job interview and elect the candidate qualified for the job, but instead a number of people in certain states preferred to vote for the reality TV star.

  • I played with Google Assistant and IFTTT today, one outcome of which is a way to tell the Assistant to add an entry to my Day One journal.

  • Why are our representatives trying to pass any legislation to prohibit boycotts of Israel or any other country or topic? With other pressing matters, how is this even a priority?

  • Twelve years ago today Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. It definitely was a revolutionary device.

  • Please read this thread that provides proper context to sharing of polling data to adversaries like the Russians.

    What is also important to understand is that what has been going here is emotional manipulation, that is what advertising is all about. Generations of Americans, starting with the Baby Boomers, have been programmed with emotional manipulation, which is why now, seemingly all of a sudden, “fake news” is such a thing. The Internet is an echo chamber of emotional manipulation, which is why the social network hacking has been so effective.

  • One thing I remember President Reagan ask for is the ability to do line-item vetos. The thing is that the Constitution provides the power of the line-item veto to Congress through its ability to write and pass legislation. Trump is pulling an anti-Reagan move, demanding something added to legislation that Congress has passed.

    Compromise, which does NOT mean that one side gives in to another, is the whole point upon which the Founders built our government.

  • What Trump really wants is for Congress to give him a blank check. No Congress should give a President a blank check. The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse for reason, it’s because one of the primary purposes of Congress is presidential oversight NOT to simply to give in to a President’s demands.

  • I asked Google Home, “What is Michigan State men basketball team’s record?” and it responded with the record and sent a notification to my phone with the Big Ten standings. Cool.

  • Insight: there is a difference between posting to a social network and simply reading from a social network. Corollary: there is a difference between posting first to your own site and sharing to a social network and just posting to a social network.

  • I’ve made several updates to my wiki page on CES 2019. I am finding this a very easy way to summarize the articles that I have found most interesting.

  • GitHub Free now provides unlimited private repositories for up to three collaborators. I think this makes Git/GitHub more useful for storing certain types of items. One thought I have is that this makes WorkingCopy even more useful.

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