But simply organizing our stuff (without removing it) is always only a temporary solution. By definition, organizing possessions is an action that must be repeated over and over and over again. At its heart, organizing is simply rearranging. And though we may find storage solutions today, we are quickly forced to find new ones as early as tomorrow.
Your life can quickly become the physical manifestation of your inbox. Purge.
I’ve had my Nexus 4 as my primary phone for nearly a month now, and I’m shocked, but I like it. The UI quirks are legion and baffling, the configuration complexity is high, and I occasionally get myself into bizarre situations with an accidental swipe that take a lot of time to figure out. But I like it.
Hardware wise, I love the screen and CPU speed. The sorta haptic typing feedback is ridiculous, though. And the camera is pretty pedestrian.
The apps are mostly all there and okay. The software side things that I really miss are Things, Timehop, iMessage. I miss the iCloud syncing of photos to my Mac, although now I’m pretty much moved over to Dropbox for that. I do like Google Now an awful lot. It routinely surprises me by letting me know a family member’s flight is coming in early or when my Amazon package ships. Pretty neat, and feels like the future.
I don’t like the sense of style in the UI at all, though. Aesthetically it’s kind of a disaster in my view. Not much coherence, and what there is I find garish and unsubtle. So I’m happier with the iOS sense of style by a long shot.
Anyway, that’s my one month update. I think it’s clear at this point that Android will be the world’s ‘good enough’ phone, and will dominate unit volumes for a good long while.
I don’t yet feel that way about tablet UI, but tbd I guess.
And, fwiw, I still like my iPhone a lot too…
Weeks after causing a firestorm of controversy by posting an interactive map showing gun owners in their readership area, the Journal News, a New York state newspaper, has taken the maps down, citing recently-passed laws. A statement from the paper's publisher, Janet Hasson:
“With the passage this week of the NYSAFE gun law, which allows permit holders to request their names and addresses be removed from the public record, we decided to remove the gun permit data from lohud.com at 5 pm today.
While the new law does not require us to remove the data, we believe that doing so complies with its spirit. For the past four weeks, there has been vigorous debate over our publication of the permit data, which has been viewed nearly 1.2 million times by readers. One of our core missions as a newspaper is to empower our readers with as much information as possible on the critical issues they face, and guns have certainly become a top issue since the massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn. Sharing as much public information as possible provides our readers with the ability to contribute to the discussion, in any way they wish, on how to make their communities safer.
We remain committed to our mission of providing the critical public service of championing free speech and open records.”
The paper faced weeks worth of controversy from gun advocates and conservatives, some of who reacted by returning the favor and revealing addresses of newspaper staffers.
The Daily Show investigates investigative reporters
Holy shit. This is the most biting and scathing thing I’ve seen in some time. Wow. Everyone in a journalism school needs to see this. The news industry is awful. This is depressing. Watch this.
Spot-on satire. Too spot-on, unfortunately.
In 1983 there were 50 different corporations that had control over our media, today there are only six: Viacom, Comcast, Disney, TimeWarner, CBS, and News Corporation.
Is anyone surprised by this?
For what it’s worth: The article is is linked over here if you’d like to read (I’ve skimmed through and it seems to be focusing on changes to the tax law and the effects they will have on various groups of people). But here’s something of note: With the piece, there is a link specifically to an interactive infographic that describes how the tax law changes would affect people in most income ranges. It goes as low as “single unemployed person” making less than $10,000 per year. Here’s what it looks like:
It’s not a situation where they don’t think low-income people exist. It’s just that they were showing one set of examples in the top one, and left the more granular examples for the interactive graphic. That doesn’t explain why the interactive graphic got flat orange stick figures and the one above got frowny-faced upper-middle-class people, but the WSJ has people making under $180k covered — at least online.
Respecting Facebook users’ privacy settings is no small feature, due to the harm that can result when privacy settings are given too little weight in socio-technical design. Thanks to the soothing message and intuitive appeal of the “self-selected insiders” narrative, many reporters are spreading its gospel. Wired and CNN, among others, note Graph doesn’t expose any information that wasn’t already available on Facebook.
They (Algerians) are likely to feel vindicated, and to reject any criticism for their reaction to a domestic crisis they feel were brought about by Western actions they advised against.
—Geoff Porter of North Africa Risk Consulting • Discussing the current situation with the Algerian hostage crisis, which ended violently and has featured wildly varying reports regarding death toll. Porter is referring to Algerian officials’ position that Western officials should not have intervened in the region. The hostage situation took place at a natural gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, and hostages were of numerous nationalities, including American. (via shortformblog)
At CES, gaming’s biggest players missed the boat