Happy Thanksgiving!

If you are in the States and celebrate, that is. If not, then happy Thursday!

I am celebrating by going for a run and listening to some Blood Incantation.

This is the way.

I still have fond memories of my Thanksgiving tradition of the late Nineties: gather with a few friends, load up up on beer and Doritos, and spend the day watching the X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon on FX.

I am at a point in my life now where that sort of thing is no longer feasible, or even really something I’d want to do. It was a good time back then, though.

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Dumb App Store reviews

I feel like the App Store should just auto-delete any review that is some version of “This app used to be free but now the developer is making me pay for it, and I am mad about that.”
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“It’s all on our Sharepoint site.”

This advice is not terribly helpful when 1) there are a billion folders and subfolders full of stuff on your Sharepoint site, and 2) there are a billion other Sharepoint sites that are also all filled with folders and subfolders full of stuff.

And as an addendum, this issue is not restricted to Sharepoint sites.

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If you want to find interesting things on the Internet, you need to go do the work of looking for them.

In memoriam Google Reader | Jeremy Cherfas:

Of course, one of the huge plus points of the big silos is that they supposedly make it easier to get your stuff in front of gazillions of people. Maybe. I have no idea how many new, regular readers come here from a social post and then cut out the middle man. Maybe some. But discoverability remains a problem. That’s why I like the very nineties idea of a webring, connecting websites that have something in common, even if that is only that they belong to the same webring.

Yeah, I can relate.

I think there are two different problems here, though. Sure, Facebook and Twitter may offer a better means of getting your stuff in front of gazillions of people, but I’m not sure that’s anything any of us really even wants. The small handful of experiences I’ve had with a post getting a lot of views and responses outside for my usual small circle of friends and acquaintances have been enough to convince me that it’s not a good idea.

The discoverability part, though… I feel like a lot of folks (although not the above post) are still stuck on the bogus idea pushed by tech evangelists that algorithms will save us, that we will automagically be given list of interesting people to follow, articles to read, and products to buy, all uniquely tailored to our specific needs and wants.

In reality, what we end with are famous people who already had 3 million followers, promoted posts, and “people who bought that also bought this” suggestions.

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