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The Professional Sharer

Posted on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

But I've been on The Internet long enough to see a trend. As platforms grow more popular: professional sharers cannot trust the platforms upon which they stand, audiences cannot trust the platform to show what they asked to see...

I'm surprised to find myself, well into the second decade of the 21st century, doubling down on a technology invented before I was born: email.

Through a lucky accident, no company owns email. It's like language: used by all, controlled by none.

-CGP Grey

This kind of thing is happening more and more. First it was Facebook, and few people cared. Then it was Twitter and people got mad. Now, Youtube. CGP Grey brings up a very good point though: Platforms do this to make money. They have to do this to make money. It just sucks that how they make money is by compromising the people that made the service what it is (*cough* Twitter *cough*).

The Professional Sharer →

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      Brian Schrader

AT&T and Apple SIM

Posted on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

...in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only.

AT&T: "Apple wants to do what?! Make SIM cards simpler?! Nah, we're good."

I almost don't want to know what Verizon would have done.

Apple Support: Apple SIM →

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      Brian Schrader

Podcast Recommendations

Posted on Tue, 21 Oct 2014

I saw a few other people posting podcast recommendations and I thought they were lacking a few crucial entries. Here's my list:

I listen to a lot of podcasts...

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      Brian Schrader

Twitter's "peace offering" to developers is meaningless

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Marco Arment

Companies grow and change. Business needs change. Founders and leaders move on and get replaced.

Especially at Twitter. Twitter started out as a developer-friendly company, then they became a developer-hostile company, and now they're trying to be a developer-friendly company again. If I had to pick a company to have absolute power over something very important, Twitter wouldn't be very high on the list...

Twitter will never, and should never, have any credibility with developers again. Enjoy it while it lasts, but be ready for it to disappear at any moment.

Agreed. Twitter is still a great product, but its not happy with what it is. Twitter is always seeking to ruin itself by trying to be Facebook. I can't wait until something else comes along.

Twitter's "peace offering" to developers is meaningless →

-Thanks for reading,
      Brian Schrader

Making RSS Real-Time

Posted on Sun, 19 Oct 2014

One of the critiques of RSS feeds in a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter is that RSS just isn't fast enough. You can't hope to achieve what Twitter calls "in-the-moment updates" and "watch events unfold" if your client is polling each web site's RSS feed once an hour for new microblog posts.

Luckily this was solved years ago. Many blogging apps (including WordPress) have a setting to "ping" another server when a post has been published. When it receives this notification, the other server can request the RSS feed and make note of the new post right away.

Manon is right. This is actually a huge issue with the Open Microblog spec right now. I'm still trying to come up with a standard way of working around this issue (if you have suggestions, contact me).

Making RSS real-time →

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      Brian Schrader

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