Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Tech Rumblings: Twitter Clones

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Twitter has angered a good number of software developers who make apps for their platforms. Twitter is cutting off the numerous “client” apps that sprang up around their API, thus rendering the investment in those apps worthless. Here’s a story: “Twitter to Devs: Don’t Make Twitter Clients… Or Else“.

Angry coders are contemplating rebellion by launching a Twitter rival. They are pinning their hopes on “The Twitter Rebellion: Offers a Hacker’s Alternative“.

Can the rebellion succeed? I don’t know, but with tech superstars like Dave Winer involved, Twitter has cause for alarm. Mr. Winer is not working on a Twitter clone himself, but he is providing wisdom to those who are. From his blog: “If I were making a Twitter clone…“.

Twitter says that they are not going to do an IPO anytime soon. However, by killing off client apps, it seems obvious that they are wanting to monetize their service by corralling all the eyeballs. In any case, if the rebellion gains traction, and Twitter rushes an IPO to market, investors would want to evaluate whether or not Twitter is trying cash-out before it’s too late.

Tech Rumblings: Mac Sandboxing

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Some Mac developers have pulled their apps out of the Mac App Store due to “sandboxing”. Apple wants to make their computers safer from malware, and sandboxing is one way to do that because it restricts apps from accessing the entire computer.

For example, web apps that run in your browser have always been sandboxed. A web app written in JavaScript is not allowed to rifle through your files and upload your info to a hacker site. Your browser won’t let it because it enforces sandboxing rules.

So now Apple wants to restrict the activities of all Mac apps. And that’s a big deal because many important apps were developed with the assumption that there would be no sandboxing, as had been the tradition since the beginning of personal computers.

Needless to say, this has angered many developers. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Microsoft, or other platforms, to poach some developers from Apple. If you want to follow developments, one way to do so is to listen to the “Core Intuition” podcast. The hosts are both Mac developers. Episode 52: “The Potential For More Confusion”, is a good place to start.

I don’t know if this will have any investment implications for Apple. However, dumbing down the Mac to make it stupid-proof for the masses will be, at least, irksome for people who are used to real computers.

Top Technology Bloggers

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I just posted the first edition of my “Top Technology Bloggers by Alexa Rank” page.

The Windows 8 Roach Motel

Friday, June 1st, 2012

You can install the Windows 8 Release Preview anytime you like, but you can never uninstall it. And then it will stop working, and you will be forced to buy the final version to “un-brick” your PC.

I don’t know if Microsoft will take the gold in the Corporate Evil Olympics, but they sure are giving a good account of themselves.

In any case, here is an excellent video of this Windows 8 thing:

Read Michael Mace’s excellent story: Fear and Loathing and Windows 8. This is an in-depth analysis, so set aside some time for it; you will want to read the whole thing.

One of the interesting things that you will learn is that those horrible “Dick and Jane” style “tiles” on the home screen are daggers aimed at web services such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo.

My guess is that Windows 8 is going to flop – hard. However, just this morning, I got an email from somebody, and at the bottom it said: “Sent from my Windows 8 PC”. So, somebody likes it.

Or maybe his feet are just stuck on some sticky stuff…

Take Away the Circuses? Really?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

In “bread and circuses” America, the bread comes in the form of food stamps, and the circuses are delivered by BitTorrent. When the Jobs Czar sends a pleb’s factory job to China to increase corporate profits, the pleb can’t afford to go to the movies anymore. But he is still diverted from joining OWS because he is now occupied (ha, ha) downloading movies.

Until July, that is.

Because in July, US ISPs will begin monitoring the content of your download traffic, and administering harsh penalties to infringers. See the CNET story here.

Could this possibly work out better than SOPA?

Personally, if I worked for an ISP, I would seriously be thinking of finding other employment. I don’t need to be lynched, right?

The CNET story also says that the White House supports this initiative. Can you imagine? Obama is already getting dinged by high gasoline prices, and he’s on-board with this? In an election year? Wow. Why not just turn the keys over to the Republicans right now and save that billion dollars in campaign spending?

Note: BitTorrent accounts for a huge chunk of internet traffic. Estimates range from 20-40%. And BitTorrent isn’t the only torrent program.

Note: I don’t know what all the ISPs are doing since they have been keeping things quiet. But it is possible that they are going along with this because they know that their users will just evade the system by using things like SSL and VPNs.