Talking about tech

Talking tech again, David Bradley

  • New York Times paywall – The NYT implemented a paywall for users who want to read more than 20 articles per month. But, it seems they want to have their cake and eat it, so rather than creating a hard paywall that search engines cannot climb over they have simply added a javascript/CSS solution that sticks a popup in your face and stops you seeing the articles once you pass 20 reads. Of course, this is qutie scurrilous and potentially is in breach of the T&Cs that search engines expect websites to adhere too. You're not supposed to present different content to users as to search engines. Anyway, this guy obviously agrees as he's created a Google Chrome extension that stamps on the popup and lets you read the "hidden" article regardless of how many you're up to in any given month.
  • Are you working? I mean really working? – We often use precisely the same device to do our real work as we are to distract ourselves from our work…you know what that device is…
  • 70 things every computer geek should know – The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject…70 things every computer geek should know:
  • Firefox 4 Download Available, Release Tomorrow – Mozilla will release the final version of the long awaited web browser Firefox 4 tomorrow. But, you can already get it from some servers right now. It took them nine months to gestate this version although version 5 is apparently scheduled for this summer!
  • How to edit your comments on Facebook – Facebook recently rolled out an update to its commenting system. Now, instead of pressing Comment, you simply press the Enter key to save a comment. More excitingly, however, Facebook silently rolled out another new feature at the same time: you can now edit comments!
  • Record and upload voice memos to Dropbox with Dropvox – DropVox is a recording app for iOS devices that lets you easily record and upload voice memos to your dropbox cloud storage account.