Who Watches the Watchmaker?

In other words, as human behavior is tracked and merchandized on a massive scale, the Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the surveillance state. In the world of the Internet of Things, your car, your heating system, your refrigerator, your fitness apps, your credit card, your television set, your window shades, your scale, your medications, your camera, your heart rate monitor, your electric toothbrush, and your washing machine — to say nothing of your phone — generate a continuous stream of data that resides largely out of reach of the individual but not of those willing to pay for it or in other ways commandeer it.

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet

One of the premises of the speculative future in William Gibson’s The Peripheral is that only wealth and power afford privacy. It’s a future I’d rather not see realized.

All You Can Tweet

The information we take in on a daily basis is a lot like the food we eat. The nutrition, calories and quantity we consume impact our well-being. Sadly, much of the content consumed online is equivalent to junk food.

— P.J. Onori: Stepping Away from the Trough

I have substantially reduced my participation in social networks for reasons similar to P.J.’s.

Anything for you, money

AT&T Inc. got more than $16 million from the U.S. government to offer a calling service for the deaf that the company knew was being used by Nigerian fraudsters to steal from American merchants, the Justice Department said.

AT&T Accused of Billing U.S. for Nigerian Fraud Calls

JPMorgan Chase & Co. took procedural shortcuts and used faulty account records in suing tens of thousands of delinquent credit card borrowers for at least two years, current and former employees say.

OCC Probing JPMorgan Chase Credit Card Collections

Nawlins

Although I’ve never been to New Orleans, I have a special appreciation for the city that birthed so much of the music I love.

Help out by donating if you can spare some dough. The Red Cross is a very efficient organization, using more than 90% of funds for services.

MovieGallery

I’m still looking for a good movie management application. MovieGallery, from Sweden’s Bitfield AB, provides most of the features I want; ratings, playlists (manual and smart), and different ways to view my collection (as thumbnails or a list), etc. The biggest functionality gap I see is the lack of support for movie formats not supported by QuickTime. Adding support for Real, DivX, and Windows Media Video is probably more difficult than QuickTime, but it really is a must if the application is to be a comprehensive movie manager.

Comments and suggestions based on MovieGallery version 1.3.2.

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Spotlight Results with Delicious Library Artwork

Delicious Library‘s Spotlight result display would be better if the results included artwork and whichever metadata string matched the query (displayed next to the item’s name as with my previous Spotlight mockups).

Update: Delicious Library items do indeed include their artwork in the Spotlight results window, but artwork was only appearing for new or modified items for me, probably because I’d installed several of the 1.5 beta releases. Deleting “~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Delicious Library Items” forced the index to be rebuilt, so all artwork is now displayed as the Delicious Monsters intended. I’d still like to see the text string that includes the query term(s) displayed in a future release.

Hacking the SubEthaEdit Collaboration Experience

Last June, Robb Beal invited me to join him via IM in brainstorming a better SubEthaEdit document collaboration experience. For this improvisatory review we both used SEE v2.0.1, which was then the latest release (the collaboration interface has not changed appreciably in subsequent releases).

Robb Beal and Daniel J. Wilson review SubEthaEdit’s document collaboration

A summary of our recommendations:

  1. The collaboration interface should be designed around people, not permissions.
  2. Labels should clearly indicate functionality and/or status.
  3. The distinction between Internet and Bonjour-based sharing need not be strictly enforced.