Interesting Links for January 2008.
- Who Do We Vote For This Time Around? A Letter from Michael Moore
A closer look at the three front-running Democrats. As usual, I tend to agree with Moore’s commentary; I guess that’s why I still haven’t made my decision for the upcoming presidential election. On MichaelMoore.com.
- Broken Macs read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Okay, so I’m a bit late, but this is worth sharing. On Future Tense.
- Complete results from Iowa caucuses
Results from Iowa. On MSNBC.com.
- Greetings from Idiot America
This is possibly the most powerful and meaningful article I’ve read in a long time. Author Charles Pierce has put into words what I’ve been thinking and wondering about for some time now. Wonder what’s wrong with America? Read this. On Esquire.com.
- Your GTD System Isn’t the Problem
Excellent advice for people trying to implement GTD to be more productive — and not succeeding. On the Cranking Widgets blog.
- Do Like Writing Books, Sam I Am
Joe seems to have all the right ideas about writing his tech books. On Joeflash’s Enigmacopaedia.
- We Really Need a Clinton-Obama Hybrid
An interesting idea, but I don’t think it could happen, either. By Steve Clemons on The Huffington Post.
- Leno vs. Letterman and more on the writers’ strike
An often-updated post on Slate.com about the progress of the Writer’s Strike.
- Making the Switch: Going From Partial to Full Feeds
Good article about switching from partial to full RSS feeds. On PlagiarismToday.com.
- Analysis on The Lane Hartwell “Bubble” Controversy
A good overview on the copyright infringement controversy between Lane Harwell and the Richter Scales. On PlagiarismToday.com
- Photography Copyrights on the Internet – The Richter Scales vs Lane Hartwell
Another take on the Lane Hartwell/Richter Scales controversy — this time from professional photographer Eric Hamilton.
- My statement regarding the new version of the Richter Scales video
And here’s Lane Hartwell’s own statement. Be sure to read the comments. You’ll see that her stand on this issue is not very popular at all — in fact, she’s damaged her own reputation to the point where she’ll lose business. A case of carrying things too far.
- The Richter Scales: Blog
Here’s the announcement of the revised version of “Bubble,” which adds credits and removes Lane Hartwell’s photo. Good work guys! And thanks for sharing.
- Why I Believe Bush Must Go
George McGovern wants to impeach Bush and Cheney. (Join the club, George.) On The Washington Post Web site.
- A long list of modifier key tricks
For Mac OS X Tiger; should work in Leopard, too. On MacOSXHints.com.
- Color Wheel Article
Link to EXCELLENT article, in PDF format, that explains exactly how colors work together. From Before & After magazine.
- An Interface of One’s Own
An anti-Word, pro Scrivener piece (of all things!) in the New York Times. By Virginia Heffernan. Thanks to @ev on Twitter for sharing the link.
- Goodbye, cruel Word
Steven Poole no longer uses Microsoft Word. Here’s why.
- E-book the letter
Steven Poole lists the features an ebook reader SHOULD have. I think they sound rather familiar, don’t you?
- What to Expect at Macworld
More rumors of what might be in store for us at Macworld Expo next week. On ReadWriteWeb.
- 10 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Social News Profile
Some tips for getting more followers on Twitter, which can boost your profile on other Social Networking sites. On ReadWriteWeb.
- Author Uses Amazon Kindle to Beta Test New Book
Interesting article about using Kindle to publish a book and entice readers to provide feedback to the author. On ReadWriteWeb.
- Twittering without access to Twitter.com
A how-to piece with suggestions on how you can participate in Twitter when you don’t have access to the Twitter.com Web site. On Twitter Facts.
- Mac OS X 10.5, iChat: Unable to participate in video conference
Workaround for problem using video chat feature of iChat with Mac OS X 10.5. On the Apple Support Web site.
- My essential WordPress plugins
Great post by Miraz Jordan that summarizes her must-have WordPress plugins. I’ll have to do a similar post soon. On the WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide support web site.
- Why It Won’t Work
John Scalzi’s take on why the Sony BMG plan to release non-DRM protected music won’t work. I tend to agree with him.
- Apples For The Army
According to this story on Forbes.com, the U.S. Army is adopting Macs to help thwart hackers. Not exactly good news for Mac users — we don’t need to give hackers a reason to go after us — but good for Apple.
John Gruber’s take on the Kindle. On Daring Fireball.
- Phone companies cut FBI wiretaps due to unpaid bills
There’s something sweet about this irony. On CNN.com. Thanks to @lesliecarbone on Twitter for the link.
- Kerry endorses Obama over ’04 running mate
Wow. Talk about a snub. My opinion of Kerry just dropped a few more notches. On CNN.com.
- Sony caves; DRM is dead, dead, dead
Sony drops DRM. On MacUser.com. Thanks to @dmoren on Twitter for the link.
Humorous photo of a recycled iMac. On I Can Has Cheezburger?
- Weekend Assignment Results: What We’re Not Watching
The results from last weekend assignments. Interesting to note that I was not the only one who said I missed Jon Stewart. (He’s back!) On Outpost Mavarin.
- Your Big Fat Election Brain Dump, 1/11/08
John Scali read my mind. His take on the current and near future election issue. On Scalzi.com.
- The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry
Excellent article about the secret history of iPhone development. On Wired.com.
- China blogger beaten to death
Be thankful for our First Amendment — and protect it! — or we could end up like this unfortunate soul. On CNN.com.
- All I want for Christmas is for FOX to stop using my copyrighted photos in their NFL broadcast without asking my permission
If you already thought FOX was low, read this to see just how low they can go: stealing a photo off the Web for use in a football broadcast.
- “Trumangate” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
An update on the stolen dog photo. I think she was too nice to FOX. I would have asked for a lot more and made sure it got LOTS of press.
- A Savvy Approach to Copyright Messaging
A great tip for helping to protect an image posted on a Web page from being stolen and used by others. By Derek Powazek.
- Bad Behavior 2.0.11 WordPress Plugin Blocking Digg Submission
Excellent article that explains why WordPress blogs can’t be submitted to Digg with Bad Behavior 2.0.11 installed. Includes instructions on how to fix the problem. On GeekTeks.com.
- Cleaning sensors
This article explains how to clean the CCD sensors in a Nikon DSLR, as well as why you’d want to do that. Very detailed. By Thom Hogan.
- Cleaning Digital Cameras – The Methods
Whoa! This page has plenty of details about various equipment and methods for cleaning the sensors on digital cameras.
- Taking Free Speech for Granted in the Middle East
A look at freedom of speech in the middle east by @newmediajim on Verge New Media.
- Nothing A Little Scotch Tape Can’€™t Fix
Comic that pokes fun (and a little hole) in the rumored Mac laptop. On Kalbzayn’€™s World.
- MacBook Air (Parody)
A video on College Humor.com. Thanks to @bck on Twitter for sharing the link.
- MacBook Air: the iPod shuffle of Macs
Interesting take on the lack of features in the MacBook Air. On MacUser.com.
- MacBook Air Attack
More commentary about the MacBook Air’s lack of features. On The Macalope: An Apple Blog.
- ReadSpeaker AudioFeed for An Eclectic Mind
The audio feed page for my blog, An Eclectic Mind. Listen to blog entries read to you by a computer. Not as bad as it sounds, actually.
- Six Things I Hate about Leopard
I don’t think I could have added anything to this. Quite complete, quite true. Hope Apple is reading it, too. On the TidBITs blog.
- Time Wasting Blog Comments, Comments Policies, and Comment Etiquette
Good article about creating a comment policy on your blog to prevent marketing and time-wasting comments. On The Blog Herald.
- Increase Page Rank By Revitalizing Your Old Posts
Another great post for bloggers from the Blog Herald. This one explains why and how to update and revitalize older posts. A must-read for anyone with posts over 2 years old in their blog.
- What Is Sucking Your Blogging Confidence Away?
Yet another great post on the Blog Herald about blogging. This one tackles, among other things, handling mean-spirited comments by readers. Apparently, I’m not the only one who deletes them ruthlessly.
- Magnetic websites
A great post by Miraz Jordan with some easy-to-follow advice for bloggers and Webmasters. On Tikouka.
- Highway 89 Project Archives
Excellent photographs taken by Ann Torrence along Route 89, from Nogales to Montana. On Pixel remix: the Ann-alog.
- Google to kill Domain Tasting
An article explaining how Google plans to prevent ads from appearing on domains less than 5 days old and the affect this should have on domain tasting. On DomainTools.com.