My daily readings 04/14/2010

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    • I’ve coined a new term. It’s not a portmanteau like brunch, gaydar, mulletard, or sarcastobitch, which are my very favorite kinds of words (because (a) fun wordplay time! and (b) “portmanteau” sounds vaguely snobbish and superior), but it’s a good enough word nonetheless. The Thinker hereby instructs you to add this word to your vocabulary and begin using it immediately.

    • Sometimes metaignorance can be in the form of a simple misconception. Or rather, misconceptions can be fueled by metaignorance. For example, consider the common misconception that the phases of the moon are caused by the earth’s shadow. (The moon’s phases are NOT caused by the earth’s shadow. If you think they are, see here to get edjumacated on the subject.) It never ceases to amaze me how many people suffer from this misconception. All you have to do is look up in the sky when both the sun and the moon are visible at the same time. The sudden realization that the earth isn’t sitting up there between the two, blocking the sun from shining on the moon, but rather is firmly planted beneath your feet, should immediately dispel the misconception that the earth’s shadow causes the phases of the moon.
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    • Wow, the haters are out in force today. We launched our alpha version of Cpedia last week, and have gotten a little feedback. Some of it was positive, a lot of it questioned whether or not we deserved to live (consensus: no). I was a little surprised at how vituperative things were.
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    • I’ve coined a new term. It’s not a portmanteau like brunch, gaydar, mulletard, or sarcastobitch, which are my very favorite kinds of words (because (a) fun wordplay time! and (b) “portmanteau” sounds vaguely snobbish and superior), but it’s a good enough word nonetheless. The Thinker hereby instructs you to add this word to your vocabulary and begin using it immediately.
    • noun. The state of being unaware of how much one doesn’t know; an ignorance of one’s own level
    • suffer from this misconception. All you have to do is look up in the sky when both the sun and the moon are visible at the same time. The sudden realization that the earth isn’t sitting up there between the two, blocking the sun from shining on the moon, but rather
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    • There was still some apprehension within the community as to whether or not using PhoneGap would lead to a possible rejection from the iPhone App Store, we definitely have a green light to PhoneGap. This means we can all get back to doing what we love best, building fast, easy mobile apps with JavaScript+HTML+CSS while still taking advantage of the core features in the iPhone, Android, Symbian-WRT and Blackberry devices.
    • I have received word from Apple that the above is STILL true! If you were concerned by the recent changes to Apple’s iPhone developer agreement, this has ZERO impact on PhoneGap!
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    • How can I implement tweetie like swipe menu?

      I’m done with developing a tableviewcontroller with a customcell. The customcell implements touchesbegan and touchesMoved. It also reports swipe gestures via a selector to the parent tableviewcontroller.

      Now how should I go about hiding the “Swiped” cell and replacing it with a “swipe menu view” and how should I get the actions from the buttons present on the swipeview?

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    • They realised that StackExchange was failing, but because they don’t realise the reasons why their attempted correction is only making it worse.

      Their software is a hideously complicated and over-engineered attempt to twist human relationships into math. It only works on StackOverflow because:
      a) The tech community was desperate for an alternative to hidebound mailing lists on one hand and expertsexchange on the other
      b) How to put this? A whole lot of nerds really would like to be able to reduce the complexity of human relationships to math, too, and willingly participated.

      But without a userbase that’s dying for a solution, any solution, and especially a userbase prepared to put up with convoluted ranking-rating-have-I-got-enough-points-to-change-my-profile-picture-yet point-scoring games the software is actually a millstone. You’re not going to get a liberal arts Q&A site that takes off with those restrictions. This is why StackExchange was such a dud.

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    • Stack Overflow, the question and answer site for programmers, went from 0 to 6.5 million monthly unique visitors within 2 years. So the company launched a few related sites, which did well too. That’s when they decided to create Stack Exchange, a hosted question and answer platform that anyone (who has $125 per month) can run, about any topic they choose.

      As you’ll hear in this interview with Joel Spolsky, the company’s co-founder, it didn’t work. Only 20-40 of the sites created had significant traffic. Many were ghost towns. In this interview, you’ll hear why Stack Exchange didn’t work. You’ll also hear why Stack Overflow raised money and the new direction they’re pursuing.

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    • While Apple did go through very dark times, the mass exodus foretold by the PC camp was never able to deliver a knock-out blow to Macs and Dell soon lost interest in targeting Apple’s creative user base that largely stayed with the beleaguered company. A few years later, Steve Jobs took over Apple and today it’s the third most valuable company in the U.S., over seven times bigger than Dell in market capitalization.
    • Many of the App Store developers got into creating products for mobile devices precisely because for the very first time in history the iPhone allowed them to bypass the limits, cost and sheer operational lunacy imposed by telecom carriers. In less than a couple of years, Apple created an online distribution monster of 185,000 apps and 3.5 billion downloads. The fact that no other app store clone has been able to even approach that ought to tell developers something about the magnitude of the efficacy of the App Store. The grass isn’t greener elsewhere.
    • No other vendor can match Apple’s global base of 100 million users with iTunes credit card accounts, with 49% of iPhone users having a college education and 67% earning more than $70,000 a year.
    • No other vendor has anything like the iPhone touch. While 78% of iPod touch users are under 25, only 24% of Android users are, and as a Flurry report aptly summarizes:

      when today’s young iPod Touch users age by five years, they will already have iTunes accounts, saved personal contacts to their iPod Touch devices, purchased hundreds of apps and songs, and mastered the iPhone OS user interface. This translates into loyalty and switching costs, allowing Apple to seamlessly “graduate” young users from the iPod Touch to the iPhone.

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      • Symptoms

        Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep. This can occur with some third-party Wi-Fi routers that are dual-band capable when:

        • Using the same network name for each network
        • Using different security settings for each network


        If you encounter this issue, try the following:

        • Create separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band. This can be done easily by appending one or more characters to the current network name.
          • Example:  Add a G to the 802.11b/g network name and an N to the 802.11n network name.
        • Ensure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, and so on)

        If the issue persists, reset your network settings using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

        Note: Always ensure that your Wi-Fi router firmware is up to date.

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    • Monthly is way too slow for something as fast moving as geek news. (and this site is called “Hacker News“, even though some articles certainly are timeless)

      I’d make that a weekly, published on Friday morning.

      I suspect that the print aspect might be nice locally but disseminating a weekly publication worldwide will offset the niceness of print. The iPad/Kindle wave is coming – ride it, don’t avoid it. Time to pivot.

      There’s an obvious question about comments… perhaps you can take the best comments from each post and ask the author for the right to republish – or even just republish and hopefully/probably nobody will sue you, or even ask pg to change the terms&conditions to grant an irrevocable license to HN to use the comments as you see fit, followed by an authorisation by HN for you to use the comments as you see fit.

      Apart from that, there’s also the question of how you’ll select the articles. Presumably votes aren’t enough by themselves, if you want to publish content that’s “timeless” you’ll have to do some selection. What kind of stuff will end up there? Erlang articles? Start-up wisdom? Scalability tricks? It seems to me that HN pumps out enough content on a weekly basis to produce at least a handful of such themed collections… not sure what the solution is there, but worth thinking about.

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    • When we landed back in the states recently after a long flight and got in a car to drive into the city, The Gotham Gal looked at me and said “why are you checking twitter and not email?” (as she was doing). I told her that email required a reply and twitter did not. And that I preferred twitter to email and always checked it first.
    • Ideally, that would leave the more important heavier weight communications in email. If it were only so. Email’s biggest problem is the inability to control other’s power to email you. That is also its greatest strength.
    • But social networking is the king of communications now. Long live the king.
    • There is a very interesting comment in Fred’s blog. Fred elects to do first what is easier and more fun. That is one of the great, but obvious, revelations of business. Customers want ease of use and fun.
    • the power of ease and fun – great observation JLM
    • love the topic, fred. i’ve maintained that the informal nature of business in 2010 is one of the biggest differences in this generation. people like to do business with others whom they like, and communicating via twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc is much more personable —> so why would this not be a natural progression?
    • of course it is social. but for me, way too much of email is work, hard work, and not fun in the least. it is a chore and i hate it. so that takes much of the social element out of email and that’s unfortunate
    • About 90% of social networking content is a waste of time… passing notes in jr. high study hall. Once you filter spam, a majority of email is real business content… quality stuff. Facebook = the worst of 1970-80s sitcom TV… opiate of the masses and a sign of our decline and fall. Foursquare? Is this an SNL skit? Who are these people? Don’t they have any real responsibilities in life?
    • that’s the same line of thinking that twitter is for telling people what you
      had for lunch

      you can keep your head in the sand and dismiss the power of this technology
      or you can wake up and take advantage of it

    • It feels as if there is something of a return to basics happening with the consolidation of communication through a social network. Way back when (admittedly, when I was a kid), the majority of social/business interactions of any meaning occurred face to face. That gave you a huge amount of information about the person with whom you were interacting.

      Email largely fractured that paradigm by divorcing the straight text of communication from a large amount of useful context (conveying subtlety through email remains difficult for most people). However, what it lost in context, it made up through rapidity and ease of distribution.

      Enter the social network as interface for communication. You have a much richer picture of the person communicating with you, but still have the efficiency gains provided by technology. It’s something of a middle ground between the extremes.

    • Can social networking truly surpass email when there is no single unified platform? If you need to reach someone typically you can count on them receiving an email. There are too many options for social networking communication – “should I use FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, etc. Which platform does this person prefer and check most regularly? I better just email…..wait, which email will they check first?….better yet, i’ll txt….”
      Privacy/content is also a factor in choosing a communication platform.
    • I think the evolution of social networking as a dominant form of communication represents our need for online channels that more accurately match our offline communication preferences/habits. Social networking is light, like casual conversations with friends. It is even better actually since it is not time or location dependent. Email has always been better for larger (size, importance, etc.) communications and not great for small banter. Social networking is filling these holes.
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    • Deciding the iPad might be the same way, I launched Notes app and gave serious typing another try. The iPad has taught me much about my typing habits. For instance, I never realized that I routinely rest fingers on keys that I’m not actually pressing, and I never knew how often my fingers brush keys on the way to the key that I want to press. On the iPad, these habits result in an astonishing number of extra characters appearing. Deciding to employ my iPhone habits of typing, and correcting later, I barrel ahead. But editing is as tedious on the iPad as it is on the iPhone. Instead of including virtual cursor keys, Apple decided to keep the tap-wait-move-little-tiny-handles-around approach to editing.

      I have a list of things that I would one day like to learn. I’m fairly certain that relearning to type is not on the list. I thought about moving the list to the iPad to look it over, but figuring out how to transfer the document was too complicated.

    • I’m approaching this all wrong. This is a media consumption device. I’m trying too hard to create things on it, I should go consume.
    • But again, there’s the glare. And the weight. And because the screen is so touch-sensitive, it’s hard not to accidentally turn pages.
    • I’m back in the virtual world of cyberspace, rather than relaxing on my couch with a physical object. Of course, the Kindle delivers electronic media, too, but the E Ink screen manages to trick me into feeling like I’m reading a book, not engaging with the media bubble.

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