How iOS9 will change the Ad market. For good.

We feel cheated and rightly so. As users, we understand that we’re not really entitled to free browsing; we pay our bills with our selves: When The Product Is Free, We Are the Product. The problem is that we feel betrayed when we find out we’ve been overpaying. We’re being exploited — and it’s not even done nicely. (Apply your favorite metaphor, here.)Losing trust is bad for the bottom line – no economy can function well without it. When you lose the consumer’s trust, you’re condemned to a chase for the next wave of suckers. Even sites that get us to pay for access to their content play questionable advertising and tracking games.Publishers who rise to condemn new (and still unproven) ad-blocking features on iOS and OS X ought to ask themselves one question: Who needs whom the most?

Source: What The Ad Blocker Debate Reveals | Monday Note

Iraanse blogger: voor dit internet ging ik niet zes jaar de gevangenis in

De Iraanse blogger Hossein Derakhshan zat zes jaar in de Iraanse gevangenis, vanwege dat rijke, afwisselende internet, waarvan hij veel hield. Maar dat internet bestaat niet meer, ontdekte hij na zijn vrijlating. “Het huidige web is slechts entertainment.”

Source: Iraanse blogger: voor dit internet ging ik niet zes jaar de gevangenis in

How links are dissapearing and take the web with it

Some networks, like Twitter, treat hyperlinks a little better. Others, insecure social services, are far more paranoid. Instagram — owned by Facebook — doesn’t allow its audiences to leave whatsoever. You can put up a web address alongside your photos, but it won’t go anywhere. Lots of people start their daily online routine in these cul de sacs of social media, and their journeys end there. Many don’t even realize that they’re using the Internet’s infrastructure when they like an Instagram photograph or leave a comment on a friend’s Facebook video. It’s just an app.

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The Pleasure of Do-It-Yourself Slow Computing | The New Republic

This blogpost sums up big chunks of the reasons why I set up as a blog in the first place.

Now my calendars, contacts, and backup files all sync with a free-and-open program called ownCloud, which McClelland maintains on the May First servers. None of that information about me churns through Google anymore. OwnCloud is like an adolescent lovechild of Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts—plus whatever other apps people create as plug-ins. A hobby of mine is trolling programmers on Twitter to get them to make more.

Source: The Pleasure of Do-It-Yourself Slow Computing | The New Republic