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I kinda like Shingy

Reading this interview by Business Insider with David Shing was really good – sounds like he’s a super nice guy. And so underserving of the hurtful outpouring from so many back in February (here’s a taste).

In his case he’s taken it all in his stride, and hopefully will actually benefit from it (in terms of exposure, which then turns positive).

I’ve never really understood name calling in  popular tech reporting – it seems so childish and cruel. But in this case it’s interesting – they picked on him about his appearance. That it seems, is still fine for media to do…

Perhaps ‘appearance’ is the last remaining area media can pick on and still get away with. […]

What if the NSA gets hacked?

The extremes of the web are present in two related articles this week.

First let’s hear from Tim Berners-Lee, commenting 25 years after his first proposal for the web (as we know it today) was written:
“Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”
and further:
“Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So I want […]

Try to find anyone being positive about Newsweek’s Bitcoin founder article

Here’s a quick game to play – try to find anyone saying anything positive about Newsweek at the moment. Their recent ‘scoop’ got tons of coverage, but it turned negative pretty quickly. Check out the comments on their own followup statement about the story. It’s almost as if they’re encouraging the negativity by putting in closing statements like this:
Moreover, it encourages all to be respectful of the privacy and rights of the individuals involved.
Amongst many others, Pando does a pretty good job of putting the boot in.

The sad thing in all this is that Newsweek will  be benefiting greatly from all this additional coverage – I don’t often read articles from a  site […]

Getty Images allowing embedding of millions of images for free

This could be handy if you like to use images on your site and in blog posts etc. Getty has announced that many (approx 35 Million) of their images can be used for free on sites, as long as they are embedded using the Getty embed code (it’s an iFrame basically, but includes Getty branding and other guff).

Look for the embed button on images (if there’s no embed button, then you can’t use it for free):

There’s a few terms and conditions (eg you can’t use them in advertising or promotions etc):
Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not […]

Highly Paid Interns

A report from Glassdoor got picked up by the NYT and is getting some attention. Turns out some interns are highly paid, with the top interns getting $7K per month base. That’s pretty good alright.

The report itself is pretty thin – the requirements were that the companies analysed had to have at least 20 interns work there (yep, just 20 to qualify) over the 2 year period of the study. And they (obviously) had to have submitted to the glassdoor survey. So, I’m a little wary that the results are pretty skewed.

But that said, it’s probably not much of a surprise – in technology companies that are racing to the top (and garnering $19B […]

Social Intent

Back in 1971 Herbert A Simon noted the rising abundance of information and, in turn, the scarcity of attention:
…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
His views are likely the foundation of what we refer to now as the attention economy.

If we agree with the notion (and I do) that attention is one of our scarcest resources, then it […]

Disposable Diamonds

It’s a strange video that Apple has put together for their iPhone 5 marketing. The first half is OK, with details about size and features (ie that’s the ‘benefits’ part), but the second half goes off on a self-congratulatory wank about manufacturing process and finish. Apple has always been praised for their design and construction, so it seems strange that they’d feel the need to spend close to 2 minutes of prime video time ramming this home.

The reason, I’m guessing, is that Apple doesn’t have much else to differentiate with.
“What makes iPhone 5 so unique is the way it feels in your hand.” - Jony Ive

Whereas a year ago Apple lead the smart phone market in […]

What Would I Know?

You know when you read lazy tech reporting and it just wastes your time? Yeah, I hate that. People who don’t really know much, but are more than happy to share their ill-informed opinions. Or worse, they’re a walking case study for ignorance parading as opinion… yeah, we all hate that.

So, why do I feel the need to contribute more of the same?

Well, basically, I find that writing down my thoughts helps me clarify them. The final result might well still be flawed, but it’s a lot better than where I started. And perhaps, if I’m extremely lucky, there might be some snippet of an idea that could stimulate you, dear reader.

As always, comments […]

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WARNING: DW024: The payload: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Core Error

If you’ve experienced the DW024 error when attempting to install Adobe Photoshop or one of the Adobe Creative Suites, then the following may help. The bottom line: Uninstall Adobe Reader. First, here’s an example of the error message: WARNING: DW024: The payload: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Core {08EF22BC-43B2-4B4E-BA12-52B18F418F38} requires a UI parent with following specification: Family: Photoshop Product Name: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Core_x64 This parent relationship is not satisfied, because this payload is not present in this session. There’s also DW033 and DW036 variations. I had this error when […]