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As for that entanglement among stories, Mr. Williams has conceded that it’s “confusing.” But this ambiguity isn’t a bug. It’s an essential feature of the business plan. The goal is to create the illusion that everything on Medium belongs to one editorial ecosystem, as if it’s the New York Times.
But unlike the Times, Medium pays for only a small fraction of its stories. The rest are submitted—for free—by writers like you. After a long time being elusive about its business model, Medium revealed that it plans to make money by—surprise!—selling advertising. This means displaying ads, but also collecting and selling data about readers and writers. So Medium will extract revenue from every story, whether it paid for that story or not.
In truth, Medium’s main product is not a publishing platform, but the promotion of a publishing platform. This promotion brings readers and writers onto the site. This, in turn, generates the usage data that’s valuable to advertisers. Boiled down, Medium is simply marketing in the service of more marketing. It is not a “place for ideas.” It is a place for advertisers. It is, therefore, utterly superfluous.
“But what about all the writing on Medium?” The measure of superfluity is not the writing on Medium. Rather, it’s what Medium adds to the writing. Recall the question from above: how does Medium improve the Internet? I haven’t seen a single story on Medium that couldn’t exist equally well elsewhere. Nor evidence that Medium’s editing and publishing tools are a manifest improvement over what you can do with other tools.
In sum—still superfluous.
As writers, we don’t need companies like Medium to tell us how to use the web. Or define openness and democracy. Or tell us what’s a “waste of [our] time” and what’s not. Or determine how and where readers experience our work. We need to decide those things for ourselves.
Matthew Butterick expresses in his piece one of the main reasons on why I’m not sold with Medium, and still prefer to publish everything I want over a space I can really control. Thanks to my pal Andrea Contino for pointing me to Matt’s article…
During last week I got in touch with Lisa Smith from the BlueBerry Labs, a web design studio that makes also some nice infographic. Lisa asked me to have a look at some of their work, which I found entertaining enough to share with you.
Earlier this morning I was playing with Google Fonts over my self-hosted italian blog, so the following infographic seemed appropriate…
Ever come across a large zip or dmg file you wanted to download on your iPhone? Of course, you can’t do it. But with Transloader, you can. How? Transloader lets you download URLs from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch directly to your Mac via iCloud.
With Transloader you can get the URLs to any kind of file you discover while reading an email, a feed or a post while you’re on the move with your iPhone (or iPad and iPod touch too) and it will sync them to your Mac for download. The iOS app is freely available, while the OS X “client” is the application you pay for.
The app is extremely useful – to me at least!!! – and Matthias Gansrigler is that cool kind of developer always willing to give an hand, offer support and – amazingly – even promo codes to his most loyal followers (don’t you believe me? check him out!).
Originally posted on Der Flounder:
Part of Oracle’s new install application for Java is a binary named MacJREInstaller. This application appears to be what installs Java and governs whether or not the Ask.com toolbar gets deployed.
For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.
Based on observation, when running the Java install application, MacJREInstaller appears to run the following tasks:
1. Checks to see if it can contact the internet
2. If it can contact the internet, checks back with Oracle to see what country it’s in. Oracle apparently is selective about which nations it wants to have the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar installed (thanks to a Canadian colleague’s testing, it appears Canada is not one of the nations.)
3. If it determines the Mac in question is in a country where Oracle wants to deploy the Ask.com browser settings and toolbar…
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Via @saddington I’ve discovered the birth of a new Apple-related podcast. I’m not really into them, since I don’t have any free time to listen speeches… and during my daily 45 minutes car driving commute between work/home I need music to relax from the stress of uneducated italian drivers.
What hit me is the look & feel of the website. Which isn’t new at all, but I dig it anyway…
published by Nicola Losito (@koolinus) on 6 Feb 2015 at 10:25 PST on Instagram
When you see the new Ducati Monster 1200 S in person, it seems a really big and bulky bike, but once you’re upon it disappears and becomes the small & fast & furious two-wheels we’ve all learned to love in those last 22 years…
Another interesting read for the day, this time from Forbes…