we don’t need Medium

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…

Transloader, download a file on your Mac while working with your iPhone / iPad

Transloader running on a Mac

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.

Today, thanks to TwoDollarsTuesday, this amazing app by Matthias Gansrigler – founder & main developer of Eternal Storms Software – has been available with a stunning -67% discounted price.

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!).

MacJREInstaller and Oracle’s Java install application

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.

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For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.

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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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enters Macintosh.fm

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…

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Ducati Monster 1200S

kOoLiNuS over the new Ducati Monster 1200S
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…