Pondering the "get rich quick by blogging" type book I just reviewed, I came up with this thought - Those of us who make a living "online" are earning our living by filling the Internet with more content.
Chromebooks are now being joined by Chromebox's, and we should start to wonder whether Chrome devices will represent a whole new wave of computing platforms. That is, will Chrome devices take a place alongside Windows PC's, Mac's and Android/iOS mobile devices as a major computing platform? I'm typing this on a Chromebook and have to say the experience is pretty good, enough that I haven't used my Macbook Pro for several days where previously I'd used it daily.
My last blog post concerned how to install Skype and other applications on a Chromebook. The task is straight-forward and I believe the blog post is informative - but it generated some controversy. The controversy wasn't over the methodology, but why would I want to do that in the first place? Aren't Hangout's sufficient to replace Skype?
Chromebooks offer respite from antivirus software hassles, system maintenance hassles, and more. The idea is that with the Chrome web browser as the only user interface, people can compute in safety. But what about the whole slew of existing software that runs outside web browsers - Skype being just one example. What about video or audio editing? What about traditional word processors or spreadsheet applications? None of those run inside a web browser. Yet.
According to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a primary mastermind behind the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, the US War on Terror is based on lies. Back in 2001, Pres. George W. Bush told us that al Qaeda had attacked us because they hate our freedoms. Instead, they attacked the US because the US is occupying the Middle East, because the US needs to be there to ensure the flow of fossil oil that drives our machines, because the US dedicated itself to a fossil-fuel-driven lifestyle back in the 1940's and 1950's.
This week a federal appeals court overturned the FCC's ability to ensure open access to all websites. The details of what this means may get lost in the translation, but the image on the right encapsulates the problem very well. Now, with this ruling, Internet Service Providers will be able to block websites on a case-by-case basis for purely business reasons, and will be able to create a menu of addon "services" that we now enjoy for free.
We love our iPhone or iPad, they're beautiful machines, but try to do something Apple thinks you shouldn't do and you run into a brick wall. We live in a walled garden designed by Apple. It's a very pretty walled garden, but it can be frustrating at times. The example today is the desire to transfer those videos you own outright from your computer to your iOS device. Apple's preferred method to transfer stuff to an iOS device (iPhone, iPad) is through iTunes. The iOS devices are not, technically speaking, cloud computing devices, because Apple designed them to tether to iTunes.
We're moving towards Web3.0 which is supposedly about rich markup in web pages. The idea is to help sites like Google or Facebook to know more about your content, so the content can be presented better in search engine results or items shared on social networks. Are you as frustrated by trying to get good quality share's into Facebook or Twitter as I am? Then you need to learn about implementing these features in your website software.
Fortunately it's pretty straightforward to accomplish. The basic idea is to apply straight-forward web markup in specific, defined, ways.