Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: web

Another stupid article about blogs

In the LA Times, journalism prof Michael Skube writes a meaningless and silly article that argues… well nothing really … or sort of that bloggers are all opinion, no fact, and that’s a waste of everyone’s time. Title? “Blogs: All the noise that fits: The hard-line opinions on weblogs are no substitute for the patient […]

nyt & wsj to be set free?

Mathew Ingram reports that the Wall Street Journal and NY Times may drop their paid registration wall, that keeps some content closed except to those who pay a yearly subscription fee ($50 for NYTimes). Says Ingram: But if both the Times and the Journal are making money from their online subscription services – which they […]

blogs and presidential politics

KOS hosts a yearly convention for progressive political bloggers. This year most of the Democratic presidential candidiates attended. If you are sick of the crap that passes for debate in mainstream media, have a look at where all the biggies in the Dem field stand on the issues, courtesy of the KOS event, and PoliticsTV: […]

Hosting a party in the digital age

Next time you host a big party with many different people, why not set up a web page with URLs of attendees, so people can figure out if there is anyone they’d like to talk to? Was just at a wedding this weekend, and luckily ended up chatting with Jason and Kirsten … (whose blogs […]

Trust on the Web

1. World Cup Tickets I am going to France for a couple of weeks in September…”coincidently” during the Rugby World Cup. We confirmed our trip after all the legit tickets for matches I would like to see had sold out. But I’d like to go to a game… so I searched on Craigslist, found someone […]

$700 Million

For this. Money well spent.

Facebook as platform

From Marc Andreessen: Why Facebook is an important, perhaps revolutionary step in the evolution of the web…and what plugging into the platform means (great, long article, and here are some juicy bits): Metaphorically, Facebook is providing the ease and user attraction of MySpace-style embedding, coupled with the kind of integration you see with Firefox extensions, […]

gov.gc.ca says: firewho?

Straight from our government: UPDATE: Safari doesn’t work either, despite what it says here.

Deleting a Facebook account

Steve explores what it takes to delete your Facebook account (and all the data in there). Says the helpful Lucy of the Facebook Team: Hi Steven, If you deactivate, your account is removed from the site. However, we save all your profile content (friends, photos, interests, etc.), so if you want to reactivate sometime, your […]

Mirror on Atwater Digital Literacy Project

The Mirror’s got an article on the Atwater Digital Literacy Project, nicely done. Here’s the lede: Give a kid a video camera and they’ll fiddle around with the buttons, but teach a kid how to make movies and they’ll be feverishly posting to YouTube in no time—or at least that’s the idea behind the Atwater […]