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Domain Transfer 🔗
Domain Transfer 🔗
It’s weird thinking about the way that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine creates deep side effects that have little to do with the original goals of the conflict.These complexities have helped to stress-test our broader global culture. It’s been eye-opening, in a way, to see how quickly companies have shifted their models and their messaging because of the conflict—whether it’s Starbucks or McDonald’s shuttering stores or DuckDuckGo welcoming outcry from conservatives by admitting it’s going to down…
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Domain Transfer 🔗
Congratulations, You’ve Been Platformed 📫
Congratulations, You’ve Been Platformed 📫
It’s strange to think that I knew what Substack was as soon as it was put in front of me. But I did—it was an attempt to wrap email in a platform, with promising initial promises, but the goal of strengthening Substack itself.Sure, there were a lot of things about Substack that looked good at the outset—the fact that they effectively gave the platform away for free was a vast improvement over the model of charging money after you reached a certain subscriber size—but every new publisher that jo…
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Congratulations, You’ve Been Platformed 📫
Redesigning the Nail 🔨
Redesigning the Nail 🔨
I guess it can be said that when you have a great hammer, everything looks like a nail.And the multitouch interface was a pretty good hammer for Apple as a company, changing the way that its users interacted with its technology solutions over time.But Apple is the kind of company that thinks differently about nails.Maybe Apple has been afraid of seeing the main interface of the Mac as a nail, which is why its screens haven’t made the leap to touch despite the technology being there for years an…
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Redesigning the Nail 🔨
Semiconductor Second Chance 🇪🇺
Semiconductor Second Chance 🇪🇺
No, it’s not really a surprise at this point that the much-talked-about deal between NVIDIA and ARM has been called off. It was clearly a bad move for the industry, as it would have made every company in the field dependent on a firm that is arguably a direct competitor.The European Union, the United States, and United Kingdom each pushed back against the deal, which started at a valuation of $38.5 billion, but continued to grow in value as ARM’s stock soared during the pandemic. But the signs …
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Semiconductor Second Chance 🇪🇺
Numlock Sunday: Ernie Smith on the Swift end of a music record
Numlock Sunday: Ernie Smith on the Swift end of a music record
By Walt Hickey Welcome to the Numlock Sunday edition. This week, I spoke to Ernie Smith who writes the Tedium and Midrange newsletters. A week ago he had a great story, ‘A Chart-Record Feast 🎶’ in Midrange. Here's what I wrote about it: Last week saw two milestones on the music charts. The first is that “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, and at
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Numlock Sunday: Ernie Smith on the Swift end of a music record
Bring back Web1 🕸
Bring back Web1 🕸
As someone who closely follows the ebbs and flows of the internet, I can’t help but find the sudden, overwhelming hype around “Web3,” essentially the blockchainification of the internet, to be something of a massive bubble.As anyone who has read a Gartner report can tell you, hype cycles tend to crest before they dissipate, and might bounce back after all that.But I think the reason why so many have become overexcited about the possibility of Web3 taking over the internet has much less to do wi…
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Bring back Web1 🕸
Money Breaks Things 💸
Money Breaks Things 💸
As Substack reports a million paid subscribers to its newsletters this week, I’m often left wondering what might have happened to the newsletter space had Substack remained a business that only grew as its audience did.Substack started out as a company with a pitch that anyone who wanted to could start a paid newsletter and, with the right amount of work, claim financial independence. But at some point, the company broke this essential model by beginning to accept venture capital money, culmina…
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Money Breaks Things 💸
The Great Linux Tablet Hope
The Great Linux Tablet Hope
One definite trend with a lot of my writing tends to be a desire to give new types of gadgets a shot before much of the rest of the world gets their hands on them.This doesn’t necessarily mean things like new MacBooks or Surface devices—I don’t have the connections for things like that just yet. But I have found a little niche as someone who writes about new things before they’ve really found an audience or a market.And with that in mind, I’m writing this in Ghostwriter, a Linux app, on a JingP…
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The Great Linux Tablet Hope
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“I should make a phone app that’s nicer than the iPhone’s built in phone app, submit it, and see what happens. It would let me answer calls on an Android phone by transmitting the signal there directly. Of course I will call the app Carterfone. https://t.co/MH4rI08oVp”
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“@NeoYokel It might amuse you to know, given your comments, that I at one point jokingly considered reviewing this by directly comparing it to the OnePlus 9 Pro, but decided against it. I do think external input like you suggest would be useful.”
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Porting A Port 📲
Porting A Port 📲
An engineer wanted a USB-C port on his iPhone, so he hacked one in himself. It’s the ultimate manifestation of “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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Porting A Port 📲
Best Of: The Lone Coder | Revue
Best Of: The Lone Coder | Revue
A letter of appreciation to the guy who spent years developing one of the few modern web browsers for vintage Macs.Editor’s note: I’m taking the week off this week from MidRange. While I’m out, I’m going to share some of my favorite issues from the past nine months. These pieces will run as they did when they were written, with no changes.
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Best Of: The Lone Coder | Revue
Two Visions of the Future 💻 | Revue
Two Visions of the Future 💻 | Revue
Between Microsoft and a buzzy laptop manufacturer, two separate visions are floating around out there of more sustainable computer upgrade paths for consumers. Maybe we should just be glad that folks are thinking long-term.
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Two Visions of the Future 💻 | Revue
Did Tumblr Miss Its Shot? 🏒
Did Tumblr Miss Its Shot? 🏒
Tumblr has all the elements to be a successful social network, including (now, at least) a monetization strategy that could make sense for both creators and the network itself. But they may have waited too long—and its community may not be as flexible as its owners are.
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Did Tumblr Miss Its Shot? 🏒
How 10 Old TV Networks Went Off the Air
How 10 Old TV Networks Went Off the Air
Analyzing the complicated state of affairs, and the long goodbyes, that come when one TV network or cable channel replaces another. Here are 10 examples.
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How 10 Old TV Networks Went Off the Air
The Power of Structure 📝 | Revue
The Power of Structure 📝 | Revue
For some people (read: me), the secret to being able to create is having a little tension. Which is to say: The deadline is an important element of the work.
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The Power of Structure 📝 | Revue
Utopia Is Complicated 🌎 | Revue
Utopia Is Complicated 🌎 | Revue
The problem with the old internet isn’t that we treat it like the good old days of digital utopia; it’s that we don’t have enough detail about it to properly understand it with the depth and nuance it deserves.
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Utopia Is Complicated 🌎 | Revue