Colin Devroe

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What I saw this week #56 – February 15, 2019

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Large companies aren’t good homes for beloved services

(I had no idea what to title this post.)

Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode earlier this year, re: Verizon shuttering relatively large services they’ve purchased over the years rather than “bothering” to sell them off (like they did with Flickr):

So if Verizon thinks a property with 100 million users is better off dead than sold, think of all the other random properties it might have slated for the deadpool.

A revealing tidbit in this is K. Guru Gowrappan regretting the sale of Flickr because it took too long and was too expensive of a transaction. I’m glad they did. I want Flickr to continue to exist and I’m sure there are millions more that would too.

Large companies are not good homes for beloved services. We are living in an age of the internet where if a service isn’t at hundreds-of-millions of users and throwing off tons of profit they simply aren’t worth the time for companies the size of Verizon or Google. Both of these companies have enormous cemeteries in their backyards of things they’ve built or bought and shuttered regardless of their usage or loyal users.

Over the last year I’ve moved my use of platforms, services, or products to things I can control long term or are open source. Examples include my photo management process no longer being reliant on the cloud, my content all being on my own domain, and my site being on my own infrastructure. I still have more work to do but I want to future proof as much of the stuff I care about as I can.

Next project (referenced here) is nearly ready for beta testers. Need more 10 super active users to help provide quality and constructive feedback. Send me an email if you’d like to be on the list.

I’ve been giving Brave a try. I converted some Bitcoin into BAT (Brave’s Attention Token) so that I can “tip” various sites. Interesting model though I can see why the ad replacement technique is controversial (if not downright criminal?). Looking forward to seeing where this evolves.

What I saw this week #55 – February 8, 2018

I want to be regular with this series. I do. I’ve just been busy. Sorry. Here are some links that you might find interesting. I did.

I wonder how much collective design and development time the industry has lost to implementing Dark Mode. It seems like every platform, every app has spent a fair amount of time on this. What was lost as a result?

I’m not against Dark Mode. I’m just wondering what other features, speed improvements, accessibility improvements, battery saving improvements did we go without for Dark Mode-ing all the things?

Podcasting is the new blogging. Large, well funded companies will try to lock it down and silo it. Will it happen again? Is Spotify the Facebook/Twitter of Podcasting? Time will tell.

I’m experiencing a bit of a reading log jam and I’m having mixed feelings about it. Zero books completed in January. I’m in the middle of Orwell’s 1984 and can’t seem to pick the book back up. I’m spending far more time photo editing, YouTube, Twitter, reading blogs, writing, and working on a side project.