These new MacBook Pros are underwhelming. Ugh.
Zac Bowden, writing for Windows Central:
Windows Update received some pretty significant upgrades with the May 2019 Update, and it’s good news for users. Microsoft is backing off its heavy-handedness when it comes to forcing updates onto users. Starting this month, users will no longer be forced to install new feature updates unless they explicitly click on an install button for it. You will still have to install security patches and driver updates, but the big feature updates won’t be forced straight away.
This alone is worth updating for.
I like to choose when to update my computer, especially when I’m working on a big project and I don’t want anything in my environment to change until I’m finished. No longer are Windows Updates forced until 18-months after they are released. That is more than enough time.
Lots of other nice updates as well.
Yesterday’s catch. Went for a hike with my nephews and I needed to keep my cool Uncle status intact so I caught this snapping turtle. Photo credit: Ethan.
I have at least 5 copies of every photo or video Eliza or I have ever taken. I need to take the time to write up how I do this.
Gjáin, Stangarvegur, Iceland – September, 2018
Earth’s history is written within it.
Neat feature from Micro.blog. Here is Manton Reece, from his personal blog, on the new feature:
You can now follow blogs in the Micro.blog timeline, even if the blogger hasn’t yet registered on Micro.blog.
Manton describes this feature as another type of “username”. I understand why he’s framing it that way but I’m unsure if it is the best way to describe it. A blog’s content being syndicated through Micro.blog, unwitting of the owner, isn’t a username. In fact, any interaction with those posts by the Micro.blog community may very well go wholly unnoticed by the owner of the site unless their site supports Webmentions. So these are hardly Micro.blog users.
Be that as it is, I am struggling myself with a better way to fully describe the different ways in which someone can use Micro.blog.
At current, here they are:
A powerful service!
This brings back memories of two services that had some interesting tip-toeing to do as a result of syndicating the content of another persons without their permission.
One, I had a lot to do with, which was 9rules. We crawled the content of all of the blogs within the community and kept a copy of a lot of their content. This allowed a few things. We had categories on the 9rules web site that made it easy for people to find blogs that interested them such as Tech, Culture, Food, etc. It also made search possible – so in a way, we had our own blog search engine. It was one of the first services of its kind on the web.
However, 9rules’ main income came from ads. Our homepage featured a few primary ad spots and some of our subsequent pages did as well. A few of the members wondered if we were profiting off of their content. A valid concern, one we didn’t intend, and I remember it being a topic of debate.
Another service I had nothing to do with, Get Satisfaction. This service created forums for people to ask questions and get answers and rate their favorite products and services. One reason it caused a kerfuffle was because the companies had no idea these conversations were happening and it made them look bad when a big issue with one of their products went unanswered. Many asked to be removed from it.
I don’t think Micro.blog will end up with ads but never say never. Also, I trust Manton and his team to be mindful of how they use this content and how they notify site owners of anything that is happening with that content on their platform. So far they’ve proven themselves to be careful, purposeful and altruistic.
Finally got around to watching Bezo’s Blue Origin presentation. Exciting stuff. An observation: I trust Bezos to pragmatically conquer space while Musk forces his way there. Two different approaches. Both needed.