I just read one of the most ludicrous articles about the fate of blogging. Is Blogging Dead? claims that Facebook and Twitter are going to destroy the blogging industry. It claims that Facebook’s own blogging platform is going to completely replace WordPress and Blogger sites. I’d like to take a few moments to discuss why this article was completely off base.
Many people don’t trust Facebook
Facebook has had a bad reputation for abusing the privacy of its users. No one can be sure how accurate this is. However, whether it’s accurate or not isn’t relevant. People are afraid to write anything on Facebook that they think may be tracked to them or sold to advertisers. They would rather use an independent blogging platform.
Steve Jobs says that the Lion has been inspired by their efforts with iOS, resulting in an expanded use of multitouch gestures, an emphasis on iPad-like full screen applications and an App Store for OS X (which will also be coming to Snow Leopard). The Launchpad application launcher will give an iPad-like grid of icons allowing you to create iOS-style folders for applications and finally the all-new Mission Control will offer a unified view of all open windows, apps and dock. Expect the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system; Lion to roll out in the summer of 2011.
For all those Mac or iOS developers hard at work coding ceaselessly, lest Santa thinks you’ve been naughty here’s some good news! Santa’s coming early, bringing with him Apple’s latest offering of a bunch of iOS and Mac development books in the iBookstore for Free!
The six developer guides may not appeal to non-coders, but for those hard-core, full blown coders, choose between titles like iOS Human Interface Guidelines, Object Oriented Programming With Objective-C, or Cocoa Fundamentals Guide. Wait a minute, you don’t have to choose, they are all gratis. The other three titles are The Objective-C Programming Language, iOS Technology Overview, and its thrilling sequel iOS Application Programming Guide.
You’ll need to fire up iBooks on your iPad or iPhone to get these books since Santa only climbs down these chimneys to drop off your presents. Apple says that these free books work best with the recently-released iBooks 1.2.
R.K. Laxman’s ‘The Common Man’ has been around watching India grow since her post Independence days and his never wavering gaze at the state of the country’s economy and harsh realities juxtapose daily living in this smorgasbord of cultures called India. Any technology that is open and allows more myriad transformations into various forms is warmly embraced in this part of the world since that flexibility allows it to filter down to the lower stratas of society. And so it is with Android as it is now being embraced by various manufacturers to power their low-cost phones.
Marketing has been used the same way for years. The strategy that marketers have used has gone something like this:
The company decides what they want the customer to think of their product.
The company yells to the customer to buy the product.
The company waits to see if the customer ever decides to purchase.
For years, this process may have worked. Companies just needed to get their message out more often than their competitors. However, in today’s world, customers are exposed to a lot of messages every day. A Google Answers thread shows that different sources have come up with different estimates. Some range as low as 247 (Consumer Reports), but the standard estimate is that a customer is exposed to 3,000 ads every day.
Though there has been much written, spoken, discussed and reported about open source software, there still seems to be a very small portion of the world that is using the open source software systems. It seems as though there is an apprehension amongst PC users to switch from the familiar Microsoft operating systems to GNU/Linux FOSS. However, lately the launch of the latest versions of several Open Source distributions has changed the scenario making the open source OS to be very similar to the Microsoft OS and sometimes even more convenient.
In light of this there is a new development in the technology world that has taken place. Renowned PC maker Dell has started to produce desktops and laptop notebooks that have in it installed the Ubuntu operating system, which apparently is the world’s leader in the open source OS market. It is not just that the Dell notebook or desktop would cost lesser with the open source OS, but there are additional benefits that come along with it too like, lesser cost of additional software, reduced lead-time to perform software registration and licensing formalities, little or no cost of upgrading the OS in the future and no problems are faced with regards to privacy.
A recent news story published by the Bloomberg Businessweek claimed that an Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer was found guilty of stealing certain source codes to use it for his new employer’s benefit. During the trial an argument put across by the defendant was that most of the codes that he stole were open source in nature. But the matter that caught most people’s attention was the fact that a financial institution like Goldman Sachs is also one amongst a plethora of open source code users.
LibreOffice comes as good news for those worried about Oracle’s recent decision to unplug OpenSolaris. OpenOffice.org users who have been worried could finally breathe a sigh of relief after a community of independent developers gave birth to their latest open source project named LibreOffice. Known as The Document Foundation, the independent OpenOffice.org community declared the first release candidate of LibreOffice which could well be the beginning of a brand new open source productivity suite.
In today’s connected world, have you ever looked back at the times when we had conversations with loved ones face to face, hand in hand or if that wasn’t possible we wrote them hand written letters on hand made paper adorned with hand crafted insignia or memorabilia? Nostalgic isn’t it? Today I’d rather meet people on Facebook, exchange notes on Twitter and read/send mail on my Blackberry. In fact I almost loathe having to make a telephonic conversation. Why can’t you just email/txt/IM me instead? And I’m no teeny bopper, I’m a man entering middle age mind you. So imagine today’s youth doomed with the prospect of no connectivity. How would they respond to such a world?
The idea started when Trent Mitchell, a video-production teacher at Shorecrest saw the movie The Social Network, a story about the founding of Facebook and wondered if his students could cut themselves off from text and Facebook. Mitchell, 36 told the students that he didn’t think they could tear themselves away from social media. Half the students said they could do it; the other half thought it was the worst idea they’d ever heard, he said. So he pulled in friend and teacher Marty Ballew, and together created The Social Experiment.
There has lately been enough pressure from three corners of the technology world on Apple, which has coerced it to change its policy control over the development of applications for its iPhones and iPads. At one corner of the ring is the developers’ community which has been highly dissatisfied with Apple’s strict policy on developing application software; at the other two corners are external forces, namely the Federal Trade Commission conducting a US antitrust investigation on the technology firm and Competition rising from rival Google’s Android software which plays a huge role in powering several mobile devices (Smartphones) other than iPhone.