openmoko, the first open source phone, is the way to go.
assuming the basic navigation is slick enough for basic users (OS groups are not really usability-inclined, but they’re paying close attention to it on this project, as I can see), there are some killer apps the comercial phones can never offer:
- vOIP (like, a skype, or better yet, a gizmo project port). some say the iphone is closed for new apps by fear of this very functionality
- cryptography. please. i pay too much every month for the crappy security carriers offer me. “boo-hoo, the men in black asked me for all your records, how can I say no to them?”
- ad-hoc networks: creates a bottom-up internet using wifi and bluetooth resources. fractal, the more apps available, the stronger the connection. already being used by the OLPC.
just ad-hoc networks and some bicycle battery charger (the more you pedal, the more you charge your phone) would be a godsend for decentralized communities.
I sent this tutorial to most of my friends, then other friends asked me to forward it, and finally I realized it would make a good post. duh!
reorganizing your sites on google reader is well worth it. think of it as the difference between hunter-gathering and agriculture: instead of hop on different pages to find what you want, you can herd all your websites in your own terms.
you have an account on google?
- if yep, go to: reader.google.com
- settings (up, right)
- goodies (on the orange tabs)
- and below, go to Subscribe as you surf
- drag the Subscribe… link to your bookmark list (yeah, that it, just drag it near the other links, it will find some room)
now, every time you visit a site you wanna subscribe,
- make sure there’s a RSS icon (in safari, it’s blue and near the URL. in firefox, it’s just an orange "waves" icon)
- if it is, click on Subscribe…
- google will relist the site/blog as a feed
- click on Subscribe again (the button top, right near expanded view )
- an orange box will appear telling you subscribed to the site…
- click in Add to a Folder (there’s no use to subscribe to something if you don’t know where it is)
- if you don’t have any folder, create New Folder… and use common names (i divide it in fashion, news, daily, brazil, tech, ecology, design…)
and that’s it.
Now for the fun part!
Can you see the share button at the bottom of each post you read? Can you make it a habit to click it every time you see something interesting, for me? It’s painless, and g.reader won’t load another page, so it’s fast too.
what does it do? it creates a remix blog, with all the posts you liked, in one place.
now I got why desktop-based RSS readers never got my attention… With google reader you can not only read (and manage) your sites anyplace but you can share your discoveries too. That’s the difference!
think of it as being a curator: instead of writing a blog, you select the blog posts you approve… and whoever reads your reblog get your tastes by your collections.
mine is here, and… can you see the RSS icon there? yep, you can subscribe to it and share what you like, recursively.
it’s a double-, triple-filtering of information, our own crowdsourced bullshit detector. try it… once you have enough posts, share your link with the world - post it on your blog, email signature, or send me an email and i’ll post a list here.
bruce schneier, as always, hitting on the nail.
Apple pulled it on the recording industry. First iTunes worked in partnership with the major record labels to distribute content, but soon Warner Music’s CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. found that he wasn’t able to dictate a pricing model to Steve Jobs. The same thing will happen here; after Vista is firmly entrenched in the marketplace, Sony’s Howard Stringer won’t be able to dictate pricing or terms to Bill Gates. This is a war for 21st-century movie distribution and, when the dust settles, Hollywood won’t know what hit them.
On June 16, 2006, Professor Lawrence Lessig gave a talk at the Center for American Progress entitled “The Withering of the Net: How DC Pathologies are Undermining the Growth and Wealth of the Net.” This talk was the second in a series of three. The first talk was Professor Yochai Benkler, the third featured Dave Farber and Vint Cerf.
In just under 40 minutes, Lessig delivered a stunning performance, documenting his assertion that the Internet was created by Republicans and discussing the Read Only (RO) and Read Write (RW) Internet(s). In those less than 40 minutes, Lessig hit the mark precisely on 457 slides. In the spirit of the RW Internet, we taped his performance and then mashed that up with his presentation materials.
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