Archive for December, 2012

→ Thomas Hawk on Compares Terms of Service

This might come as a surprise1, but Thomas’ analysis makes it sound like Google might be the most protective of photographer’s rights:

Google+’s TOS tends to provide photographers greater protection with a provision that your content there can be used for the “limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our services, and to develop new ones.” Nothing about selling off your photos to third parties there, folks.

I am going to have to dig into these before I make my decision on what my “new Instagram” will be.


  1. A surprise because of Google’s reputation regarding privacy. 

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→ Report: data caps just a “cash cow” for Internet providers

What? No. Really? I never would have guessed that.

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→ Longer Game of Thrones Episodes Coming this Season

Only a few more minutes per episode, but it should end up to an additional hour over the course of the whole season. Works for me.

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→ Apple’s System Status Page

A good resource for figuring out which Apple services are running smoothly and which might be having problems.

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→ 1Password 4 now available for iOS

iPassword 41 is now available in the iOS App Store. As you might expect, there has already been a ton of writing about it:

So far, I like what I see.


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Hot in Fever – Google Maps for iOS Released

Currently hot in my Fever instance – Google Maps for iOS Released

The day people who have upgrade to iOS 6 have been waiting for has finally arrived!1

Links related to this:


  1. Okay, that might be a littler hyperbolic. 

→ S.F. supervisors back micro-apartments

A 220-square-foot apartment? I am getting claustrophobic just thinking about it.

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→ Braylon Edwards re-signs with Jets, reunites with decision-makers he called ‘idiots’

Once again, the New York Jets bring me joy this NFL season.

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→ Instacast’s Automatic Download Management

The developer of Instacst1 explains why he made changes to the management of downloaded files in Instacast:

To recap, Instacast 2 had a myriad of settings to control automatic download and automatic deletion of content. This let to a number of issue. First, Instacast 2 had problems always enforcing all settings as a lot of them were in conflict with each other. This let to situations where you thought Instacast should automatically download the content of a particular episode, but didn’t and vice versa. Same with automatic deletion, it could happen that you fell asleep and suddenly Instacast had deleted the content and you had to re-download it all over again.

and how he addressed it:

I came up with the concept of moving the content management into settings and have access to manual management right from there. This has the advantage of not needing to go into every single episode to delete the content, plus people are not confused anymore what “Delete Episode” means. Then I removed all auto-deletion features and replaced them with only one rule: “Delete the content, when you have to”…, because you run out of space. Instacast then would start deleting content of old episodes first as long as they haven’t been marked as favorite.

Personally, I really like the changes2, but I can understand why there will be other tweaks coming:

I will make some changes in Instacast 3.1. I will add two options that have to be enabled manually. You will be able to configure automatic deletion of content after an episode finished playing or as soon as the episode gets marked as played. Both of these options can be overwritten in subscription specific settings. I will also make some adjustments to the indicators Instacast is giving in the hope to remove the confusion. And finally I will grey out episodes in the “Offline Storage” settings that had already been played.

To me, this sounds like making a good solution even better. Of course, I wonder if it will be enough to placate the people who want it “back the way it was.”


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  2. I do admit they took a little getting used to, but the whole system works much better once you understand it. 

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→ Sporting News end its print edition

I stopped reading when they made their big shift in focus from baseball to football. Still, it is sad to see a magazine that I spent so much time with as a youngster fold.

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→ New Fantasyland Opens with Two Ceremonies

I am looking forward to visiting over Christmas. Of course, I imagine it’s going to be an absolute zoo.

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→ College Republicans poised to elect first female national chair

Good luck to Alex Smith1. I hope she wins.


  1. Not 49ers QB Alex Smith. 

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→ ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Jr. thinks Tajh Boyd, DeAndre Hopkins should return

Come on guys, listen to Uncle Mel. Stick around and play in Death Valley for another year.

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→ Tagliabue Vacates NFL Bounty Suspensions

The ruling seems to conflict with itself. He “affirmed Goodell’s findings,” but he has also vacated the suspensions? It will be interesting to see how both sides spin this.

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→ Jonah Keri on the Wil Myers Trade

This is a terrible trade for the Royals, deeply flawed in both its theory and execution, and while it might make the Royals marginally more likely to make the playoffs in 2013, it does irreparable damage to their chances of building a perennial winner.

If you cannot tell yet, Jonah is not a fan of this trade.

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→ Loving the “Traditional” Media

“We started a Web site, but NBC refused to let us put the address on any of our ads because they didn’t want people to know the Internet existed. They were worried about losing viewers to it.”

Judd Apatow in The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks.

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→ MG Siegler Responds to a Tumblr Comment

This might be a little immature, but it made me bust out laughing.

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→ Rob Neyer Breaks down the History of the Tampa Bay Rays

In 2007, the Rays finished in last place with a worse record than that of the 2012 Royals; in 2008, the Rays played in the World Series. And the Rays did have a lot of young players in ’08.

I hate the Rays.

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→ Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette leaving Swamp Thing with #18

With Snyder leaving, I am almost sure to drop this book. There is a very short list of writers that might get me to stay on it.

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→ Know your Dwarves

Just in case you need a refresher before The Hobbit comes out on Friday.

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