Things like this just fall off of Warren when he’s taking his monthly bath, and it’s the most interesting thing I’ve read today.
The Sonic Bible was an internal document created by SOA to provide a localised history and overall philosophy for Sonic and the Sonic universe. It is apparently not based on the Japanese history.
The series bible for Sonic The Hedgehog from Sega’s launch of the first Sonic game in the US.
The short list of grievances: Twitter doesn’t support it, and may never. HTML5 omits
rev entirely. Atom uses the
self attribute for the very purposes that
rev="canonical" might be used for.
Not only is moot #1 with 12 times the votes of anyone else, but they spelled out a message with the first letter of each person’s name.
On Wednesday, one day after the price increase, the iTunes Top 100 chart had 40 songs priced at $1.29 and 60 with the original $0.99 price point. The $1.29 songs lost an average of 5.3 places on the chart while the $0.99 songs gained an average of 2.5 chart positions.
I don’t know if I buy it, but it makes about as much sense as Amazon being suddenly homophobic.
This is quickly turning into a PR coup for Amazon. The gist of this is that most of the books labeled as “adult” and made hard to find on Amazon’s site are lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual-themed, or even just LGBT-friendly. This is extremely bad form on the part of Amazon, as not showing up on best-seller lists or search pages can cripple the sales of a book. One of the books affected is “Unfriendly Fire” by Nathaniel Frank, which now doesn’t show up on bestseller lists on Amazon.com despite it’s selling of more copies than the entire Twilight series.
The #amazonfail tag on Twitter is spreading very quickly in response to this, and I encourage the use of it.
Adding features to applications is a constant trade-off between opposing forces. Sometimes adding to or changing software can be a hinderance both to the user and the developer in several ways.
Ego, Garrett Murray’s excellent iPhone application, was blocked by Google Analytics yesterday. Since support for GA is one of Ego’s advertised features, paying users are understandably upset. Garrett is a good developer, and I’ve been using his software for years (his application xPad was one of the first non-Apple bits of Mac software I ever purchased) but I think much of the user reaction to this issue was predictable and preventable.
Unlike many of the other stat-tracking widgets used in Ego, Google Analytics does not have an official API with which developers can retrieve data for use in applications. This means that to get the data at all, Ego has to use what I’d (not at all disdainfully) classify as a “hack”; Getting at useful information in an unsupported way. The problem with this is that the average user has no reason to suspect that Google Analytics portion of his $2 iPhone application may stop working without any prior warning. This is a case of the classic “stopped working for no reason” that developers hear all the time. There is a reason, and it’s a pretty simple one, but the user has no frame of reference for it. What’s more,the user has absolutely no reason to know the reason. It’s not their job. They just saw a feature list and clicked buy.
Here’s a screen shot of the features section of the Ego application page on the iTunes store:
You can see here that the Google Analytics feature is listed right next to services with officially supported APIs, such as Feedburner and Twitter.
What this says to the user is “these features are equal, and just as likely to work” which we now know isn’t the case. A lot of applications do things like this, and the intent isn’t malicious- the average user just genuinely doesn’t know and doesn’t need to know what an API is, or what has one and what doesn’t.
Since there is no “official” way to include Google Analytics data, the GA widget is a trade-off between feature set and usability. Unofficial means that it’s more likely to stop working “for no reason.” Unofficial means that Google can change whatever they like whenever they like, and you just have to eat it, like Garrett is doing now.
He’s is obviously a smart guy, and I’m sure he weighed the pros and cons of including support for Google Analytics in the first place, but I’m also pretty sure he’s second guessing that decision at least a little bit today. This isn’t to say that he made the wrong one- I don’t think he did- but that the way in which application features are presented to users create expectations for those features that may have unintended consequences for developers.
Apparently, the co-writer of “Never Gonna Give You Up” has made a total of about 16 dollars from YouTube views of the song’s video. The article doesn’t say how much he’s made from other revenue streams. I find it impossible to believe that the Rickroll meme didn’t make him plenty of money from things like increased radio play, sales on iTunes, and so forth.
Aristotle Pagaltzis suggests some changes to John (and my) implementation of the DiggBar block.
As a big fan of telling people when they’re Doing It Wrong, I’m happy to announce Diggbarred. Diggbarred is a new plugin from myself and Shawn Medero, using John Gruber’s original blocking code in an easy-to-activate form. You can fork, modify, or otherwise mutilate the code on Github.
John Gruber has a decent solution for blocking the DiggBar on his site, Daring Fireball, if you’d like to completely block all Digg traffic.
I’m going to whip up a WordPress Plugin for this today.
The AP threatens an AP affiliate for embedding videos from the AP’s own YouTube account. It’s like watching a drunk vomit on himself.
The Associated Press announcement addresses pricing, licensing, and legal threats. There is no statement made about the credibility of the information being published through these online channels, nor whether the act of aggregating and disseminating news this way has an impact on its accuracy or accountability.
I agree, entirely. What is at issue here is the attitude. My favorite writers right now (such as John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Andy Baio) are my favorites precisely because they care about one thing: creditability. They want their opinions and ideas to be credible not due to their stature as people, but due to the strength of their ideas and words themselves. This matters.