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A Way off the Ranch

As entities on the Web, we have devolved. Client-server has become calf-cow. The client—that's you—is the calf, and the Web site is the cow. What you get from the cow is milk and cookies. The milk is what you go to the site for. The cookies are what the site gives to you, mostly for its own business purposes, chief among which is tracking you like an animal. more>>

FourthParty is here

Back in March of '09, I posted Get ready for fourth party services here, calling them "a classification for user-driven services" and "a place where a vast new marketplace can open up, serving customers first". more>>

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Getting the Twain to Meet

I was riding around with Scott Bradner the other day when he uttered a piece of wisdom that brought great clarity to the black-hole argument-sink that network neutrality has become — and which had been depressing me for so long that I had all but given up trying to get past it. more>>

Some lessons from Bruce Steinberg

Bruce Steinberg was the best Linux Journal reader I ever had, qualifying on the grounds of correspondence volume alone. His letters to this one editor were always long, and always thick with good humor, good advice, and rich history. Bruce was a Unix/Linux geek of the first water, and worked for many years at SCO, long before that "brand" was shamed at the end of its life. more>>

Wanted: More Open Source Research

Look up open source. You'll get 203,000,000 results. How come? more>>

Open Source Tweeting

Can we liberate tweeting from Twitter? It's an open question. And it's one that Dave Winer hopes we can answer, in response to his post We need: An open source Twitter shell. He begins, It would do more or less exactly what the website does. Same prefs, same commands, same user experience. Think Apache for the Twitter user interface. more>>

Rupert Murdoch vs. The Web

Are the fights that matter just the ones between giant companies? Doesn't the health of the Net and the Web matter more than any commercial battles? more>>

Go track yourself

Are you tired of being hunted down by marketers following your digital crumb-trail? more>>

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