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Weaning Myself from Microsoft, Google, Apple Etc.

dangillmor.com — My new piece at Medium's Backchannel site is the beginning of an exploration into why I'm trying to avoid the big companies' technology lock-in.

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

medium.com:443 — I'm putting more trust in communities than corporations When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning its first big surge. Back then, I advised my readers to avoid the semi-political, even religious battles that advocates of this or that technology platform seemed to enjoy.

When tech companies betray consumers, why don't they own up?

slate.com — Why are corporations inclined toward denials when embarrassing problems are discovered? Two cases in the past week offer some clues-and illustrate how companies can respond vastly better in such situations. Both revelations involved technology companies. Lenovo had installed some awful third-party software on a number of consumer-marketed personal computers running...

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

medium.com — I'm putting more trust in communities than corporations When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning its first big surge. Back then, I advised my readers to avoid the semi-political, even religious battles that advocates of this or that technology platform seemed to enjoy.

Obama endorses, then undermines, encryption.

slate.com — President Obama talked a surprising amount of common sense on his trip last week to Silicon Valley, where he spoke at a "cybersecurity" gathering at Stanford University. But he undermined some noteworthy remarks about strong encryption-we need it, he said-with the kind of fear-monger hedging that has become almost every...

David Carr, R.I.P.

dangillmor.com — One of contemporary journalism's unique characters is gone. David Carr, a good and generous and talented soul, collapsed in the New York Times newsroom last night, and just like that, his days with us were over. His 58 years were an amazing saga, as the Times' lovely-and loving-obituary makes clear.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler backs net neutrality, regulating broadband as utility.

slate.com — It looks like I was wrong about Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler-and there's not much that could please me more. Last April, I overflowed with cynicism about a trial balloon coming out of Wheeler's office. This proposal, for Internet "fast lanes," would have been an explicit defeat for the...

A way for tech companies to get around government gag orders.

slate.com — Let's imagine a world where telecommunications providers and online services pay more than lip service to users' privacy and security. In such a place, they send an email to every customer and user each morning, with words to this effect: "As of this date, we have not received any requests...

We Need an Uber for Hearing Aids

medium.com — Millions of people suffer hearing loss when the hair cells in their cochlea die. Chickens-those lucky devils-don't have this problem Too bad the old saying, "You are what you eat," isn't really true. If it was, given my frequent craving for roast chicken, I'd probably have better hearing. Why?

Politicians always think surveillance is the answer.

slate.com — Why do they hate our freedoms so much, anyway? I'm not talking about the murderers who cut their destructive swath through Paris last week, or their beyond-radical acolytes and advocates who think speech should be a capital offense. No, this is about the people who say they believe in liberty...
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Mar 02, 2015

O'Reilly and Fox perform "resentment news" -- Great insight, per usual, from @jayrosen_nyu pressthink.org/2015/03/bill-o…

Mar 02, 2015

The always-excellent Freedom to Connect has opened in NYC. #f2c15 -- speaking later this morning (moved from tomorrow).

Mar 01, 2015

Scalar: "Born-digital, open source, media-rich scholarly publishing that’s as easy as blogging." scalar.usc.edu/scalar/

Mar 01, 2015

Weaning Myself from Microsoft, Google, Apple Etc. dangillmor.com/b/ip

Feb 28, 2015

@obra working on that...you know of a good replacement that has sharing?

Feb 28, 2015

Experiments with Tor are fascinating. Yelp appears to be blocking connection, for example.



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