Beta App Cosmos


Generated via Flame, a nifty time-waster and iamge generator driven by Flash. Found at Smashing Magazine, Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style.

There’s no DESIGN link category here until now, so Smashing Magazine inaugurates it. Smashing Magazine is a terrific, really second-to-none web design resource. Among numerous strengths, there are three I find especially useful. First is its collection of external resources; second is its concentration on CSS and HTML5 and WordPress; third is the wealth of design tips and tutorials available in Smashing Magazine’s very deep archive.

Speaking of wasting time, sometimes it is useful to waste time contemplating potential time-wasters. I know of no better web site for this than The Museum of Modern Betas.

The MoMB is a site dedicated to collecting webbased applications on a beta trip. The MoMB recently turned five, currently about 9000 sites are listed.

…major, major sink. MomB tagcloud.

long live the web

starting to read latest article at scientific american by tim berners-lee on the “state of the web” and what his future vision is, etc… seems like an easy-read milestone essay (web is 20 years old apparently), plus a few links in there to various other footage.
of course, he doesn;t think the web is dead [oh, how trendy – i tend to dislike much of what goes on in wired for some reason] but perhaps the web as we oldies knew, loved, and hoped to nurture it is dead. taken over by the students in my classes for example, who are interested, but newbie-ish. also, they are pretty insouciant about PR and marketing – they see it as another job prospect. and if the internet and new media provide opportunities for marketing, so be it.
anyway, this may be off the point. or not – still need to read ti all, and linking it here for later catch-up.
[hey, there’s something – am i using ND2.0 as a type of bookmarking folder?]

just a blurb about ‘typekit’

knew that font suitcases (what we used to call imported font types on the mac in OS7) were starting to be web-friendly, but hadn’t known where to find any info on them at all – like how to get hold of any, how to use, what was avaliable and so on.

thanks to a recent re-indulgence in twitter and following some links there, found what looks like a good site (‘typekit’) for providing a service to those who want to use different or new font typefaces on their web-pages. they have a free trial it seems, and then a reasonably-priced yearly subscription. hmm, if you like the fonts i spose you won’t want to unsubscribe and will need to keep up the payments annually or lose your neato typefaces… seeing as a year goes by fairly quickly these days it seems to me. the site itself has a number of internal links to various informative blurbs of their own, assuring us potential consumers that the upload will be robust, and offering other incentives to try. you can browse the collections or search via different foundries or developers or styles.
i mean, even if i never sign up for a free trial, i do not mind checking out what is available.

they make it sound very easy to incorporate these typefaces into your web-pages, and so of course, this draws the likes of me in.. but as usual, i wonder whether i’ll find the time to experiment enough to find it useful. what i need is a big stick and a juicy carrot to get anything done i’m afraid.

…one juicy carrot i got recently was an educational adobe package (has to be some compensation for being in the education game), ‘adobe creative suite 5 design premium; student and teacher edition’, and so i will have to start playing with that soon enough, since it is there. on my desk.
but what i need is a purpose.
someone will have to depend on me to come up with some goods. a website, a something… for me to grasp the designing and climbing the hill of ignorance nettle. i mean, it’s years since i wrangled dreamweaver, so i’m expecting some sort of spaceship to navigate with the current version.

NYT article on web 2.0 – 3.0 privacy

here’s a well-researched and lengthy article examining the issue of privacy, and the legalities surrounding the matter of ‘identity’ in the digital age – starting with instances of employers using online searches to determine whether or not employees should keep their jobs, or even be employed in the first place. alerted to this on the email list by one of our old hands, and well worth the read.

the discussion in the article is based on the fact that we have the ability now to keep permanent records of everything everyone has ever posted or written on the internet. the article also deals with the potential of web3.0 to search and find almost anything anyone might wish to track…using new technologies such as face recognition for example….

slideshows re affordances

without sound, this slideshow seems somehow lacking in depth.. and, well, lacking in the use of the affordances of the web wrt availablity of recorded sound as well, i have to admit.
at the same time, the slides are to some degree self-explanatory and an enjoyable way to think on the notion of ‘affordances’ and what it might mean for web design.

and then this one is packed with so much information, you need to have your finger ready on the *pause* button to take it all in adequately.

Google Buzzt

Suppose that internet users were differentiated using a descriptive vector consisting of, on one side, the trail of specific information they volunteer, on another side, their various utilization modes, and, on a third side, their estimation about what their attitude is toward the dissemination of their own data.

For example, in our email discussion group we discovered some users thought their personal musings brought into the mode of a text-only dialog were basically private because it was believed it was unlikely any user with a pernicious intent would invest their time in seeking out and data mining and re-deploying the data of the dialog.

So, this vector, once the data was triangulated, could report out the often contradictory attitudes upon which the internet thrives, as a useful source of (and for,) so-called user-data.

Posed against these differentiations are the various threats and deployments, about which many users are unaware. There could be illusions extant on this other side too.


Meanwhile…the bust of google buzz happened so quickly that it barely has had time to pass into internet legend. How quickly?

Google Inc., owner of the most-used Internet search engine, was sued over allegations its Buzz social-networking service violated the privacy rights of users of the company’s Gmail service.

Buzz, introduced by Mountain View, California-based Google in February, automatically displayed to other users the customer’s contacts pulled from Google Gmail accounts. Google has said it modified the e-mail service after customers complained.

The complaint, filed April 5 in federal court in San Jose, California, follows a letter sent to federal antitrust authorities last month by 10 members of Congress. The lawmakers urged an investigation into whether Buzz compromised users’ privacy.

“Google has publicly admitted that its Buzz program presents privacy concerns, and Google has made several waves of modifications to the program,” according to the lawsuit. The changes “do not go far enough,” and the error “already caused damage because the Buzz program disclosed private user information the moment Google launched the service.” Google Sued Over Claims Buzz Violated Privacy Rights

Hmmm, this tickles my sense of irony.

2. Their is NO VALUE with Google Buzz as I mentioned earlier. Who wants something that has already been done before? As I said, it’s FriendFeed, but worse to every degree! I feel when using the platform that it offers a very messy experience. I don’t enjoy it. There’s so much going on that I don’t want to even bother checking it. Social Tech Zone: Google Buzz At This Point Is Google Bust

It is not simple to both protect privacy and promote the development of a healthy network. Facebook was the first to prove that privacy controls can foster the growth of social networks, but as the Beacon episode and Facebook’s recent privacy changes both demonstrated, even the most experienced social media companies can go sideways when it comes to privacy. When rolling out any kind of new social media platform or application, companies should always engage in extensive, privacy-centered user testing before releasing any social networking products to the public. Leslie Harris-Buzz or Bust?

Slashdot Thread


Elsewhere, this news hit at the same time as happened the Google Buzz rollout.

Google Ultrafast Broadband May Shake Up Fiber Market

As I like to maintain, it helps to have a sense of irony.

Review: Four books concerning Web2.0 media

Cooper, S. D. 2006: Watching the watchdog: Bloggers as the fifth estate. Spokane: Marquette Books.
Levinson, P. 2009: New new media. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
O’Neil, M. 2009: Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and authority in online tribes. London & New York: Pluto Press.
Rettburg, J. W. 2008: Blogging. Cambridge & Malden: Polity Press.

I’ve recently read these four books dealing with different aspects of the web 2.0 world, the common thread through all of them being that they each either touch on or concentrate on the place of blogging in the current netspace. It’s difficult to compare them in terms of content and reliability, because they each have something to offer in terms of content, however my own point of view and personal areas of interest render at least two of them worthy of steering the gentle reader well clear of.
It is these two which I will deal with first.
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