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  1. nslayton:

    futurejournalismproject:

    dbreunig:

    Nate St. Pierre writes:

    Lincoln was requesting a patent for “The Gazette,” a system to “keep People aware of Others in the Town.” He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where “every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors.”

    He went on to propose that “each Man may decide if he shall make his page Available to the entire Town, or only to those with whom he has established Family or Friendship.” Evidently there was to be someone overseeing this collection of documents, and he would somehow know which pages anyone could look at, and which ones only certain people could see (it wasn’t quite clear in the application). Lincoln stated that these documents could be updated “at any time deemed Fit or Necessary,” so that anyone in town could know what was going on in their friends’ lives “without being Present in Body.”

    A patent request for Facebook, filed by Abraham Lincoln in 1845.

    I’ve long argued Facebook is working towards natural or timeless (for lack of better words) human interaction. That their central idea is relevant in any age should not be surprising.

    (Though it is astounding Lincoln was imagining a nearly identical privacy system.)

    (Via The Next Web)

    FJP: Color me fascinated — Michael.

    This is amazing. Wow, I need to look into this.

    (via theatlantic)

     


  2. …readers may click through your slideshow, but they’ll hate you a liiitttle bit more than they did when they got to the site. And I bet they’ll feel the same way about whatever advertiser was unlucky enough to get stuck on the page with some stupid thing that a reporter did with a little bit of hate in his heart and fingertips.
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    Atlantic reporter Alexis Madrigal, in a story called “The Pernicious Myth That Slideshows Drive ‘Traffic’”

    (When pageviews are not unique - AllThingsD)

    (via wilwheaton)

     


  3. snoopsister:

    Space used to be the last frontier. Only two people have dived to the very bottom of the ocean, roughly 20 miles southwest of Guam.

    Now at least three billionaires want to explore there. They each have developed plans, and some very sci-fi equipment to explore five deep-sea trenches that…

     


  4. How to Access the Log File of Your Blog

    Are you a blogger? If you are, you may be interested in the post I wrote today for 40tech.com on how to access your site’s log file. You can see who’s looking at your site, and what they’re reading, all in real time. You can also check out your error log to figure out why something on your site isn’t working. It’s pretty nifty, and it’s a good foray into accessing your site directly via the command line.

    Here’s the article on 40Tech: How to See What’s Happening On Your Site in Real-time Using Your Log File

    Also, I found a link that explains how to read the contents of the Log file. Some of it seemed obvious to me, like the numbers are the IP of the person checking out your site and the GET: postname.html is the page they’re looking at. But this was something I wouldn’t have intuited:

    The sixth piece of information is a status code. This tells you whether the request was successful, or encountered some problem. Most of the time, this is 200, which means that the transfer was successful, and everything went well. Hopefully. I’m not going to give the whole list of the status codes, and what they mean. You need to look in the documentation for that. But, in general, a status code that starts with 2 was successful. Starting with a 3 means that the request was redirected somewhere else for some reason. Starting with a 4 means that the user did something wrong, and starting with a 5 means that the server did something wrong.

    Good to know. Both articles are very easy to read and understand even for someone with absolutely no experience using the command line.

     

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  6. Bad Google! Don't be evil!

    Have you used Picnik? It’s this awesome website where you can easily edit photos online. It’s great for web designers and casual photographers alike. Or at list it will be until April, when they shut down for good.

    Google bought Picnik and this is what they’ve decided to do with it. There are so far 93 comments on the Picnik blog, all of them negative. There is a possibility that Picnik’s features will be available in Google+… whoopty-freakin-du.

    On the plus side (NO pun intended), in “celebration” of their demise, all of Picnik’s premium featuers will be free until they close their doors in April.

     


  7. You may recognize this foodie blogger as the hottest mechanic in the fictional universe.

     

  8. I knew Google had authors come speak at their HQ but it didn’t occur to me that Daddy G would have the finest in Geek selection. Some of their speakers have included Neil Gaiman, Noam Chomsky and Cory Doctorow.

    Here is the video of Randall Munroe, writer of the web comic XKCD. He talks about solving a Rubick’s cube drunk, how to escape a raptor, how math made him able to pee in public, and how much time he spends perfecting his stick figures. Oh, he’s such a dreamcake!

     

  9. inderpalwig:

    Sucks.. #apple #fail #greed #coolapps #reading #ebooks #books (Taken with instagram)

     

  10. Make your own Internet memes faster than Photoshop. Currently only for Mac. 

    david:

    iMakeMemes

    (Source: thenextweb.com)