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David Weinberger's Blog I've used systems before that provide multiple desktops. It's such a sensible idea. Yet they've never become a part of my usual work environment. It turns out that the problem may have been something as simple as providing a visual transition from one desktop to another. With Leopard, desktops quickly slide out of the way to make room for the one you're entering. That little bit of eye candy provides a geographical reference that makes the multiple desktops feel like having multiple screens plugged in to your computer. That's orientation geographically-challenged people like me need. I think there's a good chance I'm going to end up using Leopard's multiple desktops. (If I could lob an open window from one desktop to another just by dragging it fast with my mouse, I would be totally hooked.) [Tags: leopard ui_design everything_is_miscellaneous... (more)

Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell Facebook

The military is trying to devise policies to govern how our service people use social networking sites, according to a story by Julian Barnes in the LA Times. The article implies the Pentagon accepts that military folks are going to use these sites, and there may even be some good that will come from it, but the military is concerned about security. At the moment, the Marines have banned accessing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter from government computers, to make sure there’s bandwidth for more pressing military needs. Not that anyone asked, but it seems to me that the military woul... (more)

meta-meta-spam

I received this today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWITTER ATTEMPTS TO SHUT DOWN USOCIAL Twitter has recently moved to shut down web promotions company uSocial.net, by claiming the advertising agency is “spamming”. According to uSocial CEO Leon Hill, Twitter recently sent accusations via a brand-management organisation that uSocial are using Twitter for spam purposes. Despite this, uSocial say the claims are false. “The definition of spam is using electronic messaging to send unsolicited communication and as we don’t use Twitter for this, the claims are false.” Said Hill. uSocial bel... (more)

Is Hobbes the Inevitable Outcome of the Internet?

I heard a speaker recently (he wants to remain anonymous) argue that because the Internet makes public our every regrettable photo and expression, we will see each other at our worst, and thus the Internet — and then the real-world social world — will become a Hobbesian struggle of self-centered individuals in a war of all against all. Nasty, brutish, short, and did I mention nasty? Since my overall mantra is “The Internet is more of everything,” I want to say, yes, that’s true, but it will also become more Rousseauian: more collaborative and sweet. But I do have hope that the s... (more)

Clay Shirky on the Future of News

Clay Shirky is giving a lunchtime talk at the Shorenstein Center, which may be a joint event with the Berkman Center. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. Posted without re-reading. You are warned, people. The commercial structure of the newspaper industry means that it’s not enough for them to run at a profit. Advertisers had been forced to overpay because there weren’t other... (more)