Wow. I’m impressed. For the past few days, Gmail has been hanging when I
try to attach a file. It doesn’t matter what type of file it is or how big
it is. More times than not, it hangs. The hang happens as soon as Gmail shows
the bar that displays the percent loaded. I have to force-quit. This is with
the latest version of FF and of Snow Leopard. (I use Gmail as part of Google
Accounts, and I have https turned on.)
I assumed this was a Firefox problem. I created a new profile and slowly
added my add-ons back in. Eventually, the problem returned. Removing the
add-ons I’d added did not take care of the problem.
So, I switched to Opera. Nice browser. But I just had exactly the same
problem. No add-ons. No Firefox. Same problem. Yes, I have run Disk Utility
to repair permissions.
Further, Safari so far has always been able to attach the very same files
using Gmail. In ... (more)
Harold Feld has a great post on movement at the FCC to make more spectrum
According to Harold, the FCC has requested proposals for databases to manage
access to the “white spaces” between the frequencies assigned to TV
stations. Those frequencies were left unused because analog TV originally
needed lots of room between frequencies, which is why your analog stations
tend to count by two’s. Plus, the switch to digital TV opened up some more
frequencies. So, last year, the FCC voted 5-0 to make those frequencies
available for unlicensed use. This will pr... (more)
Jeff Jarvis led a discussion at PDF among 1,000 people about what
government could learn from Google, and, more generally, what a bunch of
techies would do to make government better. Jeff’s got this rare cross of
skills as a writer, teacher, entertainer and provoker. If you haven’t seen
him at work, you should grab the next opportunity. And, yes, Jeff is a
friend, so I’m biased. But I’m also right.
So, here’s a way the government is becoming like Google. Remember how a few
years ago, Google was grabbing the best and the brightest techies of every
stripe? Every time you turned a... (more)
Karrie Karahalios is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk entitled “Text and Tie
Strength.” Karrie is a Berkman Fellow from the Univ. of Illinois.
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. You are warned, people.
“What attracts people most is other people,” said William H. Whyte.
People want to sit and talk. But what is the equivalent of a seat in a
virtual space. Her group studies vis... (more)
This week there were two out-of-the-park posts by Berkman folk: Ethan
Zuckerman on advertising as the Net’s original sin, and Zeynep Tufecki on
the power of the open Internet as demonstrated by coverage of the riots in
Ferguson. Each provides a view on whether the Net is a failed promise. Each
is brilliant and brilliantly written.
Zeynep on Ferguson
Zeynep, who has written with wisdom and insight on the role of social media
in the Turkish protests (e.g., here and here), looks at how Twitter brought
the Ferguson police riots onto the national agenda and how well Twitter