The Flying Squirrel Book

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a book for O’Reilly: Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices.  It’s a reasonable distillation of everything I’ve learned about web content management in almost two decades of success and failure (hopefully more of the former than the latter…) O’Reilly has an interesting system of […]

Read Article

The Limitations of Screen Reading

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens: More proof that reading on the screen is not the same as reading on paper. But this style of reading may come at a cost—Liu noted in his study that sustained attention seems to decline when people read onscreen rather than on paper, and that people also spend […]

Read Article

Just My Type

This is a book about fonts (or type or typefaces — I’ve learned there are subtle variations in the definitions of each, but I can’t remember what they are). The book is a series of anecdotes about fonts/types. Each chapter is short — you can read one in 3-4 minutes, but they’re all pretty entertaining. […]

Read Article

Author Payment by the Page

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing: Interesting times: Under the new payment method, you’ll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it. Of course, however, there are debates about what a “page” means, when it comes to ebooks. To determine a book’s page count in a way that works […]

Read Article

Creating Fake Facebook Accounts

Inside a counterfeit Facebook farm: This is the process a “Facebook Account Mill” goes through to create a new account.  I found it fascinating. She starts by entering the client’s specifications into the website Fake Name Generator, which returns a sociologically realistic identity: Ashley Nivens, 21, from Nashville, Tennessee, now a student at New York […]

Read Article

What is Content Integration?

Since I don’t feel there’s a good, all-encompassing name out there for this, I’m going to attempt to invent one — Content Integration encompasses the philosophy, theories, practices, and tools around the re-use and adaption of content from our core repository into other uses and channels, or vice-versa: the creation and ingestion of content from […]

Read Article

RSG WCM Survey

Tony and the crew from Real Story Group have embarked on a broad survey of WCM usage and implementation patterns, which I think is worth taking.  The survey is here: Survey: Web Content & Experience Management I don’t think enough of this happens in the industry. As a group, we lack in self-reflection and reporting.  […]

Read Article

Editorial Scripting in CMS

For years, I’ve been quite interested in the idea of scripting within a CMS.  By “within,” I mean scripting inside of managed content.  So, using some taught language or declarative syntax to get the CMS to perform actions to publish content. This clearly sounds weird, so here’s an example — Say we have an editor […]

Read Article

Accidental Bitcoin Centralization

Blockchain scalability: As Bitcoin gets bigger, the history of transactions (which is required to make the whole thing work) gets less manageable, leading to centralization, which is the anti-thesis of the whole idea. We can already observe empirically that more than 50% of the hashpower securing the network right now is owned by just five […]

Read Article

We Suck at HTTP

I absolutely loved this New York Times column which lamented the world of apps, where we don’t have the capability to link to content anymore: Unlike web pages, mobile apps do not have links. They do not have web addresses. They live in worlds by themselves, largely cut off from one another and the broader […]

Read Article

America’s CTO

Adviser Guides Obama Into the Google Age: A profile of the new U.S. CTO Megan Smith. The transition is rocky: Not only does she now carry a BlackBerry, she uses a 2013 Dell laptop: new by government standards, but clunky enough compared with the cutting-edge devices of her former life that her young son asked […]

Read Article

Qualcomm: The Monopoly You’ve Never Heard Of?

The title of this post has nothing to do with this point, which I found interesting: […] no one seems to be paying attention to Qualcomm’s incredible chipset dominance in mobile. Android and Snapdragon look an awful lot like Windows and Intel; every hardware maker except for Apple is beholden to the two giants behind […]

Read Article

Crypto-Hacking Case Study

How My Mom Got Hacked: Interesting look at a case of crypto-hacking. Turns out that actually paying the ransom was the difficult part. By the time my mom called to ask for my help, it was already Day 6 and the clock was ticking. (Literally — the virus comes with a countdown clock, ratcheting up […]

Read Article

It’s a Young Developer’s World

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem: Silicon Valley and start-up culture is dysfunctional.  So many great quotes in this piece. […] what matters most is not salary, or stability, or job security, but cool. Cool exists at the ineffable confluence of smart people, big money and compelling product. You can buy it, but only up to a […]

Read Article

Bitcoin for the Befuddled

I got a review copy of “Bitcoin for the Befuddled” from No Starch Press (a publisher I’ve really enjoyed over the years).  The title is an accurate description of where I’m at on Bitcoin – I have a basic understanding of it, but the intricacies are escaping me. Sadly, Duning-Kruger being what it is, reading […]

Read Article

Why Nigerian 419 Scam Emails Suck

You know how when you get a Nigerian scam email, and you read it, and you’re like “who the hell falls for these?” I wondered, so I tweeted that I’d like to see a good content strategist re-write on of these emails to be super effective.  Someone responded and pointed me to this study from […]

Read Article

Metadata Depends on Perspective

I’m reading The Discipline of Organizing. Early in the book, the author talks about “metadata,” which is a topic I’ve complained about before (go read those; I’ll wait). When it comes to web content management, I think it’s hard to differentiate between the “first order data” and the “metadata.” Which is which? The author calls […]

Read Article

Things that Web Crawlers Hate

I wrote a web crawler in C# a couple years ago. I’ve been fiddling with it ever since.  During that time, I’ve have been forcibly introduced to the following list of things my crawler hates. Websites that return a 200 OK for everything, even if it was a 404 or a 500 or a 302 […]

Read Article

Is Fareed Zakaria editing his own Wikipedia page?

Fareed Zakaria is Apparently Editing His Own Wikipedia to Remove Plagiarism Allegations:  CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria has been accused of plagiarism. Our Bad Media has noted several edits to his Wikipedia page which they suspect are coming from Zakaria himself. The edits are coming from New York City where Zakaria lives, they remove a lot […]

Read Article

Startup Depression

Startup Without Depression: A site dedicated to combatting depression in the startup world. Depression in the startup community can be an unfortunate byproduct of the stresses of creating something from nothing. For each individual that finds the strength to speak or write publicly of their struggles, many more grapple silently with their own demons. Below […]

Read Article

Do Hyperlinks Change the Meaning of Content?

I’ve been thinking deeply about the idea of hypertext lately (reading Vannevar Bush didn’t help), and I’m curious if there’s a standard, convention, or best practice for the actual selection of words to link in a sentence? Additionally, to what extent does the existence of a link and the placement of that link affect the […]

Read Article

“As We May Think”

I’ve become quite interested in Internet history lately, and I’ve run across Vannevar Bush‘s name multiple times. He was a American scientist, quite active during Word War II, and is historically known for expounding on an idea he had for a device called the “memex,” which was, in some ways, a precursor to the web […]

Read Article

Racism on Reddit

Hate Speech Is Drowning Reddit and No One Can Stop It: I was vaguely aware of this, but I don’t frequent many of the subs where this comes to light. Reddit has a hate speech problem, but more than that, Reddit has a Reddit problem. A persistent, organized and particularly hateful strain of racism has […]

Read Article

Facebook Increasingly Owns the News

How Facebook is changing the way its users consume news: Wow. I admit to always looking at the “Trending” column on the right, but I never knew it was this pervasive. About 30 percent of adults in the United States get their news on Facebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. The […]

Read Article