When I should have focussed on why I'd lost interest in engineering, instead I obsessed over learning to use an engineering calculator. As a young lawyer, I spent days generating forms that I'd never use. My life is a long series of fool's errands all in the name of productivity. Productivity gave me a perfect out when I didn't want to pay attention to the direction my ship was heading.
Das Web sammelt Wissen und dokumentiert Menschheitskultur. Es ist für jeden zugänglich, der einen Internet-Anschluss hat. Wenn dieses Wissen und diese Dokumentation jedoch immer mehr hinter verschlossenen Türen in Räumen stattfindet, die von wenigen kontrolliert werden, die nur diejenigen eintreten lassen, die zunächst ihre Daten hinterlassen und ihre Rechte abgeben, dann wird das Web verkümmern, zu einem obskuren Nerd-Spielplatz werden oder ganz sterben.
Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it.
It’s not 100% identical to iTunes — sometimes it’s better! Sometimes just different — but it works pretty well overall.
This year, I’m practicing a digital jubilee by archiving my inbox, deleting my RSS subscriptions, and unfollowing most everyone on Twitter. These, of course, will fill back up as time passes, but now I have a recurring way to purge. Practices like these have been coined “declaring bankruptcy” by the digital lifestyle blogs, but I think the phrase misrepresents the practice. Cleaning the digital slate is not a practice of giving up. It is one of self-forgiveness.
Using the iPad slowed me down and got me to think about what I was writing in a way that using my trusty MacBook Air never would.
Most people assume that the position is easy and freelancing is a tranquil breeze or stroll through the park. They automatically assume that I can do whatever I want when I want, yet the miss the challenge: having freedom is itself my arch-enemy.
Twitter’s main features were usually built by its main users, and now Twitter bitch-slapped those users that got the company off the ground.
I hate to be the spoil-sport. The cynic. The asshole. But I prefer to think of myself as the realist. While it’s great that we’re all going gooey over the altruistic underpinnings of the message here, I think honesty is just as important. Actually, it’s more important. App.net is not going to succeed because we don’t really want it to succeed.
We’re breaking down the stranglehold of formality everywhere. No more personal secretaries, memos on official letterhead, meetings that must happen in person. There’s never been less mental mask switching between work and play. We wear the same clothes, use the same technology. It’s a liberation of the mind and it’s the new world order.