The fourth way: the digital knowledge

Amazon.com, great pioneer of the digital book, declared that, starting from April 2011, electronic papers/hardback sales have overtaken the paper ones 105 to 100: small achievements, you will probably grin, but if it is not this that hints us the future evolution of multimedia, what else?

I will take it from far…

Nowadays, one’s cultural baggage is discernible by the size of the bookcases available in their house – and obviously by the quality of the papers there stored -, but in the future? Sooner or later, like it or not, all this is going to change: all the contents we keep in a physical form, so CDs for music, DVDs for films and books for literary works, tomorrow will not be recorded on medias, but they will be much more ethereal and impalpable indeed.

It is a phenomenon which, after all, has started years ago and keeps evolving during time. Apple’s iTunes Store has been, in 2003, the first attempt of music sales in a digital form, featured by a very positive feedback. In recent times, Amazon.com has taken and extended the idea in a significant way, offering not only music purchase under a download form, but also software, films and books. All the bought items were then to build a personal shelf which could be accessed from any location. Google as well, with its Google Music project, is testing its new music purchasing and selling service.

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When YouTube pages load with no CSS: how to solve

I have been unable to watch YouTube videos for a couple of months. There were some people on the Google Forums reporting the same problem, also posting screenshots, but no one seemed to be able to fix it.

Finally, checking with despair my Chrome Dev Tools, I found the problem! In my rush to block ads and avoid the slowing down produced by all the requests to external domains, I ended up redirecting s.ytimg.com to my own PC. Sadly, it seems YouTube is taking some CSSes and other stuff from there, reason why I was unable to watch any video and load the home page with a decent view.

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How Facebook is killing real relationships

I’ve always had strong opinions about the Facebook phenomenon and all that virtual social stuff, I have always said they are ruining our life and actually destroying our real social interactions. Today I think that’s true more than ever, and I will tell you why.

My opinion is that Facebook is something to pop up at 9 in the evening, when after a 14 hours day you are too tired to do anything else. You open it and just start lurking around new friends embarassing photos (like grils’ bikini ones), laughing at childish status updates and links and browsing your groups recent activities. At least, that is how I use that damn website, publishing hironyc and nonsense content without really telling people nothing serious about myself. Quotes are the farthest thing I do. Instead, people use to put there all their lives – their interests, hobbys, wants, likes and dislikes and, most important, friends interactions. We’ve all seen that “John is engaged with Melissa” with around 15 likes under it and as many comments saying “man enjoy it” or “sis I’m so happy about that!”. Few people actually realize they are losing the real social interaction that piece of news may have generated. Remember the old style way – just to wait to really meet the people you care about and tell them orally or, better, organize an appointment?

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How Windows 8 is the clear proof that Microsoft can’t lead

I’ve just had a quick look at the Windows 8 developer preview. Not screenshots, rumors or reviews around, I’ve actually installed it on VirtualBox and tried it myself. Yeah, it’s still early beta, developer preview, whatever you want… but what a crappy thing!! It’s not really up to bugs, instability and this kind of stuff, it’s all about the concept, that’s doesn’t make any sense at all! With this, I think Microsoft showed the last -though more evident- evidence they can’t lead – they must follow others’ footsteps. Apple has already said that eventually iOS and Mac OS will converge somehow but it’s not speeding this change up, it’s obviously something that will take time and, of course, PCs will never disappear. Anyway, slowly, it’s fine to develop new stuff for the mobile ecosystem and leaving the desktop a little behind because that’s where the average user will move, and the mass market with it. What’s not ok -actually, it’s foolish– is to think that the same operating system can provide a great user experience on both small and large screens. On portable and desktop devices. On 7/10″ and 25″ monitors. How could you possibly think that?!

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Post Pay Counter: WordPress payment manager

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Easily calculate and handle authors’ pay on a multi-author blog by computing posts’ remuneration basing on admin defined rules. The administrator can specify criteria upon which payments should be computed and the stats will immediately be viewable. Both a general view with all users and a specific one for a author are possible. It can easily help you implement a revenue sharing/paid to write model for your business.

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