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Journal Thoughts

Ownership and control

I read a great post today that explains why we should take the ownership and control of our content we put on the internet.

Discovered in this tweet, Redesigning Waxy, 2016 edition is a great read.

If you don’t have time to read the full post, just read these two paragraphs:

Last week, Twitter announced they’re shutting down Vine. Twitter, itself, may be acquired and changed in some terrible way. It’s not hard to imagine a post-Verizon Yahoo selling off Tumblr. Medium keeps pivoting, trying to find a successful revenue model. There’s no guarantee any of these platforms will be around in their current state in a year, let alone ten years from now.

Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed. Nobody except me can change the URL structure, breaking 14 years of links to content on the web.

It is still hard for me to publish to my blog first and everywhere else next. I shared the original post first in a tweet, and now writing this post. I’m trying hard to get over this habit.

I archive my photos to OneDrive, Flickr and Google Photos. All these services upload my camera roll without me having to do anything. It is convenient. But there is a risk that any of these services can shut the door on my previous memories with little or no notice. I really have no solution to this. I will keep thinking.

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Tech

Tim Cook’s letter to customers

One of my Facebook friends posted the link to this interesting Tim Cook’s letter to Apple’s customers.

I am shocked by these two paragraphs:

…now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

Despite the NSA news stories, I found it hard to believe any high profile technology company having backdoors in their software. Or governments forcing technology companies to introduce backdoors. I thought all that is blown out of proportion and dramatic.

Now I believe governments can do this and have actually done this.

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Apps Thoughts

Facebook iPhone app user experience sucks

Dear Facebook,

I installed your app after many months so I can easily set one of the photos in my camera roll as a cover photo. This time I hoped to keep you on my iPhone.

However I am disappointed that you haven’t stopped infesting my feed with “People You May Know” list. I understand that as a service provider, you want my social network as large as it can be and my privacy as screwed as possible. But when I check my feed I expect to see my, well, feed. Not a list of people with who I have no intention of sharing my feed or personal photos.

You should know that not every user is alike. I am not like many of your users who let lots of people lurk in their social graph, as you call it. If I am dying to have someone as my Facebook friend, I can search and add them; your search is pretty cool.

I will see you again the day you make user experience your priority. Until then continue resting in the iCloud.

Yours truly.

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Tech

Tim Cook on privacy at Apple

Read the interesting message from Tim Cook on Apple’s stance on privacy.

I am impressed with the following two paragraphs:

Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.

and

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.