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Microsoft sneaks in Firefox extension via Update

The good news is that Microsoft is writing extensions for Firefox. The bad news is, the Redmond giant is slipping the extension onto systems without notifying users and making it difficult to get rid of the extension.

May 31, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Using selfishness to put crowds to work for you

How do you enable "the wisdom of crowds"? Part of the power of community is that a group of people can solve problems much more easily than individuals, but only if you can provide tools that make it possible for them to do so and appeal to their own interests.

May 7, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Miro puts code up for adoption

I've heard of "orphaned" code, but this is a new one. The Miro project is trying a new approach to funding: asking enthusiasts to "adopt" lines of code.

April 29, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Oprah comes, Oprah goes: Who cares?

As a tool, Twitter has its advantages and disadvantages, but does it really matter if Oprah Winfrey decides to keep up with her account or not? Apparently the Silicon Alley Insider finds it fascinating, even tracking the number of people following her and the rate of new followers compared to other popular folks on Twitter.

April 29, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


The argument for free fonts

Bring up free fonts around typeface designers, and you'll probably get an earful about the relative quality of free and open source designs against the professionally designed fonts. Mark Pilgrim, over on Dive into Mark gives an earful back.

April 23, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier


Yet another "Mac vs. PC" article that misses the point

BusinessWeek has yet another article on the relative costs of Macs vs. PCs, and author Arik Hesseldahl comes down on the Mac side:PC makers in the Windows camp have done everything possible to make their products progressively worse by cutting corners to save pennies per unit and boost sales volume.

April 16, 2009 by Joe Brockmeier