It's even worse than it appears.
The user experience of news sucks. I remember how software exploded when we put the focus on ease-of-use. News people underestimate the power of happy users.#
Laurie Garrett, one of the most knowledgeable journalists about pandemics, who is frequently interviewed on TV and speaks science clearly, has an awful video setup in her apartment in Brooklyn. The video and audio quality should be great, so everyone can hear what she's saying. She asked for help on Twitter, I jumped on it, putting out an appeal for help and Logitech, the company who makes the webcam she uses, just closed the loop. Tech helping journalism in the new media age. I love it. Perfect. #
Why is the only way news orgs will accept money from readers subscriptions? Before the net I could buy a single edition of a newspaper or magazine without a long term commitment.#
The idea of a self-contained news product you subscribe to is a vestige of the way news used to be distributed. Now, in my Twitter timeline, or RSS river, I see links to stories all over the place. This is the way I want it. I want a mix, my choice.#
  • An idea..#
  • Microsoft owns GitHub.#
  • When I post a project to GH, I'm hoping I'm preserving that work for a long time. As long as MS exists? Would be cool.#
  • This is something MS could market. Think of the repos at GH as time capsules. #
  • Tech can be imaginative. Like this. ;-)#
  • PS: Chad Tolkien says they are planning on it, but it's only for some projects. So it's going to have a Microsoft bias. Oy. I want to send my stuff into the future so they can use it as prior art for the software they'll be doing then. #
  • Basic philosophy: If you spot a mistake, I want to know about it so I can fix it. Always.#
  • Now here's the background: I share most of the software I write as open source on GitHub. Sometimes people report bugs by submitting pull requests. That doesn't work out very well because I write my code in an outliner, and it generates the JavaScript code from the outline. So what you see as source on GitHub actually isn't what I edit. I couldn't accept a pull request to the generated code. It would just be wiped out the next time I made a change to the outline and re-generated. #
  • So the best thing to do when you spot a mistake is flag it as an issue in the repo, point to the code in question if that's helpful, and I'll thank you and make the fix myself. #
  • I'm like Johnny Appleseed of RTs. #
  • I like to just swoop in and RT something and share a sexy idea from someone else with the people who follow me.#
  • It's like opening up a worm hole in the universe. #
  • We get a peek of someone else's reality.#

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