2013_07_13 Link Pile

Advertising and marketing

Surveillance vs. privacy

Media

Wikipedia’s current outline of Internet marketing (collapsed to one level)

Other stuff

  • Here’s Microsoft’s New Strategy Essay and Reorg Announcement (Memos). By Kara Swisher in All Things D. Pull-quote: “Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.” The outline below also talks devices first. Guess they have to make, because the OEM biz is imploding. Hey, works for Apple.
  • The Shocking Truth About Doug Engelbart: Silicon Valley’s Sidelined Genius. By Tom Forenski. Pull-quote: “…despite all the accolades and testaments to his genius, Silicon Valley largely ignored him and he spent decades trying to find funding for his ideas, and even someone just to listen to him.” This is true, and resonates for Dave Winer as well: If you want to get the most out of great developers like Engelbart, who are productive well into their 80s, you have to stop digging up the streets, moving the goalposts, bombing the cities, starting over just for the sake of starting over. I had a slogan in my early days programming: Discontinuities suck. I want steady evolution that builds on all past work, and invalidates nothing. Let people continue to develop as they please, even if you don’t understand what they’re doing. And remember that brilliance does not become obsolete. Engelbart had a twinkle in his eye, even through all the frustration. He wanted to see human intellect soar. Too bad we didn’t achieve that with his help, during his lifetime. But maybe we still can.”