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  • On the web’s 28th birthday, three challenges – from Sir Tim

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 at 14:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good reading.

    Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool which serves all of humanity.

    Thanks, @Kirsty.

  • Betanews: Microsoft is disgustingly sneaky: Windows 10 isn’t an operating system, it’s an advertising platform

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 at 12:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mark Wilson just posted an interesting rant on the Betanews site:

    Microsoft is disgustingly sneaky: Windows 10 isn’t an operating system, it’s an advertising platform

    Of course, that won’t come as a revelation to you  folks, but Mark’s to be commended for not pulling any punches.

    If we’re honest, the company is doing nothing more than abusing its position, using Windows 10 to promote its own tools and services, or those with which it has marketing arrangements. Does Microsoft think we’re stupid?

    His tag line struck home for me:

    It’s time for things to change, but will Microsoft listen?

    A chorus I’ve been singing for several decades. The answer, of course, is that Microsoft has no intention of reducing the advertising. Instead, they want to make it more lucrative. Which is understandable, I suppose, when you look at the precipitous revenue drop in non-enterprise Windows 10 fees.

    Tip o’ the hat to MT.

  • Daylight Saving Time

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Most of us in the US are one hour ahead of where we were yesterday.

    Did you know that DST was first used in Ontario, in 1908? Germany was the first country to employ DST country-wide, in 1916, during World War I. Ben Franklin was an early proponent.

    Here’s a detailed list of which areas sprang forward.