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Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music
The legendary guide to Electronic Music got an update
electronic  music  guide  reference  information  genre  techno  EDM  history 
2 hours ago by asteroza
“Bicycle for the Mind”
"“When we invented the personal computer, we created a new kind of bicycle…a new man-machine partnership…a new generation of entrepreneurs.” Steve Jobs said this and a lot more in 1980 as explored in this annotated twitter thread."
apple  history  computing  pcs  mac  stevejobs 
6 hours ago by grahams
Mark Zuckerberg Is a Slumlord
Knowing what it isn’t, let’s plainly define what Facebook is: an entity which extracts monetizable data in exchange for a place to store and grow our digital lives. At its most basic, the relationship resembles that of a tenant to a landlord. So what kind of accommodation does our personal information afford? More populous than any single country, and six of the seven continents, the 2.4 billion people crammed within Facebook’s blue and grey walls are spending their data to rent a digital equivalent of a tenement, constructed to maximize profit at the expense of safety and quality of life.

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Leveraging the same exponential power of network effects that make cities desirable and efficient, the density of population in these unsanitary buildings at a time when vaccines had not yet been developed for diseases like typhoid, cholera, and tuberculosis turned outbreaks into contagions. A wave of cholera could kill thousands, and often hit poor neighborhoods hardest. At least some of the blame for the scale of these epidemics lands squarely on profiteering shoulders of tenement owners.

In the same vein, the network effects that attracted our friends, friends’ friends, and barely-memorable tertiary acquaintances and packs them into close proximity behind the walled gardens of sites like Facebook and also generates its own negative externalities. The airless, lightless confines of these networks has a worrying tendency to amplify the most extreme content that takes root, namely that of racists, xenophobes, and conspiracists (which, ironically, includes anti-vaxxers.) There is no bigger audience, no soapbox that gets a better bang for the buck, whether you’re Coca Cola or ISIS. This isn’t the anecdotal rambling of paranoid users guessing the workings of the black box their trapped in: Facebook’s own internal research has found extreme content finds greater engagement.
facebook  history  network  socialmedia  socialnetworking  economics 
6 hours ago by msszczep
Version Museum: A Visual History of Your Favorite Technology
Travel back in time to see what your favorite websites, operating systems, applicatons, and games used to look like. A huge gallery with lots of images showing older versions of technology.
internet  design  web  history 
8 hours ago by ern
“Bicycle for the Mind” - Learning By Shipping
Steve Jobs said this and a lot more in 1980 as explored in this annotated twitter thread tracing the earliest use of this quote and how it evolved.
history 
9 hours ago by jellis

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