I’m here live at the MCA-I conference in Milwaukee, WI, giving a presentation on Social Media 101, technically called “What the Heck is Social Media?” What better way to show the audience how simple it can be than to do a blog post live?
Following the announcement that the 8 Gig iPhone price would drop by $200, Apple announced in an open letter that they would give a $100 rebate per phone to early adopters. They bowed to pressure by a bunch of whiners (read the comments) who seem to think that, as loyal fans, we should have some kind of magic insulation from the economic realities rapidly-changing technology. I can certain understand someone buying an iPhone very recently and being miffed about the drop, but such is life. Would any of you very early buyers have passed on an iPhone if you knew for sure that if you waited 2 1/2 months, you could get it for $200 less? I doubt it.
The exact same DLP projector I bought a few years ago for $10K now retails for $2,500. I'm not expecting a refund. I bought bleeding edge technology. I paid a premium *knowing* if I were a little patient I'd save a bunch of money.
Why did Apple cave? I own Apple stock. I think this was a stupid, unnecessary move on their part. This online reaction is not comparable to a campaign by a bunch of rabid fans so save a quality TV show from the death grip of network execs. This was a bunch of rabid fans who mistook their voluntary participation in a media frenzy for some kind of entitlement to immunity from reality. And Apple bit. It's not a good precedent to set.
That said, I bought 2 iPhones on June 29. Do I have an ethical obligation not to take the rebate? It's not like forgoing the cash would have one iota of effect on the program, the stock, or anything else. I think it's stupid, not wrong. Still, there's all that ranting I do about hypocrites and personal accountability... Randy Cohen, are you listening?
A few months back, the stunning Women In Art video made the rounds on the blogs. Now there's another marvelous video that's a bit more expansive, covering 100+ years of art. It's equally entrancing, I think. Run time is ~7 minutes. This one's for you, Dad :)
When I first heard about OpenID, I thought “great – one central place with only one ID to remember. Then numerous OpenID sites opened, and I realized my assumptions were wrong. Still, I thought, it’s good that we’re working on more secure ways to access multiple sites. Then I went and signed up for an OpenID, found nothing particularly secure about it, and realized the rest of my assumptions were wrong, too.
OpenID is not centralized, and it is not about security. In fact, it’s arguably less secure than getting a separate login for each site you visit.
Here’s how it works:
You go to an OpenID provider. There are lots of them springing up. Here's a list of OpenID providers. You can even run your own OpenID server on your own domain.
You sign up, and get your own URL & password.
When you go to a site that supports OpenID, you’re automatically redirected to that URL, where you say “yes, it’s me”. Different providers handle things differently, but the ones I’ve encountered ask you for a password.
Once you affirm that you are you, and that you want to log into this other site, you’re sent back to that site with your identity confirmed.
So basically, the site you’re registering for is saying “we’re not going to worry about your name and password – we’ll trust that your OpenID site has handled all that and let you in.” You still need to register for the new site if you want any information about you saved.
Why is this less secure? If everyone switches over to OpenID, I’ll have one login name (URL) and password, so if someone guesses or steals it, I’m really screwed. If someone has that, they can “authenticate” every login without my presence. You could get multiple OpenIDs and passwords, but that would kind of defeat the purpose.
Do those filter pitchers work on salt water? Isn't there a bubbler ('scuse me... midwestern roots showing... "water fountain") nearby that would be more convenient? Can't that breathing filter thing he uses double as a water purifier? What is Darth doing in the water to begin with?
I'm so sorry, I've lost the original source for this picture. Comment it and I'll gladly give credit.