still by FAR the best comment on sharecropping

Merlin Mann posted this gem back in April, in response to the announcement of Google Drive: Imagine a guy who's REALLY into panties who makes ALL his money selling data about panties. Now he offers to store your panties. Yeah—that. — Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) April 25, 2012 I still chuckle about that one. So concise. Yes. We'd like to store your panties for you. Sure, you can trust us. Please. Give us your panties....

June 3, 2012 · 1 min

Dave Winer on hamsters and sharecropping

On why he won't be posting stuff to the new Branch semi-private conversation thingy (the one I linked to earlier ) Anyway, I can't just use it, because then I would be breaking a rule, one that keeps me from using services like Quora and Google-Plus. I'm not going to willfully put my writing in spaces that I have no control over. I'm tired of playing the hamster. The business models of these companies, if they become successful, keep them from being part of the web....

March 16, 2012 · 1 min

Leo Laporte on third party microblogging

Leo had been using Google Buzz to post updates to 18,000 people. For some reason, Buzz stopped publishing his updates. This is what he learned from that : No one noticed. Not even me. It makes me feel like everything I've posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves....

August 22, 2010 · 1 min