Evening Reading: 7/15/07

PC World (and getting moreso every minute, but I digress) has 10 fast fixes for nagging PC problems.  None of them are as nagging as this one was, which is thankfully fixed.

Funny: The Great Web Crash of 2007.  (via JD Lasica)

Steve Spalding has done a lot of work and put a lot of thought into a very good read on defining Web 3.0.  My take: the problem with the evolution of the webs is the same as the evolution of everything else.  There is a developmental tension between those looking to create something for the greater good and those looking to create something to generate personal wealth.  My view (utopian as it may be) of Web 3.0 (or perhaps 4.0 or later) is that it exists outside of walls and the people who create the content receive the benefit of that content.  Currently, the people who host (nice word) or cage (another word) the content get the benefit.  Eventually, the content creators will realize this imbalance and the content will migrate to the vast open plains.  This will benefit the greater population, but will be bad for the prospectors who have staked their claims in social networking, etc.  Which is why it hasn’t happened yet.

I will be so happy when people stop trying to stuff corporate America into Second Life.  Russell Shaw nails it.  Which is not to say that Second Life isn’t cool or fun.  But someone decided that cool and fun wasn’t enough.  That was where things got screwed up.

Looks like Deadwood may not come back to HBO at all.  Previously, there was a plan to finish the story via a couple of 2 hour movies.  Let me say it again: I will no longer watch ANY new network or cable shows that are designed to last longer than a season.  I will simply time shift by a season or two via Netflix.

Warner Crocker on the various sharing applications that compete for our attention and, as Warner points out, money.  I agree that Facebook might just implode under the weight of application bloat.  But I have also found that a lot of the people I converse with or want to converse with in the blogosphere are active on Facebook.  I get a friend invitation every couple of days, generally from someone I know via the blogopshere.  If people go where their “friends” are, it is hard to deny that Facebook has traction.  I just wish they’d change their interface and terminology to something more “grown up” so I could go there and not have to forget that I’m 46 years old.  I use both Twitter and Pownce a little.  I like the Pownce interface better at the moment, but there’s a lot more activity on Twitter.

On a related note, Doc sums up in a few words the way I and many others feel about all these so-called social networks:  “Social groups to which I belong in the physical world do not compete. They do not carry advertising. They do not have business models. They are not gathered so somebody else can make money. Except maybe at work. Maybe.”  We needed Compuserve, Prodigy and AOL back in the day to lead us to the gold we were seeking, be it money, information or fun.  The wilderness has been conquered now and the only network we need is the internetwork.

Chip Camden is now writing for TechRepublic.  Here’s his first post.

Dwight has a must read for those who have hastily installed wireless routers.

The Groundhog Post was back in my reader tonight, as a new post.  Twice.  Then I noticed the URL for the first time.  Surely people are not going to start blasting out the same advertisement post feed over and over and over and over again?  Jake, please tell me this is a technical problem.

Twangville on the new Richard Shindell record, South of Delia.  Note that they mention Are You Happy Now, my vote for the best folk/rock song ever written, near the end of the post.  Told ya.

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