"Should we get a Roomba?" A question on the lips of every middle-class family in Australia from the mid-2000s onwards. A Roomba is an Australian-designed robot vaccuum cleaner that connects to the Internet to detect when and where your house needs a vaccuum. Do you actually need this? The Internet of Things (IoT) is great to … Continue reading Networking Your Toaster.
And the award for longest blog post title ever goes to... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JvC3AsFFg8&feature=youtu.be All the accounts in the above video follow me on Twitter. All of them tweet regularly. And all of them are bots. Totally fake. Mercifully, I'm able to spot these bots pretty easily. They just...don't seem real. The uncanny valley now applies to … Continue reading “You guys could do some really subversive stuff with this subject, hey?”
What do the Internet and international politics have in common? A whole lot more than you might think, actually.
A lot of talk is made by politics writers about how social media is a path to political fragmentation, a mystical land that somehow breeds communists and the alt-right simultaneously. Unfortunately, few of them have really stopped to consider that extremism occurred before the Internet - it's just a tool, much like sending radical material … Continue reading La Revolución
Journalism is a funny thing, because it keeps changing and being redefined - not even 50 years ago, one would need to go through university or a cadetship to even come close to having their exposé published. Now, that's not the case. Of course, the act of accruing the information with which to write a exposé has … Continue reading “Parasite Journalism”
As has been well-documented here previously, I am the proud owner of an Apple Computer Macintosh Classic from 1990. The system itself is very much open-ended - do what you want, within reasonable bounds defined by the manufacturer, of course. This is, depressingly, still the case with Apple - an app developer friend spent eighteen months attempting … Continue reading The MacOS Paradox
My dad makes a big joke of our family heritage. His side of the family comes from a (formerly) rural part of the UK, and were quite...ordinary. Or, according to Dad: "Muck-scrapers. Peasants." Once, the "muck-scrapers" to whom I'm related were restricted to working and living on an estate owned by somebody more important; they … Continue reading The New Muck-Scrapers
Driven by a business model with an oversupply of consumer attention, and a scarcity of product, legacy media is propelled by hits. The Internet is not hit-driven. You'll never pay money to access a website in a theatre, knowing that it will be gone in a month (and then come out on DVD six months later). Instead, … Continue reading The Glut
Earlier this year, something weird happened to me. Instead of following the first-world trend of outsourcing work to elsewhere, someone outsourced their stuff to me. https://soundcloud.com/callum-harvey-617236858/a-liquid-labour-story A decentralised, distributed network runs this kind of thing perfectly; having a uni student proofread maybe wasn't what Paulo Amorim at Renato Archer CTI had in mind, but I had the … Continue reading Outsourcing Creativity
The amazing, mind-boggling thing about the internet is that all nodes are functionally equal when it comes to connecting; no matter the tech specs, every device is capable of access. Provided, of course, that you have the right cable to connect your device, as I discovered when I dug out my old Macintosh Classic. https://youtu.be/XakH5dcRhWQ … Continue reading Nothing Good Is Free Forever.