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Friday Links – December 2, 2011

Simple Social Networks

Instagram is another prime example of a simple social network. The only function of the app and its integrated social network is to post pictures. You have fun with it by applying semi-cheesy filters and exaggerated tilt-shift blurs, but there is little complexity beyond posting your own pics and then liking and commenting on other people’s pics.

This is what was great about Google Reader before the guillotine was dropped. “Little Complexity”. You share a link you get a little feed back. You don’t need to worry about “lists” and “followers” and “circles”. The idea of like mindedness was my favorite part of it.

 → Magus – Chronopedia – Chrono Trigger

His HP when fought as an enemy is 6666, a number usually associated with darkness and evil.

Everybody should play Chrono Trigger for countless reasons. This factoid one of them.

 → Whitman: HP Decision on webOS Coming Within Two Weeks

What will you do with your operating system webOS?
We should announce our decision in the next two weeks. This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system.

This is a shame. If the HP Touchpad came out before or around the  the iPad 1 launch it could have been a big deal. The webOS is strong and with an iPad to iPad 2 type leap for a second version along with half way decent application support it could have been a contender. Hopefully they find a way to keep supporting it but I highly doubt it.

It’s Not All Facebook’s Fault

You should approach Facebook as cautiously as you would approach your open bedroom window. However restrictive your privacy controls, you should imagine that everything that you post on Facebook will be available for public consumption forever. If you follow this simple rule, you’ll never be blindsided.

That’s the primary idea I don’t like posting on Facebook. It’s not like posting here is really any different but eyes of everybody I know, then everybody they know, then everybody they know are on Facebook. Much of your “privacy” is dependent on others. Reading what is here a person needs to make a choice to come and everything I feel is much more controled.

→ How is Black Friday not the grossest tradition we have? 

Gross? Gross doesn’t go nearly far enough. Look. I understand people have their things. I’d rather not get too judgmental about other peoples hobbies, fetishes, or extreme sports. But … I find Black Friday acutely depressing. I can’t even summon the energy to give a wit about about that reactionary-protest-of-dubious-usefulness, Buy Nothing Day.

Black Friday is only as gross as one makes it. Going out spending time with family or friends or making some purchases online I don’t find gross at all. Some people are gross about it but Black Friday can be great, mine was.

→ Tetris Finally Gains a Subscription Fee 

The T-Club costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year, and gives you access to “exclusive discounts and content, premium Tetris Log challenges, and a booster to progress [your] Tetris Log faster.”

Yep, you can level up in a Tetris game now, too!

Speaking of gross. EA sometimes can be so awful sometimes. Seriously a “subscription” for Tetris. Or everybody should bust out Game Boy’s and flip the middle to Electronic “Arts”.

→ Marathon For Free 

To celebrate the 12 year development of Aleph One, the original Marathon games have been upgraded to take advantage of the new engine features.

Another reason why Bungie rocks. Still supporting and promoting their older products asking nothing in return. When I ever get a new computer I would like to check these out at some point.

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