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July 29, 2005

Web-based job tracking, invoicing, reporting & project management software - Side Job Track

Web-based job tracking, invoicing, reporting & project management software for the part-time independent contractor. - Side Job Track: "With Side Job Track you can quickly and easily select and setup default information that you can use to track your most popular services and best clients in a straightforward project-oriented manner. Get organized with Side Job Track!"

'Free' Danish beer makes a splash

BBC NEWS | Technology | 'Free' Danish beer makes a splash: "Students from the Information Technology University in Copenhagen are trying to help by releasing what they are calling the world's first open source beer recipe."

KDE 4 Will Be Awesome

InspiredElectrons » Blog Archive » KDE 4 Will Be Awesome: "I know, you’ve heard that before. You probably heard that KDE 3 would be awesome, too. But seriously, KDE 4 is going to have major UI/usability/candy/feature improvements. The codebase is now being worked on in SVN."

July 28, 2005

Tapwave | go. do. play. kaput.

Tapwave | go. do. play.: "We are sorry to inform you that the Zodiac business was discontinued and service and support are no longer available as of July 25th 2005.

July 26, 2005

Amazon No Longer the Role Model for E-Commerce Design

Amazon No Longer the Role Model for E-Commerce Design (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox): "Many design elements work for mainly because of its status as the world's largest and most established e-commerce site. Normal sites should not copy Amazon's design."

Blinksale | The easiest way to send invoices online

Blinksale | The easiest way to send invoices online: "Blinksale is perfect for anyone who needs to invoice customers and clients for services or products sold. As a design company, we created Blinksale with professional service industries in mind. Additionally, with time-billing invoices and product invoices, Blinksale is an excellent choice for attorneys, accountants, IT professionals, software developers, journalists, contractors, engineers, architects, videographers, and more. Basically, if you need to send invoices, Blinksale can work for you."

Another Web 2.0 site. The future looks great.

Windows Vista Preview (pre-Beta 1)

Windows Vista Preview (pre-Beta 1) - A WinCustomize Article by Frogboy: "Very shortly Longhorn Beta 1 will be coming out. The current expected date is August 3, 2005. So what's in it? What can we expect? Microsoft was kind to inform a group of us what beta 1 would be like. Because of our NDA, I can only recap what is already known with a bit more detail."

Apple delivers iBook, Mac mini updates

Think Secret - Apple delivers iBook, Mac mini updates: "Apple updated its iBook and Mac mini lines Tuesday, increasing standard RAM across the board to 512MB and improving other specs. Missing from the iBook update was the long-rumored move to a widescreen model, which unconfirmed reports had suggested might arrive with the revision."

Hands-on with the Motorola Q

Hands-on with the Motorola Q - Engadget - "So we managed to befoul the Motorola Q (aka the Franklin aka the RAZRberry aka Ryan’s latest lust object) with our hands at last night’s Motonow event in Chicago, the black version they were showing off was just a plastic model, but much to our surprise the silver version was fully functional."

Google adds RSS reader to

Google adds RSS reader to on Flickr - Photo Sharing!: "Google's custom homepage just got a ton of new ajaxy features. I noticed in the 'Create a Section' feature, you can put a RSS URL to add it to your homepage (I typed 'URL to RSS feed' for demo purposes). You can see MetaFilter and A Whole Lotta Nothing in my new custom Google homepage"

July 25, 2005

Family Guy Movie Leaked 2 Months Early (with screenshots)

sandstorming 3.0. » Family Guy Movie Leaked 2 Months Early (with screenshots): "For those of you who can’t wait till September to get a glimpse at just how hilarious Seth MacFarlane’s humour can be when untamed by the brutal censorship whips of the FCC, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story has now appeared on a number of torrent tracking websites, and apparently it’s the real deal."

Why Apple chose Intel

Apple's announcement last month that it was switching from IBM PowerPC chips to Intel chips was one of those seismic events whose aftershocks continue to be felt for a long time.

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Police: Orkut used as Brazilian drug network

Police: Orkut used as Brazilian drug network | CNET "Brazilian police arrested 10 people on Thursday accused of selling drugs using Google's international social networking site Orkut, which is hugely popular in the Latin American country."

Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator

Macworld: News: Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator: "Yahoo! Inc. on Monday will announce the acquisition of Konfabulator, a Macintosh and Windows application that allows users to run mini files known as Widgets on their desktop -- the same model used by Apple for its Dashboard application. Yahoo! company executives said they would also be giving Konfabulator away for free, completely doing away with the US$19.95 currently charged for the product."

July 24, 2005

FeedLounge Review

Incoherent Babble � Blog Archive � FeedLounge: "I definitely have to give the developers behind FeedLounge a ton of congrats. They’ve done a great job designing this interface. It’s definitely got a rich-client feel about it, which is what they were going for. Below I’m going to try and outline the majority of the features, as well as make a few comments and observations as I go. Overall, I think these guys are going to have a huge following when they launch FeedLounge!"

July 22, 2005

Venerable encylopedia seeks just the facts

Venerable encylopedia seeks just the facts - The Boston Globe - - Nation - News: "To respond to competitive challenges from Google, Yahoo, and the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Britannica today will announce it is returning to an old practice after a lapse of a decade by naming an advisory board, whose 15 members top editor Dale Hoiberg calls ''some of the smartest people on earth.' The Chicago-based publisher hopes that the prestige and knowledge of the members -- four Nobel laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners among them -- will help reassert the authority of an encyclopedia first published in 1768 but buffeted in an age when the Internet has loosened the definition of what is factual."

Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models

Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models · MarketingVOX: "'If sites track traffic and sell ads based on pageview impressions, everything changes when users start interacting with the site and making multiple changes without ever refreshing a page. Does all of that count as a single page view? Or do we need to count clicks, or use a stopwatch to time how long they spend on each 'page'?' Paul writes."

The Podcast as a New Podium

The Podcast as a New Podium - New York Times: "Admit it. You don't know what podcasts are. Your plan is to do that thing of half-reading tech articles and waiting in denial until it's scarily mandatory that you really understand it -for instance, you have to create your own podcast for some random reason in one hour - and then desperately turning to Wikipedia or a teenage relative for a last-minute explanation. Just as you did long ago with the World Wide Web."

Longhorn Gets a Name: Windows Vista

BetaNews | Longhorn Gets a Name: Windows Vista: "The folks at Redmond have long pointed to the user interface of the next generation Windows release as one of its major selling points. Now, it appears Microsoft has chosen an official name for Longhorn with just that in mind. Enter: Windows Vista."

July 21, 2005

Hotmail next Generation: Kanukah

Guillaume's Tech Blog: Hotmail next Generation: Kanukah: "It seems that the Hotmail Team is working on a new Hotmail plateform codename Kanukah. About a year ago, rumors have been spreading about Hotmail Wave 11. Even screenshots could be found on the internet. They probably were concepts only but this article published by BetaNews seems to confirm a lighter interface for a better usability "

How To Give A Great Presentation

How To Give A Great Presentation: "Public speaking can be very stressful. I know that whenever I get up in front of a crowd I go through a panic moment. It takes a lot of discipline, practice and preparation to put on a good presentation and even knowing what you need to know can be hard."

July 20, 2005

The inbox makeover

Macworld: Feature: The inbox makeover: "Each e-mail message in your inbox demands your time and attention. Filters and rules are great for reducing some of that demand, shunting easily defined mail such as e-newsletters and personal notes to their appropriate folders. But important e-mail messages are often hard to define and organize with automatic, rules-based management. They require filters and rules that reside only in your brain."


Mnemonics - New York Times: "This might well be called the year of memory. Already, I'm able to click on the icon that marks the Find function on my little pocket Treo. Can't think of a friend's last name? I enter ''Myrna,'' and in a second the screen invites me to choose Davis, Greenberg or Lewis. Can't remember the name of a book by Jonathan Spence? This time, it's Google to the rescue: three clicks gives the answer: ''The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci.'' And that's just the start."

When a Man Dies in a Sex Act with a Horse -- What's a Reporter to Do?

When a Man Dies in a Sex Act with a Horse -- What's a Reporter to Do?: "How do you report a story about a man who dies while having sex with a horse? With a snigger? Or straight? "

July 19, 2005

Greasemonkey 4 huge security hole - : /pipermail/greasemonkey/2005-July/004033: "Uninstall Greasemonkey altogether. At this point, I don't trust having it on my computer at all. I would think that whoever is in charge of should immediately remove the Greasemonkey XPI and post a large warning in its place advising people to uninstall it."

Scoop: Disney Considering Teaming Up with Apple on Video iPod

business2blog: Scoop: Disney Considering Teaming Up with Apple on Video iPod: "Steve Jobs has spoken with Disney President and soon-to-be CEO Bob Iger about ways to license various Disney content for a video iPod, according to an internal Disney email I have obtained. That could include anything from clips from ESPN and ABC News to short cartoons."

July 18, 2005

OS X Leopard to be compatible with Windows Apps?

OS X Leopard to be compatible with Windows Apps? :: osViews | osOpinion :: Tech Opinions for the People, by the People: "Could Apple's decision to move to Intel processors be motivated by something more than IBM's inability to meet the company's processor demands? Kelly McNeill submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which analyzes the earlier intentions of Apple's NeXT accusation in an a rumored project known as Red Box. It was said that this project was to give OS X users full Windows compatibility nativly inside of Apple's OS. When Apple chose to stick with PPC, the Red Box project needed to be shelved, but now that Apple has chosen to go x86, the rumored Red Box project would inevitably be back "

The Engadget Interview: Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media

The Engadget Interview: Blake Krikorian, CEO of Sling Media - Engadget - "For this week’s Engadget Interview, veteran journalist J.D. Lasica spoke with Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian about the rollout of the Slingbox, its disruptive effects on Hollywood business models, the notions of place-shifting and personal broadcasting, and an announcement he’s making right here on Engadget about support for a new operating system. "

Why Persistent Storage Is A Good Thing

Windows Mobile Team Blog : Why Persistent Storage Is A Good Thing: "Here's a quick primer on why you want Persistent Storage on your Pocket PCs.

Persistent Storage (PS) on PocketPC is new for Windows Mobile 5.0. (All Smartphones since the original 2002 release have had PS.)

Previously, your user data (email, contacts, calendar, settings, apps you installed, etc) were stored in RAM. RAM has the advantage of being really fast, but the significant disadvantage of needing a constant source of power for it to hold its data. Leave your device unplugged for long enough, and you'll lose all your data. Fixing that was the primary reason for moving PocketPCs to Persistent Storage. "

Review: yellowTAB's Zeta R1

Review: yellowTAB's Zeta R1 - "I've always been a huge fan of BeOS. However, there was no denying the fact that the BeOS was getting old. As many other BeOS fans, I closely followed two projects: Haiku, and yellowTAB's Zeta. The latter released 1.0 a few weeks ago. Here are the findings of an old BeOS user."

Harry Potter 6 e-book already being pirated!

MobileRead Networks - Harry Potter 6 e-book already being pirated!: "In a joint-effort the pirates are now meeting in dedicated IRC channels with imaginative names such as #pottermania or #potterwork to spread the work of scanning and proofreading. As of right now, at least chapters 1-6, 8 and 12-13 have been scanned and proofread, and are already available for download on multiple (mostly Russia-based) web-servers (txt and html). My guess is that it will take at most another 24 hours for the entire e-book to leak to the Net."

Managing for Creativity

Harvard Business Review Online | Managing for Creativity: "Over many years, the leaders of SAS Institute have distilled a set of principles for getting peak performance from creative people. Among them: Value the work over the tools, reward excellence with challenges, and minimize hassles."

July 14, 2005

PalmOne reverts to Palm name

PalmOne reverts to Palm name: "Handheld computer maker palmOne Inc. (PALM - News) on Thursday changed its name to Palm Inc.(PALM - News), reverting to the iconic brand name it went by before it split its hardware and software operations into separate public companies.

From today, the company, which makes personal digital assistants (PDAs and mobile phones with built-in computer functions, will trade on Nasdaq under the symbol 'PALM' (PALM - News). As palmOne, it had traded under the ticker symbol 'PLMO.'"

Remembering Netscape: The Birth of the Web "Picture a world without Google, without eBay or Amazon or broadband, where few people have even heard of IPOs. That was reality just a decade ago. The company that changed it—bringing us into the Internet age—was a brilliant flash in the pan called Netscape. For the tenth anniversary of its IPO, FORTUNE recruited dozens of players to tell the story of the startup in their own words."

July 12, 2005

Harman Kardon( Introduces Car Audio Solution for the iPod

ADDING MULTIMEDIA Harman Kardon(R) Introduces Car Audio Solution for the iPod(R); ''Drive + Play''(TM) Provides Uncompromised iPod Use and Functionality on the Road: "Harman Kardon, a leading provider of audio products for the home, computer and automotive industries, today unveiled the Harman Kardon Drive + Play, an integrated iPod docking system specifically designed for automotive use. Unlike other products on the market, Drive + Play provides complete iPod control, including full browsing capability, while minimizing distractions for drivers. "

July 11, 2005

How to Make a Life Poster, the Tiger Edition

Jim Heid's Mac iLife 05 Site: iTunes, iPod, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand: "I present your weekend iPhoto fun project: the Life Poster, Tiger Edition. Select 96 photos in your iPhoto library, click a button, then sit back and watch while your Mac does the work of assembling the photos into a spectacular poster."

Doomed: How Id Lost its Crown

Next Generation - Doomed: How Id Lost its Crown: "For a dozen years Id has been the top dog, the guy to beat, the pater familia to the first-person shooter. It can look back on a legacy of six games, each one an unstoppable sales juggernaut, a technological milestone. You didn’t need to know what the review score was for an Id title. You only knew that you needed to buy it.

Guns Germs, & Steel comes to TV

Guns Germs, & Steel: Home | PBS"Based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century."

Interview Jason Fried of 37signals

tompeters! management consulting leadership training development project management: "jasonfried.jpgJason Fried is the president and founder of 37signals, a Web interface design and usability consultancy based in Chicago. He spearheaded the concepting, design, and development of Basecamp, 37signal's web-based project management tool for designers, freelancers, and creative services firms. He is also the coauthor of Defensive Design for the Web."

Beginner's Guide to Podcast Creation

Beginner's Guide to Podcast Creation: "Creating podcasts isn’t simple, but it’s not too hard, either. You’ll need a small combination of hardware and software in order to create your own recordings, and in this iPod 101 tutorial Beginner’s Guide to Podcast Creation, we’ll walk through the different elements you need to create a simple podcast, from computer and microphone through to the finished product."

Glitch Exposes "Netflix Player"

Hacking NetFlix : Glitch Exposes "Netflix Player": "Looks like we got an early look and possibly a name for the new Netflix movie download service. I'm wondering if the 'Netflix Player' is a TiVo or possibly a new device."

Inside the big switch: the iPod and the future of Apple Computer

Inside the big switch: the iPod and the future of Apple Computer : Page 1: "If you've been following the Apple-to-Intel transition, you're going to want to read this whole article. Why? Because I'm going to do something that I almost never do: spill insider information from unnamed sources that I can confirm are in a position to know the score. Note that this isn't the start of some kind of new trend for me. It's just that all this information that I've been sitting on is about to become dated, so it's time to get it out there."

July 10, 2005

Reviews: Tiger Lives Up to Hype

Mac News: Reviews: Tiger Lives Up to Hype: "Now with a computer as old as my 2001 iMac G3, there was concern whether Tiger will run slow. I am happy to report that Tiger runs OK on my machine. It's not super-fast, pop-in-your-face kind of thing, but it's OK. Still, with that much memory, I noticed the system did slow down a little bit after prolonged use, so I would recommend adding more memory."

Pocket PC Vs Palm: What to Choose

Pocket PC Vs Palm: What to Choose | Tux:Tops: "I am a known PDA/gadget junkie and having used devices with WinCE PPC2002/2003/SE and PalmOS 3.5/4/5 for years, I thought I should write a comparison article between PocketPCs and Palm/Clies (there's no comparison between PalmOS 6 & Windows Mobile 5 as these are not available on real commercial devices yet)."

July 08, 2005

How to build a 10 minute podcast

Eric Rice :: How to build a 10 minute podcast: "The first rule of podcasting is that there are no rules in podcasting. Trust that rule, and you'll have a lot less stress in your life.

I've created guidelines for creating short, organized shows that can help you either get started in podcasting or organize your existing podcast into manageable, predictable chunks. As a society, people have become conditioned over generations to expect certain patterns in radio-like content."

Copyright and the law | Rip. Mix. Burn.

Copyright and the law | Rip. Mix. Burn. | "Nine elderly judges might have been forgiven for finding the entire subject somewhat baffling. In fact, their lengthy written decisions on the case betray an intense interest, as well as a great deal of knowledge. Moreover, they struck what looks like the best available balance under current laws between the claims of media firms, which are battling massive infringements of their copyrights, and tech firms, which are keen to keep the doors to innovation wide open "


JUPITERRESEARCH ESTIMATES MUNICIPAL WIRELESS PROJECTS COST $150,000 PER SQUARE MILE, SETTING A HIGH BAR FOR BREAKEVEN BEST MET BY PRIVATE-PUBLIC COOPERATION: "The report examines at the character of current projects across the U.S., estimates the associated costs, and identifies the benefit opportunities. 'Because the benefits of municipal wireless networks are inherently difficult to measure, and because it is too early to look at outcomes, examining breakeven thresholds provides the best reference point for decision-makers,' stated Jay Horwitz, Senior Analyst at JupiterResearch. The report estimates that the average cost of building and maintaining a municipal wireless network is $150,000 per square mile over five years. According to the report, roughly 50% of current initiatives will fail to breakeven even if the benefit of the initiative is assumed to be $25 per user per month."

Live 8 video downloads

Live 8: "These are the AOL video clips from the Live 8 concert series from July 2nd."

July 07, 2005

FeedBurner: Support for iTunes is Live

Burning Questions - The Official FeedBurner Weblog: Support for iTunes is Live: "As promised, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of iTunes metadata for your podcast. This comes by way of several enhancements to our popular (and free) SmartCast service. What does this service mean for you, gentle podcaster? It means you only have to go to one place - your favorite place - (that would be FeedBurner) to manage all of the descriptive data for your podcast. "

July 06, 2005

EU Parliament bins software patent bill

EU Parliament bins software patent bill | The Register: "The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to reject the software patents directive, formally known as the Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. The vote to scrap the bill was passed by a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions."

Possible Mactel chips, part 1: A look at Yonah

Macsimum News | Apple & Macintosh Related News Reviews & Opinions: "Although Apple hasn’t announced which Intel chips will power the upcoming Mactel systems, the most likely suspects are microprocessors that have been dubbed Yonha, Celeron D 3515, Conroe, Woodcrest, Smithfield and Merom. For the rest of the week, we’ll offer a look at the chips and what they might mean to Mac users."

Simple iPhoto tricks that bring out the best in your images

Macworld: Feature: Prepare your photos, Page 1: "Apple’s iPhoto 5 is anything but another ho-hum digital shoebox. You can use it to create an efficient workflow for managing all your pictures. No more fumbling with folders of obscurely named pictures—iPhoto takes images directly from your camera and presents them to you in an orderly manner. From there, you can do just about anything with them: make prints, build Web pages, create slide shows, and more."

Full Circle: A Brief History of NeXT

Full Circle: A Brief History of NeXT: "Steve Jobs' career at Apple was unique. His unconventional leadership helped create Apple's two most important products of the 70s and 80s: the Apple II and the Macintosh. Unfortunately for Jobs, the CEO he had recruited, John Sculley, was not happy with the risks Jobs was willing to take. After a short power struggle that left Sculley in control of Apple, Jobs left the company in 1985.

After puttering around for several months, Jobs decided that he would return to the computer industry. He invested $7 million to create a brand new company, NeXT Inc."

PalmSource licenses software to LG

PalmSource licenses software to LG - Yahoo! News: "Palm software will be used in LG's latest 'smartphones,' which are phones that have features that are similar to personal computers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed."

Battery University

Welcome to Battery University: "Battery University is an on-line resource that provides practical battery knowledge for engineers, educators, students and battery users alike. The papers address battery chemistries, best battery choices and ways to make your battery last longer."

Robot hand performs remote breast checks

New Scientist Breaking News - Robot hand performs remote breast checks: "Life-saving breast examinations could soon be performed by a robotic hand that combines ultrasound with an artificial sense of touch.

The robotic breast examiner was devised by researchers at Michigan State University in the US. They say it will enable a medical specialist to examine women from a remote location, perhaps even from the other side of the world."

See the pic. And try not to smile.

Rails Day 2005 Winners

Rails Day 2005 - June 4th: "Rails Day is a competition which gives teams of developers 24 hours to build the best web app that they can using Ruby on Rails. 191 programmers split up into 121 groups competed during the competition contributing more than 18,000 lines of code and 3,335 subversion checkins."

"Pre-filters" vs. "Post-filters"

The Long Tail: "Pre-filters" vs. "Post-filters": "The key word in the preceding paragraph is 'predict'. What's different about those kinds of filters and the ones I've been focusing on is that they filter before things get to market. Indeed, their job is to decide what will make it to market and what won't. I call them 'pre-filters'.

By contrast, the recommendations and search technologies that I'm writing about are 'post-filters'. They find the best of what's already out there in their area of interest, elevating the good (relevant, interesting, original, etc.) and ignoring or downplaying the bad. When I talk about throwing everything out there and letting the marketplace sort it out, these post-filters are the voice of the marketplace. They channel consumer behavior and amplify it, rather than trying to predict it."

Firefox to get Google toolbar

Firefox to get Google toolbar, News at "Google is poised to release a version of its toolbar for the Firefox browser, according to information sent to developers of an open-source toolbar alternative.

Although Google's toolbar -- which provides users with easy access to advanced functionality such as spellchecking and translation -- has been available for Internet Explorer for more than four years, this is the first version to appear for users of the Firefox browser, developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Users of open-source alternatives have until now used the Googlebar -- an independent project which emulates most of the Google toolbar features."

TUNECLIP - Cable Winder

TUNECLIP - Cable Winder: "With TUNECLIP, all you have to do is wind your earphone cable around the reel-shaped body and snap it into the stopper. Using the clip on the back it is easy to fasten it to a shirt pocket, belt loop or almost anywhere else. Because you can wind the cable to the length that you like, you no longer have to worry about getting tangled up in excess cable."

July 04, 2005

BBC - Radio - Download and Podcast Trial

BBC - Radio - Download and Podcast Trial: "As part of a trial we're offering some programmes and programme highlights as downloads and podcasts. The trial runs from May to December 2005 and programmes started appearing on Monday 16 May."

Troubleshooting Tools: AppleJack

MacFixIt - Troubleshooting Tools: AppleJack: "That being said, don't forget Murphy's law -- eventually something will go wrong. When it does, you may as well be prepared, so it's a good idea to have the right tools handy and to polish up on your troubleshooting skills. You can kill a number of these birds with a single stone using the handy utility AppleJack."

How Microsoft Will Die

Apple Matters: "Feature after feature is cut, promise after promise is broken, and what do we have at the end of the day? XP SP3. If Microsoft fails to deliver something approaching decent with Longhorn then they will be in trouble. Big trouble. And most people haven’t even realized this yet. But they will soon enough."

It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur

Bnoopy: It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur: "There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur because it’s never been cheaper to be one. Here’s one example."

Windows Software: Ugly, Boring & Uninspired

Computer Power User Article - Windows Software: Ugly, Boring & Uninspired: "
Software for Windows is generally uninspired, generically cloned, and overwhelmingly wrought with lackluster (read: lousy) user interfaces. There’s too much coal and not enough diamonds within the sphere of downloads. The greatest pieces of software are plagued by unintelligent design, and very few rise to the level of ubiquity. Windows users don’t have a strong sense of belonging; there’s no user community rallying around the platform. We use the computer, certainly, or is the computer using us? "