You’ll Be Outraged at How Easy It Was to Get You to Click on This Headline

Clickbait is noxious. Any site which tries to bait clicks, uses listicles, or informs you how to react to something, should be completely avoided. Once you filter out the crap, your emotional responses will begin to return to normal. “What’s really interesting is what happens when you reduce the reward frequency. When it comes only 50 percent of the time, dopamine levels go through the … Continue reading You’ll Be Outraged at How Easy It Was to Get You to Click on This Headline

The Website Obesity Crisis

If you have been browsing webpages recently without Javascript enabled, you will know there is still hope for fast-loading pages. I believe there are two main reasons webpages have been incredibly bloated – advertising code, and huge artwork or code for purely aesthetic purposes. Neither of which is particularly desirable. A great presentation by Ceglowski goes into more detail. “The other vision is of the … Continue reading The Website Obesity Crisis

Unlocking DRM on Lenovo Laptop Batteries

Like Keurig, modern Lenovo laptops (2013+) sometimes implement DRM for hardware components, even battery changes. I can understand wanting to avoid lawsuits for exploding fake batteries, but some type of e-fuse disclaimer acceptance would be sufficient. ZMatt goes through the process of modifying the firmware to accept third-party batteries on his X230T. Read More Continue reading Unlocking DRM on Lenovo Laptop Batteries

I see you, you see me: Mobile advertisements and privacy

A peer-reviewed paper on the methodology and impact of mobile advertisements, including potential remedies. The amount of data being vacuumed up by advertising, not just in webpages, but in ad libraries embedded in apps, is astounding. “Indeed, there is evidence that ad data is being linked to other databases on individuals. Not only did our investigation find evidence that ads were being targeted based on … Continue reading I see you, you see me: Mobile advertisements and privacy

What Happened to Google Maps?

There has been a steady regression in functionality and usability in Google Maps. “Given these trends, it’s likely that Google Maps was optimized for mobile—and this explains some of the changes we observed earlier. Unfortunately, these “optimizations” only served to exacerbate the longstanding imbalances already in the maps. As is often the case with cartography: less isn’t more. Less is just less.” Read More Continue reading What Happened to Google Maps?

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist

On the sometimes devious UI design cues that subtly but powerfully affect our decision making. Our choices are not as free as you might think. “Are you upset that technology hijacks your agency? I am too. I’ve listed a few techniques but there are literally thousands. Imagine whole bookshelves, seminars, workshops and trainings that teach aspiring tech entrepreneurs techniques like these. Imagine hundreds of engineers … Continue reading How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist

How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables

Great read on the technology and cabling that makes the internet work around the world, including pictures from a visit to a landing site. “So, there we have it: the next time you click on a YouTube video, you’ll know exactly how it gets from a server in the cloud to your computer. It might seem absolutely effortless—and it usually is on your part—but now … Continue reading How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables