‘The death of certain theories doesn’t mean that scientists and historians are lying to us – rather, it means society is getting a little bit closer to the truth. Below, we’ve compiled some mind-blowing revisions and revelations to the world as we know it. Some may result in totally new school curricula – and for others, it’s an edited Wikipedia page or two…’
Install Your Own Private E-mail Server
Do that with the Amazon Cloud
‘This tutorial provides step by step instructions for installing an open source email server – a path away from GMail which reduces your reliance on Google and at least makes it a bit harder for your communications to be swept up in broader government surveillance such as PRISM.
‘If you’re non-technical and just want a high quality GMail alternative, check out FastMail run by the Opera folks. The company says the privacy of its U.S.-based servers are protected by Australian law and less subject to U.S. snooping…’
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Assange and Calle 13 Tweet-source a Song
‘In the aftermath of the Snowden leaks, and on the first anniversary of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s ‘detention’ in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, René Pérez, from the band Calle 13, and Assange gathered ideas and suggestions from Twitter users to collaboratively write a song about media manipulation…’
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Is Twitter really affecting a lot of writers?
‘Though Twitter is not exactly a new writing technology, it is a technology that is affecting a lot of writers. It used to be a radical cri de coeur to claim, “We live in public.” Like many mantras of the cyber-nineties, this turns out to be mostly true, but misses an even larger truth: more and more, we think in public. For writers, this is an especially strange development.
‘I sometimes wonder how the great writers of the past would handle the Twitter predicament. Would they ignore it or engage and go down the rabbit hole? Who are the really unlikely tweeters from literary history? Would Henry James, whose baroque sentences could never have been slimmed down into a hundred and forty characters, have disdained Twitter?…’
Can we advice Google?
Google Wants Your Money, But Not Your Advice
‘No pioneer tech site is exempt from making bad decisions big or small. But Google – which could easily be the biggest tech site – has the authority to snub our advice especially on tech…’