I can’t seem to find a topic worthy of more than a paragraph, so here’s another post of curated links. Could be worse.
A P2P Wifi Tethering Market
What you say? It’s exactly what it sounds like, a community of users allowing others to tether off their connections in exchange for credit to use when they need connectivity. It’s called Airmobs. Great idea and awesome example of itch-scratching, but one that’s unlikely to last for long, given the carriers won’t be happy.
Pepper Spray That Takes Pictures
From Hack a Day, this modded pepper spray canister fires the flash, snaps a picture (presumably of an assailant), and sends it via Bluetooth to your phone so you can present it to authorities, and can call police upon receiving a picture. It also sprays pepper spray.
Palm’s webOS Kept Alive by Android devices
I love this story about how a devoted open source project, webOS Ports, is keeping the dream alive for the under-appreciated and before-its-time webOS. I actually knew a couple people with Palm Pres (Rich was one), and they both had lots of good things to say about webOS. You can find the influence of webOS in mobile design today, e.g. Google Search’s cards. It’s good to see the old dog still hunts, in a manner of speaking.
Apple Core Rot, a pretty detailed overview of ways that OS X has degraded in quality. I’d add my trials and tribulations with wifi connectivity to the list of things-that-used-to-work-but-don’t-now. Unfortunately, OS X is still the best option for me on a desktop, but it’s not as clear-cut as it was back in 2007.
He said right before that very issue forced the second hard restart of the day and the rewriting of this post. Sigh.
Dan Lyons, he of Fake Steve Jobs fame, has a snarky (surprise) and possibly a bit too true answer to the question Why do Americans Hate Android and Love Apple? The comments and follow-up posts from the bloggers he names will be interesting.
A 23-Year Game of Tag
And finally, a funny story about a group of friends who have been playing tag for 23-years.