One of the many parts of the Twitter Api 1.1 thats been quite ambiguous is the part about quoting tweets:

We will require all applications that display Tweets to adhere to [the display requirements]. Among them: linking @usernames to the appropriate Twitter profile, displaying appropriate Tweet actions (e.g. Retweet, reply and favorite) and scaling display of Tweets appropriately based on the device.1

It is not one hundred percent clear what an application means in this case. Marco Arment took a pessimistic approach:

I’m pretty sure this means that I can’t just display a tweet as a link and blockquote when I want to quote it here.2

When I first read that I shook my head in disbelief. ”They can’t possibly be that creepy and control-freaky, can they?” According to Jeremy Keith, turns out they can:

Just to double-check, I asked one of my (many) friends who work at Twitter. “These display requirements …they don’t apply to me quoting a tweet on my blog, right?”

The answer I got surprised me. Apparently the display guidel… requirements do apply to me. If I want to quote a tweet on my website, I’m supposed to use the embed code to make sure that people can favourite/retweet/follow, etc.3

Now, read that quoted part again and think about what it really means. Whatever you write on Twitter, they claim ownership of. Not only that, but they actually go so far as to suddenly dictate how you are allowed to quote the things written on their service. That completely violates years and years of writing tradition and, probably, a whole bunch of laws regarding fair use etc.

I’m not sure what Twitter is trying to pull here, but apparently they have gone completely insane. I hope every blogger in the world violates this. As long as you’re not an app developer, Twitters only response can be to take actual legal actions against it and I can’t possibly see how they could win such a case.

(What about newspapers? At least in Sweden newspapers sometimes quote famous peoples tweets in there printed edition. How the hell should they comply with this?)

Many hackers moved to OSX. It was a good looking Unix, with working audio, PDF viewers, working video drivers, codecs for watching movies and at the end of the day, a very pleasant system to use. Many exchanged absolute configurability of their system for a stable system.1

I hesitate to call myself a hacker, but this paragraph pretty much sums it up for me as well.

In my pre-Mac life I had a computer with a Windows (mostly XP) partition for my audio work and a Linux partition for my development work. Nowadays the needs of both jobs happily coexist under the roof of OS X. I can run stable no fuzz audio recording and sequencing programs side by side with a Unix terminal.2


  1. What Killed the Linux Desktop – Miguel de Icaza 
  2. Yes, off-cource you can do development and audio work on Windows as well. I just love the fact that all the Unix tools that I love to use is available next to my audio tools. 

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Back of the envelop: App price: $3 User Cap: 100k Apple Cut 30%. Hourly Rate: $150/hr => Max of 35 man-weeks of development supported1

Quite informative. 35 man-weeks sound like a fair amount of time for a low-complexity novelty app to me, but for a full fledged power user Twitter client it seems waaaay to little to succeed in the long run.

Yes, we do already have a lot of third party twitter client and based on Tapbots’ reactions it seems like things aren’t so bad, at least not for them, but who’s to say that the greatest third party twitter client hasn’t yet been released?

Take the example of a cleaning service. People don’t get outraged that their cleaner charges money.1

Amy Worrall really nails it in regards to the negative voices that’s currently being raised toward app.net.

I dont’t see why some people have such a hard time seeing why a web service charging money from their users can be a good thing. Any business needs customers, someone who pay for their product. Web services, applications etc. also needs users. Either the customer and the user are the same person, or we have the more common situation where the user is what is actually being sold to the actual customer; the advertisers. This is what I like to call the Customer or Cattle situation, or dilemma.

Personally I prefer being the customer, but if what a service offers me is good enough, or their monetization of me is unobtrusive and non-evil enough, I can consider being a cattle as well. Twitter has been a great example of that. But as of this weeks announcement of API rules changes the situation is likely to change.2

Sylvain Galineau is not happy about web developers caring about the Retina MacBook Pro:

To show they understand the risks of a -webkit monoculture, developers now working hard to optimize sites for the .1% with Retina Macbooks.1

This is not the first, nor will it be the last, off-hand remark where one web developer berates others for targeting the Retina MacBook Pro. In my not so humble opinion, this is crap.

Yes it would be stupid to invest a lot of time and effort in the Retina MacBook Pro, if it was just an odd curiosity that would make no lasting impression on the computer business, but it is likely not. Look at the iPhone, look at the iPad, look at the MacBook Airs. They all had a lot of critics and doubters early on, it seemed dumb to focus on them in one way or the other, but look where we are now. Touch-screen smartphone, tablet computers and ”ultra book”2 laptops are the hottest thing since sliced bread. Why is it so likely that the same will not happen with high resolution laptop (and eventually even desktop) screens?

Or if that doesn’t convince you, look at the pc itself. Resolution has slowly increased, screens has gotten better and crisper. Why wouldn’t these improvements continue to happen? Maybe the Retina MacBook Pro will fail, but progress will still happen. Possibly not as fast, but inevitably it will.

Let’s just take another look at yesterday’s post by Gruber:

But now this. The 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display. This is a boom. A revolution in resolution. The display I’ve been craving ever since I first saw high-resolution laser printer output.3

Ah, so you say Gruber, and everybody else who praise the display, is just a fanboy? How about Matt Mullenweg?

John Gruber has a great essay on the paradigm shift (yes I just said that) of the Retina Macbook Pro. Highly recommended.4

If we’d never target new up and coming technology, why would anyone ever have started using web standards, semantic HTML, CSS? Why didn’t everyone settle for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4?

as far as i’m concerned, the most powerful feminist can do WHATEVER SHE WANTS.

THAT IS WHAT DEFINES A TRUE FEMINIST.

this includes: wearing heels, wearing combat boots, wearing nothing, sporting lipstick, shaving, not shaving, waxing, not waxing, being political, being apolitical, having a job, being homeless, gazing at men, gazing at women, gazing at porn of all sorts, glamming up like a drag queen, going in man-drag, being in a five-way polyamorous relationship, being childless, being a stay-at-home parent, being single, having a wife, having a husband, and gazing/cooing adoringly at those that wives or husbands anywhere they fucking choose, including elevators, restaurants, puppet shows (well, maybe keep it g-rated if there are small children present), ….or on theatrical stages at fringe festivals. are we getting the picture here?? the most powerful feminist can do WHATEVER SHE WANTS. the minute you believe you’re a “bad feminist” because you said the wrong thing/wore the wrong thing/got married/chose to have children…or otherwise broke some unspecified ”code of feminism”: DON’T BUY IT. THERE ISN’T ONE. you can do ANYTHING YOU WANT. ANYTHING. THAT’S THE POINT.1

I agree wholeheartedly, except I just want to point out that a feminist doesn’t have to be a woman. It can also be a man, or someone who doesn’t want to identify with either gender. Any human being should be able to be whoever he/she/it likes.

Netflix is announcing that its streaming movie and TV service is on its way to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland before the end of 2012, joining the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, and 47 countries in Latin America.1

This changes everything”, so to speak.

Maybe not everything, but it’s definitely an important step toward a better home media setup. I’ve previously written about my love for the Plex Media Server and how it transformed watching movies I own into something much more enjoyable. Netflix plus a Roku or and AppleTV might do the same thing for movies I don’t ”need” to own, but want to watch. (Hello Predator marathon!)

Today’s Daring Fireball post on the Retina MacBook Pro is really Gruber at his best. A long, but succinct post with lots of his personality poured into it.

But now this. The 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display. This is a boom. A revolution in resolution. The display I’ve been craving ever since I first saw high-resolution laser printer output.1

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Gårdens bussutflykt till öns olika sevärdheter var jättelyckad. Vi fick besöka en underjordisk sjö, en stor grotta, ett kloster, en vinfabrik och några städer. Vi tog massor av bilder, som vi ska visa vid tillfälle.

Nu sitter vi på en restaurang nere vid stranden och väntar på att få in vår lunch. Idag vigs åt sol och bad och sen middag på ett resorthotell.

Nu sitter vi på ett café i Fiscardo och väntar på att få in varsin milkshake. Idag är det utflyktsdag, så vi ska besök en massa spännande ställen.

Tisdag var ungefär som måndag, fast ännu bättre. Vi gick lite längre norrut på stranden och hittade ett ställe där solstolarna hörde till en restaurang som även levererade dryck, drinkar, glass och enklare mat ner till stranden. Så istället för att gå någonstans och äta lunch beställde vi ner en pizza och varsin milkshake.

På kvällen åt vi på ett ställe som heter “The Pines”. Linn beställde havsabborre och jag tortellini.

Vi gick även på en upptäcksfärd ännu lite längre norrut på kvällen och hittade en lite lyxigare restaurang och resort som hade fantastisk utsikt över havet. Där tänker vi äta på fredag.

Nu är den andra heldagen på Kefalonia till ände. Vi har haft det härligt på stranden, i havet, vid och i poolen. Det verkar också som att vi börjar vänja oss vid värmen. Hittills har vi klunkat i oss sex stycken 1,5-literflaskor “hemma” på hotellet och stranden.

Idag på kvällen åt vi även den bästa maten under resan så här långt. Vi var på en restaurang som heter “Flamingo” och vi båda beställde Steak ala chef. Köttet var himmelskt gott; oerhört mört och gott kryddat.

Nu har Linn gått och lagt sig och jag sitter på balkongen och läser lite i Jan Guillous Brobyggarna.

God natt Kefalonia, god natt Sverige.

Under dagarna fylls luften av ett märkligt läte. Förra gången vi var här trodde vi länge att det var något elektriskt eller maskinellt, men sen fick vi veta att det är någon sorts insekt.