a ‘brochure’ from the industry

Brief History of the Internet
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/19/16

national security and the law

Lawfare - Hard National Security Choices

The name Lawfare refers both to the use of law as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others.

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/15/16

‘rethink the foundations’

Video: Can we save the open web?
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/30/16

to ‘monetize the monotonous’

The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/13/16

‘bring back the good things’

Can we save the open web?
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/24/16

no standards = no fun

The One CSS Feature I Really Want

The reason why I want this feature above all the other fun/crazy/cool features in CSS is because, currently, I can’t use those fun/crazy/cool features.

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/14/16

for ’a few extra dollars’

Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists (heavy ads)
[Social Design Notes]
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/13/16

‘consumers... are losing’

Focus On The User
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/21/16

‘ethics in data visualization’

What's Wrong with this Picture?
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/16/16

‘indisputably creepy’

The New Intimacy Economy
[The Fishbowl]
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/14/16

‘all in the semantics’

The web accessibility basics
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/09/16

on believing in ‘words’

Words Matter?
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/12/15

‘ethics in the digital age’

Why It's OK to Block Ads
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/23/15

‘writing is scary’

feel afraid. write anyway. repeat.
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/03/15

speaking of injected ads...

AT&T Hotspots: Now with Advertising Injection
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/29/15

science vs. marketing

How not to measure security
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/13/15

more ‘problematic issues’

Sadly, How Windows 10 Reveals Microsoft's Ethics Armageddon
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/06/15

‘far-reaching data collection’

I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/02/15

‘a dramatic step backwards’

Safeguarding Choice and Control Online
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/01/15

List: Web Tracking

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/27/15

‘owning your own words’

The Death of Blogging

...“blogging” dwindled back to being a feature of corporate websites, a format for online journalism, and a hobby of techies who like running their own web pages.

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/12/15

‘engagement’ vs. ‘theft of attention’

Connected // Disconnected
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/15/15

bundling adware/malware?

Goodbye, Sourceforge!

It’s sad to look at what has become of you.

Note: Though the dailywebthing cannot confirm the accuracy of everything stated on the linked page, the issue has come up before.

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/31/15

a game developer's perspective

A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art

Note: Commercial site.

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/19/15

‘not an alternate universe’

Twitter is a crowded bar
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/15/15

thoughts on ‘public domain’

The US government should release these 7,584 fruit paintings
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/17/15

‘disposable blogging’

It Is Time to Write Something New
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/04/15

some words... about words

Every word counts
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/02/15

on bucking ‘the Spec’

Nested links

Note: I can't say I'm convinced as to the usefullness of the ‘<object> trick’ (or nested links for that matter). /j.j

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/25/15

‘a tiny island’

Asking why
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/07/15

‘serious privacy breaches’

Get your loved ones off Facebook
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/04/15

a matter of trust

The Turn-Verizon Zombie Cookie
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/22/15

‘purpose-built alternatives’ needed

Striking a balance between advertising and ad blocking
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/14/14

‘security is terrible’

Everything Is Broken
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/03/14

‘into the digital age’

All Our Ideas

Mix core ideas from survey research with new insights from crowdsourcing. Add a heavy dose of statistics. Stir in a bit of fresh thinking. Enjoy.


Posted by joe.jenett on 10/14/14

“Enjoy the ride.”

Candy Overload

What can we do to avoid burnout as our innate curiosity compels us to look at every new shiny toy that captures our eye? You need to incorporate some forced time off the grid each week.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/04/14

on craving connection

Stop Being Social
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/24/14

‘only a partial legal win’

Mobile Phone Unlocking, Now Less Illegal?
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/10/14

on the need for accessibility

An Alphabet of Accessibility Issues
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/08/14

‘humans on the sidelines’

Is our tech making the world too complex?
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/03/14

‘the consumers lose’

Google, Twitch, and the inexorable grind of capitalism
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/29/14

privacy impact ignored?

Privacy Implications of Social Media Manipulation
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/06/14

a look at ‘crowd behaviour’

The odd psychology of the compassionate crowd
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/16/14

a ‘personal security initiative’

How to Build a Secure Online Presence
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/29/14

‘commitment to user freedoms’

Our encryption tools must be free software, not just open source

Freedom of the Press Foundation, a donation-based initiative

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/06/14

“Yay for HTML5! ”

To close or not to close
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/04/14

a new form

Popup ads are back

...just because it works, doesn't mean you should do it.

Posted by joe.jenett on 01/31/14

“privacy is about trust”

Privacy And Why It Really Matters
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/30/13

'more important than ever'

Software Transparency
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/18/13

selling an ugly vision

The Internet Must Go
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/17/13

'users are humans'

Human Interest

Common courtesy requires that we assume first that we are inconveniencing others unless we're told otherwise, showing respect for their time and attention.

Posted by joe.jenett on 08/15/13

'look elsewhere'

Don't be evil
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/16/13

questions and viewpoints

Slant – "a collaboratively edited resource that helps you quickly make decisions"
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/04/13

one's thoughts on browsers

Why I'm Switching (Back) to Firefox
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/20/13

'some jumbled thoughts'

We are in the final years of our internet
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/19/13

'mostly faded away'

The Web We Lost
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/20/12

from smoke signals to Twitter

"Back when people used to know how to truly communicate"
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/24/12

'a reason for concern'

Gatekeeper and the rise of the Total Apple Consumer
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/28/12

'a techie sausage fest'

Why I don't use Google+ (as a woman)
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/06/12

'shape of things to come'

Too closed to comfort

I really never had a problem with non user-replaceable batteries, but here we also have a fixed amount of RAM and disk space that either you choose to upgrade via Built-To-Order customisation (paying a handsome price) or you'll have to live with it throughout the entire life-cycle of the machine. Which, by the way, is being artificially shortened year after year.

Posted by joe.jenett on 06/14/12

'growing number of attacks'

10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/12/12

He's right!

Privacy is not an Option

Software developers need to look at privacy the same way we've learned to look at security: it's not an add-on or a feature that customers have to turn on, it's something built-in that shouldn't be turned off.

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/01/12

'you become mere product'

Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/01/12

space efficiency ≠ readability*


*in my opinion, anyway

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/21/12

'beautifully unified distraction'

Why I stopped using Gmail
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/13/12

the missing option...

A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money

I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.

Posted by joe.jenett on 01/30/12

It's all about censorship... (2)

Don't Break the Internet
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/21/11

It's all about censorship...

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/18/11

'weirdly unsocial' networks

The Social Graph is Neither

Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/23/11

'a lack of engagement'

Google's Management Doesn't Use Google+
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/06/11

Firefox 7 kills 'window.resizeTo()'

Among my most useful bookmarklets are those I use to resize my main browser window. With Firefox 7, they no longer work. Some config changes made them work again, but only temporarily. This does not necessarily benefit the user. In some cases, it interrupts one's workflow.

Others have noticed the problem as well:

I don't like it when a site attempts to resize my window and never revisit such sites. But as a user, I want the freedom to quickly resize my own window to various specific sizes as needed and this change in Firefox 7 stops me from doing so – not a good decision in my opinion.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/29/11

Facebook privacy is a joke...

...and it's not funny anymore!
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/25/11


Firefox 6 already, mozilla please stop this game
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/21/11

Gimme a break!

Android vs. iPhone: Battle of the Mobile Operating Systems

Yes. I'm skeptical as to the accuracy of some of the stereotypes presented. /jenett

Posted by joe.jenett on 08/20/11

'some other purpose'

Why I'd never work for Google, Twitter, or Facebook

Google+ isn't about sharing cat pictures, it's about serving ads. Twitter's massive network of 140-character bits of information isn't about connecting people across the globe or to view current trends in worldwide thinking, it's about serving ads. Facebook isn't about entertaining yourself with games or sharing interesting links, it's about serving ads.

Posted by joe.jenett on 08/01/11

'pretense of empowerment'

The "walled garden" becomes a prison for reality
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/20/11

'a living computer nightmare'

Posted by joe.jenett on 06/12/11

'all emotion, no intellect'

How the 'Thumbs Up/Like' Button is Dumbing Users Down
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/07/11

'Free Wiki World Map'


OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.

OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

We Need to Stop Google's Exploitation of Open Communities

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/02/11

protect your sensitive data... (2)

How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/14/11

protect your sensitive data...

Dropbox authentication: insecure by design
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/08/11

killing innovation?

Dear Twitter
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/14/11

'Is IE9 a modern browser?'

IE9 vs. Firefox 4 (more info)
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/15/11

it's about humans, not brands

The Twitter Revolution Must Die
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/31/11

a little thought provocation

Minimalism is not a viable intellectual strategy

Minimalism cannot be a long-term strategy, but it makes an excellent short-term tactic.

Something to think about - can minimalism be a good long-term strategy?

Minimalism Is A Viable Long Term Intellectual Strategy

Posted by joe.jenett on 12/31/10

'Why should I care?'

The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/25/10

Ageism by Google?

Teach Parents Tech

Every December, millions of tech-savvy young people descend on their homes only to arrive to a long list of tech support issues that their parents need help with. A few of us at Google thought there had to be a better way that would save us all a few hours each December...

Mom and Dad aren't necessarily as dumb as implied in this odd (and somewhat offensive) marketing approach by Google – in many cases, they're the more tech-savvy ones in the family – a little out of touch, in my humble opinion!
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/13/10

'There is only passion.'

There is no talent

It's so easy to give up; it might almost seem like the whole world is against you. Well, forget about the rest of the world. There is no such thing as talent, and in the end you will end up as skilled as your "talented" heros.

Simply by following your passion.

Posted by joe.jenett on 12/05/10

'decide not to participate'

free of advertising

Every nook of our lives is filled with advertising these days. It's so pervasive that we have come to accept it as a fact of life, and it cannot help but have an effect on our minds...

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/18/10

Is privacy dead?

The tech industry is a virus
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/16/10

'not lies... just marketing'

The 4G forgery (ads)
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/04/10

on the 'personal brand' concept

The Case Against Personal Blogging

This past decade, personal blogging became about building a personal brand. It meant putting yourself out there for future employers or clients.

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/03/10

'all plain text'

Why I love text files
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/24/10

consider 'user intent'

End hover abuse now
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/18/10

comparing privacy policies

Privacy is the new search quality
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/26/10

'working to transform society'

Design Manifestos 2010 » 100+ Years of Design Manifestos
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/18/10

a more beautiful web?

Beauty of the Web

As amazing as the web is, its potential is immeasurably greater. Internet Explorer 9 was designed to let that potential shine through. Click below to see how developers and designers are creating a more beautiful web using HTML5 and advancements in Internet Explorer 9.

They also state, "A focus on HTML5 and modern standards enables the same markup across browsers." A little late to the party and a seemingly Windows-centric vision of 'standards' (proprietary, as in the past), in my humble opinion. I should note that both Apple (Safari) and Google (Chrome) also seem to have self-centered visions of the web (and standards) lately, each as if HTML5 was their own baby.

Note: This is not an endorsement,

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/16/10

'Global Peace Index'

Vision of Humanity
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/18/10

too many eggs in one basket?


Posted by joe.jenett on 06/24/10

marketing tactics vs. web standards

Apple's HTML5 Showcase Isn't HTML5, Blocks Other Browsers
(see Apple - HTML5)

It seems like Apple is using the same sneaky marketing tactics as Microsoft does with its HTML5 demos page - which doesn't really use any HTML5 either. This similarity is hardly surprising considering both companies are pushing a non-Free patent-encumbered codec for HTML5 video.

Posted by joe.jenett on 06/04/10

misleading open letter?

Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife (in response to Apple's Thoughts on Flash)
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/29/10


Opinion Mart pop-ups are annoying many on the web and it appears that BBC's news site has just started to impose these pop-ups on its users (at least, here in the U.S.). Shame on you BBC!
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/21/09

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