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Dan York
I've been blogging since May 2000 on a variety of blogs. Check out my most recent blogs in the links below or at
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George - yes, someone else suggested I try to find those plastic clips... although in looking online it looks like I probably would need to buy a new privacy screen just to get the clips! :-( I'm glad the sticky strips are working for you. As evidenced by my post, they are not working for me. Perhaps you're taking better care of them than I was able to do.
Back in December, 2014, I published a post here called "The Directory Problem - The Challenge For Wire, Talko And Every Other "Skype-Killer" OTT App". After receiving a good bit of feedback, I've now published a new version over on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Today the team at Ello released an iOS app so that iPhone/iPad users can now very easily add posts and photos into Ello, read Ello posts and interact with people throughout the Ello community. Co-founder Paul Budnitz wrote about the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
I find privacy screens frustrating, yet necessary. As I prepare to head to Buenos Aires for the ICANN 53 meeting I was reminded by a thread on Facebook that I should re-install my privacy screen on my 15" MacBook Pro. It's not that I have anything in particular to hide... it's just that when I'm sitting in chairs surrounded by people on all sides of me I don't particularly want people next to me reading whatever it is I have on my screen. My frustration is that it seems that the only real provider for a MacBook Pro is 3M... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Dan York
I have one very simple question amidst all the media hype about Apple's WWDC announcements yesterday: Will iOS 9 make my iPad2 usable again? Yes, all that other stuff announced yesterday sounds cool... but I have this more basic question.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Joseph, HA! Well... you're right... I really should mention RSS feeds in there because there are still some holding on to the awesome power of RSS feeds! Thanks for pointing that out, Dan
What do you need to do to get your blog post noticed? When we are drowning in a sea of content, how can you make your post stand out? How can you maximize the chances that people will actually find... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
I haven't written about our journey with cancer for a while because my wife's own journey has been one of the ongoing tedium of Tamoxifen ... another day, another pill... and more fatigue, joint pain and so many more issues. It is, though, unfortunately our "new normal" ... and will be for at least two more years of Tamoxifen. We just try to keep on going through it... But in truth, it's been a rough period of time for us since I last wrote in July 2014 in regard to cancer around us. A brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Dan York
The team over at webrtcH4cKS (aka "WebRTCHacks") have been publishing some great articles about WebRTC for a while now, and I thought I'd point to two in particular worth a read. Philipp Hancke has started a series of posts examining... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
jradson - No, I hadn't seen either of those clients. The demise of Yammer's Mac OS/X desktop client coincided with a decrease of interest by the team I was part of in use of Yammer... so it was basically abandoned by all of us. Good to know someone stepped in and provided a desktop client!
Doug, Yes, I think dropping the desktop client was a major failure on Microsoft's part. I'm now finding myself using Slack a good bit for some similar types of interactions... and one of the strengths is that Slack *does* have a desktop app! Thanks for the comment - best wishes with that Yammer web interface! Dan
Fifteen years ago today I did something that I had no clue would transform my life in the years ahead. On May 10, 2000, I was sitting in cavernous basement office of Linuxcare on Townsend Street in San Francisco. It... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
WOW! In companion blog posts today Cisco and Tropo announced Cisco's intent to acquire the Tropo team and platform: Cisco blog: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tropo Tropo blog: Tropo joins Cisco to Power next-gen collaboration APIs As someone who... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Why do I like SoundCloud as a podcast hosting platform? What advantages can SoundCloud offer podcasters? Why should you consider SoundCloud as a place to distribute your podcast? Last week SoundCloud announced that its podcasting features were now publicly available... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Yesterday the team over at Wire launched a new WebRTC-based "Wire for Web" app that lets people on Windows, Linux or any other platform now communicate with people using Wire on iOS, Android or OS X. You can get to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
As I checked my AppStore updates on my iPhone this week I was surprised but pleased to see that WhatsApp now includes "WhatsApp Calling". As it says: "Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they're in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Congratulations to Emil Ivov and the whole team behind Jitsi for their acquisition by Atlassian! As they say on the Jitsi news page: The Jitsi Community just got a lot stronger! BlueJimp, founder of Jitsi, is now part of Atlasssian!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
How do you make your website “mobile-friendly”? Given Google’s impending April 21, 2015, deadline to start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor for mobile search results, what can you do both in the short-term and in the longer-term to both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Jay, The UCF team is no longer maintaining the "Theme Updater" plugin I referenced in this article. I would instead switch to using Andy Fragen's "GitHub Updater" plugin: It uses the same syntax as the UCF plugin so there is nothing you need to change in your theme. The GitHub Updater plugin is also under active development and frequently receives updates and changes. Hope that helps, Dan
There went another hour! I wanted to do some writing tonight but first I sat down and said "I'll just take a quick look at Facebook"... and there I was... an hour later... having learned all about the lives of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Never. Give. Up. I was vividly reminded of that lesson last night in the championship game of the Men's Curling League at the Petersham Curling Club where I play. Our team, which had played extremely well together all year, had made it through the playoffs to be in the final championship game against another excellent team. This was it. The end of the long curling season and a chance to have our names inscribed on the league trophy at the club. After 5 of the 8 ends (think "innings" in baseball or "periods" in hockey), both teams were tied. Then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Dan York
Unless you've been offline or ignoring social media for the past couple of weeks you've no doubt seen the dueling "livestreaming wars" between the iOS applications Meerkat and Periscope. Perhaps you've viewed some of the streams... or broadcast some yourself.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Dave Winer is at it again. The creator of some of the original blogging software back in the early 2000s and one of the creators of RSS released last week his "radically silo-free" blogging editor MyWord Editor (MWE) with this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Want to learn more about what's up with Skype right now? Tomorrow, March 27, 2015, at 12 noon US Eastern, my friend Jim Courtney is going to be discussing the new second edition of his "Experience Skype to the Max"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Can we create a royalty-free (RF) video codec that can be deployed ubiquitously and become the new open standard for video communication across the Internet? THAT is the fundamental question of the Internet Video Codec (NETVC) Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) happening at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony