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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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Remember Ello? The social network whose beta version happened to launch in September 2014 when everyone was upset with Facebook? With a commitment to not selling your data and not having advertising, it was a breath of fresh air coming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Because clearly I don't have enough places to write, I've decided to start writing over on You can find my first post on my profile page there. I've long been a fan and listener to the excellent PacketPushers podcasts. If you are into networking of any type their shows are quite educational and enjoyable. (See the most recent shows in the right sidebar of Last year Russ White encouraged me to consider writing on Packet Pushers and connected me to the folks there to be set up as an author. They gave me an account... but then I've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Dan York
I'm trying something new as part of my day: No social network usage until I have created something online. No Facebook. No Twitter. No Instagram... Ello... Google+... or anything else. Nothing on any of those each day until I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
There is darkness all around us. This week, of all weeks, that is clear. Young black men shot by police thousands of mile apart - and then five police officers killed in an ambush by an angry assailant seemingly intent on vengance. Police officers, in this case, who were doing their jobs of protecting a peaceful protest against those earlier shootings. Just a week earlier a bomb exploded at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey killing over 40 people and injuring hundreds more... a terrorist attack at a bakery claimed over 20 lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh... a weekend bombing in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Dan York
Continuing their efforts to be THE communication platform you use, the Messenger team at Facebook rolled out "group calling" this week within the Messenger app on iOS and Android. The new feature was announced by David Marcus, head of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
Thanks for the comment, Aswath. I'd like to think you will eventually come around to accept that directory IS important... but you and I may just have to agree to disagree! The native apps will continue to exist, I believe, because they provide the best and most seamless user experience. I'd like to hope we get the same experience through web-based interfaces, but we're not there yet. I think there is a very small % of people who want to self-host a messaging app. Hosting involves a level of administration that most people just don't want. All they want to do is communicate! But again, I think we'll disagree... and that's good. I enjoy the interaction and being challenged!
On the eve of Facebook's major "F8 Developer Conference" happening April 12-13, the company has launched a clear attack on Snapchat's "Snapcode" method of connecting users with their new "Messenger Codes". If you go into the newest version of Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
Some big news in the social media world this morning was that Instagram is embracing the algorithm. Instead of seeing posts from Instagram accounts you follow in "reverse chronological order" (newest updates first) you now will see them in an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
At about noon today I'll head out of Keene, NH, towards Boston's Logan airport to start what will be about 23 hours of travel bringing me to Marrakech, Morocco. I land tomorrow (Friday, 4 March) around 4:00pm local time and then after getting settled in that evening will dive directly into the Africa DNS Forum at 8:30am Saturday morning. It's going to be a crazy week! I wrote about all the activities I'll be part of in this post: DNSSEC and DANE Activities at ICANN 55 and Africa DNS Forum in Marrakech March 5-10 I will be giving five different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Dan York
Will Facebook's impending opening up of its "Instant Articles" on April 12 to ALL publishers of content help the "open web"? Or will it just keep more people inside of Facebook's shiny walled garden? As Facebook's launch announcement says in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
After using Facebook Reactions for two days now (after writing about it on Wednesday), I find myself overall pleased with the ability to do more than just "Like" a post. Sure, I would like more "reactions" (most notably the ability... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Oh, my! Get ready for a major change in your Facebook NewsFeed TODAY as Facebook makes "Reactions" available globally. Now when you are in a desktop web browser and you hover your cursor over the "Like" link, you get a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Mr suges, Sadly, it wasn't just the $40 curling app that caused me to remain with Apple. It was also the range of other apps that I use that, in my experience, just work better on an iPad. I also have an Android tablet (Nexus 7) and my own personal experience so far is that a number of the apps I commonly use either are not available on Android or are not updated as frequently or provide the same functionality. I wish this were not the case - and I hope that in the long term we can get to where there are two ecosystems that are more close in terms of functionality. In the meantime, though, I needed to get things done and so found myself yet again in Apple's world.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2016 on Giving Up On The iPad2 at Disruptive Telephony
The first step to successful writing or blogging is very simple... write something! Put words on the page or on the screen. End the tyranny of the "blank page" or "blank screen". Start... somewhere. Write... something. And then, in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Yesterday my teenage daughter clued me in to something that Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign is doing that none of the other Democratic or Republican presidential candidates seem to be doing: advertising on Snapchat! Once you take a photo in Snapchat,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
After experimenting with Facebook Live video last week, I encountered an interesting limit: Regular users are LIMITED TO 30 MINUTES per live video stream. When doing a Facebook Live stream this morning, I suddenly found I started getting warning messages... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Hey Twitter... your Periscope is in for some serious trouble! On January 28, 2016, Facebook started expanding their "Live Video" to all iOS users in the USA - and it's definitely a strong offering! Naturally, I had to take Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Is it time to use Transport Layer Security (TLS... essentially what we used to call "SSL") to add a layer of trust and security to Voice-over-IP (VoIP) that uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)? Way back in June 2014, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
This week Facebook released amazing quarterly results for Q4 of 2015 that truly show what a HUGE hub of activity Facebook has become. Mark Zuckerberg posted this "Comunity Update" photo with these staggering numbers for monthly active users (MAU): 1.59... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
There are moments in life where you can remember exactly where you were... moments that live with you forever. Today was the anniversary of one of those. I was a freshman at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, and remember being in the "lounge" of Sackett House, one of the "mini-dorms" at UNH, where there was the only TV. (Things were different then.) I remember being there with another resident, a woman named Alison, I believe, who dreamed of being an astronaut and was in the Air Force ROTC program to start down that path. My memory is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Dan York
Unfortunately, a year later I have no idea how it was fixed... whether I had to do something or whether if was a transient error that corrected itself. Sorry I can't be of more help.
Wow.. the good old PMD660! I still have mine here although I haven't used it in years. (I'm using a Zoom H5 these days.) At the time I wrote this, I never did find a small mixer that worked for me. Today, however, I do see a wide range of smaller mixers out there. I recently bought a Mackie 402 for a small home music studio ( ) and it doesn't have an AUX out, but it does have a Tape Out that might be potentially useful for a mix-minus. I also looked at the Peavey PV6 which looked quite nice and does have an EFX Out which could do a mix-minus - Beyond that I haven't really done much digging. Best wishes finding something!
Yea! Our daughter's curling team is heading to the 2016 USA Curling Junior National Championships this month! Her team will be one of the top 10 junior women's teams competing for the championship in Willmar, Minnesota, from January 16-23. She and her team are SO excited! Over the holiday break her curling team competed at the regional "GNCC Playdowns" where three womens teams were competing for two slots at the Nationals. Starting on Sunday, December 27, 2015, it was a very tense set of days, but on Tuesday morning they were able to win their final game and get the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Dan York
As has been my tradition for a while now, I like to start off on January 1 writing about my "three words" that represent my aspirations for the year ahead. (See my 2015 three words and also earlier years.) So here we go for 2016... STRATEGY I've found myself quite "busy" this past year, but the question is whether I've been "busy" with the right things. And more to the point - has there been a reason for some of the things I've been doing. Not that you absolutely NEED a reason for everything... but we live in an age... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Dan York
I don't know what font that W is in, unfortunately.