data Archives

  1. ‘Which Is the Most Important Device You Use to Connect to the Internet?’ →

    Gruber’s takeaway from the survey data reminds us that the transition away from PCs has not been cut and dry, and that the point of transition in terms of an inflection point has already occurred:

    Assuming the polling is valid, this suggests we’ve already passed the inflection point where most people consider their mobile devices (phone and tablet) central to their use of the internet.

    More abruptly stated:

    The bottom line: the post-PC world is here.

    Coinciding with the 2015 survey results, my two most important connected devices are also my smartphone and laptop. I do not own a tablet, and I only turn my desktop on if I have wiped my laptop and need to download Ethernet drivers.

    With smartphones and tablets on the incline, I suspect there are an increasing number of users in the world who use their device(s) to consume data.

    For my lifestyle at work and at home, I need devices from which I can consume and create. While a tablet may meet my creation needs at home, I do not see smartphones or tablets giving me the ability to comfortably design computer hardware in the near future.

  2. iOS 8 and the “Recently Deleted” Photo Folder

    While browsing photos on my iPhone 5S this morning, I stumbled into a folder I have never seen, named “Recently Deleted”.

    Since most of my phone’s memory is full of photos, I was concerned that I was reaching the storage limits of my iPhone, causing the phone to automatically delete photos, without my consent. This would not be a big deal, as I use Dropbox’s camera upload feature to nab any photo I take on my phone, however all of the photos in this folder were recent.

    After some reading, I learned that folder simply used to allows you restore photos which you intentionally deleted. Phew.

    It seems that while life happens, I have stopped keeping track of what features are included in these software updates.

  3. Facebook now lets you choose who controls your account after you die →

    I’ve wondered and written about permalinks, and what happens to internet content after the author of a website is no longer with us. I think it is good to see we are headed in a direction of preserving content, if the author is interested in doing so.

    Facebook is putting its users in control of what happens to their accounts after they die. Starting today, users in the US will be able to chose to have their accounts deleted after death or grant another person on Facebook permission to manage an account on their behalf. Facebook calls this person an account’s “legacy contact,” and users will be able to choose that person through the website’s or app’s security page.

    It would not surprise me if the internet superheros of our time have monies set aside along with instructions for a trusted “legacy contact” to preserve their web content after they have passed. But, for how many generations will the author’s content be preserved? Will their legacy contact be the only generation following their death to preserve their internet legacy? What will happen as technologies change?

  4. The real usable space of an iOS device →

    Dave Mark responds to Kirk McElhearn’s post which reminds us that the advertised total storage of a device is often perceived to be more than the actual storage, as this space is actually used to hold the device’s operating system as well as apps, leaving you with less space than you had hoped for storing media:

    People should simply not buy 16 GB devices any more. Also, to me, it’s photos and media storage that bring me to my device limit, much more so than games.

    Is avoiding the 16 GB device really the solution? What about in twenty years? Are we all going to be carrying 1TB iOS devices so we can have every photo and every video we have ever snapped in our pockets?

    Whether technology is capable or not, I think a ballooning need for memory is not a reasonable solution to the problem of running out of local space for our media. In fact, it tells the consumer that they can delay learning how to back-up their data — (to the cloud or otherwise) — because when they run out of space, the next device on the market will have even more storage for their digital hoarding habit.

    Companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Dropbox should be encouraging users to back-up their data and store it in the cloud for instant access. While the tools are out there, there are not enough people talking about back-up practices for the digital hoarder.

    It seems like there is much room for cloud accessibility tools to grow. For example, having an unorganized list of thousands of scrolling pictures to access in Dropbox is just not as friendly as Apple’s built-in photo album organization (grouping photos by collections, year, location, etc).

    But, I admit that I haven’t searched for a better tool, as my 64GB iPhone 5S currently holds all of the photos I have taken since purchasing my first iPhone back in 2010. I use the excuse that I need 64GB of storage for recording audio, but the truth is, I am lazy like everyone else, and buying the phone with the most storage gets me out of having to deal with the problem today.

    Just the other day, I plugged my iPhone into the wall to charge it, and was prompted with a message telling me that, at 25GB, I no longer have enough space left in my iCloud account for a back-up. Is the best solution to upgrade our iCloud storage every time we run out of space for our automated back-ups? Is it reasonable to always buy the device that offers the most amount of storage? Or should we learn to store and access our media in the cloud, and remove old media from our devices all together, save a few bucks, and stop buying the “largest” device on the market?

  5. Recovering the past to understand the future →

    Interesting story on how scientists digitally archived old satellite photos to gather more information on how climate change is affecting the ice caps.

    “By extending the satellite record back to the 1960s, we can understand more about the history and natural variability in things like sea ice extent in the Arctic, and the Antarctic,” said David Gallaher, technical services manager at NSIDC. The modern satellite record of sea ice goes back only to 1979.

    Make sure to watch the video.

    (via The Verge)