Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 11/5/10

First, I’d like to thank all our readers for their steady readership.  Last month we had the biggest traffic month (in terms of unique visitors and pageviews) we’ve had since starting this blog back in 2008, and we’re flattered you keep coming back for more.  Hopefully, we can keep this pattern going.  We appreciate you coming along for the ride.

Here’s the past week summed up in tidy links, all of which were deemed interesting by yours truly and not at all objectively measured or ranked within any credible system whatsoever.

For the first time, the TSA meets resistance.

Microsoft changes strategy with Silverlight, acknowledging “…HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform.”  The days of  proprietary Rich Internet Application (RIA) frameworks are quickly coming to an end.  See also: Adobe’s own Flash to HTML5 conversion tool.

The #1 most crazy idea Steve Ballmer has ever heard.

MapCrunch: teleport instantly to a Google Street View location somewhere in the world.  More fascinating than I just made it sound.  Seriously.

Blekko: live slashtag search.  (Say what? you ask.  It’s all about a new way to tag information on the web.  Read about slashtags here.)

The NYTimes’s Christoph Niemann nails another one, this time very entertainingly showing us that daily human life is subject to the universal laws of physics.

The hand pause.  In the words of Jim Coudal: “What hands do whilst waiting for devices to catch up with their intent.”  Simple and accurate observation.

Finally, Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie pens a long (3,500 word) missive on the state of the company and the industry – as he departs for greener pastures.  Maybe it’s just me, but this writing is about as opaque as it gets and serves almost no one.  Perhaps this is/was part of Microsoft’s messaging problems to the consumer markets.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


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