Urbanspoon’s Demise

Author: Lyle

I had been a user of Urbanspoon for quite a long time – I think it was the first app I downloaded on my first iPhone (iPhone 3, if I recall). I was great when traveling for finding a place to eat, and I eventually started adding reviews there and placing Urbanspoon tags on my travel log.  Urbanspoon has recently been absorbed by something called “Zomato“.

The transition has apparently not taken Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 8.08.35 AMmy account with it, I’m unable to log in.  Even as a new user of Zomato I can’t get it to recognize the city I want to search – it seems to think I’m in London, with no way to change this.  The location change widget just cycles on a cryptic “Peabody, Peabody”.   I looked at downloadingthe iPhone app, but the reviews are terrible.  The Urbanspoon user base seems to have mostly bolted, based on the reviews on line and comments on news articles (most are advising to move to Yelp).  This may be a lesson on mismanagement of integrating an acquisition in the long run.

I’m not sure where I’ll move to for searching – most likely Yelp – but I am glad I’ve been keeping the bulk of my content in an app I control directly.

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These are, of course, automated posts from millions of machines across the globe searching for ways to exploit comment mechanisms.  They seek to create many links back to sites they are promoting; selling things or trying to pump up Google rankings or something. When you think of all the years of technology, hard work to deploy networking systems between homes and cities, and the monstrous amounts of electricity it takes to keep all these computers running its kind of depressing to think that half of the world’s computer resources are for the purposes of spamming.

How Tetris Helped Game Boy Take Over the World.

How cool is it that Woz posted a comment on this article!

Automatic

Author: Lyle

Automatic: An Auto Accessory to Make You a Smarter Driver.

Just keeping track of this link – a very cool idea, and makes me question the need for On Star.

Iceland Gear

Author: Lyle

Documenting gear purchased for Iceland in the winter.

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How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username — Medium.

(Found this article through a link on LinkedIn)

This is a recount of someone who lost their Twitter account through extortion.  A good read, with real useful advice.

I was going in a direction of trying to reduce the number of Email accounts I have to maintain, but when using email addresses to control accounts, it seems like having them point to “unchangeable” domains (gmail.com, yahoo.com, me.com, etc.) is a good strategy.  And, having common exploit apps with personal information (Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn) use the same Email account for management seems like a problem (maintain multiple systems as the administrator account).

While linked systems provides great convenience, the mechanisms for authentication of transactions continues to be a major weakness, relying on common ID numbers and communication links which can be lost or redirected.  There isn’t enough economic incentive for service providers to change because the cost to them is very minor and is just an expense for doing business.  The impacted customers go through huge time and financial loss.  The recent ID theft at Target and Neiman Marcus might be the beginning of a conversion to stronger systems, but a lot of inertia to move large institutions makes this a long process.

Incredible article.  A real eye opener in terms of common understanding of healthcare in the US.

JAMA Network | JAMA | The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States.

Favorite: “US health care is not a system, as it is neither coordinated by a central entity nor governed by individuals and institutions that interact in predictable ways.”

I’ve seen lists like these (and made up my own from time to time).  I thought this one was spot on and well written.  A good practice regimen, regardless of your instrument.

http://proguitarshop.com/andyscorner/ten-ultimate-guitar-tips

 

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen, 1.0mm, Black, 16ct MSLP16-Blk.

Gotta love Amazon for having the sense of humor to leave these comments on line.  This might be the funniest thing Amazon is selling.

Data Proliferation

Author: Lyle

From DOGHOUSE | Someone help..

Gizmodo pointed me to this, its got to be a universal problem for anyone who has had to upgrade technology.  All your media, messages, and data get scattered across a dozen file formats, storage technologies, and physical locations.  One answer would be to consolidate everything to one; not possible.  Another would be to be very good about moving and converting every time you buy a new piece of equipment; also not possible.

What bothers me most is the proliferation of Email accounts.  Its a lot of work to move an Email account, which is probably why I still know people with aol.com domains.

Click on the link – informative and funny.