Virality Is History

We all watch different TV shows and read different books and listen to different music. So nothing catches fire and blows up, because no one’s got the time for what they’re already interested in.

So marketers furiously look for publicity in newspapers, blogs, believing it will start a fire. But it won’t unless it’s truly eye or ear-popping. It has to be equivalent to the Beatles, or at least Adele, to get traction.

Otherwise, you’ve got to convert people one by one. Which sellers hate. Because it’s slow and difficult and you win or lose on your merits. It’s hard to fake people out, and they’re certainly not going to tell anybody else.

So, it’s about train-wreck or quality. And even then, word is gonna spread slowly. Just look at all the clickbait on legitimate websites. You know the drill, lurid headline and when you click through you’re inundated with ads, so you don’t.

Marketers have brought this upon themselves. We’re overloaded, we’re not paying attention. We have to hear it from a trusted source before we’ll click.

Source: Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Virality Is History

Computers and Video Surveillance

It used to be that surveillance cameras were passive. Maybe they just recorded, and no one looked at the video unless they needed to. Maybe a bored guard watched a dozen different screens, scanning for something interesting. In either case, the video was only stored for a few days because storage was expensive.

Increasingly, none of that is true. Recent developments in video analytics — fueled by artificial intelligence techniques like machine learning — enable computers to watch and understand surveillance videos with human-like discernment. Identification technologies make it easier to automatically figure out who is in the videos. And finally, the cameras themselves have become cheaper, more ubiquitous, and much better; cameras mounted on drones can effectively watch an entire city. Computers can watch all the video without human issues like distraction, fatigue, training, or needing to be paid. The result is a level of surveillance that was impossible just a few years ago.

An ACLU report published Thursday called “the Dawn of Robot Surveillance” says AI-aided video surveillance “won’t just record us, but will also make judgments about us based on their understanding of our actions, emotions, skin color, clothing, voice, and more. These automated ‘video analytics’ technologies threaten to fundamentally change the nature of surveillance.”

Source: Computers and Video Surveillance – Schneier on Security

Free Mac Security Tools

OverSight – Mac malware often spies on users by recording audio and video sessions…sometimes in an undetected manner. OverSight monitors a mac’s mic and webcam, alerting the user when the internal mic is activated, or whenever a process accesses the webcam.

Source: Objective-See

Well then, that’s that

LMMS – Let’s make music

Produce music with your computer

by creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.

Playback instruments, samples and plugins

with a typing or MIDI keyboard in a user-friendly and modern interface.

Bundled with ready-to-use content

from an assortment of instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples to VST and SoundFont support.

Source: LMMS | Home

Open-source music creation tool LMMS has issued its first stable update in over 4 years!

Once pitched as a free Fruityloops (now FL Studio) clone, LMMS has matured into a brilliant beat maker (okay, digital audio workstation) in its own right.

The app boasts an easy-to-use interface, lots of tools, and plenty of advanced features, including support for VST instruments.

Why I Switched From Visual Studio Code To JetBrains WebStorm

In my current project, I met a developer who was really confused that I was using an editor and not an IDE for the development of large business applications. First, I did not really consider his concerns but meanwhile, I understand him.

In this blog post, I want to tell you why I now mainly use WebStorm instead of VS Code for development.


This is a very hot topic and I know this will cause some controversy. In the following article, I talk about my experience using WebStorm in a large Angular application which was mainly developed in VS Code.

Source: Why I Switched From Visual Studio Code To JetBrains WebStorm – DEV Community ??????

How Apple’s deal with Amazon screwed over small recycling businesses

“Amazon needs brands. We know that consumers search on brands, and so Amazon will go to pretty drastic lengths to get access to those [products],” says Sucharita Kodali, a Forrester analyst specializing in e-commerce and consumer trends. Since the early 2000s, Amazon’s primary way to acquire well-known brands was to let third-party merchants resell them, Kodali notes. “The brands have noticed, and the brands want to control more of their presence online. And because Amazon is such a big presence in e-commerce, if you want to control your brand presence online, you have to control what it looks like on Amazon.” That inevitably means cutting deals and shutting out what, in Apple’s eyes, are rogue merchants.

Source: How Apple’s deal with Amazon screwed over small recycling businesses – The Verge

Mac Open Web, by Brian Warren

A collection of open and indie Mac, iOS, and web apps that help promote the open web. Updated May 20, 2019Submit any new links & issues on this project at Github

Source: Mac Open Web, by Brian Warren

ClickHouse — open source distributed column-oriented DBMS

ClickHouse’s performance exceeds comparable column-oriented DBMS currently available on the market. It processes hundreds of millions to more than a billion rows and tens of gigabytes of data per single server per second.

Source: ClickHouse — open source distributed column-oriented DBMS


Make Art with DataMorph is a free & open-source tool for creating designs, animations or interactive visualizations from data

Source: Morph