Enabling of Ad Blocking in Apple’s iOS 9 Prompts Backlash – The New York Times

There is a small revolution going on at the moment. The very successful and great content creators of the internet start to understand how their business model actually works.

These are the same people who have turned a blind eye for years at the issues surrounding music and the monetizing of music.

They kept saying: look for a new business model, look for a new business model, look for a new business model, look for a new…

I don’t mind them and their content going away. Even if it’s the New York Times.

What I like to see come back is a business model between creators and end users based on open and transparent transactions: I use your content, I pay you directly for it. Either up front and can keep the content or transparently per use.

But the new middle men are much much worse than the old labels used to be.

Apps that block all ads are threatening some web publishers’ livelihoods, which in turn could threaten some content on the web.

Source: Enabling of Ad Blocking in Apple’s iOS 9 Prompts Backlash – The New York Times

Turning off Javascript

Oh. My. God. I have had NoScript enabled which pretty much claims to do the same thing, but it still seems to slow the browser down considerably. Not to mention the constantly nagging dialog boxes.

If you actually turn off Javascript in Firefox like so (see image), the browsing speed increase is tremendous. I was surprised myself.


Sure, it feels like you’re surfing the web in 1997 and I had to turn Javascript back on in order to be able to upload the above image to this posting, but boy is it quick.

And I suspect that there is _a lot_ of room for speed improvement with clever coding. Come on coders!! Do it! Save those CPU cycles!

Technology company and musicians – a love relationship

I just looked at the (German) Wikipedia page of Twitter and found this table there. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I don’t think the German matters.

What I find interesting is, that 7 (!) out of the top 10 accounts with the most followers are from musicians. And the tech world keeps telling musicians that their work is a commodity and treats it as basically worthless. Better yet: they™   run a huge campaign to effectively undermine every effort to create a level playing field in the digital world.

But thinking a little longer about this I can sort of understand: it must be a terrible feeling that there are people out there who manage to deeply touch and affect people with a simple song.

Twitter – Reichweitenstaerkste Accounts

Source: Twitter – Wikipedia

I really did leave Gmail behind

Notice the sharp dropoff in messages from 2013 to 2014:


The reason why there are messages at all is that I still have a couple of alerts that get delivered to that address.

And contrary to many technophiles I’m still alive, I can still communicate with everybody, I get everything done in other words: we don’t necessarily need Google for everything.

Although I wish that the problem of search would be solved far better than it is now. Even though Google is doing a great job, it could be much better:

downrank obvious content farms

remove illegal content from the results

remove scammy websites from the ad-network

I know it’s not easy, but when has Google every shied away from a hard challenge? You can do it, can’t you?

Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too – HBR

The article linked below is extremely sad. I know this for a fact since I`m working in the industry that`s most affected by this sort of behavior.

And what`s particularly sad is that people all over the world who proclaim to be music lovers ignore and outright laugh at the challenges and exploitation that culture creators face.

Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too – HBR.