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GDPR notifications and a chance to review.

With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) coming into force on May 25th, I like many of you have been getting lots of emails from companies telling you about updates to their security policies.

This is a good opportunity to decide if you still want to receive communications from these companies and services.  As well it’s a good time to decide if you still want to use the service.  I’ve gotten emails over the last few weeks from companies I had forgotten about. In many cases, I had signed up to take look at the product or service and then promptly forgotten about.    I have been taking the time to unsubscribe and delete my data from these services I am no longer using,

New digital story formats for news

Tristan Ferne of the BBC’s R&D dept. (Yes they have one) has a great piece about how the 800-word article is still the primary way news sites publish.  

But back in 2014 research from Quartz found that “the place between 500 and 800 words is the place you don’t want to be”. They found that this length lacked both the focus and share-ability of a short piece and the pay-off of a longer piece. This length of article isn’t distinctive and is often duplicative.

With the options that publishing to digital provides it can be both a blessing and a curse.  Having to publish content that will generate eyeballs to several platforms at first seems daunting but thanks to technology it can be overcome.   There are quite a few options for news organizations to present stories in a way that can be compelling and informative. If we are to stop the rise of ‘fake news’ and misrepresentations of the truth we have to look into better options. How they can do that with the current financial crisis continues to be a challenge.

.Well worth a read to get an idea of what the current landscape looks like, I was unaware of many of the options, many I find quite interesting.



A brief history of sound cards

On Tedium, Ernie Smith writes a brief history about sound cards.

Nor was it the only major player in the market. Also in 1987, a Canadian company called AdLib was the first major player to the musical computing market, and its device proved an early success. These cards relied on the Industry Standard Architecture, or ISA, expansion slots that had been common on IBM PCs since their 1981 release.

Several takeaways from this.  I had forgotten about AdLib and how they were a major player in this space back then.  Also, the fact the so much time has passed that Ernie has to explain how in the pre USB days, computers had slots for expansion cards and drivers had to be written for every app.

Kids have it so easy these days. 🙂



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