Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 8, 2014 10:39 pm
Urgent security update

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this…

I’m guessing most people have heard about this by now.  This is an issue on the server-side so don’t change your password unless instructed by that site to do so.  Changing it before they have patched the issue just leaves your new password equally vulnerable.

May 19, 2013 3:18 pm
marksbirch:

So, a new era begins for Tumblr…

Still don’t think Yahoo! is going to overhaul as much as people are worried. The integration with their services might cause some problems but they’ll let tumblr keep doing what it does for it’s “cool” factor. If anything I think Yahoo’s engineers will actually add some cool stuff, maybe a better reply format.

marksbirch:

So, a new era begins for Tumblr…

Still don’t think Yahoo! is going to overhaul as much as people are worried. The integration with their services might cause some problems but they’ll let tumblr keep doing what it does for it’s “cool” factor. If anything I think Yahoo’s engineers will actually add some cool stuff, maybe a better reply format.

May 17, 2013 6:09 pm
techhive:

Could a Tumblr deal fix Yahoo’s square reputation?
Not sure how I feel about Yahoo! buying Tumblr. What are your thoughts?

Obviously buying tumblr alone is going against brand. I’ll be the optimist and say they will probably stay hands off and add some advertising/search integration. Hell maybe we’ll even get lucky and they’ll improve some of the stupid functionality such as how you reply. Of course they could just delete all the porn and piss off 80% of the site.

techhive:

Could a Tumblr deal fix Yahoo’s square reputation?

Not sure how I feel about Yahoo! buying Tumblr. What are your thoughts?

Obviously buying tumblr alone is going against brand. I’ll be the optimist and say they will probably stay hands off and add some advertising/search integration. Hell maybe we’ll even get lucky and they’ll improve some of the stupid functionality such as how you reply. Of course they could just delete all the porn and piss off 80% of the site.

January 19, 2013 7:51 pm 3:50 pm
thingsairafound:

3 Despicable Internet Behaviors That Are Really Your Fault
Hey guys, check out this awesome article I discovered about why your actions online are bringing about the apocalypse. Article could only be better if it went into more detail about how all Norwegians are filthy thieves and should be locked away in prison to rot forever. Reblog this if you agree, like if you think kittens are cute.

Might as well retitle the article “Why Tumblr Kind of Sucks.”

thingsairafound:

3 Despicable Internet Behaviors That Are Really Your Fault

Hey guys, check out this awesome article I discovered about why your actions online are bringing about the apocalypse. Article could only be better if it went into more detail about how all Norwegians are filthy thieves and should be locked away in prison to rot forever. Reblog this if you agree, like if you think kittens are cute.

Might as well retitle the article “Why Tumblr Kind of Sucks.”

January 12, 2013 10:56 am
Stowe Boyd: Is Self-Disclosure In Social Networks Like Masturbation?

stoweboyd:

Alina Turgend writes about bragging and the way it stimulates the part of our brains linked to stimulation from sex.

Alina Turgend, The Etiquette of Celebrating or Bragging About Achievements

Last year, two Harvard neuroscientists published a paper, “Disclosing Information About the…

I find the psychological implications of this astounding.

December 29, 2012 10:43 pm
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Surprisingly, I found my sister’s insights on Tumblr most interesting.

First off, she described Tumblr as a photo service: “It’s photos only.” I mean, she knew that it supported text posts — after I cried, “You know it’s a blogging platform, right?!” — but couldn’t remember a time when she saw anything but a photo in her Dashboard.

Second, despite knowing many active Tumblr users, she said she didn’t know anyone who actually posted on the service. Rather she said the majority of her friends merely consumed content, with a tiny minority reblogging stuff that reflected who they wanted to be (more on that later).

Third, she said most of her friends stopped using the service once they reached high school: “Tumblr is mostly middle schoolers. Especially hipsters. They just reblog stuff.” (Note: we’re from Santa Monica and my sister would be considered “hipster” by Northeast standards.)

Finally, whereas Instagram is a place you follow “celebrities and bands,” she mentioned that on Tumblr her friends follow people who they aspire to be. Cobra Snake was her quintessential example of the type of Tumblr user that is idolized on the service. These “idols” are the ones who post most of the content (photos) on Tumblr, content that is then reblogged by kids who aspire to be what the photos represent.

My takeaway: I can’t get over the “middle schoolers use it” comment, especially since they use Tumblr as an identity tool. That’s exactly how my friends and I used Myspace in middle school, and we too abandoned it (for Facebook) once we reached high school. So in middle school you care a lot about your personal presentation (themes and cultural images on your Myspace or Tumblr page), but once you reach high school you care more about the people you present yourself with (photos on Facebook and Instagram)? Maybe I’m reading into this too much. Maybe not.

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Tenth Grade Tech Trends

This is from an article this guy wrote based on what his 15 year old sister said about social media sites.  I found the Tumblr section the most interesting.

December 16, 2012 6:03 pm
The Web We Lost - Anil Dash

I have been seeing this article passed around a lot this past week, so I finally took the time to read through it.  While I certainly don’t disagree with the writer or his conclusions, I definitely have issues with it which is surprising considering how much it is being passed around.  Even though he alludes to it, I feel like Mr. Dash for the most part overlooks how necessary the techniques of the prominent social networks now were for them to garner the massive amount of users they have.  The open tools of the early 2000’s and late 90’s may have looked great to those that actively seeked them out, but before the rise of web 2.0’s popularity most users had no interest in such applications.  While these were not technically challenging tools the vast majority of users need an overtly simple, targeted product being pushed to them.  This required the investing and deals that, as he put, made a “very few very rich.”  I do agree that everything works in cycles and now that even the technologically illiterate are learning how to work these products fairly well we will see some of these services start to return.

November 21, 2012 2:10 am
The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence

This article kind of helps explain why you can’t trust the internet to accurately predict general interest.  The election, movies these things can appear to have much more interest garnered than they actually have.

September 4, 2012 9:50 pm
"“People whose friends post some (or a lot of) political content on social networking sites are much more likely to say that they have changed their mind about a political issue or become more involved with a political issue after reading/discussing them on a social network (compared with people whose friends don’t post much political content),” Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at Pew, told me Tuesday via email."