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Infocidal Maniacs

Technoccult - 6 hours 34 min ago

It’s been five years since _why a lucky stiff committed “infocide,” deleting his Twitter account, all of his websites, and his GitHub account containing all of his code projects.

There have been countless debates about the relative ethics of infocide, and I don’t have anything to add. But can I ever relate. There are days that I want to delete my Twitter accounts, my Tumblr accounts, yank my noise albums off the web and, of course nuke this very blog. There’s over 14 years of material here, dating back to when I was 18 years old. Much of it is merely embarrassing, some of it is out right shameful. It would be nice to flush it all down the memory hole and, like the band said, rip it up and start again. Create a new persona, a new blog, a new Twitter account.

Or not. Really, what I fantasize about most is just unplugging entirely. Many people thoughts, good and bad, about this whole unplugging thing. And again, I have nothing to add except: geez whiz it sounds like it would be nice not just to unplug for a day or a month or, like that lucky bastard Paul Miller, an entire year, but to be done with this whole internet thing once and for all. To get a newspaper subscription, dig my library card out of whatever creased recess of my wallet it’s been banished to and just get on with life and pretend that the web was just weird dream that spanned nearly two decades of my life.

Of course, it’s not so simple. I have a job to do, and it requires the web. There’s not many living jobs out there any more, and there are even fewer that I’m qualified for. Most of them require using the internet. And the internet is where my friends are. And I know the newspapers would pile up, the library books would slip go overdue before I read ‘em, and any new blog or Twitter account I created would become just unwieldy as the last.

So I’ll stick around. But a fellow can dream, can’t he? Well, here’s to you, _why. Hope you’re making the best of it.

Categories: Occulture

Beats Antique: She Is Looking for Something

Technoccult - August 19, 2014 - 10:00pm

This new Beats Antique video features costumes made by my wife and her business partner Brandy Grey. Jillian also makes a small cameo appearance in the video!

Categories: Occulture

Simple 2.0 for iPhone is the most gorgeous banking app ever

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 7:47pm
Simple is the bank that refuses to be just a bank. Existing entirely online through its web and mobile apps, Simple offers slick budgeting tools, instant money transfers between accounts, and a great design. Today Simple 2.0 for iOS and Android…Read more ›

The Simpsons take a swipe at Clash Of Clans

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 7:36pm
Tired of just tapping your way through The Simpsons mobile game, creating your own private Springfield, waiting for your energy donuts to replenish? It appears that publisher Electronic Arts has heard your “Doh!” and has created a new bit of…Read more ›

AAPL is back: stock closes at all-time high of $100.53

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 6:19pm
AAPL shares have finally completed the long climb back to 2012 levels today, closing at an all-time high of $100.53 per share. The stock’s 1.4 percent rise today was aided by bullish reports from both RBC and Morgan Stanley claiming…Read more ›

Top Apple analysts says iWatch is running too late for 2014 launch

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 6:03pm
Despite a planned October unveiling, Apple may still not release the iWatch until next year. That’s the latest from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, an unusually reliable Apple analyst. Re/code reported two months ago that Apple’s first “foray into wearable…Read more ›

Partially assembled iPhone 6 leaks ahead of September keynote

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 5:06pm
At this point we’ve seen pretty much every nook and cranny of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but a new leak gives us the best look at the device yet. Luxury accessory maker Feld & Volk has shared images of what…Read more ›

Creepy Steve Jobs wax statue spotted selling iPhone 5s in China

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 5:03pm
Steve Jobs and his reality distortion field are no longer with us for epic keynotes and marketing blitzes, but an Apple reseller in China has come up with the next best thing: an Steve Jobs wax statue touting the iPhone…Read more ›

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Apple Edition

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 4:00pm
Every now and then an Internet craze will spread around the world with everyone trying their hands at it. From the cinnamon challenge to the fire challenge, each one brings its own risks and sometimes even pain. The latest challenge…Read more ›

Apple seeds fourth OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 beta to developers

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 2:14pm
Yosemite beta testers got a new treat from Apple yesterday, but Cupertino is continuing to refine its next major release of Mavericks by seeding the fourth beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers this morning. OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build…Read more ›

Mailbox for Mac public beta goes live with new drafts and snooze feature

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 1:44pm
Mailbox has quickly become one of the most popular email management apps on iOS, and now the public is about to get its first taste of what it can do on the desktop too. The company announced this morning that…Read more ›

Shoot and share 360° panoramas with Google Photo Sphere for iPhone

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 12:51pm
Google has launched an official Photo Sphere app for iPhone that allows users to snap 360° panoramas and then publish them on Google Maps. It’s perfect for capturing all of the amazing places you visit, and it lets your friends share…Read more ›

Last chance to get OS Developer Training and to stock up on Duracell batteries [Deals]

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 12:15pm
Learn to make awesome websites with OSTraining [Deals] No matter what kind of business you are in, it pays to have a well constructed website. Well constructed websites these days are designed using content management systems like WordPress and and…Read more ›

iPhone 6 will use new Qualcomm modem for 50% faster LTE

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 11:47am
The iPhone 6 will be able to chew threw data plans quicker than any other Apple smartphone, according to the newest leak from GeekBar, which claims the iPhone 6 will be capable of 150Mbps download speeds. To achieve the 50%…Read more ›

iTunes Festival adds over 20 new artists to concert lineup

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 10:57am
Apple is stuffing the lineup of its 2014 iTunes Festival concert in London next month with the additions of Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, SOHN, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams and 16 other artists and bands. The new acts will join the…Read more ›

Creative Sound Blaster Roar: a powerful Bluetooth speaker with five drivers and built-in subwoofer [Sponsored post]

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 10:00am
This post is brought to you by Creative Labs, creator of the Sound Blaster Roar. The Sound Blaster Roar is the epitome of audio quality, features and great looks combined into one device. Musicality, accurate timbre, tonality, with deep, tight…Read more ›

Apple seeds iOS 8 beta 6 to testing partners ahead of GM seed

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 9:42am
Apple’s software testing partners have reportedly received a new iOS 8 beta build that fixes a whole bunch of bugs present in beta 5. It seems the Cupertino company won’t be making this release available to registered developers, but sources say…Read more ›

7 amazing extensions we want to see in iOS 8

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 9:30am
iOS 8 will bring Extensions to your iPhone and iPad. Extensions are essentially miniature versions of apps that can be run inside other apps. For instance, if you have Evernote installed on your iPhone, you could pop up the Evernote…Read more ›

Sprint’s new ‘Framily’ plans give you 20GB of data for only $100 a month

Cult of Mac - August 19, 2014 - 8:50am
Sprint has seen better days. Now existing as the distant fourth wireless carrier in America, it needs a win to score customers back. Sprint’s recently announced new “Framily” plans might just be that win. They not only let you feel…Read more ›


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