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May 07, 2013

You can no longer buy Adobe software, just rent it for $50 a month

Adobe Ends Creative Suite, New Software Versions Will Only Be Available Through Creative Cloud -- nofilmschool
About a year ago, Adobe announced that they were going to be offering subscriptions for their software through what they were calling Creative Cloud. Besides being a monthly subscription instead of a one-time fee, Creative Cloud also offers other advantages like being able to view and share work from any device through specific applications. Back in March, Adobe killed off boxed versions of the Creative Suite, suggesting that they were going to move away from CS altogether, and starting in June, they’re doing just that: future versions of Creative Suite will only be available through Creative Cloud. . . . Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator will all be branded as CC applications going forward, and the only way you’re going to be able to purchase them is through the Creative Cloud. The big difference between owning the software and purchasing through Creative Cloud is that if you decide to stop paying the subscription for a period of time, you no longer have access to the software.
*Thanks, Jeff!*

May 01, 2013

Man quits the internet for a year, feels isolated and alone and depressed

In the parenting press and mommy blogs there is a routine call to unplug. To take a vacation from your devices. To limit email and the internet and twitter and facebook and so on to just a few hours a week. Screens, they say, are killing you. Pish posh, I say. They are just avenues of communication. This is how we talk to each other. Asking me to give up my smartphone for a month is asking me to not talk to my friends for a month. Why on earth would that be a good idea? I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet | The Verge
In fact, most things I was learning could be realized with or without an internet connection — you don't need to go on a yearlong internet fast to realize your sister has feelings. But one big change was snail mail. I got a PO Box this year, and I can't tell you how much of a joy it was to see the box stuffed with letters from readers. It's something tangible, and something hard to simulate with an e-card. In neatly spaced, precisely adorable lettering, one girl wrote on a physical piece of paper: "Thank you for leaving the internet." Not as an insult, but as a compliment. That letter meant the world to me. But then I felt bad, because I never wrote back. And then, for some reason, even going to the post office sounded like work. I began to dread the letters and almost resent them. As it turned out, a dozen letters a week could prove to be as overwhelming as a hundred emails a day. And that was the way it went in most aspects of my life. A good book took motivation to read, whether I had the internet as an alternative or not. Leaving the house to hang out with people took just as much courage as it ever did. By late 2012, I'd learned how to make a new style of wrong choices off the internet. I abandoned my positive offline habits, and discovered new offline vices. Instead of taking boredom and lack of stimulation and turning them into learning and creativity, I turned toward passive consumption and social retreat. A year in, I don't ride my bike so much. My frisbee gathers dust. Most weeks I don't go out with people even once. My favorite place is the couch. I prop my feet up on the coffee table, play a video game, and listen to an audiobook. I pick a mindless game, like Borderlands 2 or Skate 3, and absently thumb the sticks through the game-world while my mind rests on the audiobook, or maybe just on nothing.

April 30, 2013

Twitter officially recommends ot using your computer for Twitter

After a series of high-profile account hijackings--including the AP--Twitter has issued a suggestion to media outlets that they not use twitter on computers that they do anything else on. Twitter Recommends Users Have One Computer Solely For Tweeting
Twitter sent a memo to news organizations (before you ask, no, The Appeal didn’t get one) detailing ways these publications can protect their accounts, some of which don’t seem completely practical. For example, the memo suggests using only one computer for the publication’s Twitter account, a computer that won’t be used for surfing the web or checking email. From the memo: Designate one computer to use for Twitter. This helps keep your Twitter password from being spread around. Don’t use this computer to read email or surf the web, to reduce the chances of malware infection. So, a dedicated Twitter device? Too bad Peek kicked the bucket!