It’s not easy to cut yourself off from a system that links you to friends, family and employer, all of whom expect you to be contactable and sometimes get upset when you’re not. There are powerful network effects in play here against which the individual addict is helpless. And while “just say no” may be a viable strategy in relation to some services (for example, Facebook), it is now a futile one in relation to the networked world generally. We’re long past the point of no return in our connected lives.

Most people don’t realise this. They imagine that if they decide to stop using Gmail or Microsoft Outlook or never buy another book from Amazon then they have liberated themselves from the tentacles of these giants. If that is indeed what they believe, then Kashmir Hill has news for them. (…) She set out to answer the question of whether it was possible to live a normal life without using the services of Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. So, over five weeks, she blocked her access to each one in turn and then, in the final week, cut herself off from all of them. And she reported what she learned as she went.

It’s almost impossible to function without the big five tech giants – The Guardian

For 18-year-old high school senior Ellie Rapp of Pittsburgh, the sound of her family chewing their dinner can be … unbearable.

“My heart starts to pound. I go one of two ways. I either start to cry or I just get really intensely angry. It’s really intense. I mean, it’s as if you’re going to die,” she says.

Rapp has been experiencing this reaction to certain noises since she was a toddler. She recalls a ride home from preschool when her mother turned on the radio and started singing, which caused Rapp to scream and cry hysterically.

Misophonia is characterized by intense emotion like rage or fear in response to highly specific sounds, particularly ordinary sounds that other people make. The cause is unknown.

Misophonia: When Life’s Noises Drive You Mad – Npr.org

Silent film footage from World War One has been painstakingly restored for a new film by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
The archive footage has been combined with original interviews with soldiers who fought in the war.

 Peter Jackson: World War One footage brought to life by Lord of the Rings director – BBC.com

Yes, I watched Bird Box. Judging from Netflix’s stated numbers, you probably did too (or, at least, part of it). The fact that it’s not a great movie — it’s fine — is probably what is most interesting about our collective viewership. Netflix just unlocked the first truly viral movie. And did so in a way only Netflix can. (…) This isn’t something Netflix could have done even a few years ago. But now they’re at such a scale, where a simple push — in some cases, an actual push (notification), and in others, the prime placement of a banner, and perhaps an auto-playing trailer — can lead directly to millions upon millions of views. No surprise, they’ve done this by removing friction.

The Truly Viral Movie is Here – 500ish Words

Seven years after I started (slowly) replacing my MacBook Air with an iPad, my life is different, but one principle still holds true: I never want to find myself forced to work on a computer that’s only effective at home, that can’t be held in my hands, or that can’t be customized for different setups. For this reason, the iPad Pro is the best computer for the kind of lifestyle I want.

Beyond the Tablet: Seven Years of iPad as My Main Computer – Macstories.net

“Airpods are a totally different phenomenon,” said Michelle Edelman, Petermayer evp and chief strategy officer. “The product is honestly good, but wearing them 24/7 is going to mess with the notion of when you can and can’t disturb someone. So it’ll change social norms if people just start to leave them in during meetings.”

”A totally different phenomenon”: AirPods are changing agency office life – Digiday UK

All I want from Dropbox is a folder that syncs perfectly across my devices and allows sharing with friends and colleagues. That’s it: a folder that syncs with sharing. And that’s what Dropbox was.

Now it’s a monstrosity that embeds its own incredibly resource-heavy web browser engine.

The New Dropbox Sucks – Daring Fireball

Sweet, sweet irony.
Sweet, sweet irony.

Stop Wasting Money on Unnecessary Montale Subscriptions – Wsj.com

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