☂ Flattr Is Back

Flattr is a system that allows you to show your satisfaction with things you find on the internet by making tiny gifts to them. If enough people make the tiny gifts, they build up into a more substantial payment, with the result that authors can be rewarded by their readership. Sounds like a great idea.

I used to have a Flattr button on here, but there was a distinct problem. In order to receive gifts, my account had to be reloaded with cash each month so that I could also make gifts myself. But at that stage, there were virtually no english-language web sites with Flattr buttons on them – they were all in German (since Flattr started in Germany). Since my payments would just go to waste, and since without making payment I couldn’t receive them either, I removed the button.

On Sunday, however, Flattr removed this requirement, so I have added the Flattr button back to the web site (it’s down in the bottom right margin) and will be very grateful of any gifts (as well as very interested to see if any happen!)

☞ Holiday Tab Sweep

  • As many of us have been commenting for many years, the optimum freedom comes from neither open standards nor from open source alone but from the combination of the two. The wiki markup language used by MediaWiki is expressed only as open source code; this notable and valuable effort seeks to codify it in a way that makes it possible to repurpose wiki content in the future programatically. This kind of activity is enormously important culturally.
  • Has Apple picked the wrong target here in its war against Android? Samsung are not only wealthy, they also have a formidable patent arsenal.
  • “My object all sublime | I shall achieve in time | to make the punishment fit the crime | the punishment fit the crime.”
  • Excellent idea – a sort of OIN for video codecs.
  • Interesting web site for rating speakers. No indication that it has any capacity to compute results contextually though. A speaker with lousy ratings at one event may be perfect for another of a different character (and vice versa). That’s exactly the class of probably WOT suffers from too.
  • This insect repellent sounds too good to be true – looking forward to hearing much more about it as DEET scares me.
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