Cutting the Cord: Update

Smartphone Use I read a short article about reducing the impact of the digital world over my world. This article focused on the smartphone. The author recommended: Don’t charge it by your bed. (I have to because it controls the lights, sound, thermostats, etc.) Kill all notifications. (Done!) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other “attention loop” apps. (Done) Switch to… Continue reading

Fighting Against the Death of the Open Web

From time to time I grouse about how transglobal corporations stifle competition and fair trade to maintain their economic dominance. It’s an old story that will most assuredly never end. But, in this post, I want to specifically write about the death of the open web, how I fight back, and why you should too. Facebook As One Example I… Continue reading

The Next Big Thing

I occasionally actually overhear conversations about the next big thing all around the bay area. After all, this is the epicenter of the tech industry. In this post, I’m going to let you in on what I think “the next big thing” is going to be! Reflecting on the Recent Past Aaron Swartz Back in 2003 – 2004 I discovered… Continue reading

Yep, We’re Celebrating Here!

[twocol_one]Ten years ago, in April, 2004, my blog, timtyson.us, was born. At the time I really didn’t much know what a blog actually was. I was curious about it, though, thinking that it might be a great resource for educators. So, I started my own, to see if this tool is something a teacher might find helpful. I quickly found… Continue reading

Some DEEP Spring Cleaning Goin’ On Here…

I’m not talking about cleaning up the house—that’s an ongoing project that stays “up to standards” fairly well. I’m talking about my digital house. For several different reasons, it has become a cluttered mess over the past year—the past 3 months in particular. So what did my digital Spring cleaning entail? I disconnected apps that, without ever asking my permission,… Continue reading

@MediaTemple Sadz

It has come to my attention that none of my server-side apps nor my blog can establish a database connection between around 4:30AM until 6:30AM. At least this has been a problem for the past several days. After repeated calls and an online chat, MediaTemple is aware of this issue and says they are “working to address it.” They have… Continue reading

Oh, The Thrill of It All!

You know how it goes: Small things break, get messed up, or otherwise need a bit of attention. But they aren’t that important in the moment. You think, “I’ll fix it when I get around to it.” Well, over the past year or two or three, little things on my blog, small yet annoying things, have broken and needed a… Continue reading

Google Reader and RSS

Well, finally, someone is telling the truth about Google Reader and RSS! I’ve said this from the beginning [my link to my previous post about this issue] and nobody else wrote the truth about it that I could find. Thanks, Marco, for nailing it on the head! Everyone else seems to be spouting the Google PR BS. RSS represents the… Continue reading

Backlash Gains Real Traction

Eli Pariser (Photo by: Kris Krug; CC) Social media? Get real. It’s really all marketing machinery! Facebook and Twitter try to keep it quiet, but a backlash against the heavy marketing (exploitation) of user information is annoying a critical mass of people. Remember, if you’re not paying for an online service, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.… Continue reading

What Goes Viral @tt.us?

I’ve been blogging here since March, 2004, about 9 years! Because I changed hosting providers about 4 years ago, detailed tracking of all of the data on my posts is impossible. But… The most popular posts since 2010 have interested me. With over 2,000 views, the number one most read post has been: Thinking About Attending Bob Jones University? The… Continue reading