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Michael Geist on suggestions for a Netflix Tax

Micheal Geist’s post It’s Time to Be Honest: Netflix Will Not Mean the End of Canadian Television is brilliant in the way it lays waste to some of the most popular complaints about Netflix and their lack of contribution to Canadian television (i.e.: sponsoring Canadian content).

The numbers get a bit complicated at one point but the result is clear, forcing Netflix to follow the traditional model of contributing to the development of Canadian content through the Canadian Media Partnership (CMP) is pointless. Their contribution wouldn’t even amount to a drop in a very huge bucket.

But letting them purchase streaming rights, in competition with other streaming services (including Rogers & Shaw’s Showmi) would result in significant contributions towards the creation of Canadian content!

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Web Apps that can Replace Native Apps on your Smart Phone or Tablet

I’ve recently read about a few people trying to replace many of the apps on their phone with a web app or web site. So it got me thinking about what I could do on my phone and tablet.

There’s a few advantages to using browser-based web apps instead of native apps.

Web Apps vs Native Apps

Web Apps vs Native Apps

1. Most important is improved security and privacy
2. It reduces the pollution in your system
3. And they take less space
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WordPress Social Sharing

How can I post to Google Plus, Twitter, and Facebook at the Same Time?

a.k.a. Why are the social networks so anti-social towards each other?

a.k.a. Yet another diatribe on the dichotomy of Google.

We’ve all been in this situation: we’ve got a bunch of friends on Facebook; another bunch on Twitter, and a couple on Google+ (but if you’ve still got friends using MySpaceOrkut, or AOL I’m afraid I can’t help you). Now how do you share your words of wisdom, pithy commentary on life, and hilarious snap-shots with all your friends? You don’t want to neglect anyone but it’s a lot of effort post and re-post.

TL, DR; Use WordPress! Either WordPress.com or install your own from WordPress.org. You can link to all your social networks and the world (wide web) is your stage. Tumblr is a close second, and so is Flickr quite frankly (just use Ctrl+Enter to split your paragraphs)! Continue reading

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Code in Google Apps Script editor

Where is the Best Place to Host my Web App

Web Apps are apparently the future. And why not? Browsers have become full fledged virtual machines capable of running powerful Javascript applications, and HTML and CSS have both evolved to include a lot more than just text and pretty colours.

One of the main reasons I’m looking into this is because I’ve made several unsuccessful attempts to build a couple simple web apps using Google Apps Script on Google Drive. Based on the documentation and the marketing it should have been simple enough. But I always ran into the same roadblock: Caja! Google uses Caja to sanitize (or cajole) your scripts and prevent any malicious activity on Google’s network. But running within a Caja sandbox is a whole new world where libraries don’t behave the way they should, standard features are blocked, and you need to use tricks for things that should just work. Continue reading

Stuff I read this week, March 5th to 11th 2012

My favourite articles of the week:

Cross-posted on 2FatDads