Author Archives: John Kadyszewski

History of the Mobile Web

The mobile web is a fairly new commodity so it seems a little silly to talk about it but the first internet activated phone was actually available in 1999.  Much of the mobile web before the iPhone in 2007 was applications for very specific functions such as reading news feeds or email and the data usage was charged by the minute. I remember when I used to accidentally hit the up button on the home screen of my Verizon flip phone and would frantically press the cancel button to not be charged for connecting to the mobile web.  That mobile web was a different standard then today’s mobile web, back then we were connecting to the mobile web with 1g. This is when the potential of the mobile wen was not realized and the full power of the social media is just now taking off(Facebook was founded in 2004). These phones had simple web apps on par with today’s mobile web browsers but could only perform one task and at a much slower data transfer rate.

The iPhone which Steve jobs claimed to be 5 years ahead of any other mobile phone was when the mobile web really took off. All of a sudden you could connect your phone to your WiFi and 2g data isn’t unbearably slow. Now there are data plans available for mobile data use because it has become a prevalent.  Even by Steve Jobs estimate the competition has caught up as its more than 5 years since January 2007 release date of the iPhone. palm pilots blackberry touchscreen

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As We May Think

What will the web be like 50 years  from today. Will it even be the web sitting on top of the internet or will it be something else. The changes over the last 50 years have been astounding and profoundly impact how we live and access information.

It really is all about how it can make our lives more efficient. And I think the way we interface with the internet is going to profoundly change for one doing away with the massive slow boxes and having simple chips in our heads or glasses in front of our eyes but that is just the hardware side and everybody knows the magic happens in the software.

So what’s going to change about how we view the web and what I think this really about is growing the web in the concept of it being a series of links(like a spider web) creating the raw data. Tim Berner-Lee has great speech on this and how it is the real power of the web available here. I think when the number of connections grow as humans combine their collective  processing and thinking power to grow the web the relationships it will reveal to us will become obvious and create solutions to problems people weren’t even contemplating when they created that link in the web. What this will create we can only dream of but that is how we unlock the true potential of the web and collective human intelligence.

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Roads and Crossroads of the Internet History

This is the summary of Roads and Crossroads of the Internet History by Gregory Gromov. This online book is about the entire history of the internet and is fantastic really as every single bit of it has a hyperlink source right after it so if you want more depth it’s just a click away. Gregory Gromov does not do much of the writing but instead relies on the greats of internet history to tell the story he just conveniently clips there words together to create a more holistic view that you don’t doesn’t get by reading a single piece. The book has 9 sections too it and I’ll copy the index here for your convenience as it does a great job of outline each section and whose prominently referenced in those chapters.

1. Internet Before World Wide Web
Internet before World Wide Web – The First 130 Years: Atlantic cable, Sputnick, ARPANET,”Information Superhighway”, …
2. World Wide Web as a Side Effect of Particle Physics Experiments.
World Wide Web was born in CERN: the most impressive results of large scale scientific efforts appeared far away from the main directions of those efforts
3. Next Crossroad of World Wide Web History
World Wide Web as a NextStep of PC Revolution … from Steven P. Jobs to Tim Berners-Lee
4. Birth of the World Wide Web, Browser Wars, …
Birth of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, R. Cailliau, Marc Andreessen, Browser Wars, …
5. Early History of Hypertext
Hypertext Foundation of the World Wide Web: Vannevar Bush’s hyperlink concept, Ted Nelson coins the word Hypertext, …
6. “Living History” of Hypertext.
Hypertext Saga of Theodor Holm Nelson: The Fate of Thinking Person in Silicon Valley …
7. “Xanadu” Plan
The Nelson’s Xanadu Plan to build a better World Wide Web
8. Growth of the Internet: Statistics
Statistics of the Internet & Worl Wide Web: Hosts, Domains, WebSites, Traffic, …
9. Conclusion
What is the nature of World Wide Web?
10 Prehistory of the Internet
The Ancient Roads of Telecommunications & Computers
11 They said it …
People Wrote About This Book

As you can see he covers most of the history of the internet and a lot the questions and answered by the people who created it in a concise, relevant manner.

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The computer as a Communications Device

The computer as a Communications Device  by J. C. R. Licklider, which can be found on page 26 of the PDF or 21 if you look at the actual page numbers, was written in 1968. This article tried to layout how the computer would be used for humans to communicate to each other and ultimately spread thought and content. It does a fairly good job of it as well

“it appears that the best and quickest way to overcome them—and to move forward the development of interactive communities of geographically separated people—is to set up an experimental network of multiaccess computers. Computers would concentrate and interleave the concurrent, intermittent messages of many users and their programs”

For 1968 this is very forward thinking and would really set people to trying to create such a network and he doesn’t stop just there he really goes at a lot of the big issues such as messaging, cost, availability and the communities it would form.

On another note int the first 20 pages of this PDF is  Man-Computer Symbiosis and is also a great article on how computers need to function for computers and helped lay the foundation of  computing as we know it by laying out what computers are, how they can help us, how we’ll use them and all their benefits. I recommend reading it as well.

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Weaving the Web

Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founders of the web, offers insights to web users understand the true nature of the Web, enabling them to use it to their fullest advantage. He shares his views on such critical issues surrounding the web such as censorship, privacy/openness, the increasing power of software companies, and the need to find the ideal balance between the commercial and social forces on the Web. His incisive criticism of the Web’s current state makes clear that there is still much work to be done. Finally, Berners-Lee presents his own plan for the Web’s future. This was originally written around 2000 and offers a great insight into the history of the internet from one of its founders.

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The Open Web

This is a summary of the webpage here about the open web written by Steven Pemberton a longtime contributor to the web. This is a short summary of the benefits of an open web. I think this is a great article because it really emphasizes how the web is changing the world and how it being open is such an important part of that growth and development.  This is an on going debate right with all the talk of net neutrality and identity on the web making certain parts of the web available.

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Does a Company Like Apple Need a Genius Like Steve Jobs?

This is a post about the article here by Tim Wu that is more about the companies behind the internet and their policies on open versus closed. I think this an important thing to look understand the motives of the super companies behind the internet. This also involves a bit more businesses the article mentions that apple made more in one quarter then amazon has in all of it’s history through its semi-close means and spit in the face of what many believed that open is inherently superior. I’d argue that closed might be better for business but is not better for the consumer of the product and quality of the software, but what do you think? This is much more than a question of whose your favorite tech giant it’s a question about software and web companies policies.

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Network Neutraility FAQ

This is a summary of the short article found here by Tim Wu. This article is  a short page trying to explain what net neutrality is and why is is such a controversial and potentially profitable issue. He goes into the power players in the debate for network neutrality. This is a question that goes down to the very core of the nature of the internet and maybe even the rights of human beings to access information. I picked this for privacy openness because this one of the defining issues of the openness of the web and really must be understood for a good understanding of issues on the web about privacy and openness.

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Andorid Application Approval

This is a post about the apps I use on my android phone. I use most of these apps regularly for tasks like downloading and discovering music, browsing and discovering the web, regulating and enhancing my daily life and finally addressing my responsibilities and finances.

For your information I use Samsung Galaxy S4 with the custom ROM Hyperdrive

I plan on doing post later on Custom ROMs and how they can improve the performance and utility of your phone.

Many of these apps require root access to function or be fully functional. And a couple require the Xposed Framework

Below is a series of links to either the apps Google Play Store location or a Google search of its' name if it is not available on the Play Store and a brief description.

  • 14px - simple challenging and addicting platform game where you work through increasingly difficult levels.
  • 920 Text Editor - a great text editor that even has color coded support for many programming languages. Installed from f-droid.
  • AdAway - a fantastic application that updates your phone's host file to block known ad servers and prevent ads from showing in applications and web sites. Installed from f-droid
  • Blockinger - a great Tetris clone that is simple and works very well. Installed from f-droid
  • Ex-Themer[ICS/JB] - an application for tweaking the appearance of your ICS/JB ROM
  • F-Droid - a fantastic third party application store that hosts mainly open source and free to use apps. Many of the apps on this list are downloaded from this store
  • Firefox - the best mobile browser that includes most of the feature the regular browser has
  • Flow - arguably the best Reddit reader application. Reddit is a social aggregation user submitted links and thoughts.
  • Flud - the far and away best torrent downloading application I have found. Interactions with the developer have been great too.
  • Google Play Newsstand - a good news source
  • Greenify - prolong your battery life with this app that hibernates other apps running in the background. Requires root and Xposed.
  • Hundreds - I fun little technical game where you must make all the balls grow to reach a total of 100 without touching each other. Hard to explain but endless time killing once you pick it up.
  • InfiniTracks - a great 8tracks app
  • List My Apps - an application that lists all the apps installed on your phone in creating a list. Was used in the creation of this very list.
  • Lucky Patcher - is a great Android tool to bypass premium applications license verification, remove ads, modify Permissions, and more.
  • MediaConverter - allows conversion of multimedia from one format to another. Supports nearly every media format but requires ffmpeg Codec listed later for conversion.
  • Mint - a fantastic online banking and financial management app that creates automatic budgets on past spending and has a very intuitive interface.
  • My Cloud Player - my preferred Soundcloud player. If you don't know what Soundcloud is I suggested you lose the next several hours roaming the fantastic music there. I prefer it over the Soundcloud produced default due to a fantastic interface and playlist ability.
  • My Verizon Mobile - only Verizon bloatware I kept to keep track of mobile data usage as Verizon sees it atleast.
  • PeerBlock for Android - a tool used to stop known trackers and companies with financial interest in Hollywood from tracking your dubious torrent activities
  • PenTest Tools - list of very helpful hacker tools. I wouldn't bother with these unless you like messing with your local network and certainly not on someone elses as they in some cases are felonies to use.
  • Performance Control - an application I use to underclock and overclock my CPU as well as set profiles based on activity to maximize performance and battery life.
  • Pirate Bay Browser - an app to browse thepiratebay torrents
  • Pixel Towers - a simple addictive little game where you try to stack the tower as high as you can. It sounds stupid but it has wasted a couple hours of my life quite successfully.
  • Remote for VLC - an app that lets you control VLC running on your computer so you don't have to get up to pause and what not.
  • RingyDingyDingy - an app that that will make your phone ring upon receiving the trigger text, it will even reset the volume to full. This is great for people that misplace there phone around the home all the time. Acquired from f-droid, requires root.
  • SD Maid - fantastic app for all thing memory. It has such a rundown of feature I couldn't give them justice here look at its page if your interested. Requires Root
  • Safestrap - the app that lets me install custom ROMs on my bootlocked Galaxy S4. i'll have more information about custom ROMs in a later post.
  • Samsung In-App purchase
  • Samsung Push Service
  • Seven - a fun drinking game to play with friends when you don't know what to do.
  • SigFig - a fantastic investment manager which handles pretty much every brokerage there is.
  • Skifta - want to stream media from your phone over the air to pretty much anything? Skifta is the perfect media sever app.
  • Snapchat - take selfies and send them to friends, question the meaning of life
  • Snapshare - allows you send photos taken outside of Snapchat through Snapchat instead of having to use Snapchats awful camera app. Requires root and Xposed
  • Songza - a great streaming radio service in which based on the time of day and the mood you enter it will stream songs to match.
  • TinyShark Downloader - an application that allows you to download any song from grooveshark
  • Titanium Backup - a great service to do all things root to your phone. If you aren't going to install a custom ROM this is invaluable and if you are is is still pretty great
  • Torrent Movies - download from a list of YIFY torrents
  • Viral - this a media player but what makes it great is it is a windowed media player meaning it just open on top of the app you opened the media link from. Very helpful for ease of use though screen sizing can be difficult.
  • Volume Control - a simple widget to control your phones volume from the home-screen
  • WiFiKill - take control of your wireless router! This also could be a felony to use on any router besides your own router.
  • ffmpeg Codec arm V7 neon - codecs needed for media conversion
  • oandbackup - back up and restore your apps to their current condition. Extremely helpful for those of use always messing with our phones. This requires root and I downloaded it from f-droid.
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