The Frustrated Bunny

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Freebooting needs to die: 7 online marketing trends that are ruining the internet

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook in the last couple of years, odds are you’ve come across and fallen victim to a lot of marketing and revenue-generating tactics that pollute your feed, steal from creators, and just generally frustrate you and waste your time. They’re the social equivalent of spam, and they’re ruining the internet. 1. Freebooting This term might be new to you, but the practice almost certainly isn’t. Freebooting is the practice of taking media, usually video, that you don’t own, then rehosting it or embedding it on your own page surrounded by ads that make you...

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The one thing I wish game companies would stop doing at E3

It’s that time of year again–that time when the whole of my productivity grinds to a halt as I sit glued to my computer for days watching the livestreams of all of the major game companies’ E3 press conferences. Every year, my friends and I, as well as the internet as a whole, pick the winners and losers of the conference, get into a fangirl/fanboy froth over announcements about our favorite franchises, and stand either amazed or underwhelmed (or maybe a little of both) at announcements of new IP, new features, and resurrected titles. But there’s one thing I wish...

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A little refresh and a bit of a new look

[UPDATE 6:12 pm]: I went ahead and pulled the trigger and now have a completely new look. It’s not wholly compatible with the old way I did things, but I’m shoehorning it in. In the process, I’ve discovered some things that have seriously changed on my hosting backend while I wasn’t paying attention that are affecting how my blog manages media (or more accurately how itĀ isn’t). Anyway, if you notice anything REALLY broken, let me know. I’ve generally been very happy with this blog theme, which pretty much explains why I haven’t changed…oh…anything on my blog since I launched it...

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If you don’t wipe your device before installing the Android M preview, very weird things will happen

As I mentioned in my previous post, the first time I tried flashing the Android M developer preview to my Nexus 5, I didn’t exactly bother with the whole wiping my device first thing. Starting over from scratch is hard. You have to reinstall all of your apps. You have to log back in to all of those apps. You end up spending days tracking down where Facebook moved the setting to turn off those damn popping noises every time you get a notification (turns out you have to do it in two places now). Even though this post is...

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24 hours with the Android M developer preview

I installed the Android M developer preview on my Nexus 5 yesterday, not because I’m looking to test and optimize any apps, but mostly because I can and I gain some sort of perverse joy out of being on the bleeding edge and submitting bug reports. I was helping run MomoConĀ over the weekend, so I didn’t get to install it right away, but it was one of the first things I did after I got back from my trip and slept a little. In case you missed it, Google I/O was last weekend, and they announced what is essentially a...