I've Had My 15 Minutes Of Fame

Yes, this blog got mentioned on HackerNews. It was even position one for a short time! It was Saturday, around 8pm CEST, when the blog post about Google+ made it to the front page. It may have felt like this. However, I am happy I had dinner with my girlfriend in the city when the hell broke over my web server stats, so I noticed the impact not till I came back home. »

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Google Stops Forcing You To Join Google+ When Opening A New Account

Google started its Google Plus as a social network. In the beginning, it grew rapidly because Google forced everyone to create a Google+ profile when signing up for any of their other services. This practise has now become history. Google added a “No thanks” button right after the account creation page where you can now resign such an account. However, Google clearly states that a Google+ profile is obilgatory for anything which involves sharing content or reviews. »

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Robert Solow And The Club Of Rome

Robert Solow, Nobel prize winner and economist, is first and foremost known for the growth model he described. As an active researcher Solow steadily (pun intended) tries to validate his growth theory and he came to an interesting conclusion regarding to the rise of productivity of IT: According to his research, a rise in productivity due to computerization is unobservable. This story has recently been covered by some magazines, for example here. »

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Disruption: What Webworkers Should Learn From Uber

Uber is the new kid on the block and a rising startup star. The losers: Taxis. For digital natives it is easy to blame the taxi drivers for being technophobic and to laugh about their doom. But what happens if disruption hits the digital natives themselves, those creative guys working for startups and things. You know, the cool people? What, if their work gets devalued? Imagine, you need a logo. It was fiverr which made people think that this is a work worth 5$. »

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DNS errors - No Mails Received! (should be fixed)

Due to an error in the nameserver configuration I did not receive any email to any of my domains (onlinetrust.de, sebastiansteins.com, seb.st) within the last 2 hours (since 2014-16-09 10:14 CEST). Due to caching, that problem may persist a few hours. Mails should not have been lost (if your mail server is configured correctly), but may reach me with a delay of a few hours! For urgent notifications, please contact me at [email protected]! »

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