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The internet is too big
"Scale produces a vicious cycle wherein size facilitates both the problems and the "solutions."

Similarly, Twitter's userbase of hundreds of millions is what allows for the targeted, radically asymmetrical nature of harassment, where one user can be barraged by thousands of replies. The very interconnection that enables the best of the internet also helps foster its worst.

What are we to do if we want to reclaim the best of the internet while combatting its worst? While the tech giants have work to do, it seems that one way to think about this is to distinguish between the usefulness of infrastructure at scale versus the usefulness of certain networks. On one hand, it's beneficial for everyone to be potentially connected by a neutral set of wires and hardware. On the other hand, enormous, multi-billion user networks like Facebook aren't the only way we can connect.

Now that the internet is normal and accessible for billions, perhaps we need to think about the tech giants as necessary evils that kickstarted the early internet but have outlived their usefulness. In their place, imagine a set of standards — say, a calendar that anyone can access and that is interoperable with others' but doesn't require you to be on Facebook. It's an ideal of digital technology that rests on the concept that the internet is a way of connecting people but companies shouldn't entirely own the networks on which we connect.

Earlier this year, writer Max Read suggested that the best of the internet was now to be found in the group text chat. He argued that they feel so intimate and because their dynamic "occurs at human scale, with distinct reactions from a handful of friends … rather than at the alien scale of behemoth platforms." It's about finding the best of the internet without the worst — connection enabled by how large and ubiquitous the internet is, but without the internet's scale infecting how we use it on a daily basis.

It's not clear how such a change would come about. The tech giants not only wield enormous political and economic power, they have also deeply and perhaps even irrevocably integrated themselves into our lives. But as ideals go, a return to a smaller internet is one worth fighting for."
scale  navneetalang  2019  internet  web  socialmedia  facebook  twitter  youtube  interoperability  chat  maxread  size  networks  networkeffect  calendars  communication  dicsovery  intimacy  groupchat  messaging  email  online  timcarmody  robinsloan  nostalgia  humanscale  humanism  humanity 
4 days ago by robertogreco
Let's split those ICS files...

ics files allow us to move calendar events between calendaring systems (e.g., Google and Exchange). The problem is that they get big... and cloud-based systems aren't much good at uploading large ICS files (e.g., Google has a ridiculously small threshold - something like 500 Kb).

The utility works around this by letting you extract events by years, making smaller ics files that can (hopefully) be uploaded serially.
calendars  =software 
18 days ago by sophia
CalZones Review – MacStories
“CalZones, available today on the App Store as a Universal app, is based on a simple, ingenious concept that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been done on the App Store before: the app combines a time zone viewer with a calendar client, enabling you to compare times across multiple cities as well as view and create calendar events that display start/end times in multiple formats. By fusing time zone comparisons and calendar events into one product, Smith was able to create an app that is greater than the sum of its parts because it solves a problem that neither traditional world clocks nor calendar clients could fix before.”
macstories  2019  mac  macos  osx  software  calendars  timezones 
9 weeks ago by handcoding
Welcome to iCalShare
iCalShare is the largest directory of iCalendar files on the web, with over 3000 calendars
ical  calendars 
10 weeks ago by kjpoalses
UTC is Enough for Everyone, Right?
“I’ve made notes of the egregious things I’ve learned about programming with time and pulled them together as a talk. This is the written companion piece, which is sort of a super set of the talk, since I had way more notes than what I could shove in a single talk.

“Beyond that, though, there’s also a lot about time itself that is properly hilarious, and it’d be a travesty to not talk about the country that recently decided to skip a certain day, or that the Unix epoch isn’t technically the number of seconds since January 1970, or that February 30 happened at least twice in history.”


“Some solid libraries to take a gander at:

“• moment.js The classic time library in JavaScript. Date manipulation, formatting, pretty much everything you’d need.
“• date-fns More modern approach to a moment.js-like experience for handling dates on the web.
“• github/time-elements Web component extension to the element. Also includes auto-updating timestamps, as well as some locale help.”
time  calendars  2019  fallacies  dates 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
(This looks to be a site for hosting iCal calendars? And they seem to have a bunch of calendars that one can subscribe to too.)

“Join millions of users and add events you love to your existing calendars. Buy tickets, get detailed event info, and keep up with your favorite teams and topics – all from your own calendar.”
ical  calendar  calendars  events  movies  sports  2019 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
Recurring Events for Calendars
Discussion of the programming logic behind recurring calendar events.
calendars  programming  date  time 
12 weeks ago by natesilva

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