If, like me, you are trying to live “off-grid” from FaceBook and/or LiveJournal, one good option is a feed-reader.
These subversive software tools are supported by most major silo websites and (to varying extents) permit you to download huge gobs of data for later perusal, online and/or offline.
The silos don’t like them because there is reduced opportunity to advertise things to you when you’re offline.
Kudos to JWZ for the info.
I don’t use GoogleReader at the moment, ever since it went “social” so that one inadvertent click could end up sharing whatever you’re looking at with gazillions of people; that’s an invitation for disaster if ever I’ve heard one – there are people “following” me, and people I am “sharing” with, and I have no idea if those two mean the same thing.
Welcome to the future, folks – after “cloud computing” will come “managable computing” – or perhaps “local, sustainable computing” – featuring “asocial software” like feed-readers and mines. As Mathias Baert’s (CORRECTION: Adriana Lukas’) tag line for #themineproject has it: If you wanna be social, go somewhere else.
The obvious joke about not using CPU cycles sourced from third-world sweatshops, I’ll leave for you to ponder for yourselves. 🙂