David Chartier

Freelance content strategist. Ex-MacLife, Macworld, Ars Technica. I write FinerTech.com and its newsletter.

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David Chartier

88 days ago

As it turns out, your company’s rules about working from home weren’t about what was practical or necessary to get the job done. They were more about the outdated management philosophies (neuroses?) of your boss.

There’s Actually No Good Reason for Us All to Go Back to the Office

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David Chartier

259 days ago

Clever. Constraints breed creativity.

Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms

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David Chartier

259 days ago

🤯

This is the closest photo ever taken of the Sun

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David Chartier

259 days ago

Companies are waking up to the many opportunities remote work provides. Obviously, it isn't for everyone or every industry or position. But as someone who has WFH for ~ 15 years, there is still a *ton* of potential.

The Economics of Remote Work

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David Chartier

281 days ago

"Racism is not mine, it’s yours. It’s not called ‘helping’ when it’s your mess we’re cleaning."

There Is No Such Thing as a ‘White Ally’ — “TNSWA” Part I.

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David Chartier

371 days ago

I wrote about the death of short-form videos on YouTube.

Google killed brevity in YouTube videos, and we helped

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468 days ago

Worried about 5G and Cancer? Here’s Why Wireless Networks Pose No Known Health Risk

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734 days ago

This is important. Please read.

Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden

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734 days ago

Funding a newsletter with voluntary payments: the tricky ‘fourth way’

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787 days ago

It isn’t easy to move a social circle to a new platform. But as there seems to be no end to the problems, scandals, lax policies, and downright malicious intent of the current dominant social platforms, I think it’s time to start looking for more ethical and healthier alternatives.

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David Chartier

829 days ago

"Isolation for all of us is corrosive, but when you or the issues you care about are addressed directly, acknowledged, represented in the media you encounter, that gives you a clear and tangible piece of evidence that you are not on your own. You are not the only one having these experiences or taking these issues seriously. They affect other people too and you're seeing it up on screen. You immediately become less alone in that moment."

Isolation for all of us is corrosive, but when you or the issues you care about are addressed directly, acknowledged, represented in the media you encounter, that gives you a clear and tangible piece of evidence that you are not on your own. You are not the only one having these experiences or taking these issues seriously. They affect other people too and you're seeing it up on screen. You immediately become less alone in that moment.

"Isolation for all of us is corrosive" - The power of addressing social issues in games

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832 days ago

Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants

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840 days ago

“The fine is immaterial. But CNIL’s decision is very significant because it means that Google must stop building advertising profiles about people until it has properly told them what it is doing and received their consent.”

“It is likely that many people will say no to being profiled by Google when they learn the truth.”

Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law

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David Chartier

846 days ago

“Mastodon is a relatively new social media service, but I’ve grown to like it quite a bit. Of course, any new service these days will need good apps if it’s going to get anywhere. Thankfully, the iOS apps are getting pretty good.”

Mastodon iOS apps are getting good

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David Chartier

853 days ago

“The tool of venture capital is so specific to a tiny, tiny fraction of companies. We can’t let ourselves be fooled into thinking that’s the story of the future of American entrepreneurship.”

This makes me happy.

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost

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David Chartier

910 days ago

This is your occasional reminder to delete Facebook, if possible. I get that it’s a serious lifeline for some family and friends, and that makes it a tricky situation. But that company is awful, all the way up to the top.

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

nytimes.com

David Chartier

945 days ago

The feature is useful for ad targeting—for example, showing Spanish speakers a message in their native language. But it’s also a simple matter to identify the addresses of Facebook’s ad reviewers and program campaigns to show them, and only them, harmless content.

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

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David Chartier

945 days ago

Remote workers shouldn’t feel like they have to travel to lead interesting, fulfilled lives. It’s ok to prioritize friendships, community, and your mental health over traveling. It may not look as glamorous on Instagram, but you may end up a lot happier for it.

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950 days ago

This country keeps getting weirder.

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1009 days ago

“Underlying all of Facebook’s screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness to real humans. [...] But the imperative to “connect people” lacks the one ingredient essential for being a good citizen: Treating individual human beings as sacrosanct. To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them.”

Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason

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David Chartier

1019 days ago

“Apple isn't trying to hide the differences that exist between the Mac and iPad as creation platforms. Instead, Apple is embracing the unique attributes found with each platform.”

The iPad vs. Mac Juxtaposition

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1070 days ago

“Your job as a support person is not to cheer people up. It’s to acknowledge that it sucks right now, and their pain exists.”

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

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David Chartier

1092 days ago

When our phone calls are represented by an agent as in the case with Google Duplex, or our emails are auto-completed by Smart Compose, we surrender parts of our tone and voice to be replaced by the suggestions of Google’s algorithms.

Google Is Saving Its Own Time, Not Yours

vice.com

David Chartier

1106 days ago

Read past the apologetic headline. There is some important context and industry suspicion here.

This is a time when companies whose innovations are more intrusive than useful, more gimmicky than problem-solving, operate with business models that either burn investors’ cash or turn the users into products.

I’m Sorry I Criticized You, Apple. You Win

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David Chartier

1121 days ago

I switched to Revue for my free, weekly Finer Things in Tech newsletter (subscribe here: http://newsletter.finertech.com/), and this is a great overview of why, who, and how to go paid. It has me thinking. 🤔

How to build your own paid newsletter and the people who are doing it

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David Chartier

1141 days ago

It’s long, but really good. A great down-to-earth back and forth with actionable answers.

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

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1141 days ago

This is good content.

How To Build Respect With Difficult People

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1149 days ago

What an interesting idea.

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David Chartier

1170 days ago

As a result, Cypriot real-estate websites are filled with investment guides and details on how to apply for a new passport. This is the new era of virtual citizenship, where your papers and your identity—and all the rights that flow from them—owe more to legal frameworks and investment vehicles than any particular patch of ground where you might live.

The Rise of Virtual Citizenship

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David Chartier

1172 days ago

I have forgotten how to read

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1172 days ago

How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost

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1189 days ago

Things pushed in our stream through an algorithm tailored to our weakness are the digital equivalent of the calls that try to lure you in when you walking down a street in Bangkok. Want a Medium Massage?

Take the Power Back

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1205 days ago

As a society, we feel like we’re at war with a computer algorithm, and the only winning move is not to play.

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

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David Chartier

1209 days ago

I like this idea. I’ve already been using Day One for some of it, but I never thought about expanding it to some of the things mentioned here. The thought of having a more cohesive tome of my journey through life and work, the things that affected me, and what I accomplished, is really interesting.


Keeping a Commonplace Book: Part 1

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David Chartier

1248 days ago

Sounds like me, and a number of my friends, might have been ahead of the curve by deleting our Facebook accounts over the last couple years.

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

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David Chartier

1253 days ago

What we’ve found is very often the very best ideas come from the quietest voice. And if you’re not listening, you’re going to miss that.

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

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David Chartier

1254 days ago

I get that it’s hard making a living strictly as a writer. I was one. But this kind of bad behavior has helped grow a movement of distrust in our media and, subsequently, a serious erosion of our society.

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

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David Chartier

1261 days ago

what if marketers started to think about our content as the core product instead of just a thing to sell products?

10 Things I Learned As the Only Marketer At a Publisher Conference

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David Chartier

1261 days ago

when I was at Facebook, the typical reaction I recall looked like this: try to put any negative press coverage to bed as quickly as possible, with no sincere efforts to put safeguards in place or to identify and stop abusive developers. When I proposed a deeper audit of developers’ use of Facebook’s data, one executive asked me, “Do you really want to see what you’ll find?”

We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

nytimes.com

David Chartier

1261 days ago

Trying to “change the world” was not the mission with which most great or successful things started our with. It’s only our ego, afterwards, that creates these stories. And it blinds us to the traits which actually create success.

How To Change The Story In Your Head That’s Stopping You From Succeeding

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David Chartier

1270 days ago

I deleted (not just suspended) my Facebook account a few months ago. The product is useful, and I miss a few friends and family who are too lazy to use other services. But the business is rotten to the core, and I worry regulation won’t be nearly enough.

When I proposed a deeper audit of developers’ use of Facebook’s data, one executive asked me, “Do you really want to see what you’ll find?”

We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

nytimes.com

David Chartier

1274 days ago

Good work everyone. Claps all around. 😔

How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts

theintercept.com

David Chartier

1291 days ago

I’m glad the EU is blazing this trail. I really hope it forces the industry into better regulations and greater respect for common users.

If you work in digital media, you need to know that the industry is one year from taking a big step toward Apple's view. No, this isn't a case of digital disruption coming (once again) from Silicon Valley. In this case, the seismic shift originates in the European Union. Much of the digital media industry is likely to panic over the coming months. But mark my words: The EU will ultimately lead publishers and advertisers to a better place.

Opinion: Europe's Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right

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1296 days ago

“CEO Tim Cook has long wanted Apple Stores to be a place for more than browsing new Apple gadgets and fixing broken ones.”

I really like what Apple is doing with its new store design. I know some people think it sounds silly, but I sometimes send time people watching in these stores. Many people really do use them as meeting spaces, and the new designs accommodate that really well.

Meet The Woman Who Wants To Change The Way You Buy Your iPhone

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David Chartier

1304 days ago

“It seems increasingly likely that readers who value a public service press are going to have to sustain it themselves — by contributing money, sharing knowledge, and spreading the word. A good term for this is membership. But membership won’t work if it’s just begging for cash. There has to be a social contract between journalists and members.”

“De Correspondent” and the blueprint for a successful membership model

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David Chartier

1326 days ago

The Watch was born a timepiece but it is traversing through the early iPhone and pulling in a new direction all of its own.

A small-screen iPod, an Internet Communicator and a Phone

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David Chartier

1331 days ago

The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control.

How America Lost Its Mind

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David Chartier

1349 days ago

Google started out as a company dedicated to ensuring the best access to information possible, but as it’s grown into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, its priorities have changed.

Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me [Updated]

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David Chartier

1349 days ago

An interesting theory on Windows’ current market position and how it doesn’t have much more room to move.

Windows is doomed

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1349 days ago

A good exploration of what went wrong with Windows Phone.

In the abstract, the Windows Phone failure was easily preventable. But Microsoft culture made it unavoidable.

The Windows Phone failure was easily preventable, but Microsoft’s culture made it unavoidable

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