Liked Google Is Tightening Its Grip on Your Website (Medium)

Using AMP means a stripped-down version of the page that can be difficult to copy a link from or browse the rest of the publisher’s site — let alone avoid being tracked by Google as you’re reading. Nearly five years into AMP, there’s still no way to say that you prefer the full version of sites or that you don’t want to be served AMP pages at all. The only way to avoid them is by not clicking anything with the AMP logo in search.

Bookmarked Cake or death: AMP and the worrying power dynamics of the web | Andrew Betts

If Google was my doctor, they’d be currently explaining to my family that although the experiment they tried did sadly kill me, they got a ton of useful data from it, and they think they can definitely work on fixing that bug in the next version of the experiment.

As long as enough publishers continue to desperately walk into the test chamber, the experimentation will continue. And when in ten years time those of us who can afford it are for the second or third time trying to work out how to move to somewhere that doesn’t resemble a Max Mad movie, maybe we’ll wonder whether we should have done something to improve the way that 5 billion people get informed.

Andrew Betts discusses the current state of Accelerated Mobile Pages:

Accelerated Mobile Pages (Amp) offers a redesigned, slimmed-down version of HTML, the language in which web pages are written, and a set of rules for publishers and advertisers that stops them putting data-heavy graphics, interactive features and ads in their articles. As part of the programme, Google is also offering to store versions of the pages on its own servers around the world, and will show Amp articles in a carousel at the top of search results.(source)

He unpacks the user experience and the commercial benefits for Google. In the end, he argues that the experiment has gone on long enough and that we need the open web back now.

Liked Saving Marshall August 21, 2018 In Uncategorized (Adam Croom)

Do I have need today for high wattage half stack? Not in the slightest. Would  I ever sell it? Never in a million years. I only get to play it a few times a year when I happen to be home by myself (which only happens by accident these days) and want to plug in a Les Paul and crank it up. To me, there’s no more pure rock ‘n roll sound than an LP directly into a Marshall. It gives me a feeling of a joy that I truly can’t explain.