Send Your Best Assets

The 2019 Internet Advertising Competition Awards starts now.

 The Web Marketing Association announces the Call for Entries for the 17th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards.

The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising, including email, page-based ads, online newsletters, mobile apps, Websites, video and social media in 96 industry categories.

The Competition Web site is located at and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2019.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2019, and winners will be notified by e-mail in March, 2019. Judges, like ths yer truly, will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising.

Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Arc Worldwide, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

Or this yours truly.  Send your best assets. See you there.


Open collaborative efforts may be out-of-fashion, in these our darkest days we have to live.

(..) But there is another side to this question that needs to be realized. We are embarking on changes in our society that are as dramatic and even as traumatic as the industrial revolution. Such revolutions leave a path of social dislocation and uncertainty in their wake, and this information revolution is no exception.(...)
Not certainly an essay, neither an opinion on the steam design and comparisons between changes and past rev-olutions, but a must read by Geoff Houston, if you dare on Governance and the Internet, besides you are a member, as this yours truly, or you are not. Think global, speak local.

More on the diseases of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) , can be found here.


Let's Get Lost

May you be floating around South Europe, and will you like to delight your senses. If so, this goes for you.

One of my ever favourite artists has an exhibition, and there are some oils featured on canvases on it.Which sure one is a gift you want to have to decorate your room. There is philosophy even in Art.

Magdalena Esteve - Coreomanía
Coreomanía, by Magdalena Esteve

 "Life in especial is more than one half disenchanted beneath its tender eye"

If you are in the South of Europe, by the Mediterranean these days, I beg you to not miss Coreomanía. One of the exhibitions of the year wordlwide introducing a year in work. Digital art production takes less, I know.

Canvases and drawings by one of my ever favourite artists: Mrs. Magdalena Esteve Ramírez

The Age of Oblivion

"The difference between conventional film-making and open web collaboration lies in the building of a dynamic, real-time community. As digital tools empower everyone to create and share, the audience is no longer locked into the passive role of the recipient or consumer.

Filmmaker Tan Siok Siok discusses her documentary on the Forum:Blog.

Circa 2013, and external links may not work properly.

We are living the age of oblivion. Definition which is not a fake.

We Must Not Let It Be Undermined

By working together, we can ensure that the Internet keeps fulfilling its promise to enrich people’s lives. We have a big job ahead of us but we are a formidable force when we face the challenges together. Like the Internet, we are effective at working in a distributed way toward a common value for people. Let's continue to build on our positive momentum and make an even greater effect on the Internet in the years ahead.
A brave letter in the e.mail of this yours truly,  delivered by acolleague, the smart Mr. Andrew Sullivan, who as yo may already know, started 1 September to work as CEO of the Internet Society

My advice: Kill your curiosity, dearest reader of this blog. Read the rest of his welcoming letter, even if you are not a proud member of the ISOC, here

Because of, amongst other several reasons, We Must Not Let It Be Undermined.


In 2001, 17 leaders of what became the Agile movement met in Utah and produced what is now known as the Agile Manifesto

The Manifesto boiled down the essence of good software development practice. What we see is a strong influence of good design practice here, too. Everything in the Agile Manifesto applies to smartdesign.

Via Jared Spool.

Copied, right

Unilateral license changes in new versions of software are possible because of international copyright law. Under current law, when a single organization (such as a company) or a small number of people hold the copyright, OR when a permissive license is used (such as the MIT, BSD, or Apache license), it's possible to easily release a later version of the software that provides fewer rights to its users.
Hacker Kurt Seifried about binding arbitrary licenses and the risks for common wreak.

Printed with permission of the  CWE Research Discussion 


This logic leads to serious questions of limitations of speech applied without any guidance - arbitrary.
Vint Cerf, commenting the following aspect "Social media cannot exist without the legal protections of Section 230", an excerpt from an article entitled "The consequences of indecency", ensuring that  the internet CEOs have not been asleep at the wheel.


Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a hearing The Internet and Digital Communications: Examining the Impact of Global Internet Governance.

Witnesses:Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security;James Bladel, VP Policy, GoDaddy; Dr. Roslyn Layton, American Enterprise Institute;Christopher Painter, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; Denise Zheng, VP Policy, The Business Roundtable.

Here, via Joly McFlie, at  the Internet Society

Less Than Super

Yesterday’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland elicited varieties of shock and awe in the US and across European nations, where the consensus for President Trump’s performance was less than super. 
It could be that he is still learning on the job and simply rewriting the book on US-Russia detente in a style of his own. But many political watchers take a more critical view of the proceedings, arguing that Trump’s stance on Russia – expressed both at the NATO meetings and the press conference with Putin – is at odds with the geopolitical and economic interests of America and its allies in the European Union and elsewhere. 
While the Trump administration’s socially conservative and pro-business strategies remain popular with his home base, foreign relations are a different story. Poor relations with long-time allies, tariffs and trade wars have a price.

Via Josh Levine.

Non Truth Decay. Agreed. Still enjoying that misspelled speech moment about "the server" thing. No kidding. That was about something serious.

This your truly decayed, from Helsinki, in the long hot summer of the year 2018. 

Internet Of Thanks

ISACA’s white paper, Assessing IoT, examines the professional ethics involved in balancing these IoT considerations. When you consider the upsides and downsides of IoT, an entirely new governance dimension begins to compel your attention.
Most of you, right now, by now may be familiar with the concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT)".

Mind and Design

A list of links about trends, design,  web, computing all of that you may find of use. Have a nice week.

Design plagiarism
That’s why I like the phrase “design plagiarism”. Maybe you think Amadeo’s examples do constitute “copying”. But they’re not plagiarism. If you write an article, and then I write my own article about the same topic, that just means you were first. But if I copy your article and just change a few words, that’s plagiarism. There’s a big difference.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Imagine a Twitter where the limit wasn't expressed in the number of characters, but in the number of vertical pixels.

How To Be a Systems Thinker
We all think with metaphors of various sorts, and we use metaphors to deal with complexity, but the way human beings use computers and AI depends on their basic epistemologies—whether they’re accustomed to thinking in systemic terms, whether they’re mainly interested in quantitative issues, whether they’re used to using games of various sorts. .

DARPA Funding in AI-Assisted Cybersecurity
The new DARPA program is called CHESS (Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security),

Innovation Renaissance or Digital Dystopia?
Which brings me to an AI-embracing France. When I first heard about this, I must admit, I was impressed. After all, AI is the future. It will change business, society and life as we know it. Nothing will ever be the same. But, therein lies the issue. Does everything have to change? Does everything have to be digitally transformed?


The Web Marketing Association's 2018 WebAward Competition for Website Development is now accepting entries.  The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. The Competition Web site is located at and the deadline for entry is May 31, 2018.

web awards 2018

Hurry up, honey, and bring excellence to the poll

Online Domains

Influencers. you talk about influencers.

Classic times were never up-righted by influencers but by leaders. Except in general or in local elections times, when every vote counts to ensure a position, there is no such positive things a influencers in real life.

People who lead a consultancy team or people with the strange ability of a Ka to build trust on her, being solely few. To influence from one to another, a highly organized and sophisticated activity in our society, in classic times, a person should be an example. An example to follow up.

Most websites, online domains, user-friendly software and digital places of my youth have influenced myself and some billions of people.too. Blogger may be a clear example. Built upon its own mission, vision and values. Distinct from the others, but integrated. With some adverts, too. To advert there is the need of design, aural or visual design.

But influencers, people or places  may lead or covert highly organized and sophisticated criminal activities

To buy, for no reason., "advertising space or promoted news stories—fake and otherwise—on their platforms, covert influence has become the new money laundering".

Via Cortney Weinbaum


If you're going to commit an illegal act, it's best not to discuss it in e-mail. It's also best to Google tech instructions rather than asking someone else to do it
via Bruce's Blog


Take the failure post-mortems. 

Sure, some of them are "brave." 
  • The ones that candidly: talk about where the company vision was wrong detail
  •  how the product got beat by a competitor convey 
  • where the founders made bad decisions  

The ones that do the above do require some amount of self-reflection. 

 But those are the exceptions.

via Research brief

Accelerated Mobile Pages

Why a subset of HTML you ask? Well, mostly because web developers suck at their jobs and have loaded the web with a ton of JavaScript no one wants. Can't fault Google for wanting to change that. That part I can support. The less JavaScript the better.
One of the principles of the web, neutral or not neutral is the following one: The less JavaScript, libraries included, except for multimedia purposes, the better.

If is not met this requirement, there is the need of a subset. We know that from the ancient DHTML days, remember? Try to understand the Document Object Model, first.

Folks at Google work on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) , a subtle recover of that old AS1 magic we knew in the past when there was the need to have a choice in between WAP and Flash Lite technologies.

Google works on AMP  understanding the media, that is, mobile. The common user of th web, does not care about tech. And developers work on behalf the ordinary and common people, like you and this yours truly.  That was why web standards were made. It's the audience, stupid.

More on the matter, flavoured with pros and cons : The two faces of AMP, JS on AMP Google AMP is Not a Good Thing, et cetera

Today’s average web developer doesn’t have the faintest clue what he’s doing and can’t do it anyway without sixteen libraries and frameworks. Solve that problem and AMP goes away.

via Quirks


To survive as an independent consultant at any age, and to remain meaningfully employable in digital design, you must bring something different to the table. You must bring value.

Truth is Hard. via Zeldman 

She had a Mind

Over the weekend I saw the documentary about the life of Hedy Lamarr.

A few observations. First, as advertised, she was perfectly beautiful. The kind of beauty that makes you think, viscerally, here is the most beautiful person. And daring, outspoken, brash, brilliant, creative, loved herself, and moved in the world with confidence. She had a mind. And the world doesn't accept that a person can have two gifts. You can't be a mind and a beauty.

Watching this movie and the heroic and tragic life she led, made me look at parallels in my own life. It's why her story has so much to offer practically everyone, because people are much more complex than the stories the world tells about us.

Also, I finally understand her invention. You can encrypt communication by changing frequency at seemingly random times. Both the sender and the receiver know which frequency to tune to at any time, but the enemy doesn't. She thought of using something like a player piano roll to coordinate the two. This method, which she got a patent for, is the basis for wifi, cell phones and Bluetooth.;

via Dave Winner, remarks in bold by this your truñy.

Aspects of Digital Preservation

On Friday January 12 2018 at Noon EST the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), in partnership with the Greater Washington DC Internet Society Chapter (ISOC-DC) presents Digital Preservation: Policy Challenges at Google’s offices in Washington DC.

This event, the first of a series, focuses on the policy aspects of digital preservation: Is there a role for regulators? 

Speakers will be Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. Respondents: Michelle Wu, Director of the Law Library, Georgetown Law; and Kate Zwaard, Chief of. National Digital Initiatives, Library of Congress.

Not in New York? This your neither, Comment, while you can.

The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel with open captioning.

Ain't no Saint

Industry analyst firm Quocirca surveyed 500 IT decision makers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, examining attitudes towards the value of confidential data including: personally identifiable information (PII), payment card data, intellectual property (IP) and email.

Clarifying the business impact of technology, quoted from Examining attitudes towards confidential data.

One xmas feasible scenariothat may beof your concern  : What it looks like if someone is reading your letter to Sandy Klaws, or even a second worst xmas scenario, what is Sandy Klaws who's tapping your phone to know your desires.

 A more serious approach via Yves Mulkers, editor of The Data Intelligence Connection

Because of Santa ain't no Saint! 

Jingle Bell

Time to move from Broadband to Infrastructure.

Encouraging innovative internet-native business models rather than working to preserve an industry threatened by innovation is n obligation for all of us professionals of the web and the Internet.

The Roman roads built with electronic pavement are working pretty well, given that the cities can maintain complex infrastructure such as water systems and roads, all the Telecom companies have reached at this time the entertainment and the media business. Today's work is about providing services, not transportation.

In a near future, if not now, we all know robots will accomplish the needed work to maintain, to install or to repair our wires and/or radios. Design today goes further than a work to implement or draw a mechanical behaviour, done by mechanical entities with the help of little AI coded in the motherboard. Not kidding.

Define what is The Internet.
The Internet can do video because it doesn’t promise video so that it doesn’t have to reserve capacity.
Long time ago, the term broadband was used to define a fat pipe that the provider would use to sell services. If you do not remember a world connected at 56Kpbs, this classicla definition of broadband does not apply to you, neither to your siblings.

  AT&T was acquired by SBC (NYSE:SBC) and, in fact, they operate as SBC in all its aspects; as well as the latam-spaniard news agency GRUPO PRISA was 'bought' by PRISACOM ,a brand division that sells advertising, the bets paradigm of what the essence of the term.service refers.

Infrastructure is what favours services.
One reason that infrastructure creates opportunity is that it is free-to-use.
With the same principle applied to public services such as rail roads, no matter if rail-roads fails, except is there is a certain hidden purpose on that fail , innovation and equability comes in hand with opportunity, in that way the Internet is paved with its natural policies.
It’s difficult to have a conversation when we don’t have a shared understanding of the meaning of words. In the case of the transition from the telecommunications services to the Internet as infrastructure the change in meaning is at the heart of the shift.
There is a buzz in these dark ages we live in, were a real scandal in Bohemia is served in terms of solution as a missed mean. The scandal refers to the use of the term neutral. An oxymoron, speaking in tech.

So what now ? A solution to the issue what model os service do we the people want, lies in the dumb pipes paradigm. The problem is for broadband providers, because of the value is created outside of their network, how do they make money beyond providing a dumb pipe?

A simple solution to avoid an sterile debate and a usefulness legislation, is real simple, it comes from natural language, a semantic solution, and passes by adapting our terms, not our knowledge, to the real Internet-native scenario we live in. Carriers are no longer carrying a meaningful message and thus, makes trouble.
It’s the equivalent of saying “huh” and repeating the messages.
Security and privacy, other well know terms associated to the use we humans make of the Internet, are a provided service-solution, functioning more like attributes and not bare-bones. Even they're part of the buzz or twinkle your ears, do not worry about them.
Jingle Bell, originally and frequently still called The Internet.

We, the people need to make a reboot, we are urged to the need to understand and to make understand, that is time to move from the broadband to the infrastructure. It’s time to get down.

via Bob Frankston

On Net Neutrality

Something I've not heard said in the #netneutrality debate. The Internet was created by the US government, the Department of Defense, and built out by universities. Taxpayers paid for it.
Dave Winer leave a mark on the debate, again.

the less complex but more sophisticated answer to the buzz, via scripting


What does the Web sound like?

Thanks to a major grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, artists Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Greg Niemeyer will be exploring that in a newly commissioned piece, “Sonic Web” that premieres worldwide in September 2018. 
The 11-movement multimedia piece is one of the first to be created with a $150,000 grant —part of the Hewlett 50 Art Commissions celebrating the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary.

The world premiere will take place in the Internet Archive Great Room next September — stay tuned!!

In my corporate email, via IA, shared with pleasure for you, dearest reader.

My Life as a Coder

Did ever ye been a designer, say a UX mate, or ye get involved in Data Science and the big macs?.

Below, some links that may re-inforce yer daily automated activity,
Command Examples for MySQL Binary Log Files
Binary log is very helpful in MySQL replication, where the main server will send the data from the binary logs to the remote servers.

Printing File Lines using Address and Patterns
sed is a “non-interactive” stream-oriented editor. Since its an “non-interactive” it can be used to automate editing if desired.

Nginx Rewrite Rule Examples with Reg-Ex and Flags
While Nginx rewrite rules does similar things like Apache, there are still lot of differences in terms of how you write a rewrite rule in Nginx.
Linked resources kindly provided and delivered in and out from the email personal conversation, kindly started by Ramesh Natarajan.For you, as this yours truly make pleasant use of them for his one chapter partial moment of the BST +1life entitled "my life as a coder". (which is quite similar to the content of the chapter "my life as a blogger", by the way)

Case examples printed and deliveredwithout an explicit permission. This unnatural and exceptional attitude, pretty sure will not bother anyone of us involved. Click and read.

say tah.

96 Industry Categories

IAC Awards Now Accepting Entries !!  

The Web Marketing Association announces the Call for Entries for the 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC)Awards .

The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising.
This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising, including email, page-based ads, online newsletters, mobile apps, Websites, video and social media in 96 industry categories. The Competition Web site is located at and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2018

Enjoy yourself.


A note,  that may be of your interest., received today in my personal email. It's from a colleague, Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian.
For 21 years, the Internet Archive has been dedicated to a single mission: to give everyone access to all knowledge, forever. For free. Collect web pages? Why? Who would want to read a book on a screen? Why collect TV--isn’t it all garbage anyway?
Team at the Internet Archive, have the responsibility of a noble and respectful mission. To digitize books and music and television before they’re lost, to sustain the reliability of what’s on the Web. As a reader: How would you like to contribute?

This short post is not about colours, it does not mind if your favourite colour is the blue or is the red. Even the green, a mixture of gray and shade  This is not even an sponsored post. this is Now you have a mission, too. Contribute to keep the Internet Archive going in 2018.

The Internet Archive have plans, projects and a brighten future.

Donate. Imperative. Your time is just as important as a monetary contribution. Hurry up.

The Internet Archive is a California non-profit public benefit corporation that is tax-exempt under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax ID Number 94-3242767.

Mail your donation to:
Internet Archive
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San Francisco, CA 94118


Scenarios are a versatile tool that teams can use throughout design to explore the unique needs and behaviour patterns of customers, identify solutions, draw stakeholders together to become active participants in a shared vision, and define elements of user testing.

via Shawn Henry. Remember that people are diverse.
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