Connor Tomas O’Brien

http://connortomas.com — Designer @VoiceworksMag, director @DigitalWriters Festival, columnist @KYD_Journal + @CityMagADL, co-founder @TeamTomely.


Moving away from ‘free culture’


A few weeks ago, Elmo Keep wrote a fantastic piece on Junkee outlining ‘the case against free’. Her argument, which any reasonable person should agree with, is that, in torrenting ebooks and songs and movies and television shows, we are actively ‘choosing to attribute no value to what people create’. Yes, we can justify our piracy however we’d like (Elmo…


Death to the Inbox

Almost every drawn-out, passive-aggressive argument I’ve ever participated in is archived in my Gmail inbox, tagged ‘work’. With the benefit of hindsight and Gmail’s…


Won’t Get Google-Fooled Again

It’s now impossible to distinguish a parody of 2014 tech culture from the real deal



Moving away from ‘free culture’


A few weeks ago, Elmo Keep wrote a fantastic piece on Junkee outlining ‘the case against free’. Her argument, which any reasonable person should agree with, is that, in torrenting ebooks and songs and movies and television shows, we are actively ‘choosing to attribute no value to what people create’. Yes, we can justify our piracy however we’d like (Elmo…


All the online as****es


We launched Tomely a few weeks back. Almost everything people had to say about it was very nice. Of course, we also got a bunch of support requests and bug reports, but that’s all part of the fun of managing a fledgling web service.

One user took things to a level that wasn’t okay. The specifics aren’t important, but he filed a support ticket for a…


On Apple as a Religion


(This piece was originally published in Collect Magazine, Issue 2, in February 2011).

As I write this, it’s nearing four on a weekday morning and I’m…