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Don’t throw away your fat clothes

September 30, 2019
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I usually reserve this blog for techie geek stuff. I don’t generally write about personal things on this blog, or anywhere online for that matter. Talking about this is hard for me. I moved my political posts to a separate blog but since I don’t plan to write a lot of “lifestyle” posts, I’m just…

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140plus.com – Another Twitter App Bites The Dust

August 21, 2019
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140plus.com – Another Twitter App Bites The Dust

In 2010, I introduced 140plus.com as a sort of anti-Wordpress (“anti” in the sense of opposite, not in opposition to), or i.e. a zero-config blogging platform, using just your Twitter ID and requiring no new signup process. It was a Java webapp with a front-end and REST API, mobile-friendly responsive, somewhere between the micro-blogging of…

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Getting ready for a post-car America

December 30, 2018
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Getting ready for a post-car America

Without a doubt, the 20th century was the century of the car. Automobiles came into their own and changed the culture in America and across Europe. Before the car, people lived in the city and worked in the city, or lived in the country and worked on a farm. With cars, they could live on…

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Save The Date: Internet-Wide Day Of Action February 27

February 23, 2018
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The FCC is repealing net neutrality, but we can stop them by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Get ready for Operation: #OneMoreVote, a major Internet-wide day of action, Tuesday, February 27, to secure the final vote needed to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in the Senate. The day of action is being organized…

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What I learned in 2017 as CTO for a VR startup

January 18, 2018
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What I learned in 2017 as CTO for a VR startup

For me, I’ve found that I have to get my hands dirty to really understand and appreciate something. There can be a big difference between learning something in the abstract and applying it in real life, particularly in production environments. I spent most of 2017 as interim CTO for a VR startup. This was a…

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Is the dip in Google’s stock warranted?

June 23, 2016
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Is the dip in Google’s stock warranted?

Google’s recent earnings miss translated into a loss of nearly 5% in market cap. Is it simply a case of unreasonable expectations or is there more to it? Analyst, Shudeep Chandrasekhar recently took a look. At first glance, Alphabet seems to have delivered a solid quarter but look a little deeper and you’ll find a mix of…

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Will the death of phone subsidies change consumer behavior in the US?

October 13, 2015
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Will the death of phone subsidies change consumer behavior in the US?

The old “get a free phone every two years” cycle is over in the US. With the the death of those subsidies, people will actually have to start paying for their smartphones now, to the tune of $500 or more. The big question is will this change users’ behavior significantly. The downside for people is…

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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

November 12, 2014
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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

The “internet of things” (IOT) has become a hot topic in the tech. press. While the term is relatively new, connecting devices to networks is certainly nothing new. IOT has become the catch-all name to describe smart-home sensors, embedded devices, and other smart-devices with internet connectivity, characterized by devices like the Nest thermostat but IOT includes everything from coffee…

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I hope Apple continues to offer a four-inch iPhone (for men?)

November 6, 2014
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I’m an analyst and researcher first, but I’m also a plain old end-user too. When I speak of Apple vs. Google or iOS vs. Android, I’m usually speaking in the abstract, with no relation to my own personal preference. However, in this case, it’s very personal. I want essentially an iPhone 6 “mini”. What I…

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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

August 4, 2014
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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

For the first three quarters of 2013 growth of revenue from partner sites through the Google AdSense program completely stagnated and revenues actually shrunk. Things looked a little better for the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, but industry pundits and analysts see it as a disturbing downward trend.   The Incredible Shrinking Inventory Of PC…

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