Category: Musings

  • Some Thoughts on Cryptocurrencies

    Some Thoughts on Cryptocurrencies

    Update, March 16, 2018 Currently the bitcoin energy consumption is ridiculous, and so much more so the entire cryptocurrency space. This is a know issue, that is being dealt with. But here’s the thing. I won’t buy a gas-guzzling car, I won’t invest in oil stocks, I turn my lights out when I’m not using […]

  • Technological Evolution, Microsoft vs Apple

    Technological Evolution, Microsoft vs Apple

    I’m writing this from my iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard. It’s a beautiful experience. It’s also a natural evolution of where technology has been going. This past week Microsoft has displayed that it understands this. Apple has not. Writing here is not a perfect experience: I still think multitasking on iOS could benefit by […]

  • The Privacy / Convenience Polarity is a Myth

    The Privacy / Convenience Polarity is a Myth

    There is a myth, that if you want to have privacy, it will be at the expense of convenience; and if you want convenience, it will be at the expense of privacy. They say that is the way things have to be, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. Open up your iPhone […]

  • Say: “Alexa, turn on the living room lights”

    Say: “Alexa, turn on the living room lights”

    Update: It’s creepy, don’t do it. Say it. No, really. Say it aloud. You might feel silly the first time. But the second time it feels great. Especially because Amazon Echo actually works. We were sold the hype of Siri. Sadly, Siri just doesn’t have the knowledge to understand conversational requests, nor the power to […]

  • Pondering Sam Harris’ thoughts on digital backdoors

    Pondering Sam Harris’ thoughts on digital backdoors

    Since my last post about encryption vs. security the public debate has exploded due to Tim Cook’s response to the request by the FBI to create a back door in an Apple device. In his most recent podcast Sam Harris weighed in as well. I always look forward to Harris’ perspective on a topic. He […]

  • On Encryption VS Security

    On Encryption VS Security

    There has been a debate going on behind the scenes, or not so behind the scenes: the political legislatures vs. technologists pertaining to encryption. There are bad people in the world, communicating to plan bad things. Law enforcement used to be able to get warrants and peer into those communications, safe-houses, or property. Today, when […]

  • My 2015 Weekly Book Project

    My 2015 Weekly Book Project

    A little over a year ago I embarked on a journey. I noticed that I was listening to a LOT of podcasts: on my commute, at work, on the treadmill, cooking. I really couldn’t stop. What made me notice the frequency was the fact that I had finished the backlog of This Week in Startups and saw that […]

  • Are Online Services EVIL?

    Are Online Services EVIL?

    Edit – October 14, 2018 – Since the 2016 elections, the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, and more stories about Facebook trying to overstep the privacy bounds I am no longer convinced that there aren’t bad intentions. At best they’re negligent. I’ll be giving at talk at WordCamp NYC this month, so I thought I’d explore […]

  • What is the Ideal Advertising Platform?

    What is the Ideal Advertising Platform?

    I’ll be giving at talk at WordCamp NYC this month, so I thought I’d explore some of the ideas I’ll be touching on in blog form. I’d love your feedback below to further my research. This essay delves into an aspect of owning your own data vs. being someone else’s product. Speaking personally, as a […]

  • Part II: The Founder Institute, Lessons Learned

    Part II: The Founder Institute, Lessons Learned

    Some of you are familiar with Inkwell—I founded it as part of the curriculum for the Founder Institute (FI). I had come to FI to see what I could do with the idea, and that idea carried me through to graduation. What I got from the Founder Institute I came to the Founder Institute wanting […]