Jun 13

Not lying. Technically.


Great news! The big tech companies are telling the truth when they say they are not giving the government all your digital data. Not Great News?  They might be giving it to a company that provides that data as a service to the government, via TPM.

By the way, if you are outraged, where were you in 2006?


Nov 11

WordPress, Postalicious, Google Reader, and Pinboard?

As I posted earlier, Google broke this blog by ‘updating’ Google Reader. WordPress plugin Postalicious [about] supports several other bookmarking services, the most promising of which looks to be Pinboard.  I suppose I could alternatively use Twitter in some way as well, although I would prefer to continue using Google Reader without having to share publicly via Google+.

The methodology would be to signup for and add Pinboard as a ‘send-to’ service in the Reader options.

Google Reader team added a customizable “Send to” menu for items in Reader.  You can read abut it here:


Go to Settings, and then the “Send To” tab.  Click the “Creat Custom Link” and enter the following:

Name: Pinboard
Url: http://pinboard.in/add?url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon Url: http://pinboard.in/favicon.ico

Pinboard costs $9.52, which is fully-refundable for 3-days.  To be continued…

Nov 11

Thanks for Breaking My Blog!

I just want to thank Google for changing the sharing method in Reader and subsequently breaking Postalicious as well as my blog (and the way I generally interact with all of the sites I commonly read).

Without Daily Links as they were, I am unsure of what I will do now? Maybe this will be my excuse to start more diary-type blogging instead of simply links I find interesting?

Feb 11

Content as Commodity

Google has itself in quite the pickle.  On one hand, as an advertising company, more content – even if its worthless content – in more places for ad placement and revenue opportunities.  On the other hand, content that was scraped or source from a content farm devalues search results and may lead to user defections.  I can’t help but think that Google’s multiple projects (Apps, Android, TV, and Chrome OS) has been at the cost of the search index.

My simple solution would be semantic index where only the first/best result is shown with the rest clustered behind a “similar results” link.

Jan 11

The One about Dandelions and Roses

Apple’s Ping is a non-starter.  Google’s social product will be as well if it is simply another place to build yet another social network.  Facebook has sucked all the air out of the room.  The cost of switching (friction?) and adding yet another social network is too high (no one tell MySpace or Yahoo with regards to Delicious).  Their strategy should be to complement the relationship of the user and Facebook and not attempting to duplicate or replace Facebook.   Zuckerberg has the plurality of market share; for now, the race is over.

I’d be willing to bet that the payoff from the superior ownership experience guaranteed by Macs and other ‘iProducts’ introduces a subtle bias in tech journalists and analysts.  When you have little in the way of real product (aside from hardware purchase), the experience of your service should be your goal.  Note that Apple TV and it’s marketplace weakness doesn’t get anywhere the attention of Google TV, and the various hiccups that Google will have with +1 (its forthcoming social network product) will be covered far more obsessively than Apple various stumbles.

You know who else had a reputation for quality?  Toyota.  I think it goes beyond Jobs quest for perfection.   Continue reading →