Monthly Archives: May 2018

A previous version of twitter

I think license plate frames were the predecessor to twitter; short witticisms that are designed to make you smile. Over time I’ve come to appreciate this line from a Joe Walsh song. The title of the song (and the next … Continue reading

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California election idiocy

If you are a registered voter in California, then you have probably already received your voter pamphlet containing arguments for and against the propositions, as well as statements from candidates for statewide offices. This year’s book is particularly ridiculous, with … Continue reading

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Privacy is hard if you hunger for data

After I left Google I started looking into Mycroft, which is an open source alternative to Amazon Alexa or Google Home but promises to provide better privacy. Unfortunately, that concept of privacy seems to be elusive to the company behind … Continue reading

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Screw you Embassy Suites

Now I know never to stay in an Embassy Suites again. I regularly use a different email address for every company that asks for one. At some point in the past I used a specialized email address for embassy suites, … Continue reading

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RSA conference: not clear on the concept

I’ve been amused by the fact that the RSA conference uses a badge that has NFC in it, so that when you visit a vendor booth, they can scan the badge and read information on it.¬†When I read the badge … Continue reading

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On cloud APIs

Cloud APIs are like fair-weather friends. They work as long as it is convenient to do so, and they get to set the terms of the friendship. Today I received a notice from Google that the “free” maps API would … Continue reading

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