I was thinking earlier about how drastically education could change as the result of technology. Here are some random thoughts along that vector: Everything becomes about local learning pods. So it’s any small room with displays, cameras, and a place for people to gather. The content is pre-made and is best of the best, crowd-rated […]
macOS Sierra introduced iCloud Drive as a deep part of the operating system. It’s easy enough to see in Finder, but I had trouble finding it at the command line. So I went hunting and found out that iCloud files are stored under ~/Library/Mobile Documents at the full path of: ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/ Hope this saves […]
When it comes to predicting what automation will do to the human workforce, there are two popular lines of wisdom. People have said for decades that this or that would remove the need for human work. Marx said it would happen after the industrial revolution. They said computers would do it. Yet here we are, […]
The iPhone 7 was just released (I got a matte black 7), but I’m already thinking about the next one. And so is everyone else. The iPhone 7 was a punt (a very successful one I think), and I think they’re going to do something spectacular for the next one. Here are some ideas I […]
A lot of people have been worried about the feel of the new iPhone button. Either worried about it, or after having tried it they actually don’t like it. I’ve had an interesting experience with it, and I wanted to capture a quick and related thought about it. I love the new way of unlocking […]
Lots of people are talking about “The Fear of AI”, and whether or not we should. But it’s important to distinguish between two different types of AI here. Machine Learning + Big Data + Automation, resulting in the obsolescence of millions of jobs. Creation of a new, super-intelligent life form, which ultimately attacks, subjugates, or […]
I just saw Sonal of a16z tweet out her favorite podcast, so I had to take a look. It was about a particularly interesting application of machine learning—one that’s fascinating to me on numerous levels—the ability to predict the success of a written campaign by evaluating its style, vocabulary, and typography. The research they spoke […]
We all know what things are. They’re cars, and chairs, and restaurants, and buildings, and phones, and dogs, and cities. And people. So what’s the Internet of Things? Simple: it’s all those things…connected to each other. So you can ask any question about any thing. Anywhere. At any time. You can get data from any […]
I was having massive drama with installing software from Github on MacOS (and previously OS X) until I found a very quick solution. sudo easy_install pip Now you can use pip to do things like: pip install -r requirements.txt Hope this helps someone!
People are different, and they have different needs in their hardware, but I couldn’t be more happy with Apple’s decision to: Kill off the headphone jack Move to minimalist, elegant wireless earphones I see these as tightly related, which they are. Something Benedict Evans pointed out, that many including myself missed, is that with traditional […]
We’ve been hearing for a while now about how enterprises are moving to microservices. What are they, exactly? It’s basically the concept of taking a large, monolithic applications and turning them into lots of small pieces that are presented as APIs. So, rather than having a massive app that does authentication, access control, user sign-up, […]
There was a time when Foursquare was the coolest thing ever. You could check into places you went, people would see that, and you could become the “mayor” of those places. But it required that you used the app, and that others were using it too. Question: What killed it? Answer: Facebook. But why? How […]
As I near completion of my book on the Real Internet of Things, I wanted to call out a specific point about visions of future technology. I think one of the best ways to envision what technology we should build is to imagine three things: Technology of the very distant future. Technology that is basically […]
I agree that this is horrible, horrible advice. https://t.co/r4opI9bymV— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) August 25, 2016 The sarcasm layers are so numerous and thick on InfoSec Twitter that I honestly can’t tell you what @alexstamos or @swiftonsecurity believe about running your own email server. They could be obviously for it, or honestly against it. Irony often […]
Here’s a crazy idea: what if Facebook extended their platform to include public messages? Twitter is struggling because they can’t figure out how to monetize. Facebook has mastered monetization. But Twitter is global infrastructure. Every brand is there. Most celebrities. It’s part of the mainstream news stream. It’s everywhere. I think Facebook would love to […]
I was very pleased with the WWDC keynote this year. For me it signified something powerful that I think people massively underestimate: Apple is putting massive effort into making technology invisible within our lives. What I noticed most from this year’s updates is focus on reducing technology friction. Smooth transitions between workflows. Making things imperceptibly […]
In this Report Analysis series I look at various security reports and pull out the main points. This doesn’t replace a complete and detailed read of these reports, but at least you’ll get exposed to some of the key takeaways that you might not otherwise have seen. This particular report was just spectacular. Highly recommended. […]
Amazon isn’t expected to announce results until Thursday, and they famously strategically forgo profit for the sake of revenue growth. So let’s take them out and replace them with a company with a history of enormous profits, Microsoft. It’s still true: with $10.5 billion in profit, Apple earned more in the quarter than Alphabet ($4.2B), […]
Ethereum takes this “beyond the paper metaphor” approach to getting databases to work together even further than bitcoin. Rather than replacing cash, Ethereum presents a new model, a fourth way. You push the data into Ethereum, it’s bound permanently in public storage (the “blockchain”). All the organizations that need to access that information — from your cousin […]
Why isn’t your broker made of silicon yet? Channel conflict. Incumbent carriers cannot turn their backs on the agent and go direct-to-consumer without the risk of offending their agent networks. So much existing and referral-based business is at stake that most carriers do not allow consumers to purchase insurance online — they make consumers purchase […]
A year after its launch, it’s now clear that pretty much no one needs an Apple Watch Source: A year after its launch, it’s now clear that pretty much no one needs an Apple Watch – Quartz This comes from some piece that’s currently doing well on Reddit. I think too many people are forgetting […]
I think a lot about how to become immortal. More than I should, probably.
Many think it’s a waste of time. Everyone dies, and it’s foolish to think we can avoid it. This piece takes a different view, and describes a number of ways, with varying levels of requirement and effectiveness, one can either avoid dying or live on after death.
They’ll go from most practical to most effective.
Many people are confused about the difference between starting a tweet with @someone vs. .@someone, i.e. adding a dot or a period before the username. Here’s the difference: If you just reply with @username the tweet will only go to people who follow both you AND that person If you add a dot before the […]
Instead of catching the bus, Crowley decides to get some exercise on this beautiful day and get dinner on his walk home. Unbeknownst to Crowley, a woman named Sofia who lives on the street he’s walking down has just made a big salad for her family and realizes she’s made too much and will have […]
A lot of people seem to be unsatisfied with their Apple Watches. I think I know why that is, and it simply doesn’t apply to me. I think many people needed to be convinced that they wanted one in the first place. They had to be sold an ephemeral magic thing that was going to […]