Protecting yourself in the modern surveillance state

Protecting yourself in the modern surveillance state

I’ll reserve commentary on the revelations that the NSA is monitoring the online activity of every single American and has been doing so for years for another post. The purpose of this post is to outline reasonable steps you can…

One tiny step in the right direction

HBO has recently caught a lot of flak for not allowing their programming to be distributed online. You can’t buy it on iTunes, you can’t get it anywhere. The one exception is HBO GO, which is the online counterpart to…

Thoughts on the iPad 3 Announcement

Here are some brief thoughts on this afternoon’s announcements. iOS 5.1 People were hoping for iOS 6, but we only got a minor update. Not a whole lot of new stuff. Slight updates to Apple TV Who cares about this…

Your iPhone is probably made with child labor

It’s been in the news lately that Apple’s suppliers might use child labor and some really terrible conditions exist in factories in China. This story came out estimating that the cost to produce the iPhone is about $30 per unit….

An Update on Address Book Gate

Address Book Gate, terrible name, I know. I wrote about the apps taking address book info controversy last week. Here’s a couple of updates: Your address book is mine: Many iPhone apps take your data What iOS apps are grabbing…

Controversy, journalism, disclosures and the future of web content

Over the past few days there has been a minor scandal brewing, which has now turned into a flame war between several prominent journalists (for clarity, I’ll use that term). It started with New York Times writer Nick Bilton, publishing…

Another nail in the coffin

A few months ago I wrote about the eventual death of television. This morning on the way to work I read this story about BitTorrent Live, a new project from BitTorrent found Bram Cohen. From the story: “My goal is…

Here is my problem, what is the solution?

I now regularly use three different computers over the course of my day. At home I’ve got my MacBook Pro. At home and at the office I have a MacBook Air, but in the office I also sometimes need to…

Time to give Chrome another try

I switched from Firefox to Chrome a few months back and haven’t switched back. In a nutshell: -faster, uses less resources -better bookmark manager -search from the url bar Makes me wonder, what other services that I’ve used forever should…

Why television is the next industry ripe for disruption

The internet will eventually disrupt all existing industries. Think about the ones it has already fundamentally changed forever: music, software, retail, travel and your phone. What’s next? Television. Consider the following: The average American still watches over five hours of…

Selectively Un-following Twitter Users

Every few weeks I like to re-evaluate who I am following on Twitter. The idea is that my attention is limited, I want to be constantly adjusting the signal to noise ratio of my Twitter feed. The easiest way to…

How to import Facebook friends into Google Plus

This a brief overview of how to import Facebook friends into Google Plus. With Google Plus finally opening up to everyone it seemed like a good time to explain this to people. I did this a few weeks back, which…

How long of a digital trail are we leaving?

I recently reached out to a fraternity brother on Facebook because I no longer had his cell phone number. Facebook pulled up our last correspondence – from 2007 – a message sent by me as Chapter President to him while…

Facebook finally launches the app I suggested

Facebook messenger is finally here, but it is no longer the app I want. I’ll explain. Back in May I wrote a post about how there was a need for a standalone messaging app and obviously some people at Facebook…

Save for later Syndrome

I few weeks ago I finally got an iPad. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out how much it has changed my reading habits. Every night I spend at least an hour reading online news. The app Flipboard curates articles…

Facebook app only for the messages?

Why doesn’t this exist? (if it does, why don’t I know about it) The only time I every use Facebook is on my phone. I wasn’t selective enough with accepting friend requests at first and now my feed is filled…

The Economist turned my entire senior thesis into a simple image

The Economist turned my entire senior thesis into a simple image

Maybe the title of the post is a bit of an overstatement. It is actually very cool and rewarding to see that someone over at The Economist is thinking about the same questions as I was almost three years ago….

Tech Predictions for 2011

The iPhone will finally be available to Verizon users – Not only will this happen, it will be announced and on store shelves within two or three months. Photo sharing will explode – In the last few weeks alone we…

A look back at my tech predictions for 2010

About a year ago I put down some of my predictions for the world of technology. You can read my original post here. Here is how my predictions ended up. Foursquare (geolocation) – Correct Facebook IPO – Wrong Streaming movies…

How To: Purge Your Twitter Followers

Manage Twitter is a really cool web site that allows you to figure out which of your followers aren’t following you back. It’s really simple, but is probably going to get shut down soon. I recommend checking it out.

Facebook Wants You To Like Everything, Except Your Privacy

Facebook Wants You To Like Everything, Except Your Privacy

Facebook just made some major announcements that not only change the course of the world’s most trafficked web site, but change the course of the internet itself. Unfortunately, these changes also raise serious privacy concerns. The vast majority of Facebook…

The Problem with Blogging

A more accurate title would actually be “One of the many problems people have when first starting to blog,” but that seemed too long. Last Friday afternoon I was sitting in the office. It was a slow day and most…

Tech Trends Panning Out?

If you have phenomenal memory, you might remember this post I wrote last year about some upcoming technology trends for 2010. A few weeks after I posted it, at least one of my co-workers told me I was really wrong….

Six Reasons to give Foursquare Another Chance

Six Reasons to give Foursquare Another Chance

If you haven’t tried Foursquare yet, or you tried it and decided it wasn’t for you, here are six reasons you should give it another chance. Newly Redesigned App They recently redesigned the application for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry…

Odds on the name of Apple's new device

Odds on the name of Apple’s new device

via The Economist

Five Tech Predictions for 2010

Here are five tech related predictions for 2010. A year from now I’ll do a retrospective post and see how many of them come true. Put your own predictions in the comments. Foursquare (geolocation) – I already wrote about this…

The Alarm Clock Jess Needs

The Alarm Clock Jess Needs

Back in college we had a guy in the fraternity named Jess. I have never met someone who had more trouble waking up than this kid. He had so many alarm clocks in his room he would wake up everyone…

This video makes me sad

I shouldn’t really be surprised. Do you know the difference?