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…