Reverse engineer. Blogger. Investor. Photographer Hiker. Kayaker.

Tim Bray: On a blog, I can write about blog­ging and whim­si­cal­ly toss in self-indulgent pic­tures of May’s bud­ding aza­leas. OK, Tim. I see your azaleas and raise you these springtails. Tim’s post via Jason Kottke and Jeremy Keith. See also.

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My old blog is back

You may have noticed a slight uptick in my publishing. That’s because I am, once again, coming back to my blog as the central place that I publish. Except this time I care far less about any of the content getting to any social networks. It is simply too exhausting to get working correctly. And […]

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Amazon Prime on Apple TV

Peter Kafka at Recode: The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers’ time, eyeballs and money, are close to an agreement to bring an Amazon video app to Apple’s Apple TV set-top box, according to people familiar with the two companies. Recently we’ve begun renting movies on Amazon Prime instead of iTunes via Apple […]

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My Build wishlist

Microsoft’s Build conference starts on Wednesday. I’ve been watching this conference closely for the last three years.* Each year Microsoft has shown that they are a completely different company since Satya Nadella has become CEO. They actually make the things they show. Over these same years they’ve improved upon Windows so-much-so that I have a hard […]

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Bashing Windows

Ben Brooks likes the look of the new Surface Book Laptop. But he says this about Windows: Still runs Windows though. I don’t know if Ben has used the very latest Windows 10 builds but if he hasn’t he should give it a try. I’ve already said not to bet against Microsoft but I would […]

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This has been a week full of client meetings so I did less reading on the web than usual. But, here are a few things that come to me as I sit here writing this post on a warm, gorgeous Friday evening. Amazon’s Quarterly report – Amazon is killing it on so many fronts. It […]

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Pete Ventura on Scranton

Pete Ventura, friend and owner of Coney Island Lunch on Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton: All of the years I’ve been here, and I’m 62 years old, I can’t stand it when people put Scranton or this area down. I won’t get mad at them, but I’ll tell them about all of the good things. I’ll […]

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Mastodon in April

April hasn’t ended but Eugene Rochko wanted to share what has happened thus far with Mastodon during the month. It is an interesting post. Always neat to see explosions like this from the inside. Like this bit: So, April, huh. Twitter changed the reply system, which everybody told them they shouldn’t do, and then removed […]

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How to support Mastodon

Don’t know what Mastodon is? Read my Observations on Mastodon post first. I’m all in over on Mastodon for #woollyweek. I thought I’d take a moment to jot down all the ways you can support Mastodon even if you’re not running your own instance, aren’t a programmer, or have a ton of time. Support a […]

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I missed last week. I have no excuse. Waxy.org – I already mentioned this but Andy Baio didn’t just return to blogging – he blew in with Hurricane force winds. Kottke.org – Speaking of .org blogs, Jason Kottke’s online property is being managed this week by Tim Carmody and he’s pulling an interesting yarn regarding the […]

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I’m in for #woollyweek

Speaking of Mastodon, a few tooters have massed together to start #woollyweek. Sebastian Morr: In our experience, a hard cut works best for trying out new platforms like this. The idea is simple; you log out of Twitter and stay away from it for an entire week starting this coming Monday April 24. Anything you […]

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How Microsoft is doing

Fred Wilson: Even more impressive in many ways, is what Satya Nadella has done at Microsoft. He slayed the Windows Everywhere albatross that was holding Microsoft back for most of the post Gates era and has made Microsoft relevant again in the world of tech. Windows is enjoying a resurgence, the Office app suite is finally […]

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Observations on Mastodon

I’ve been fiddling with Mastodon (to the tune of over 500 toots). I’ve also been reading up on the history of the service a lot over the last few weeks. Here are some general observations that I’ve made along with a few helpful links. Mastodon isn’t a single service. It is an open source app that […]

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Avoid being great at Twitter

Seth Godin: You can be good at Twitter in about five minutes a day. Spending ten minutes doesn’t make you twice as good… in fact, there’s probably little measurable improvement. To be great at Twitter might take five hours of daily effort. At over 48,000 tweets I do not need any more Twitter practice. Lately […]

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Don’t forget, you can see all posts in this series by skimming through the what-i-saw tag. Now, onto this week’s links. Video: Puffer fish artist – Absolutely incredible stuff from such a small little fish. Andy Baio is back – Not only is he blogging again but Upcoming has re-launched. Stripe Atlas – The program is […]

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The future won’t look this stupid. I promise. For the past several months I’ve been doing research on computer-mediated reality (CMR) – that is, when what’s real is somehow changed, interrupted, distorted, or otherwise effected by a wearable computer. This “ability” isn’t new and it is a nuanced superset of many different types including mixed reality […]

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