the other guilty pleasure

No doubt you’ve been reading online, and even in the mainstream press, of the impact of bottled water and the merits of city tap water. Obviously the impact is profound. From the resources used to make the bottles, to the…

whassup?

Recently I was asked the question, “how does one encourage conversations?” Of course implied in this query is that these conversations are online and free of trolls and spam. In one shape or another I’ve actually be thinking about this…

the wildness of nature

Too often in our well-designed suburbs we forget the power and wildness of nature. Often bulldozed to the side to make way for a new strip mall or pulled from your yard as a nasty weed, too often we forget…

earth day confession

Despite turing into a green wacko of late, I have a confession to make: I have never seen Mr. Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth.” In fact, I have no plans to ever see it. But probably for a reason other than you…

the results are in…

Well my experiment is over. I have been probed, pricked, lifted up and weighed down and the results are in: my life survey is done. While I watched results coming I began to feel guilty as only a complete egomaniac…

the universal want

Last week I saw Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima.” It’s the story of the bloody 1945 battle from the perspective of the losing side. The message I took away from the movie was as expected: war makes no sense….

i am not a marathoner

For the past 3-4 years I’ve become a fairly avid runner. Not lightning fast but it would seem respectable for my age and level of fitness. There are few things that clear my head as well as a nice lunch-time…

youtube’s hail mary

Many of you have heard I’m not a gigantic fan of YouTube. I have found it to be a nice late night distraction but for it to be worth $1B I would have thought there would be more to it….

Moore’s Law, the Homebrew Computer Club and Sustainable Living

For the past 30 or so years innovation has been defined by the march of computing into our daily lives. The first personal computers were strutting their stuff at places like the short lived yet immortalized Homebrew Computer Club back…

wi-fi mesh mess

Some time ago I compared public Wi-Fi hotspots to public restrooms: functional yet unkept dirty locked water access points of last resort. My view over the last five years hasn’t changed much. I have frequently used both public and fee-based…

going up market

AOL.jpgI don’t know about you but back in the day, I must have thrown away hundreds of those free signup disks for AOL. Call it techno-arrogance but there was no way I was going to use AOL when I could just sign up with a local ISP. And besides AOL was simply lame. Who on Earth would ever sign up for this sort of junk?

your opinion doesn’t matter

If you’ve worked with me for any length of time you have probably heard my “focus group of one” disclaimer. Normally I use this phrase just prior to adding my personal opinion of how I might use this or that…

my big fat full shopping cart

Ever go to the grocery store without a shopping list? I was broken of the habit long ago but I remember the symptoms of this way of living: you fill up your shopping cart, spend more than you planned only…

the ten finger rule

Working in the standards market reporters and analysts often ask you to get your crystal ball out and predict when your technology will be a mainstream phenomenon. While I often take a shot – usually a conservative estimate as it’s always best to under-promise and over-deliver – I like to use this question to share an observation I made some years ago. It’s Mike’s “Ten Finger Rule.”

my gtd hack: sync to paper

A good friend of mine recently encouraged me to give the HipsterPDA a try using the GTD system of organization. I had a few problems to overcome. First was the fact that I like to keep most of my stuff…