Showdown: Thiel vs. Schmidt, 2012

Clearly I’m on a Thiel kick. At first I was dubious, but now I’m just curious. Though some of Thiel’s motives and politics remain vague, it should be impossible for anyone to ignore his foresight and intelligence. The fact that many people still dismiss him offhand because he’s a nominal Trump supporter just blows my mind. This debate, which took …

Trump vs. Thiel Part 2 – Thiel and the Monopoly Mindset

Recently I wrote a post about why Thiel supports Trump. That was before Trump’s numbers took a nosedive… In that piece, I suggested that Thiel might want to bang on America’s governmental engine with a Trump-shaped hammer until it started working again. Also, I dropped hints that Thiel might want to become president or use “the little guy” Trump as …

If You Use an Ad-Blocker, You’re a Content Thief…Or Are You?

Melissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, thinks you and I are missing out because we use ad-blockers. According to her, it’s a “mistake” to install ad-blockers because the “experience on the web becomes a lot less rich.” When you install ad-blockers, you’re either receiving untargeted ads or no ads at all. Mayer says she tells her friends and family to …

Windows 10 Made Me 10X More Productive Overnight. Plus, Microsoft Sway is Microsoft Swank.

Hi folks, At first, I didn’t know Microsoft Sway was a presentation software. I just started clicking away and came up with some pretty cool stuff. It seemed apparent to me that most content is headed this way, including blogs. So here’s a little experiment (FYI, it may not be very responsive because it’s embedded). I put my post into …

Google’s Your Mom, Mobile’s Dead, and Other Future Predictions from June, 2015

I woke up this morning and realized I hadn’t predicted the future yet this year. I meant to do it in January but I forgot. In January of 2014, I predicted what the world of tomorrow will look like. Among other things, I predicted that: Google will build androids Wearables are the future – specifically, those creepy things you put …

More Fun with Big Data

As Problogger pointed out that Define Media Group pointed out, Buzzfeed’s recent picture of traffic referral sources may be slightly skewed. Their claims suggest that Facebook generates nearly triple the traffic referrals that Google does. It’s an interesting statistic, but the methodology and data sources are clearly opaque. This problem suddenly becomes compounded when publications such as Recode and The …