Explaining Bitcoin

Posted on Tue 28 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with bitcoin, economics, politics, tech • 1 min read

Nik Custodio has put together a wonderfully easy to read primer on Bitcoin titled “Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five”. I think there are valid concerns out there about Bitcoin (more of that another time), but it doesn’t stop it from being a remarkable technological achievement, and this article …


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Quote: Andy Ihnatko on Tech Tribalism

Posted on Thu 07 March 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, tech • 1 min read

If you give half a damn about which multi-billion-dollar corporation “wins” a totally made-up contest, then you need to drop acid and spend some time in an ashram.

Andy Ihnatko, Pros and Cons, Why I Switched from iPhone to Android

Andy Ihnatko often rubs me the wrong way, but he …


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The Mechanic Muse — From Scroll to Screen

Posted on Mon 05 September 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, culture, tech • 1 min read

Great piece from Lev Grossman on the radical changes that the codex introduced into reading, specifically the ability to interact with the text in a non-linear manner. He makes a valid point that e-readers make similar interaction a clumsy affair.

I do love my Kindle, and I read a lot …


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A Few Thoughts On Google+ From A Digital Misanthrope

Posted on Sun 10 July 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, google, personal, social networking, tech • 8 min read

This Is Not A Review

I have been using Google+ for a little over a week now, and over the course of that time, I have written several versions of this post you are reading right now. Initially, I intended this to be a review of sorts, as I tend …


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CrunchGate - 1938 Media

Posted on Fri 12 February 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with journalism, scandal, tech • 2 min read

Loren Feldman of 1938 Media does a great job summarizing many of things going wrong at Techcrunch these days, and it’s an excellent overview of the issues at hand. In particular, Feldman points out a number of important unanswered questions still lingering in the wake of Michael Arrington’s …


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Google Voice Rocks My World

Posted on Sun 29 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with google, google voice, reviews, tech • 3 min read

Google Voice is Google’s upgrade to the GrandCentral service they acquired almost two years ago. I’ve had a GrandCentral account for almost as long as the service existed, but I never found a reason to use it, mostly because the feature set was just short of being useful …


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Chrome Extension HOWTO ‎(Chromium Developer Documentation)‎

Posted on Sun 22 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with chrome, extensions, google, tech • 1 min read

It begins…

People have been dying to start writing extensions for Chrome since it was first released. I’ve actually become accustomed to living without extensions when using Chrome, because the speed and other interface tweaks fit my workflow very well. Still the ability to add extensions to Chrome is …


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Diigo: A Feature-Rich Service That Puts The Social Back In Social Bookmarking

Posted on Fri 18 April 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with diigo, reviews, social bookmarking, tech, web2.0 • 7 min read

A few weeks ago I was having drinks with my good friend Greg, and the topic of social bookmarking came up. I was discussing some of my ideal features in a service, before we got back to the more serious business of catching up. A few days later, Greg sent …


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Quick Post: Pownce API 2.0 Now Available

Posted on Fri 29 February 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with api, assorted geekery, pownce, programming, social media, social networking, tech • 1 min read

In case you missed it, Pownce announced the release of the second revision of its public API today. The new API is much more elaborate than the previous version (which was honestly kind of a joke), and promises to be robust enough that interested parties could use it to rewrite …


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Amazon Kindle: Reviewing The Tech Community’s Whipping Boy

Posted on Sat 08 December 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with amazon, ebooks, kindle, reviews, tech • 7 min read

If you are a reader of tech blogs, you will have no doubt noticed the thorough savaging that the Amazon Kindle has been receiving at the hands of many prominent technology pundits like Michael Arrington and Robert Scoble, as well as podcasts, including the crew at TWiT and Buzz Out …


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