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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Creepy Sleepy: Mahalo

Posted on Wed 21 November 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with appearances, assorted geekery, creepy sleepy, mahalo, tech • 1 min read

Just another quick post that Dan and I just recently did a short podcast on Mahalo. Our contention is that Mahalo, while ostensibly a search engine, has far more in common with Wikipedia than anything else. We also discuss what advantage branding it that way may have, and come to …


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Facebook, Identity, and OpenID

Posted on Sun 05 August 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with facebook, identity, openid, social networking, tech, web2.0 • 5 min read

I’m a little late on this one, but it’s still worth discussing. I also apologize for the length of this post, but I had more to say than I thought!

A few weeks ago, some of you may have read this post by Jeremiah Owyang regarding his predictions …


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A Short Post On Spam Protection

Posted on Sun 29 July 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with akismet, development, spam protection, tech • 2 min read

Well, it’s official. I’ve had my first few spammers attempt to leave comments on the new site. Unfortunately for them, their efforts are to no avail.

This is because I use a modified version of the Django comment application that I hacked together myself. By default, all comments …


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