Developers Are Lazy, And That’s A Good Thing

Originally published on forbes.com. I’m lazy, and most great developers I know are lazy too. I would much rather spend a day developing an import script to import 2,000-3,000 pieces of content than spend that day manually importing that content. Sure, I could put on a podcast or book in the background while I manually copy each piece of content from one place to the other. But that would be a colossal waste of money.

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Some Thoughts on Cryptocurrencies

Update, March 16, 2018 Currently the bitcoin energy consumption is ridiculous, and so much more so the entire cryptocurrency space. This is a know issue, that is being dealt with. But here’s the thing. I won’t buy a gas guzzling car, I won’t invest in oil stocks, I turn my lights out when I’m not using them. Until this is solved, either by all cryptos going carbon neutral and/or a _much _more efficient blockchain is adopted, there are many other investment vehicles I can speculate though.

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Thoughts about “Who”

Finished reading “Who” this week. I found it an interesting approach to hiring. I’d read it if I were looking for a job as well to prepare for interviews, though it’s not designed for that. Takeaways: Take hiring seriously, this should be obvious but it’s easy to let it get lost in all the other work. Manage the task of hiring as your would any other project with a clearly defined role, and process in advance.

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Technological Evolution, Microsoft vs Apple

I’m writing this from my iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard. It’s a beautiful experience. It’s also a natural evolution of where technology has been going. This past week Microsoft has displayed that it understands this. Apple has not. Writing here is not a perfect experience: I still think multitasking on iOS could benefit by some improvements. But I enjoy being able to reach up, touch the screen and do things.

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The Privacy / Convenience Polarity is a Myth

There is a myth, that if you want to have privacy, it will be at the expense of convenience; and if you want convenience, it will be at the expense of privacy. They say that is the way things have to be, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. Open up your iPhone and go to settings, then open up Privacy > Location Services and see how many apps are using your location “always”.

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Say: “Alexa, turn on the living room lights”

Say it. No, really. Say it aloud. You might feel silly the first time. But the second time it feels great. Especially because Amazon Echo actually works. We were sold the hype of Siri. Sadly, Siri just doesn’t have the knowledge to understand conversational requests, nor the power to fulfill them. The Washington Post scooped the imminent release of Viv this past week, Siri’s younger sibling that hopefully will work.

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Pondering Sam Harris’ thoughts on digital backdoors

Since my last post about encryption vs. security the public debate has exploded due to Tim Cook’s response to the request by the FBI to create a back door in an Apple device. In his most recent podcast Sam Harris weighed in as well. I always look forward to Harris’ perspective on a topic. He is thorough, approaches the topic from an unbiased (as much as anyone can) perspective, and creates interesting thought experiments that uncover angles of the topic at hand that often I had missed.

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On Encryption VS Security

There has been a debate going on behind the scenes, or not so behind the scenes: the political legislatures vs. technologists pertaining to encryption. There are bad people in the world, communicating to plan bad things. Law enforcement used to be able to get warrants and peer into those communications, safe-houses, or property. Today, when encryption is done right, they can’t. So we’re not safe; unless, the people implementing secure encryption implement ”backdoors” in the encryption that will enable law enforcement to access what they need when they want.

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My 2015 Weekly Book Project

A little over a year ago I embarked on a journey. I noticed that I was listening to a LOT of podcasts: on my commute, at work, on the treadmill, cooking. I really couldn’t stop. What made me notice the frequency was the fact that I had finished the backlog of This Week in Startups and saw that I had a lot of empty time… So I decided to try Audible and began eating up books like they were candy, well, now I think they are - which is nice.

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Are Online Services EVIL?

Edit - October 14, 2018 - Since the 2016 elections, the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, and more stories about Facebook trying to overstep the privacy bounds I am no longer convinced that there aren’t bad intentions. At best they’re negligent. I’ll be giving at talk at WordCamp NYC this month, so I thought I’d explore some of the ideas I’ll be touching on in blog form. I’d love your feedback below to further my research.

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