Bitcoin is a far better payment system than currency. And that’s just fine.

This is part 1 of a two part series on Bitcoin. Part 2 here. Marc Andreesson and Matthew Yglesias had a recent twitter exchange about technology as a driver of deflation. While it may not be obvious, that deflation discussion has implications for the digital currency bitcoin, which is undoubtedly why Andreesson brought it up. If… Continue reading Bitcoin is a far better payment system than currency. And that’s just fine.

Bad Software Design. Splitting the blame between Malice, Stupidity and Difficulty.

Last week’s post on freemium resulted in some clarifying back and forth about manipulative game design using in-app-purchases (IAP). As it happens MG Siegler and John Gruber talked more generally about software design in a recent podcast, discussing Windows 8 and Facebook’s new Paper app. It’s worth tying these two together, using a design lens to… Continue reading Bad Software Design. Splitting the blame between Malice, Stupidity and Difficulty.

Google believes they’re Bell Labs. They’re becoming GE. Long term danger? Becoming a regulated utility.

Google’s recent $3.2 billion acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest was a fascinating move. The only comparable Google acquisitions by size are DoubleClick, YouTube and Motorola. All directly related to Google’s core online advertising business. But home appliance maker Nest is not about online advertising. Not directly anyway. And late breaking, Google has also acquired AI… Continue reading Google believes they’re Bell Labs. They’re becoming GE. Long term danger? Becoming a regulated utility.

Multiple TV remotes showcase the evils of complexity. Smart TVs just make it worse.

As always, TVs were a big part of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). And as expected, Smart TVs had a hard sell. But a Smart TV is the last thing a normal human being needs. I’ve written about TV before, but inspired by a recent Ben Thompson post on the costs of complexity, want to… Continue reading Multiple TV remotes showcase the evils of complexity. Smart TVs just make it worse.

Mobile Telecoms. Not just big. Really really big.

In keeping with my new year’s resolution/prediction to avoid publishing longer articles until they’re fully baked, this first post of the new year won’t be the (unfinished) article I’m working on. Instead, it’s links and commentary to other people’s work. If you follow tech, you’ve already seen everything below. But this blog has a futurist,… Continue reading Mobile Telecoms. Not just big. Really really big.

10 Praxtime predictions for 2014

I’ve always had a soft spot for year end predictions. Especially from people foolish enough to grade their previous year’s “claim chowder“. Which I did last week (7 out of 10). And fun, falsifiable and interesting beats vague and boring. So I’ll avoid predicting that, you know, this whole mobile tech thing could get kinda… Continue reading 10 Praxtime predictions for 2014

Area man reports “I’m in a promising local blog.” Which is why Twitter needs Pandora style timelines.

Back in the day I would sometimes wear my Onion shirt above to gigs at the Cannery in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The Cannery was always an easy outdoor gig. Tourists provided a self generated audience. They were happy to while away an afternoon having a few drinks, listening to live original music. Afterwards… Continue reading Area man reports “I’m in a promising local blog.” Which is why Twitter needs Pandora style timelines.

Apple’s strategy tax on services versus Google. Voice interaction becoming the “God particle” of mobile.

Steve Jobs had a well documented 2008 tirade where he fired the MobileMe leadership team for their terrible product rollout. A good quote: “Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do? So why the fuck doesn’t it do that?” This reminds us that Apple’s struggles with server side cloud services (MobileMe, email, iCloud,… Continue reading Apple’s strategy tax on services versus Google. Voice interaction becoming the “God particle” of mobile.