Broadband’s killer app.

Werbach critiques the accepted wisdom that sorting out the digital copyright mess is a prerequisite to widespread broadband adoption. According to Werbach, it’s a mistake to think that video-on-demand will be broadband’s killer app: “Real killer apps tend to surprise people. No one in the early 1990s thought that interoperable email would be the driver […]

Broadband’s killer app.

RSS Validator

Mark Pilgrim and Sam Ruby have posted a useful RSS Validator on the Internet Archive’s site. It validates both RSS 1.0 and 2.0, which is nice and nonpartisan of it. It even detected that I was using Movable Type and provided me with templates to fix both my RSS 1.0 feed and to upgrade my […]

RSS Validator

Knowledge management isn’t

A paper by T.D. Wilson at the University of Sheffield tackles The nonsense of ‘knowledge management’. Quote: “‘Knowledge’ is defined as what we know: knowledge involves the mental processes of comprehension, understanding and learning that go on in the mind and only in the mind … . Whenever we wish to express what we know, […]

Knowledge management isn’t

Sinead was right

Remember when Sinead O’Connor committed career suicide by ripping up a photo of the Pope on TV about ten years ago? She was protesting his position on abortion, right? That’s what I thought, too — but I was wrong. Turns out she was protesting the Catholic Church’s complicity in covering up child abuse by priests. […]

Sinead was right

Santa Slam

It happens every December. The holiday season brings with it hordes of online shoppers, and — despite having months to prepare — many websites aren’t able to keep up. Learn how you can avoid this fate in my latest column for Business 2.0, The Santa Slam.

Santa Slam

How to beat the market

Vic Norton, a mathematician (and my stepfather), has published a paper on how you can use a weighted Sharpe ratio to optimize your investment mix and beat the market. I don’t have the mathematical chops to evaluate Norton’s approach, but it looks pretty good: If you had used this investment strategy over the past eight […]

How to beat the market

The Santa Slam

The holiday rush is coming, and as usual, many sites won’t be able to handle the traffic. Here’s how you can prepare for this year, and beyond. It happens every December. The holiday season brings with it hordes of online shoppers, and — despite having months to prepare — many websites aren’t able to keep […]

The Santa Slam

Oracle veteran reflects

Former Oracle business analyst Mei Lin Fung reflects on a bit of Oracle’s sales history, circa 1990. “After five to eight years — with the benefit of distance, hindsight and detachment — it eventually worked its way to my consciousness that we had changed the way things worked in one part of the system. We […]

Oracle veteran reflects