2016 Posts

Inside the belly of a unicorn

posted: December 26, 2016

tl;dr: Real estate can have a real impact on startup companies...

Help! The FCC eliminated my broadband Internet connection!

posted: December 20, 2016

tl;dr: Don’t ever expect the FCC to know all that much about communications technology...

The End of Windows (for me)

posted: December 12, 2016

tl;dr: A burden has been lifted...

My $0/month, ad-free, tracking-free, censorship-free, screaming fast website

posted: December 5, 2016

tl;dr: Behind the scenes of this website...

Reflections on Studs Terkel's Hard Times

posted: November 27, 2016

tl;dr: Poignant firsthand personal accounts of the impact of the Great Depression...

Hotmail: the first cloud-based webapp

posted: November 20, 2016

tl;dr: Newbie olds use AOL, cool olds use Hotmail...

Oregon’s Two Fundamental Flaws

posted: November 13, 2016

tl;dr: Both are man-made, which means in theory they could be fixed...

Observations from GraphConnect SF 2016

posted: November 6, 2016

tl;dr: (person {first_name: ’Chris’})-[:WENT_TO]->(event {name: ’GraphConnect SF 2016’})

Lessons from Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49

posted: October 30, 2016

tl;dr: In case you didn't think communication systems are important, read some Pynchon...

Python, for productivity

posted: October 23, 2016

tl;dr: Five reasons why you should be using Python...

Book review: Lost in the Funhouse, by John Barth

posted: September 30, 2016

tl;dr: Slim volume of dense fiction as Barth experiments with the short story form...

Graduating 1871

posted: August 21, 2016

tl;dr: There comes a time to leave the nest...

Book review: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

posted: August 14, 2016

tl;dr: Asimov's writing is more impressive for its quantity than its quality...

On reading Thomas Pynchon’s V. in 2016

posted: July 24, 2016

tl;dr: Still as powerful a novel as the day it was published...

Elegant simplicity in software

posted: June 25, 2016

tl;dr: Elegant simplicity can serve you well as a design philosophy...

On Code, by Charles Petzold

posted: June 19, 2016

tl;dr: Inspirational explanation of how simple technology evolved into modern-day microprocessors and software...

Coding simplicity

posted: May 12, 2016

tl;dr: KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid