Year: 2012

  • Location-based DRM

    Location-based DRM

    Reading news of the Loopt acquisition this morning got me thinking. What if someone were to build a service that would check your location and use it as a way to unlock content that would normally sit behind a paywall? Here are a couple of the use case. Starbucks could do a deal with the […]

  • People Discovery Apps, a Cautionary Tale

    This was the weekend everyone signed up and joined Highlight or Glancee. TechCrunch has written about it and Robert Scoble has been going on about how viral these location-based services are. No doubt about it, these new apps which run in the background on your phone and let you know when someone you know (or […]

  • Broadcast TV is Broken

    Through the eyes of a four year old child who grew up in the on-demand entertainment world of Netflix, traditional “appointment television” is a foreign concept. The interruption of commercials jarring and confusing. The following is from Patrick Rhone who is writing about his daughter and her utter disbelief in how things used to be […]

  • Fukushima MacGyver

    Fukushima MacGyver

    I tuned into Frontline last night to watch Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown which was quite topical after Martin Fackler’s New York Times front page story harrowing tale of how close the Japanese government had come to abandoning the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant and evacuating Tokyo. Most of what happened I already knew but the one […]

  • Graffiti Zone in West Oakland

    Graffiti Zone in West Oakland

    Ever since I picked up a copy of Subway Art, I’ve always been amazed at the semi-anonymous street art of graffiti artists. On the way back from IKEA in Emeryville I drive thru West Oakland to avoid the 880 freeway and today took a side street on a hunch that there might be some local […]

  • SOPA in Plain English

    This post is for me to point folks to who are asking about why all those black “Stop SOPA” banners are popping up all over the internet. In a way, editing the DNS infrastructure of the internet in order to disappear sites suspected of pirating is the same as people who wash out their kid’s […]