October 2013

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

An Alternative for Writing for Free: My Response to Tim Kreider’s Slaves of the Internet Unite!

I can relate to Tim Kreider’s New York Times column on writing for free (Slaves of the Internet, Unite!) I’ve been paid for my writing on occasion but more often, I write for free by necessity. In full disclosure, as an eight year former Microsoftie, I don’t need to rely on income from writing for Read More

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Posted on October 27, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Simple Email Groups at EasyList.io

If you’re looking for a simple way to create email groups or private email lists, try my EasyList.io service. It’s currently in beta testing. It’s a simpler alternative to Google Groups. You can create a list in seconds. It’s designed for small list sharing between friends, family, colleagues, clubs or broadcasting to your client list. Read More

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Apple’s Turned the PC Market on its Head

The iPad’s devastation of PC market share (“Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2%“) combined with Apple’s free release of Mavericks OS X struck me at how much the company’s flipped the dynamics of the industry. I worked at Microsoft from 1991 to 1999 as a Group Program Manager. Read More

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Impassioned BBC Interview on Society with Russell Brand

Please watch the Russell Brand interview on the BBC about culture and politics. via Gawker: “I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Russell responded. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.” Follow Brand on Twitter here @rustyrockets.

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Experimenting with Patreon for Crowdfunding

Patreon is a new crowd funding site which I learned about from Jack Conte’s wonderful XOXO talk (below). Conte was an overnight YouTube sensation searching for a way to earn a living from delighting hundreds of thousands of followers. Patreon is a bit different than project-based Kickstarter or the early Spot.us. Instead of funding a Read More

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Posted on October 20, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Ten Ways to Make NSA Spying Popular with Americans

With a more entrepreneurial focus, the NSA could easily counteract the current unpopularity of its surveillance programs and eliminate concerns over the cost of its multi-billion dollar programs. Here are ten services the NSA could offer to make its spying more popular with Americans and offset the costs of its massive data collection: 1. Make Read More

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