Month: October 2013

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...

/ October 30, 2013

Choosing .io Domain Names for Your Startup

This is part of an ongoing blog series on launching my startup Browse all posts in this series. When you’re preparing to launch a new startup, the domain name is critical. However, there are fewer and fewer dot com...

/ October 28, 2013

Simple Email Groups at

If you’re looking for a simple way to create email groups or private email lists, try my 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...

/ October 27, 2013

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...

/ October 24, 2013

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...

/ October 24, 2013

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...

/ October 23, 2013

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...

/ October 20, 2013