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Author Archives: Steve Nelson

Amazon Echo: Alexa in the House

We got our Amazon Echo last week but I didn't get around to plugging it in until this weekend. I'm more impressed than I thought I would be. It responds so fast, and from anywhere in the room, and the sound is good (It comes out of the box at high volume and starts talking when […]

04 May 2015

Celebrating Marsala: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015

Margaret updated our Facebook page with the announcement Pantone's "Color of the Year" for 2015: Marsala. (Drop us a "Like" when you go check it out!). She included a link to all the Marsala-inspired goods from Etsy. TinEye also celebrates the color of the year with their scan of Marsala-hued Flickr photos. I was going to […]

15 Jan 2015

Goodbye Yahoo! Directory

As I write this, Yahoo! Directory is on its way out, slated to be shuttered on December 31, 2015. So it goes. I have probably used Yahoo! Directory once in the past ten years, out of curiosity mostly to see if it still existed. Once upon a time, though, before Google and Bing, before Altavista, […]

30 Dec 2014

The Cloud gets Clouded: Celebrity Hacking and iCloud

The ongoing revelation of possible security problems in Apple's iCloud will be enough to add friction not only to Apple's cloud strategy, but for many people, this will be one of the sticking perceptions of "the cloud" in general. This friction could hinder adoption of cloud architectures for everyday use, or at a minimum could […]

02 Sep 2014

Is This Blog “Social Media”?

Mitch Wagner asks on the Facebook social media platform, "Is blogging a form of social media?" and (skipping over the "a form of" part of his question) my answer was mostly no. Not that blogging isn't social, but with all different kinds of media, I think you need to qualify your terms. It was an interesting […]

08 Jul 2014

The Supreme Court and technology change: looking back, looking ahead

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision on cellphones and search warrants is interesting as it draws lines from the past through the present, and into the future. It concludes that those lines aren't always continuous, and that shifts in technology require shifts in understanding. As with all decisions, the Court looks to the past at precedent, […]

26 Jun 2014

What’s with this blog post?

Google is not just a search engine, it's a curiosity engine and an insight engine. With Google Instant search, you get results as soon as you start typing, showing you the most popular searches that match. I've played with it before, so here's my latest installment of Fun with Instant. Searches that start with "What's […]

16 Jun 2014

A Lifetime in a (Google) Instant

Google Instant is what Google calls the feature that shows results as you type. It's been used to get insight into what we think based on what we search for. I was trying to get some insight into a particular demographic age range using Google Instant and decided to widen the window a bit. Here […]

11 Mar 2014

Thoughts on National Employee Appreciation Day

Today is National Employee Appreciation Day, and that inspired some random thoughts on the subject. 1. Having been through the startup experience several times (and as Jason Mraz says, you win some and you learn some) one of the great lessons in going from a handful to a thriving company, is that period when a […]

07 Mar 2014

Cisco 5-year net prediction: off by a tenth of a percent

Cisco just released its Visual Networking Index - mobile version, predicting global mobile network traffic from 2013-2018. Highlights indicate (of course), more connections at higher speed, which is to be expected. This year the number of mobile devices is expected to exceed the world's population for the first time. Big differences from today will be […]

14 Feb 2014