I have been writing extensively around the scourge of social media, but there are very few write-ups that determine the veracity of the algorithms, which undermine the experience of the web-sites. Therefore this brilliant write-up from Scientific American deserves recommendation. Modern technologies are amplifying these biases in harmful ways, however. Search engines direct Andy to … Continue reading Social Media: Accelerates information overload and disinformation
RSS Feeds: Federation of the data
Will Webberley writes: At that time RSS was still very much "a thing" for many people (though the discontinuation of the hugely popular Google Reader in 2013 was a bit of a bummer to these communities). However new people now joining the web scene would be far more likely to instead engage with these extremely well-funded, well-marketed, … Continue reading RSS Feeds: Federation of the data
Be careful of the cloud providers!
I was drawn into a fascinating discussion around "price shocks" by the cloud service providers (like Google/Amazon) who have a stranglehold over the market for enterprise cloud computing. One of the back links went as far as 2011 to The Register: On Wednesday, as it announced that App Engine will officially lose its "preview" tag in … Continue reading Be careful of the cloud providers!
Research, Science, Venture Capital
They are different streams of ideas. I was reading about the layoffs announced by various startups. To my limited understanding, these are punts made by multiple wealthy individuals which, if they work, provide a strategic "exit" to the founders making everyone rich. As such, there is a lot of money in "valuations". These valuations depend … Continue reading Research, Science, Venture Capital
The Definitive Guide to Pricing Plans: Or why people make decisions the way they do.
It is one of the most fascinating reads in recent times. I was aware of dark matter in the user interfaces and constant notifications- based on exploitation of primaeval emotions like FaceBook does. I was trying to explore the correlation of social networks and how (and why) people take the decision to join one (or … Continue reading The Definitive Guide to Pricing Plans: Or why people make decisions the way they do.