Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:15 pm

The NSA set fire to the Internet’s future. The people in this room are all the firefighters. –Edward Snowden at SXSW Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Recap: I Survived My Week on Bitcoin

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 1:43 pm

So my week on Bitcoin has come to an end. Overall I would classify it as a success, and it’s clear there are many more options available for Bitcoin purchases now than even a year ago. That being said, the week wasn’t without challenges and these challenges exposed some of the growing pains Bitcoin continues [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 5: A Valentine’s Day Date on Bitcoin

By: Friday February 14, 2014 11:02 am

When I decided to conduct my Bitcoin experiment this week, one of the first things I did was take a look at the calendar to see if there was anything that would absolutely prohibit my ability to do this. Immediately one date jumped out at me – February 14, Valentine’s Day. Now in the six [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 4: What Do You Do For Recreation?

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 3:18 pm

I think we all know the answer to that. Come to think of it, the Dude would probably be a pretty good candidate for the Bitcoin lifestyle. We already learned you can drive around with Bitcoin, and as for the acid flashbacks – well, Bitcoin is somewhat known for its ties to the drug trade. [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 3: Getting from A to BTC

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 5:36 pm

There are many wonderful things about the New York City subway system. It covers a significant portion of the city and it’s finally expanding to some neglected areas, all of its lines run 24 hours, and considering the insane number of people it transports every day, I would say it’s reasonably clean and efficient — [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 2: You Will Not Starve on Bitcoin

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 4:35 pm

It’s possible that my Bitcoin experiment supports 20th century psychologist Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ theory – because when Jane approached me with this idea my very first question was “How will I eat?” That was also the first question most of my friends and family members asked when I told them I would be [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Day 1: On Obtaining Bitcoin

By: Friday February 7, 2014 11:15 am

So after a couple fits and starts, I have started my week living on Bitcoin. Last week, I successfully transferred $498 for 0.61 BTC at a rate of 1 BTC = $816.39. With my cryptocurrency in hand (not literally, of course), I began my experiment yesterday and plan on sharing daily updates on my progress here. [...]

Automatic Delivery Yes, but Not by Flying Drone

By: Monday December 2, 2013 12:22 pm

I think there is a real future in automatic delivery but Amazon’s idea of fleets of flying drones with packages doesn’t make sense. The future of automatic delivery I feel rests with self-driving vehicle technology. A truck or even a very small cart that drives itself on the ground to your location seems not just [...]

No Line in Front of Best Buy in Affluent DC Suburb

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 2:09 pm

I was watching CNN this morning and the inevitable wall-to-wall “shoppers go crazy on Black Friday” stories.  Pope Francis’s invocation against the Western economic promotion of “unbridled consumerism” two days ago seemed remarkably well timed. But as I watched video of people camped out on sidewalks in the freezing cold this year and mobs violently [...]

I Bit the Bullet and Installed Ubuntu

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 10:23 am

In an effort both to increase my online privacy and reduce my dependence on companies that give themselves and others access to my computer, I finally decided it was time to install a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu as my primary OS. The decision came when the graphics card in my Mac laptop made it [...]

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