The useless agony of going offline

Interesting take on the “Internet Sabbatical” and its ilk. Matthew Malady found it was a waste of time. His reasoning is that giving up constant distractions the online life brings is not equal to the price of giving up the access to instant knowledge available online. His conclusion: At the end of the experiment, I wasn’t dying to get my phone back or to access Facebook. I just wanted to get back to being better informed.You’ll likely not be surprised at all to hear that I disagree with his take on this topic. From the account, it…

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Slack and the state of technology (2015)

Ben Thompson gave his annual “state of the union” near the middle of December. As usual, it was filled with smart analysis and some great quotes. Like this: The trend in every aspect of computing is higher and higher levels of abstraction, and that doesn’t apply just to things like programming languages. In the case of platforms, the operating system of the PC used to really matter, and then the Internet came along and it didn’t.And this: It turns out that “mobile” is not about devices, but rather, at a fundamental level, about computing anywhere; to differentiate…

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Persona

The Internet has connected us in many ways, but we only get a glimpse of one another. I want to get past the persona and know the person.

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Different measures of success

The ability to share information and experiences is one of the pillars the Internet was built upon upon. But this ability also leads to a misleading perception at times. I recently had lunch with a new acquaintance, Justin Jackson. Our streams overlap somewhat, in terms of who we follow on Twitter. It was a comment that Justin made that reinforced for me the fact that how we measure success is important. We discussed a mutual acquaintance, someone who has achieved a significant amount of online success. This success had been in terms of exposure and attention, which is great. However,…

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