Working on Technology at Startups

Richard Tibbetts has called me out for conflating Web 2.0 startups with all startups in my recent blog posting, “Google has a problem retaining great engineers? Bullcrap”. His complaint was that I was over generalizing from Web 2.0 startups to all startups. He’s...

An ethical question involving ebooks

I recently purchased a short story from Fictionwise, which was not DRM’ed, so I could easily get it into a form where I could read it on my Sony eReader. Thanks to that short story, I was introduced to an author, and a character, which I found very engaging....

Grant me smart adversaries rather than dumb ones….

“Lord, enlighten thou our enemies. Sharpen their wits, give acuteness to their perceptions, and consecutiveness and clearness to their reasoning powers. We are in danger from their folly, not from their wisdom: their weakness is what fills us with apprehension,...

Making a difference

Yes! It is occasionally satisfying to be able to make a difference. I don’t know what Diane Duane would have decided to do if I hadn’t made my offer (I was the “mystery mailer”), but it is definitely a nice feeling to know that I had a hand in...