The mythical GDrive

Genview Ponce De Leon at the Fountain of Youth

Much like the Fountain of Youth (a legendary spring that reputedly restores the youth of anyone who swims in its waters) the cloud-based Google drive or GDrive has been the stuff of tech lore for the better part of the past ten years. Continue reading

‘Frictionless sharing’ courtesy of Facebook

On July 3rd, 1995 The Economist wrote “[i]n its audacious uselessness – and that of thousands of ego trips like it – lie the seeds of the Internet revolution…” to describe the “profound” fish tank webcam that had been set-up at the headquarters of Netscape Communications in mid-1994.  This, among with another 3,000-4,000 sites, formed the beginning of what many people today can identify as the Internet and/or the World-Wide Web.  In addition, this was one of the very first instances of something truly frivolous being shared on the high-speed computer network that over two billion people connect to on a daily basis. Continue reading

Amazon announces new Kindles

In a press conference this morning, Amazon officially announced their new tablet – Kindle Fire.  Months of speculation – including this post by yours truly – have led up to this release by the online retail and services giant. Continue reading

What ever happened to GeoCities?

Once upon a time there was a thriving online network of (pretty ugly) web pages called GeoCities and this network was linked together through some pretty crude – by today’s standards – “social” mechanisms.  People were grouped together in communities and interacted with one another through the means of the day.  In 1998 GeoCities went public on the NASDAQ for $17 per share and rose to an atmospheric $100 per share before being acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for a tidy $3.5 billion.  At this point GeoCities was the third most visited destination on the Internet behind Yahoo! and America Online (AOL).  Fast forward ten years and on October 26, 2009 Yahoo! pulled the plug on the once-great online community. Continue reading

Stanton’s Law of Social Interaction

A little over 15 years ago a brilliant colleague and dear friend of mine introduced me to the work of one of the father’s of artificial intelligence, information processing, decision-making, problem-solving, attention economics, organization theory, complex systems, and computer simulation of scientific discovery – Nobel Laureate in Econonomics, Herbert Simon.  With it he also introduced me to the concept of attention economics or, in layperson’s terms, information overload.

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon (1916-2001) Continue reading

More accounting irregularities threaten to derail the hottest IPO of 2011

More accounting irregularities threaten to derail the hottest IPO of 2011 || “More Trouble for Groupon IPO”

The late Irish dramatist Brendan Behan once said that “there is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary” and I can’t help but think that the folks over at Groupon might want to rethink their brash rhetoric heading into their currently scheduled IPO. Continue reading

Crowdsourced research reaches a new high

Crowdsourced research reaches a new high || “U.S. Gamers Crack Puzzle in AIDS Research that Stumped Scientists for Years”

Looking to solve an age-old problem that had been hampering AIDS drug research for over a decade, scientists at the University of Washington turned to a three-dimensional spatial modeling “game” called Foldit. Continue reading

90 days worth of titles

Earlier today I was reviewing the usage statistics for this blog and was struck by some of the word patterns that emerged.  Obviously when Steve Jobs announced his departure from an active management role at Apple, there were a number of posts in that vein as one would expect.  However, there were quite a few other trends so I pulled all of the posts from the past quarter and dropped the titles into Wordle to see what else would emerge. Continue reading

Insights from the online house hunting phenomenon

Recently Trulia – the online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals – released an interactive data visualization tool illustrating their users behavior patterns by day, time of day, location, and device type.

As you can see the peak house-hunting day and time is 9 pm on Monday, but 9 am through 10 pm on all days of the week there is a lot of activity. Continue reading

How do Nielsen TV ratings work?

Have you ever wondered exactly how the Nielsen TV ratings system works?  Have you ever pondered how Nielsen figures out what people are watching live versus time-shifted (i.e., on a digital video recorder) or the accuracy of their demographic sample?  Have you every wished you could have the intricate ins and outs of the system explained to by puppets?  Then today is your lucky day because I have just what you need below. Continue reading