Google Contacts – from poor to fair (& hoping for more)

Since switching to the G1 I’ve become even more dependent on Google Contacts as my default contact manager (because it now powers my phone contacts automagically). I’ve never loved the product – it’s always been slow, hard to navigate and even harder to edit – and I wasn’t excited about increasing my reliance on it. continue…

Book Review: Super Crunchers

I just finished Ian Ayres Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart. It’s very pop / light, along the lines of Freakonomics, but still worth a read for the reminder that (unlike pretty much everyone I interact with in the Web software world) surprisingly few folks are aware of the extent continue…

Semiotics Side Note: Slang and The Singularity

I’ve noticed a few phrases creeping into my everyday speech and am wondering if they reflect a broader trend or are specific to my little software / Web / high-tech world. These are: “Missing a chip” – denoting an inability to understand or process a certain kind of information, e.g., a friend and I were continue…

Google Voice + Android

Lots of news & commentary today about Google Voice. I got my invite earlier today and, after clicking around a bit, am wondering why more of the analysis (as in none that I’ve read) doesn’t mention the implications for Google Voice when combined with Android. As I noted in a previous post, it’s not hard continue…

Pondering the Big Reboot

I’m not a doomer, but I *do* believe that the accelerating rate of technological change (i.e., Moore’s Law) will continue to cause disruptions in our society and the global economy, and that these disruptions will likely increase in amplitude as the future acclerates toward us. In that spirit, I’ve been following with interest the mainstreaming continue…

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Twitter Use Case

I’m still a Twitter skeptic as an individual user, but I just got home from the grocery store to find my neighborhood crawling with cops and three helicopters overhead. So I jump on Twitter, search for “Wallingford” and get my answer: a bank robbery + car chase ended about a block away (side benefit, one continue…