The Long Tail of Technological Solutionism

Posted in Startups, Technology

They are driven by a pervasive and dangerous ideology that I call “solutionism”: an intellectual pathology that recognizes problems as problems based on just one criterion: whether they are “solvable” with a nice and clean …

Reaction to the Playstation 4 Reactions

Posted in Games, Rant, Technology

As expected, Sony announced their next-gen console today. The keynote filled in some of the juicy details, including apparently some sort of social network and video sharing, game streaming, the usual cacophony of motion + …

Coding to Last?

Posted in Engineering, Technology

I read this pretty interesting article on the engineering of pedals and hinges, the life expectancy of components and the rigorous testing for reliability in mechanical parts. Engineering is ultimately about tradeoffs, and this was …

Our Money’s Worth

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I was listening to the last episode of the This American Life podcast, and they were detailing how a company called Journatic was basically outsourcing newspaper articles to the Philippines. Now, they were previously an under-the-radar …

My iPad Limits Consumption

Posted in Computing, Technology

Like three million other people, I went out and got an iPad on launch day. I had bought the original iPad for my fiancé short after its original debut, and I’m surrounded by iPads at work, …

Software Abroad

Posted in Technology

I ran across this insightful article in the New York Times about the state of gadget manufacturing in the world and why the US has lost out to China and other Southeast Asian countries. In …