Making websites efficient again (September 13, 2018)

Last year, I wrote a small rant called “When did software go off the rails?” which, quite surprisingly, ended up on the front page of Hacker News. Must have been a slow news day. In any case, the first and most upvoted comment on my blog (more...)

Stealing ideas (June 10, 2018)

As I continue to go through my old blog drafts, this is another one from 2010 where I took down some rough notes and never quite put something together. At the time, there was significant press (and a movie) about how Mark Zuckerberg has “stole (more...)

Society 2.0 (May 20, 2018)

(image credit) I was recently going through old blog drafts and came across this one from nearly 8 years ago. It was basically just brainstorming about how to improve society in general. I’m proud to say that in the meantime, I’ve done my (more...)

My 4,659.4 barrels of oil (March 26, 2018)

According to Natural Resources Canada, “Canada has the third-largest proven oil reserve in the world, most of which is in the oil sands.” “Proven oil reserves are estimated at 171.0 billion barrels.” Canada’s current population is about 36.7 mil (more...)

'Pipeline won't get built.' (March 23, 2018)

See: The day oil rained down on Burnaby Ever since I moved to BC, not far from the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, I’ve been asked: “What do you think about that pipeline?” My response, from the beginning (more...)

Why are we still using attachments in 2018? (March 23, 2018)

Who remembers 2006? 12 years ago, Google launched a truly innovative suite of products to compete with Microsoft’s behemoth Office suite called “Google Docs and Sheets”. This promised to revolutionize the way we work. Instead of hav (more...)

The slow, painful death of social media (March 20, 2018)

About a month ago, before the big Cambridge Analytica scandal, I wrote that “Facebook is over.” My feeling was strong enough that I divested all FB holdings the same day. Glossing over the details at the time, I simply stated that Facebook had “lost (more...)

WhatsApp? Signal! (March 6, 2018)

Some of my friends are big fans of WhatsApp, and have noted that I don’t (and won’t) use it, so I just wanted to briefly provide the major reasons why:It’s owned by Facebook (and connected to the Facebook platform) and there are some major priva (more...)

Facebook is over (February 21, 2018)

Alright folks, I’m calling it. It’s quite sad, but as of 6pm Pacific on Feb 21, 2018, Facebook is officially over. Soon it will join the ranks of MySpace, Friendster, Slashdot, Digg, Orkut, and Google+ as dusty old sites that nobody reall (more...)

Should you buy Bitcoin? (December 9, 2017)

“Should I buy Bitcoin?” This is a question I’ve heard a lot the past few weeks, so I’d like to quickly answer it in a public forum. My official answer is: “You should spend no more on Bitcoin than you’d be comforta (more...)