The single spam comment blanketing the Internet

“I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.” I see references to this spam comment all over the Internet, but I haven’t yet seen one track it back to its source. The spam comment starts something like Searching for this exact comment on Google appears … 

 

Building for Muggles

I met up with a local group of programmers this week, and the conversation turned to Slack. “It’s truly a shame,” one said. “Slack is just prettied-up IRC,” another responded. “It’s still lacking so many of its great features, too.” And, of course, they were partially right. IRC is a fantastic open protocol that does … 

 

New Blog

I got sick of maintaining my own server. It was fun for a little project, but not something I could maintain long-term, so I’m rolling with good ol’ WordPress. If you’re here you’re probably looking for my book. It’s here – enjoy.

 

The Advent of the Upvote

A few people whom I respect have begun to point out the proliferation of sites based around the notion of an “upvote” – direct, binary inputs from users to rank objects in a list. The earliest instance ofupvotes being used on the Internet that I’m aware of was Slashdot. I was never a Slashdot user, … 

 

Building Internet Communities

Building a community is really hard. A lot of the reason we use the Internet communities we do is because so many other people do. Why do I post an ad on Craigslist, and not some other classifieds site? Because that’s where people are looking. Why do I submit something to Reddit? Because I hope … 

 

The Sad State of Fact Checking

We’ve seen a lot of reports recently about journalists missing some important facts. From stock market millionaires that weren’t to Newsweek calling out the wrong guy for creating Bitcoin, many have expressed concern at the accuracy of the press machine we all rely on so heavily. There are two important things to realize about the … 

 

Rules of Growth

No one really cares about your product No one really cares about you Activity on the Internet is mostly mindless We are all subject to base desires That means you, too No one remembers what they read Everyone remembers how they feel The marketing tactics people complain about are the ones that work Everyone clicks … 

 

Focus

At the end of the day the only things that matter are product and users. Since grasswire got funded, however, our inboxes have started to fill up with potential distractions. I’ve spent way too much time and effort on the wrong things, and in doing so am letting down the Grasswire users, investors, and employees. No … 

 

Steve Jobs Insult Response (Transcription)

Note: I’ve heard this a few times, and wanted to draw some text out of it, but couldn’t find it written up anywhere. I decided to listen to the YouTube video and type it out. I also removed some of the repetition of “and,” because while it works in speech, it’s distracting in text. “Mr. … 

 

You are not the Target User

All I’ve heard today with regard to the new MacBook from Apple are complaints. “Only 8GB RAM? I could never run even three JVMs on that.” “One USB slot? How will I charge and plug in my two monitors and connect a USB i/o device simultaneously?” The answer is simple – you won’t. This product …