Archive: Uncategorized


People met in hotel lobbies (May 24, 2017)

Selections from the Washington Post’s Gilded Age coverage of notable visitors to the city

Riding the Mastodon (May 19, 2017)

Mastodon is the first attempt at a decentralized social network that actually feels like it has staying power

Blowing the dust off (May 16, 2017)

Is this thing on?

I bought a zoo (October 2, 2016)

No, wait. A car. I bought a car

The slow-motion crisis in America’s nuclear force (January 21, 2014)

There’s been a steady drumbeat of horror stories out of America’s nuclear forces for a while now. Why? And what can be done to turn things around?

Balls of steel: playing pinball on an Android tablet (January 17, 2014)

Video pinball tends to suck. But not on a tablet, it turns out

Download my NaNoWriMo novel: “Day of the Kangaroo Man” (December 3, 2013)

Here you go: a free, downloadable PDF copy of my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel, DAY OF THE KANGAROO MAN

But Mr. President, there is no such thing as 100% security (June 7, 2013)

You can try to get close, but in a huge country with hundreds of millions of people, there’s no way you can intercept every single possible threat to everyone everytime

WordPress is secure, until you combine it with people (May 9, 2013)

WordPress suffers from a problem that many software products do: it expects its users to be someone they are not

A word of advice for Rand Paul and anti-drone activists (March 7, 2013)

You keep talking about drones. If you want to win, you should stop. Here is why

Google and Paint.NET need to stop misleading users (March 5, 2013)

The Paint.NET web site runs ads designed to lead naïve users to download unrelated adware. This needs to stop

Just say what you mean (March 4, 2013)

Too often communicators outsmart themselves by trying to anticipate what their readers are thinking, and then bending their message to fit the contours of those imagined thoughts. But doing this makes you appear weak

Interchangeable news story on President Obama’s announcement of “personal support” for gay marriage (May 9, 2012)

WASHINGTON — In a move hailed by gay rights and liberal activists as “unprecedented” and “historic,” President Barack Obama announced today that he personally believes that same-sex couples should be able to marry, but not enough to actually do anything about it.

Presenting the Just Well Mixed Best of 2011 (December 31, 2011)

A look back at this blog’s best posts of the year

Metered Billing: The Iceberg That’s Bearing Down On Your Business Model (November 3, 2011)

It’s not hard to imagine a future where the desktop PC and its flat-rate data connection is relegated to a few small niches, with the rest of the market being ruled by mobile devices with metered billing plans. And if you’re running a cloud service, that’s a future that’s not buying what you’re selling.

Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, Or: Dear Internet, You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself (March 16, 2011)

A sad spectacle that says a lot about modern culture

The Coward’s Last Stand: Revolution In Libya (February 22, 2011)

In the end, Mubarak left Egypt without a fight. Muammar Gaddafi appears determined not to go down the same road

Sometimes, A Miracle (February 13, 2011)

The crisis in Egypt ends peacefully, and a new era begins

Facebook: Home Of Reasoned Political Discourse (January 25, 2011)

Well, maybe not