Monthly Archives: November 2013

Between Idealism and Realism – the Rise and Fall of APIs

Yesterday, Benedict Evans pointed out that APIs seem to be suffering death; many well-known services (in the literal, not technical, meaning) are disabling or removing their APIs – Google, Skype, etc. At the same time, many other, younger services, seem … Continue reading

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Playing Hard to Get With Users

By most accounts, StackExchange has become very successful. It started out as an easy-to-use community for programmers to get together – StackOverflow – and has since expanded to multiple “Exchanges” for everything from systems administration┬áto home Do-It-Yourself jobs. StackOverflow (the … Continue reading

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Devaluing Miles… and Honesty

Like many a regular United Airlines customer – I have put in ~400k miles over the past 2.5 years – I am upset about the massive devaluation of United MileagePlus miles announced this past Friday. For those unaware, United made … Continue reading

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Accept the Inevitable or Become Irrelevant… in the Air

The FAA has finally relented, and changed its half-century-old rule banning electronic devices below 10,000 feet. Technically, pacemakers, watches and, well, the in-flight navigation system should have been banned, too, but of course they weren’t. For that matter, neither were … Continue reading

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