Monthly Archives: April 2014

ReCAPTCHA, the TSA of the Web

ReCAPTCHA is one of those parts of the Internet that we love and hate at the same time. A Captcha is a¬†distorted letter/word/number picture that we need to fill in when we first sign up for a service; ReCAPTCHA is … Continue reading

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Want A Good Candidate? Ask Them To Do The Job

HR departments, hiring managers, college admissions officers… all of them spend inordinate amounts of time looking for better and more effective ways of determining if a candidate will be a good fit for the job. In essence, the problems usually … Continue reading

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Heartbleed and Open Hearts

The Internet is agog with the discovery of the critical bug in OpenSSL’s heartbeat, nicknamed “Heartbleed.” Bruce Schneier called it “catastrophic…¬†On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.” What is heartbleed? I will leave it to other … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid, and Hire Grown-Ups

I – along with just about everyone else involved in business or technology – have written about BetterPlace before, although I have done so entirely from the outside. I have had no privileged inside look or access, and have had … Continue reading

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Tipping Rears Its Ugly Head… Again

I have written about my issues with tipping before, nearly a year ago. This week, the New Republic is taking a different approach on the issue: how to game the system (for the tippee, if such a word exists, not … Continue reading

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Amazing: Ad Platform Company Discovers that Users Prefer Free Games With Ads!

It is surprising, amazing, I cannot believe it! Gaming and now ad platform company WildTangent commissioned a survey from IHS Technology, and discovered that 71% of gamers prefer free games with ads over paid games. Next dairy companies will discover … Continue reading

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Fight Competitors on Their Business Model, Not their Regulatory Model

When companies bring new products and services to market, they are addressing some unmet need. It might be an unserved or underserved market; it might be significantly lower costs – and therefore price to customer at the same margins – … Continue reading

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Product Development is Like a Game of Chess

It is a truism that engineers see the world rationally… too rationally. Everything has one or more defined answers, all you need is to find the right set of solutions. Because of that rationalist (using the term loosely) view, many … Continue reading

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