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Internet of Iotas

From the Cambridge Dictionary of English: iota (n.) – an extremely small amount From the Wikipedia: Internet of Things (IoT) – the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. … Continue reading

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Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish, Eh?

There is an old (obviously) English saying, warning people not to be “penny-wise and pound foolish.” As the main British currency is the pound, 1/100 of which is a penny, someone who is penny-wise and pound-foolish is someone who refuses to invest a small … Continue reading

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What About Yahoo’s Original Business?

Yesterday, we looked at how the market values Yahoo, and tried to understand why a company with $6.3BN in net assets, and another $31BN in a fairly liquid equity investment is valued only at… $31BN! Interestingly, Daniel Morris pointed out an article … Continue reading

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Why Is Yahoo Valued Less than Zero?

According to several articles I have seen today, notably this Wall Street Journal report, Yahoo’s Board of Directors are considering a sale of Yahoo’s core Internet business. For quite some time, Yahoo has been a troubled company. To many people, … Continue reading

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Good Writing Still Counts

In a world full of email, then SMS, then Twitter-based abbreviations for everything – ttyl, afaik, iirc, rtfm – do good, clean, clear writing skills still matter? Yes. Unquestionably, and without a second’s hesitation, writing certainly matters, not solely for the pedantic nitpickers. … Continue reading

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Don’t Break Your Customers

Anyone who does Web-scale or information technology over the past two years knows containers. The primary reason is the success of docker in making not-so-new containers easy to build, deploy, manage and use. Personally, I think Docker containers are great. They … Continue reading

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Go Conway

There is a famous saying, known as Conway’s Law, which states that: organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations It means that when your organization builds a system, its structure … Continue reading

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Nothing is New Under the Sun Server

As Ecclesiastes said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Last week, we explored how much of the innovation in the tech business is just retooling existing processes, while much innovation exists in the technology itself, which enables those businesses. It turns out, even in technology … Continue reading

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The Purpose of a Business is to Create and Keep a Customer

“The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter Drucker No matter how many times we say it, we forget it. We get caught up in operations, or competition, or marketshare, or share price. Yet a … Continue reading

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ReCAPTCHA 2.0

In the first half of this year, I noted that ReCAPTCHA was a lot like the “TSA of the Web” – an annoyance that is sometimes necessary to keep bad actors out and good (or, in the case of ReCAPTCHA, … Continue reading

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