The advertising echo chamber

My friend’s mother posted an article on my friend’s wall with respect to a set of privacy settings. As a matter of course, I do tend to read through such articles, since the endless maze of Facebook privacy settings tends to mean it’s well within the realm of possibility that I’ve missed one. I found…

A.I. Cupid?

The interwoven topics of data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data are common topics of discussion amidst some technical forums I frequent. For the handful of regular readers here, you know that most of those topics fall under the “#DoNotWant” category. It’s this sort of thing that causes things like the purchase of…

Privacy Policy Change

I’m doing some testing on Piwik, a Google Analytics alternative for an organization who needs such functionality. While I am not tracking IP addresses or any form of personally identifiable data, please note that for the next few weeks, page views and other similar site usage statistics will be stored for the duration of this…

UI Rant: Stateless Status Bars

So, you know those ‘status’ bars that keep scrolling along but don’t tell you anything useful, including whether or not the process has hung or failed. Yeah, they need to go. Really, what needs to return are status indicators that give the end user some concept of how far along the process is, even if…

“Calm Down”

A meme has made its rounds on the internet on more than one occasion. It reads, “Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever actually calmed down by being told to calm down”. A variant of it reads, “Telling a girl to calm down is like trying to baptize a cat”. Now, there…

The Catch-All Catch-Up post

I’m trying to keep at least a monthly cadence with blog entries. I’d like it to be more often, but one of the tenets I have with respect to blogging is that I don’t want to blog for blogging sake. I want a topic to write about, I want it to be informative and interesting,…

The Snapchat Shift

I don’t like Snapchat.   I probably should have preceded that statement with a request for the young whippersnappers to get off my lawn. It seems common for me to have less enthusiasm for the “progress” that gets made each passing year, and my aversion to Snapchat probably seems to be more of the same.…

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