Content a la Carte. November 2016. In the Netflix era, the broadcast network no longer has any value as a brand. Viewers cherry pick their content from a variety of sources that are increasingly disconnected from the originating network. Yet media companies still cling to the notions of channels, content aggregation, and bundling as the way to monetize content. Market forces alone will ultimately erode this model beyond viability. Read more.
Southern Pride. September 2016. I was born in North Carolina and lived my whole life south of the Mason Dixon Line until I went off to graduate school. I attended segregated schools until the 4th grade. My mom's family was from Arkansas, my Dad's family from South Carolina. So my southern roots run pretty deep. Read more.
The Paper Boy. January 2016. We tell ourselves two great fables when trying to take a positive view of the modern global economy. First we tell ourselves that it's inevitable that nations will evolve from agricultural to industrial to service economies. Second we tell ourselves that the Sharing Economy democratizes services in a way that benefits the producers in the Sharing Economy. Is either of these fables really true? Read more.
Moving to Chromebox. January 2015. Today there’s not a single device in our household running an operating system made by either Apple or Microsoft. Our tally looks something like this: 4 devices running Android (2 phones, 2 tablets); 3 devices running Linux (1 server, 1 desktop, 1 laptop); 5 devices running Chrome OS (1 Chromecast, 3 laptops, and 1 desktop), making Chrome OS the most popular operating system in our home. Among these, the latest addition to our collection is a Chromebox, a new desktop computer running Chrome OS and, after some fiddling, Linux. Read more.
Seattle Versus Portland. November 2013. Attention to detail is everything in elevating a good user experience to a great user experience. The past three months have given me a great opportunity to compare my experience as a resident of the greater Seattle area with my experience as a resident of the greater Portland area. I've been surprised and interested to discover that Portland wins this comparison, and it's all about attention to detail. Read more.