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July 12, 2011

Another social network.. again?

Much has been said about the new Google+ social networking service.  After a few different approaches (i.e. Orkut and Google Buzz), Google has rolled out something that might take off.  Beyond all the social media hogwash about monetizing the web and other jargon, Google+ has some features that are wonderful.

  • The G+ backend is not based on MySQL.  Facebook's infrastructure is based on a wonderful piece of technology that is now end of life.
  • Anyone who is already using Gmail is already 99% of the way there.
  • Picasa integration.  I'm still more of a Flickr fan, but would rather store and manage photos on Picasa than in Facebook's network.
  • A more granular and configurable security model.   Having the ability to use the same account to connect with work and friends is key.  Being able to have asymmetrical relationships is one of the biggest highlights in my mind.  
  • Once they add iPhone and SMS support they are in the Facebook and Twitter killer market.

July 09, 2011


Okay, I totally get it: Living in a third world county doesn't have a lot of job development options

To the Nigerian Scammers that have been calling me on my cell phone, here are some critiques on your work.

  • There is something called a time zone.  Look it up on Wikipedia.  It totally exists.
  • We happen to be in different time zones.  You can generally find which time zone I reside in from the area code on the phone number you happen to be dialing.  Again, all that stuff is on Wikipedia.  That is all free.  You don't have to steal it.
  • When you call me at 3:00 in the morning, if you already woke up one of my children I am going to be mad.  If you wake up both of my children, I will scream at you.  This is a poor use of both our resources (my sleep and sanity time; your scamming time).  Look up opportunity cost on Wikipedia.

Link for the the rest of you if you start getting 234 country code calls:

  •  http://www.419scam.org/419-phone-ng.htm