I’ve been fascinated by conspiracy theories, true and false, and over the years I’ve read quite a number of them. Unfortunately, in these strange times, many people have spent far too much of their time “going down rabbit holes” and sharing unreliable information.
There’s a great French word for the collection of Internet sites that spread this sort of misinformation: la complosphère, which I’ve translated as the Conspirosphere.
The Conspirosphere is the collection of Internet sites which copy lurid allegations that are unverified and mostly false. Truly “fake news”.
I finally figured out the exact qualities that I dislike about Twitter, and I want to describe how the decision to make my collection of 351,000 tweets private, uninstall the mobile app, and stop using the service on a daily basis, felt so worthwhile and consequential after I did.
I felt like my daily Twitter usage had become a bad habit that was slowly killing me, similar to an addiction to cigarettes or alcohol, except that unlike those drugs, the damage to my physical health was limited to a relative lack of physical exercise, while the real damage was caused…
This is the first of two essays exploring the reasons why I fell into a deep depression while living and working in Silicon Valley. The Bay Area distills some of the worst excesses of American capitalism. This essay focuses on the deep sadness and loneliness that built up inside me over the years. The second essay will focus on the negative effects of greed and arrogance.
Here are some topics I plan to write about. My most recent Medium post was kind of a bummer and I want to write about some serious topics not related to the tech industry necessarily.
I don’t want to write too much on each topic initially, but try to sketch out my views briefly for each, based on Twitter discussions/debates/rants and other ideas that I’ve had.
Feel free to vote for any of the above topics, or add your own suggestions in comments below.
In May 1991, Time magazine published a game-changing cover story, “Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power.” The famously litigious Church of Scientology responded with ad campaigns and a libel lawsuit, which they lost (Wikipedia).
The title of this essay reflects some unpleasant similarities I’ve discovered between the corporate culture of Scientology and that of many tech companies, including my former employers Google (now Alphabet, Inc.) and Microsoft (under former CEO Steve Ballmer). …
Ever since I switched from Android to iOS last December, I’ve been thinking about some of the ways that Apple did things differently from Google over the past few years. Apple is constantly criticized for not using “open” standards, but those decisions often end up making more sense over time. Case in point: Apple’s much-maligned Lightning connector.
What’s wrong with the Lightning connector? The primary complaint is that Apple locked down the standard by requiring an authentication chip in the cable, to discourage cheap cables that didn’t meet their standards. …
I realized about a year ago that today’s smartphones are nearly feature complete, as far as what we’ve asked of them at the platform level. I want to mention a few areas for improvement.
I’m old enough to remember when the first audio CDs were introduced in the 1980s and how much cleaner they sounded, and easier they were to use, than vinyl records or cassettes.
What’s embarrassing is that, 35 years after Philips and Sony defined the original CD-DA format, we’re still using the same old 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sampling rate for digital audio. We should really be using…
I'm a software engineer in the Los Angeles area specializing in mobile applications and embedded systems.