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Johannes Ernst

Why Decentralized Software Is 10x Harder

The Diaspora* guys announced today: Today, we are giving control of Diaspora to the community. which has widely been interpreted as giving up on the grand vision of decentralized social networking. The remaining Diaspora team apparently (I'd guess based on advice they got from YCombinator) will focus on a more standard "we run an ad-supported…

5 Why’s: A Different Take on the Current Economic Malaise

I found myself asking Five Whys about the current economic difficulties in the Euro zone and the world in general. The 4th question is the really hard one and one that I had not seen answered well anywhere. I suggest that even if you disagree with my answer, do not believe any commentator on the…

Will Apple Buy a Carrier?

Jean-Louis Gassée now thinks it's likely Apple will get into the carrier business, perhaps as a MVNO. I predicted something like it a while back. My reasoning is simple: 10 years down the road (or 5, or 20 if you like), do you really think that the oligopolic, infuriating carriers get to remain unchallenged in…

Fed Up With Awful Health Software — Let’s Build Something Better Open-Source

At the end of July, for various reasons, my wife and I had to change health insurers from Kaiser Permanente to United Health. Given that Kaiser has its own doctors, that also meant changing provider organizations, in our case to Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), which is a Sutter Health affiliate. Which means we needed…