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Why decentralized social networking never makes it — ever heard of Crossing the Chasm?

Every now and then, the "why hasn't decentralized social networking succeeded" discussion pops back up. And inevitably, that motivates somebody who thinks they can do better. They proceed to design a new set of decentralized networking protocols, write lots of code, and get early adopters to enthusiastically adopt the New Thing. Which then, inevitably, never…

Global Warming and (My) Productivity

Reporting on the results of an unexpected experiment ... with unexpectedly global implications. After 20 years in the same house in Northern California, we installed whole-house air conditioning earlier this year. It seems that most of the apartments here have it, but not too many single family homes. Somehow the weather seemed to have gotten…

Why smart contracts are not for you (or me)

A friend asked: "So you don't think smart contracts are ever going to be ... secure and useful?" Here's my response: “Ever” is a long time, but ... let me tell a quick story: When I raised venture capital during the dot-com bubble, if memory serves, the combined legal bill for my company’s Series A…

At the Internet Archive for EFF’s John Perry Barlow Symposium

Just some random notes: I have not seen the Internet Archive's great hall (a former church) this full. All sorts of famous people are here. Ted Nelson, hypermedia pioneer, is sitting just a few feet from me. Introductory remarks by the Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle and the EFF's Cindy Cohn. Cory Doctorow is delayed from…

How I’d like to consume interact with my news

(Prompted by a discussion today with Doc Searls, newly minted editor-in-chief of the reborn Linux Journal, and full of plans to redefine the relationship between publication, reader and advertiser. With some notes from over a year ago after prodding by Dave Winer) My personal news portal I follow about 30-40 sources of news (from CNN…