Monday, September 19, 2011

Email from Netflix

Dear [Bunkai],

I messed up. I owe you an explanation.

It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology. Let me explain what we are doing.

For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn't make the leap from success in DVDs to success in streaming. Most companies that are great at something – like AOL dialup or Borders bookstores – do not become great at new things people want (streaming for us). So we moved quickly into streaming, but I should have personally given you a full explanation of why we are splitting the services and thereby increasing prices. It wouldn’t have changed the price increase, but it would have been the right thing to do.

So here is what we are doing and why.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Is Now The Time For You To Go Google?

With the upcoming (hopefully sooner rather than later) public release of Google's newest service, Google+, and the wildly growing Android mobile operating system; now may be the time for you to Go Google.

What do I mean by "go Google"? Well, I mean to move to a Google platform for each category of computer software and service that you are currently using. Although that sounds like a very daunting task at first, it can be much more easy and rewarding than you might think. As a matter of fact, I'm going to help you out with that task step by step in a blog series titled "Going Google in just 10 days" and I hope you'll join me for the journey.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

4G: The Ugly Truth

We've all read and watched the advertisements about who's cellular wireless network is larger, faster and more reliable. The big thing these days is the push of "4G", but what does that really mean? For most people, it means absolutely nothing. That's because coverage is still sparse at best. However, if you are lucky enough to be in an area that can receive 4G service then what, exactly, can you expect from it? Who's really is faster? And who's really isn't "4G" after all?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Migrate to Free Open Source Software (FOSS): Part 5 - Cross-Platform Applications

It's been a long time since I wrote Part 4 of my Migrate to Free Open Source Software series, but rest assured, I haven't forgotten about those of you that have been waiting on the next chapter.

To get back in to the swing of things after such a long intermission on this series, I'd like to start the ball rolling with just a simple list of FOSS applications known as "cross-platform", meaning that they will install and run natively on multiple operating systems such as Windows, OS X and/or Linux. If you've been following this series, then you'll be familiar with some that I already covered in detail. As this series continues, I plan to use this list as a sort of outline for the applications that I will be covering in future articles.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How Strong are your Passwords? (follow-up)

This is a follow-up article to my previous password-related post in which I offered up a very basic explanation of how passwords are seen and what actually makes your passwords stronger or weaker.

Now that you have that knowledge, I'd like to share a site with you that will allow you to test the strength of your new passwords right there in your web browser.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Open Source Growth is Good!

I've said it for years. Open Source Software will one day surpass closed source in popular market share. It seems that there's a good chance it could happen in the forseeable future. I read a blog post today that was full of interesting statistics that show just how much growth there has been over the past decade or so. I don't take credit for this reporting, but I would like to share some of the items that I found to be the most interesting.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Passwords: You're probably doing it wrong.

Let me start out by saying that I, just like everyone else, think passwords are very frustrating to deal with. I have way more accounts and passwords to manage than the average person, and remembering to change them all on a regular basis is near impossible. However, it's a necessary evil if you want to protect your information.

With that said, simply changing your password every 30, 60 or 90 days isn't enough if you're using the wrong kinds of passwords.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Android: There is no Fragmentation

The rapid advancement of Android is being misrepresented by the reporting media as "fragmentation". I'm here to tell you, they're wrong.

frag·men·ta·tion: The act or process of breaking into fragments.

There has been no breaking of Android, it's only advanced and improved over time. This so-called fragmentation that everyone keeps complaining about with Android is no different than what has been seen in the PC world for decades.