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The Valuation of Trust

October 23, 2011

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  Thanks to +Edward Coles and +Merlina Sapphire for sharing this video. It is a good overview of the basics of money and financing. I used the video to launch a rousing discussion on Google+. This is fundamental Econ 101 stuff. But it is great to see it explained so simply and understandably. Nevertheless, the narrator makes a simplifying […]

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From Uber-Geek to…Corporate Wonk?

August 27, 2011

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It is always good to see when talent is rewarded. So many of us began our careers very humbly. I started my career by building my own PC. [When I started, you were forced to solder them yourself. And most folks were using CP/M (from Digital Research).] Still others gained their notoriety by being public […]

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Get Motivated, At His Feet!

May 29, 2011

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I am so very excited.  Our program manager (who works for the United States Marine Corps) has asked us to attend the Get Motivated seminar that will be in Kansas City on May 31.  The list of attendees is truly remarkable.  I am amazed that so many important and inspirational people will be in the […]

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Does Amazon Have the Whole Enchilada?

April 2, 2011

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For those who have read my musings for some time, you’ll know that I use a lot of Amazon services. I have purchased music from Amazon for many years.  Why would I use Amazon’s music service when iTunes owned the market?  Because I really believe in competition.  And I really believe in good prices.  And […]

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The Egyptian Crisis Proves the Need for Anonymity

January 29, 2011

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I had a very interesting conversation at work yesterday.  Someone I work with asked me about the “cool tools” that I really believe in.  After thinking long and hard about the question, I told him that I believe in freedom of speech and I believe in anonymity as a bulwark to ensure both the freedom […]

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Why Use Tor?

December 19, 2010

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So why should you use Tor? That’s a good question.  First, you need to know what Tor does.  I find that simple descriptions are often the best.  So here is my simple version of what Tor is: Tor is a means of tunneling specific messages (i.e., traffic) through an anonymous (and reasonably secure) network.  Wikipedia […]

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A Maze of Twisty Passages…

July 3, 2010

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I am definitely an old school gamer.  My son plays games like Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2.  But I started when games required thought and not just lightning-fast reflexes.  And one of the very first computer games I remember was Colossal Cave.  I first played it on an IBM S/370 that ran […]

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A Geek Goes SEO

April 17, 2010

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I am a geek.  And I’ve been a geek for many decades.  I was playing with computers when I was fifteen.  That doesn’t sound like much to adults today.  But I was fifteen in 1976.  I was introduced to computer technology by a math teacher who was responsible for entering teacher’s time sheets into the […]

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Those Who Refuse To Learn From History

April 9, 2010

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Dear Senators, One of the most important powers that our Founding Fathers vested into the Presidency was the power to establish and manage relationships with foreign powers. That power specifically includes the negotiation of treaties between our nation and foreign nations. But that power is not unlimited. Indeed, our Constitution specifically ensures that international treaties […]

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Contract With Americans + Fanning the Embers

November 23, 2009

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Re: Global warning – on recess, late to return to class Lorin Olsen <cyclingroo@gmail.com> Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM To: <Addresses suppressed> Joe,   You’re either congratulating me on my compositional skills or you are calling me a really old fart.  Since I know that you are older than I am, I’ll assume […]

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