Archive for January, 2011

As this post hits the wires I’ll be starting induction training for my new job at the other big Swiss bank. Their blogging policy is slightly more liberal than before, but in general it’s back to being nice about every company and individual on the planet because they all could be customers. I intend to […]


This is one of those started as a comment, but really deserves a full post type things… My comment was in response to JP’s The new new telco where he posits that Facebook could be a very valuable business due to its telco like properties on a global scale. Here’s my original comment: This is […]


There’s a passage on governance in Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus that I really like: ‘Groups tolerate governance, which is by definition a set of restrictions, only after enough value has accumulated to make the burden worthwhile. Since that value builds up only over time, the burden of the rules has to follow, not lead.‘ It […]


This post is about the madness of corporate web filters in the age of ubiquitous consumer devices with Internet connectivity. I typically see three types of connectivity in any given corporate setting: The company network. Usually wired, but sometimes with a wireless adjunct, this network offers the same liberty as an oppressive Middle East regimes[1]. This […]


I was very pleased to see Google’s announcement yesterday about Email authentication using DKIM now available to all Google Apps domains[1,2]. DKIM is an important weapon in the war on spam, and may well be crucial to stopping email from slipping into irrelevance. Of course this may just make the spammers go after our Google […]


Bubble 2.0

06Jan11

I had the misfortune of missing most of the first Internet bubble. Although I’d got into the Internet before there was a World Wide Web I’d signed my life away to the Royal Navy (in exchange for a great education and generous financial package). Thus I got to spend the two years it took between […]



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