were we ever free of walled gardens?

By | July 31, 2020

Reading through the documents released by the U.S. Judiciary Committee, I’m struck by how early we lost the war on walled gardens. I take a deeper dive and see where it all went wrong

Apple’s Troublesome (Trial) Cancel Culture

By | July 26, 2020

Apple is behaving badly when it comes to how it bamboozles users into signing up for its services Music and TV+. It’s another example of what I call a “technopoly” — abusing its position in the ecosystem to change the rules when it applies to its own products and services.

Directory of note-taking apps

By | July 20, 2020

Roam has shaken up a once dull market. But what else is out there? For the first time in more than a decade I dust off the once-popular ‘directory’ series of blogposts to try to draw up a rudimentary directory of apps and services that offer something similar to Roam Research. It’s tough, partly because Roam is so excellent but also because it’s hard to know where to draw the line. Here’s a stab

Coming to terms with terms: digitization, digitalization and digital transformation

By | July 15, 2020

Yes, they’re horrible. One reason they’re horrible is they aren’t exciting. No way would an editor of mine have OKed a story with those words anywhere in it. Another reason is they’re very similar, in both sound, and definition. Nobody seems to agree on what they are, which is usually a good sign you’re veering into marketing/consultant-speak. When… Read More »

Google, browsers and the illusion of choice

By | July 9, 2020

It’s Google’s world, which means we’re always leaking data to them. Some of us assiduously search for other options. But it’s not easy. Two reasons: We don’t have a firm grasp of the size of the elephant we’re confronting, and secondly, we don’t really understand what we’re doing when we’re online. What data are we leaking, and how,… Read More »