Thoughts on society, especially economy and philosophy.
Alex van Someren's Lucky Acorns
– Alex van Someren is one of those rare people, without whom our modern world would probably be a little bit different. From writing the first book about programming ARM architecture, the computer processor which now sits at the core of almost every mobile phone on the planet. To providing the technology that made Secure Socket Layer (SSL) more commercially viable, and helped enable the ecommerce in...
Bart Balocki on Practices of Venture Capitalists
– Bart Balocki covered the history of US venture capital, outlined how venture capitalists operate, and developed a model of how perceptions of value change over time.
Behind a Royal Wedding
– Observations on the celebrity-family, private-public wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
Bill Joos on Pitching
– Bill Joos' top 10 mistakes for early stage/startup company business plans and pitches.
Bill Urschel on Internet Advertising Innovation
– The development of AdECN, its role as an exchange market for internet advertising space, and the future of internet advertising.
Caleys Demographic Profile
– Demographic profile of Caleys, a square of tenements surrounding a common backgreen in Edinburgh.
Change of Domain
– I have combined my personal writing and profile onto one domain, timhowgego.com. If everything works as planned, all the old links and content will redirect to this new location: You won't notice the change. Why change? When I started writing 'blogged content 6 months ago, I wasn't entirely sure what I would write about, or whether I would keep posting enough content to make the site worth reading....
Dave McClure on Social Networking and Web 2.0
– Dave McClure outlines some of the advantages of
David Law on Design as a Competitive Advantage
– Summarises David Law's argument for design as a competitive strategy, describing why there is a need to differentiate, his approach to design, targeting of niches, and how to stay ahead.
Difference and the Same
– 'Blogosphere luminary, Larísa, thinks I'm smart. In capitals, because the word itself evidently lacks sufficient emphasis. Her implication, that this is a good thing. Yet it's driving me mad. This article tries to explain why. It defines aspects of intelligence as difference from average, and then quantifies this as degrees of shared reality. The article provides a model where genius and stupidity ...
Gravatars and Identity
– Discusses the limitations of Gravatars, and hints at a future based on game-like automated customisation for forum avatars.
Infecting the Ad Pool
– Why publishers have a very low tolerance of malverts (Malicious Advertising), and consequently why it is in the best interests of advertising networks to deal with malvertising before it becomes widespread.
John Clare on Electronics Retail Margins, Scale and E-Commerce
– This article summarises the low-margin nature of the electronics retail business, the drivers for globalisation and growth in scale, and makes some fascinating observations on the role of physical premises for developing a successful e-commerce (internet retail) model.
Michael Malone on The Protean Corporation
– Michael S. Malone proposes the next iteration of organisational development.
Mike Masnick on Techdirt, Information and Consultancy
– Mike Masnick outlined the company's history and philosophy - use what's abundant to solve what's scarce - and outlined an interesting approach to the delivery of expert/consultancy business services.
Networks of Trust in Personal Information Management
– Discusses the premise that web authors and bloggers are creating trust-based filters for information.
Notes from Disneyland
– An outsider's attempt to understand Silicon Valley.
Paul Saffo on The Revolution After Electronics
– Paul Saffo on the art of predicting the future. Specifically predicting which technology will come to dominate the next decade.
Michael Gazzaniga on the Science of Mind Constraining Matter
– Can neuroscience explain it? You know - consciousness, being, the number 42. And if everything you thought you were transpired to be nothing more than an easily deceived heap of neurons, would that trouble "you"? During October 2009, Michael Gazzaniga gave a fascinating series of Gifford lectures exploring how our brains process the information that gives us our sense of "I". Gazzaniga drew extens...
Scottish Innovation: Designs without markets?
– David Farquhar argues for greater focus on marketing and selling in Scottish technology ventures.
Simon Kirby: The Language Organism
– Language is a method of sharing thoughts. It is uniquely human: Many species communicate using pre-specified techniques, such as markings on a flower to direct bees, or gestures between mammals - but only humans have the flexibility of language. Language is, perhaps, the key evolutionary advantage the human race has over everything else on planet earth. So how have we come to develop this trait? Th...
Thoughts on the Resolution of Nothing
– I ponder nothing. Endlessly. Nothing in the intangible sense - the increasing dominance of things without physical form in society and economy. Nothing in the sceptical nihilistic sense - the "meaninglessness of existence". Even the nothing inherent in the stupidity required for cleverness. Nothing isn't new. The problem baffled thinkers for much of the 20th century. In the 21st we may finally be b...
Thoughts on a Socio-Economic Environment based on Nothing
– The role of virtual worlds as a socio-economic environment.
Turning the Health World Upside Down
– There's a growing acceptance of the links between health, wealth and wider society. Not just the impact of wealth inequalities on measures like life expectancy. But the importance of fixing the underlying social causes of medical problems, rather than just administering the medicine and wondering why the patient doesn't get better. It's convenient to frame this as a Third World problem. And while i...
– In 2007 I wrote some introductory Thoughts on a Socio-Economic Environment based on Nothing. This article continues to explore the value of things in a highly intangible, knowledge-based economy. It wanders through internet-based payment systems, economic structure, role of government, organisation of information, community, and society, before disappearing into the realms of philosophy. It contain...