Cutting the Cord

We finally did it. Our house no longer has a cable subscription (no satellite either). I've mentioned the possibility of abandoning my cable subscription in the past, but could never bring myself to do it. I didn't want to miss...

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Google Plus is Not a Blog

Google receives a large percentage of my online attention. They host my jakeludington.com email as well as my calendar. Google deposits money in my company's bank account every month thanks to their Adsense product. I collaborate with people using Google...

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How Having My Car Stereo Stolen Boosted My Productivity

There was a time when I couldn't imagine riding in silence in my car. My daily routine typically involves a nine mile round trip to a parking lot near the ferry terminal and most days I would have KUOW, the...

Gamification at Work is Nothing New

I'll readily admit that I'm fascinated (some might say obsessed) by the concept of gamification. This tech industry buzzword is typically associated with the process of awarding actions in order to encourage more actions. While most of the buzz around...

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Do I have the right to be forgotten?

If I remember or document something about you, should you have the right to silence my memory or documentation of that event? That seems to be the crux of an argument around the Right to be Forgotten in a proposed...

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Google ebookstore is the Best Kindle Alternative

I frequently talk about how much I love Amazon's Kindle products. Not just the physical ebook hardware, which is currently my favorite way to read long form fiction and non-fiction, but also the way you can easily access the same...

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Preparing for Black Friday in the Dark

I'm getting an early dose of winter this week, with snow, a power outage, and roads blocked by trees all at the same time. Normally, Bainbridge Island gets a couple of days of snow each year, with everything melting off...

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Are you infected by a botnet?

I read with interest about a group of researchers who have managed to (at least temporarily) disable one of the bigger botnets online. I frequently get junk emails from legitimate email addresses that I'm pretty certain are generated by one...

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Eating out in Greenville, South Carolina

I'm currently on the road in Greenville, South Carolina, which is a really lovely town from what I've seen so far. Greenville also has a number of culinary oddities I haven't seen on menus in other parts of the country....

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Wake Up Public Access! YouTube is Commuinity Television.

Bainbridge Island, Washington, the town where I live, is currently at risk of losing its public access cable programming from the Comcast channel lineup. The city is apparently dropping funding. We aren't the first community to face this issue, but...