ARRINGTON, RACE, AND SILICON VALLEY

I spent this summer in Silicon Valley as part of the NewMe Accelerator. NewMe is the first Accelerator program focused on African-Americans. I had an absolute blast in California connecting to incredible mentors like Mitch Kapor, Ben Horowitz, Vivek Wadhwa, and, in my own way, both absorbing insight from, and, as the old man of […]

ADOBE INTRODUCES P2P FLASH PLAYER, KILLS CDNS

Today Adobe announced the public beta of a new Flash Player that is going to change the way we all use the Internet. More importantly, the new player changes the economics of the Internet. Interestingly the two really key features are not getting much play in the news yet as people have focused on the […]

APPLE’S IPHONE SDK PROHIBITS REAL MOBILE INNOVATION

Last week Apple opened up the iPhone and introduced a software developer’s kit (SDK) to allow third parties to develop software for the iPhone. This was a great step forward in that Apple had, for some significant period of time, suggested that writing software within the browser environment was sufficient, and that no native developer […]

RIP MITCH KAPOR’S CHANDLER

Update: I have posted some of my additional thoughts and critiques 😉 in my most recent post: “Mitch Kapor’s Weekend at Bernie’s.” Yesterday I received an email that I have been anticipating would arrive at any time. The Open Source Application Foundation, creators of the collaborative PIM Chandler, announced that Mitch Kapor, its primary financial […]

THE DEATH OF THE RELATIONAL DATABASE

The relational database is becoming increasingly less useful in a web 2.0 world. The reason for this is that, while the relational database model is great for storing information, it is horrible for storing knowledge. By knowledge I mean information that has value beyond the narrow current conception of the given application. I mean information […]

APPLE FEARS THE KILLER APP

Ok, so were finally getting down to it. On at least two fronts, Apple has now essentially thrown out its draconian rules on what developers can and cannot do on its platform, and replaced them with essentially, no rules. The new “rules” appear to be, “its OK to do what you want in your app […]

John Gruber jumps the shark

I have been using Macs since February 1984. From just about the day the Mac was announced I was writing software for it from my college dorm room using one of the school’s two $10,000 Apple Lisa computers. The Lisa was, at that time, the only tool you could use to write Mac software, and […]