Digital Dadaism

Dada: a movement in art and literature based on deliberate irrationality and negation of traditional artistic valuesMerriam Webster Key dates: 1916-1924Key regions: Switzerland, Paris, New YorkKeywords: Chance, luck, nonsense, anti-art, readymadeKey artists: Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, Hans (Jean) Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, Francois PicabiaKey characteristics: Humoristic, tending towards the absurd, satirical attitude towards authority Developed in reaction to World War…

Adoption Marketing

Adoption Marketing is a concept I have been working on for over 10 years, but for some reason never blogged about it. Warning: This is a long post because it’s a big topic. Sorry. Adoption Marketing is the effort to influence existing users to adopt the new features you design and develop.Glen Background At Marketo,…

#BoycottSamsung

I just had the worst experience with Samsung and vow never to buy anything from them ever again. #BoycottSamung SamsungSucks I had purchased a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for my wife. Their website shows people swimming with it. On their website it talks about the water resistance. And I quote… The … Galaxy Watch4 ……

Applicant Tracking Systems

I’ve used three systems (that I can remember) for applicant tracking. This is a brief summary of each. Lever.co I used Lever at two different companies. It was not a perfect system, but after using others, I think it’s the best I have experienced. My summary: The chrome extension for LinkedIn is actually very useful.…

New Laptop: Lenovo T15g

Laptops come in many shapes and sizes (just like people). Type~WeightProsConsDesktop20+Best performanceStationaryLuggable6lbsGood performance, portableHeavyPortable4lbsLess expensiveUglyUltraportable2lbsSexy, lightExpensiveComputer Size Pros and Cons For years, I skewed towards portables and ultraportables. They were cool looking. Examples are MacBook Pro/Air and the Del XPS series and my current Galaxy Book Pro 360. The only drawback was price. They were…

Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome

I am still enjoying Windows 11. The styling is super nice. For better or worse, they have been pushing Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Microsoft has had a checkered history with browsers. Internet Explorer had moments where it completely dominated all of the competition and worked well. This was actually a relief as a…

Windows 11 (Day 1)

I am have been a beta tester of Windows since DOS. I love it. I love the feeling that this code is fresh, right out of the oven. These days, I am on the Insider Program – Slow Ring. Today, it asked me to install Windows 11. First, my bottom line reaction. Nicely done Graphic…

Keeping in Touch

I’ve been talking with a few people about the concept of keeping in touch. Like most things, it gets more interesting the more you look at it. Keeping in Touch means meeting over video, phone, or in person at least once per year.Glen’s arbitrary definition There are multiple categories, I think. Personal, Professional, and Sales…

Windows and MacOS

After three years of using MacOS, I have finally switched back to Windows. There are things I remember fondly and there are other things I feel Windows has not kept up. My laptop is a brand new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s very lightweight and powerful with a beautiful screen. It supports tablet mode,…

New Adventure 2021

Apologies: This is a super long post, but because of the details, I had to hold back for a few weeks. I have decided to move on from Treasure Data and join a small startup named Warmly. It’s an exciting change but I certainly have feelings of sadness for leaving people I have grown to…

Taxes and Advertising

I believe that taxes are the price to pay for civilization. If you asked any individual “Would you like to NOT pay taxes?” Nearly everyone would say yes. However, if I asked, “Would you like everyone else to not pay taxes, and also we would have no government, no roads, no bridges, no police, no…

Roku vs Google Chromecast

I have been using the Roku Soundbar with remote speakers for about a year. The speakers are by far the best part. They connect immediately and provide excellent surround sound. Plus the built-in Roku means significantly fewer wires. We have most streaming services including YouTube TV. Unfortunately, Google and Roku are in a spat. Let’s…

Operating Systems 2021

So it’s been over 2 years of using a Macbook Pro for work. I also have an Android phone, an iPad tablet, and a Windows desktop for the family. I am an avid beta tester, so literally every one of these is on the beta version. Here are some quick thoughts of each. MacOS This…

Evolution of the Segment Editor

Problem Statement: As a non-programmer, I just want to select a subset of people from a database. However, when I try it’s either really hard requiring SQL editing, or the UI is so difficult that is makes me want to puke. Therefore, I will just not do it very often. Competitive Context When I started…

My History with Community Q&A and Forums

Over the past 25 years, there have been many forums that I have engaged in. This week Figma just launched a new forum for their users. It made me think I should note the previous communities I have been a part of. I had blogged about Q&A in 2008 and also Forums in the same…

YouTube Commercials 2020

Recently, YouTube has increased the average length of their commercials. I dont have a scientific study but I had become used to long ads that I could skip after 5 seconds. Now, they are 10-15 second ads that I can’t skip and usually 2 of them back to back. Plus, there are more mid-video ads…

Roadmaps

Roadmaps are funny things. In my cynical experience, their whole purpose is to make people feel confident that things will go according to plan. The Dark Knight, 2008 This might be controversial, but in my experience roadmaps are deeply flawed documents. Here is a partial list of some of the common problems: They are jumbled…

New Host: A2 Hosting

I have been hosting with asmallorange.com (ASO) for 6 years now. They were a decent host for the most part. I was using a simple shared hosting package. However, in the past year I became a bit disgruntled and disappointed. Complaints Complaint 1: Free SSL Google has long said that they will optimize for secure…

Home Networking Setup

Being at home with a full family means lots of people video conferencing all at once. This is putting a strain on our home networking setup. I have tried a few methods. Here are some of my learnings. 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi The tried and true Netgear router. It works for a room, maybe…

Tesla Model 3 2020

My lease (Kia Sportage) was over and I needed to get a new car. I know I am just a single car owner, but I believe electric cars are the future and want to do my part. My first thought was the Kia Niro since I was leasing a Kia already. I drove it and…