The Pain of Distance

I have made a career out of extolling the virtues of networks — how they make the very notion of time, location, and geography less relevant. The power of optics has flexed its muscles during the time of the pandemic. The wireless networks have kept us engaged, amused, and even productive during a scary time. … Continue reading The Pain of Distance

Skype, redesigned (again)

Microsoft is once again redesigning Skype — in order to make Skype great again. Or as a Microsoft executive puts it too “focus on simplicity* to provide an overall better experience for you by making Skype faster to learn and easier to use.” What he is not saying — Microsoft messed up Skype so bad that what was a market leading product is now an afterthought in modern daily communication flow. Continue reading “Skype, redesigned (again)”

Facts about GDPR & Instagram’s Data Downloads

The specter of general data protection regime aka GDPR (learn more about it here) looms large for American companies and many of them are working hard to comply with the letter of the law, if not its spirit. I got an email from Sonos about privacy, but couldn’t make much sense of the email. Others are worse: the explanations around data and privacy are written by lawyers, not actual humans.
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