Jory’s Cloud City

UPDATE 2017: It’s been a year since my dear friend Jory’s passing. Articles like this that he shared with my (now defunct) “I Live On The Cloud” blog show how smart and generous he was. I miss him all the time. Hope you enjoy these republished words. PREFACE 2011: My buddy Jory is almost always […]

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Virtual Mail: updated for 2015

Ten years ago, I started using a virtual mail service for my snailmail. Back then it was something I had to explain to people constantly –it just blew their minds and broke their systems all too often. Luckily, it’s not such a big deal anymore. There are more providers today than ever before, and even though […]

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Satphone enabled

Lucky me! I recently came into possession of an Iridium satphone. I’ve always wanted something like this which can be used far from land (like while sailing) or in a grid-down emergency scenario (like the next San Francisco earthquake or other such localized disasters). But such devices are usually thousands of dollars, and that’s really a lot […]

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Making money on YouTube…or more likely not

People ask me about making money on YouTube all the time, but really only people who won’t. So my general advice is: “Don’t try. You’re not ready and neither is your audience.” Of course, this isn’t good enough for people who think they’ll be the next PewDiePie, Grace Helbig, or whoever.  So here’s a longer […]

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Why Net Neutrality Matters

People these days tend to think of the internet as an ON/OFF kinda thing. Those of us who remember what a dialup modem sounds like know differently. The internet can still be there, but extremely slow. Right now the US companies you pay for internet access want to keep their content broadband fast, but handicap […]

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