6 links that will show you what Google knows about you

November 20, 2014

imageInterested in knowing what Google knows about you?

  1. Find out how Google sees you
  2. Find out your location history
  3. Find out your entire Google Search history
  4. Find out every device that has accessed your Google account
  5. Find out all the apps and extensions that are accessing your Google data
  6. Export all of your data out of Google

Read the following article for more details:

An Introduction to Net Neutrality… in comic form.

November 10, 2014

Have you been curious about what Net Neutrality is?

Senator Ted Cruz made a really ignorant comment today on Twitter. and as a result, The Oatmeal created this comic to help explain what Net Neutrality is to Cruz. 

Here’s a slice:


Read the rest of the explanation here:

EVENT: Los Angeles Japanese Food Festival – Sunday, Nov 9th, 2014, 11AM-3PM

November 3, 2014

JapaneseFoodFestivalHey!  If you like Japanese food, like me, this might be the GREATEST EVENT EVER.  If any of this sounds good to you:

  • Sushi
  • Soba
  • Shabu Shabu
  • Tempura
  • Yakitori
  • Sake, Shochu, Beer

…you might want to check out the Japanese Food Festival coming this week!  There will be a tuna fileting demonstration along with a Taiko drum and a Yosakoi dance performance.

You MUST purchase your tickets ahead of time – by November 7th – in order to attend!  Tickets will not be sold at the venue.  See below for ticket purchasing online.

November 9th, 2014

Universal Hilton Hotel Ballroom
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

$60/person – All-you-can-eat


Nebraska puts a 7-year-old with cancer in at Running Back. Watch what happens.

October 20, 2014

The University of Nebraska put a fully-suited up Jack Coleman in at running back as part of fulfilling the 7-year-old cancer patient’s dream to play for the Cornhuskers. 

Watch what happens.  Warning:  Get a Kleenex box.

Jack Hoffman scores a 69 yard touchdown for the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Much respect, Nebraska.

Relax. Sushi didn’t suddenly get dangerous after Fukushima

September 29, 2014

imageI keep hearing about this from friends:  “But isn’t sushi contaminated?  Aren’t we getting poisoned from the radioactive material from the Japanese nuclear reactor leak?”

Answer:  NO(Now please stop reading HuffPo.)

  • FDA: FDA Response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Facility Incident
    ”FDA has no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern. This is true for both FDA-regulated food products imported from Japan and U.S. domestic food products, including seafood caught off the coast of the United States. Consequently, FDA is not advising consumers to alter their consumption of specific foods imported from Japan or domestically produced foods, including seafood. ”
  • SNOPES: *FALSE* Fukushima Emergency – Image shows radioactive seepage spreading across the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear plant
    ”…the chart did not actually track or measure radioactive discharge emanating from Fukushima in 2014, or any other aspect of the Fukushima disaster.  It was a plot created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (MOA) immediately after the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011 showing the WAVE HEIGHT of the tsunami that followed.  It had (and has) nothing to do with the flow or spread of radioactive seepage from Fukushima.”
  • UT San Diego: Fukushima seafood radiation risk nil, study says
    ”Sushi lovers relax.  There’s virtually no risk of getting fatal cancer from Pacific bluefin tuna exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.”
  • National Academy of Sciences: Evaluation of radiation doses and associated risk from the Fukushima nuclear accident to marine biota and human consumers of seafood
    “Such doses are comparable to, or less than, the dose all humans routinely obtain from naturally occurring radionuclides in many food items, medical treatments, air travel, or other background sources.”
  • The Province: Is it safe to eat the sushi? Answers to your questions about Fukushima radiation
    “Measurable amounts of isotopes from Fukushima have travelled across the Pacific. But you will receive a more substantial dose of radiation during a an airplane flight — from normal cosmic radiation — than swimming off the coast of Tofino.”

More on the topic of personal privacy & Internet tracking

August 10, 2014

As sort of a follow up to a post I wrote about Gary Kovacs’ TED talk, I thought I’d post a few more articles that I thought were interesting on the topic of data privacy and Internet tracking.

COMMENTARY: Satya Nadella’s FY15 letter to Microsoft employees

July 17, 2014

imageOn July 10th, 2014, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella penned a letter to Microsoft employees that was made public here:

One of the biggest themes of Satya’s letter was “experiences”.  As a brief exercise, go to Satya’s letter and search on the word, “experiences” and you’ll see highlighted, how many times the word is used.  (tl;dr: It’s 23)

Satya is making a very strong statement here about the future of Microsoft:  Microsoft’s focus is “the experience” that our customers have with Microsoft solutions.  It’s not about a specific product, new technology or feature, but the end-to-end experience our customer has.  This has a number of implications for the future:

  • Create a consistent experience.  Experiences are to be created across technologies – even technologies not owned by Microsoft.  The days of duplicate features across monolithic Microsoft products just because it’s “not invented here” are at an end.  If another Microsoft team has a feature you need, leverage theirs to make them successful, but ultimately, do what’s best to a provide a solution that fits in the larger vision & delivers a consistent experience for customers.
  • Start with the customer experience.  The final experience customers want is what Microsoft will start with, not just the foundational APIs & services that underlie the solution.  If features are missing, the words “you can script that” or “just write a program”, while likely true, shouldn’t be the 1st thing Microsoft responds with.  Understanding how we should prioritize that feature to benefit the customer against other customer needs & then iterating quickly while providing transparency around our development plans going forward should be our aggregate response – this is all part of the experience.

I think the recent trend of taking customer input on Microsoft solutions through UserVoice has been not only refreshing but also a testimony to how our company is evolving going forward.  Welcome to the era of “customers provide input often to product groups” & “help us directly prioritize what is most important?”.

For those of you that have been in the industry for a while, our DNA-level focus on the “end user experience” moving forward at Microsoft should sound a little familiar to you:

Steve Jobs Insult Response

(BTW: ZDnet journalist, Ed Bott, did quite a good job summarizing most of the points of the letter.  Overall it’s an excellent post:  http://www.zdnet.com/decoding-the-hidden-messages-in-satya-nadellas-letter-to-microsoft-employees-7000031472/)


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