I presume most people want to donate their time and expertise to worthy causes. I do, too. But it’s difficult to find blocks of time within a busy and ever-changing schedule, so for years I failed to do much volunteering. Then I discovered Tomnod.
When Google started previewing Glass, I didn’t make the A-list, i.e. those who got their Glass free, nor the B-list who got offered Glasses for an arm and a leg. But at least I was able to join the ranks of the Glass-wearing public when Tax Day also acted as the Glass Purchase Day, although the prices were still at the arm and a leg level.
I really wanted to like Glass. I installed apps. I customized it with various cool stuff available for it. I tried to integrate it with my daily tasks. I wrote an app for it. And I continued to use it even after I reluctantly concluded that the device felt like the Apple Newton of a promising new space in personal computing devices.
For better or (more likely) worse, healthcare.gov is the most visible aspect of what seems to have become the white elephant of the 21st century, officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as PPACA, Obamacare and ACA. It certainly didn’t help that healthcare.gov had massive performance issues from the very beginning. And while performance has improved over time, things still aren’t really looking up, as “conversion” rates are very poor, actual payment for policies is not yet implemented, and there are significant concerns about the potential for (and some claimed actual) security failures in the site itself. But given that this is a software project, and that we’re a software company that has made mistakes just like everyone else, what learning experiences can we draw from it?
Let’s face it. Windows 8 and its refresh 8.1 have failed to reinvigorate the PC space. Not only are few users moving away from other touch-based platforms, but Microsoft has also alienated a large number of existing Windows users by making the OS less friendly to those who like their mouse and keyboard as the primary human-to-computer interfaces. Here are a few thing Microsoft could do to fix Windows 8.
From time to time every great nation finds itself with difficult issues to resolve. In the past few months the United States has been confronted with the previously unacknowledged expansive data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA) that is characterized by some as excessive and in violation of the Constitution, and by others as necessary to combat the evils of this world.