Chaos Monkeys: The Book

  “Chaos Monkeys” by Antonio Garcia Martinez (hereafter, AGM) worked as a quant at Goldman-Sachs, came to Silicon Valley in 2008, did a small startup at Y-Combinator, and joined Facebook, where he worked on the advertising engine. He describes his experiences in...

Adding a Room to Our House

We’re going to add a bedroom to our 3-bed/1-bath house in Palo Alto. I think this will be useful to others around here (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, etc.), so I’ll document the project. I’ll write every week and add photos of the project....

Robots, AI, and the End of Work

My Notes on “When the Robots Rise“, by Lee Drutman and Yasha Mounk Robots, AI, and automation (RAA) are coming fast. It’s already here in many forms and will expand rapidly in the next five to ten years. Ten years may seem a long time, but 9/11...

No Statistics in Adwords Editor

Another minor bug in Adwords Editor. Problem: Adwords Editor can’t download statistics. Why: The date format in the statistics dialog box is wrong. This happens if you change the date format settings in Windows 10. Workaround: Change the date format in Windows...

Find Intern Openings

Do you want to be an intern in Silicon Valley? Before you start, really think about what you want to do and what you want to learn. Don’t just get an internship with whoever accepts you. Here are my tips on how to find your right internship. Intern at a Big...

Speed Up Your Computer & Google Chrome Browser

The Chrome browser uses a lot of memory. The more memory, the slower your computer will run. You can speed up your computer (and the browser) by reducing the browser’s memory use. To see memory usage in Windows: Press Control+Alt+Delete Select Task Manager Click...

Will the Web Kill Languages?

Q. Will the Web kill languages? A. I studied at Universitaet Heidelberg (Germany). It’s the #1 German university. When I went to Germany in 1977, only a few students spoke English. Only two or three professors could speak a bit of English, and only at a low...

Marketplaces: The Next Direction of the Web?

June 10, Chicago — I was at IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibit) for three days. It’s a large show for ecommerce on the Internet. There were 650-700 booths and perhaps 10-20,000 visitors. One afternoon, I walked up and down every aisle and...

One Billion Domain Names!

Why is it so hard to find a good domain name? Because there are more than a billion domain names. Whoa!   However, only 168 million are active websites. Of that, all of the traffic goes to only a million sites. 167m sites could disappear and nobody would notice....

How Facebook Controls the News

What happens when large web sites hire journalists? > (…) many former employees suspect that Facebook’s eventual goal is to replace its human curators with a robotic one. (They) started to feel like they were training a machine, one that would eventually take...