There’s a new episode of the Bistrocast available from my day job’s website this week, and it’s about the opportunities and challenges that come with replacing traditional passwords with biometrics for user authentication. Check it out at that link, or listen and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.
I put a new Medium post up this weekend that is mostly only relevant to writers and journalists, but it really is a crucial piece of advice for anyone whose profession is based on published clips from websites. Basically, it’s an explanation of exactly what you should do if a website for which you once wrote vanished into thin air and you need to recover your published work. Click here to see the instructions.
Every business decision and technology adoption requires some kind of trade-off — either big or small. On Medium, I ran through 10 instances where I see extremely high stakes right now as the world moves forward.
I’ve gotten used to seeing Treasure Island and Oakland vanish into the fog since we switched coasts, but this past week offered something I hadn’t noticed before. The Bay Bridge poked its way out of the fog, while its lower half looked like someone had swiped a Photoshop blur brush across everything close to the water (as seen above in the photo I took from the Financial District). It was beautiful, but it did get me wondering about why the fog behaves in different ways. Then — lo and behold — an answer showed up in my RSS feed. As SFGate explained, the cause and effect are pretty simple: cold stays low, and during the current time of year, the fog is filled with cooler air than the summer months when the fog reaches higher.
Specifically, this fog is now “coming from Central Valley while the fog that’s higher in the atmosphere and typical in summer months is formed over the Pacific Ocean.” Great to know.
I’ve got two big updates on the podcast front this week. The first is that there’s a new episode on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Which is on Soundcloud like the previous two episodes. However, the ongoing Bistrocast podcast is now also available on iTunes as well. Click here to find it, listen to it, subscribe to it, and rate it as you see fit.
Much thanks and appreciation to everyone who has listened and given feedback so far.
Episode No. 2 from the Bistrocast is live, and live you can listen to it with the embedded player below. It’s an interview with my colleague Will Barkis about the state and future of Smart Cities technology. There’s more info on the OSV blog.
As of August 8, I am happy to say that I can add podcast host to a line somewhere on my LinkedIn profile. Over the course of my adult life, I have been a podcast guest and devoted listener, but never a producer and host. To hear what that means, just check out the Orange Silicon Valley Bistrocast, which debuted this month. It features a conversation I had with my colleague Mike Vladimir about the state of Internet of Things technologies for consumers and the enterprise. New episodes are currently in the works, but you can expect to hear about other types of connective tech, including smart cities, fintech, and much more as I invited the tech and business analysts at my office to step into the studio and discuss their work.
I’ll have more subscription options available in the near future, but for the time being the series is hosted on SoundCloud and playable in web browsers using the embedded player below or the SoundCloud mobile app. This was a pilot episode, so I welcome any and all feedback.