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Will Amazon upset the apple carts with their purchase of Whole Foods?

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My “beeping” house is a cacophony of noises from my many electronic devices.

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Last weekend, I attended a neighborhood party, where the conversation devolved to local grocery stores. Living on an island with a population of less than 60,000 people with 22,306 at the Whidbey Island Naval Station, 23,204 in Oak Harbor, the island’s largest town, and the remaining 12,700 scattered across the island, there aren’t a lot […]

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Originally published December 28, 2017 on Quora Recently, I was contacted by an engineer in Bangalore, India who’d been reading my responses on Quora. He was impressed with my writing style. I was deeply flattered because my writing seems sophomoric, lacking depth. I cringe when I read The New Yorker, lamenting, “Why can’t I write […]

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I recently worked on a project that exposed me to a stack of hardware and software, which includes an open-source framework, called Hadoop. Curious, I looked up the company and was surprised to find their logo is a caricature of an elephant. A yellow elephant. Doug Cutting, the founder of Hadoop, named the company after […]

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned in Pushing Pause on Technology, around 66% of people suffer from nomophobia, fear of being without a smart or cellular phone. In a relatively short period of time, mobile phones have become as important as a pacemaker, controlling the rhythm of our lives from making calls to responding to […]

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Visiting various websites – whether on my PC or smart phone — is starting to feel like dystopia Los Angeles from the movie Blade Runner. Static ads are intermingled with articles. Giant banners frame the tops of pages with columns of smaller ads along both sides. If I scroll to read the rest of a […]

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I’m musically dysfunctional. My shower cringes when I squeak-out a tune, and I wouldn’t know an A note from a G. I find it mystifying, therefore, how a musician can compose an original melody given the amount of music written since the dawn of man. The reality is composers create new pieces, which both leverage […]

Less than two days ago, the word “covfefe” entered the English lexicon. This article isn’t about its origin or imaginary meaning, but how one word triggered hundreds of thousands of responses on social media, by the media, and at water coolers. A quick search on Google shows 5,830,000 results for a word that didn’t exist […]

Most businesses, especially today, are customer driven. Gone are the days when you could promote a product or services, and customers cheerfully and unwittingly handed you a credit cards. Consumers are now in control with the abundance of information on the Internet to do research, read reviews, compare prices, discuss in forums, and decide whether […]