Author Archives: Jason

15 Years

I knew that the anniversary of my first post on had to be coming up, but I hadn’t gotten around to checking my archives until today. Turns out that January 24 is in fact its birthday.

This site got its start as a place for me to play around with html and the web at my very own domain. But it’s been a blog from the beginning, and I realized this pretty quickly. While I linked to various interesting sites from the first post on, I also treated my blog a lot more like an open journal than I do now.

Thinking back I’m impressed that I stuck with it at all considering how crude the process was. I updated everything manually at first, then eventually burned out on the process. Eventually Blogger came out and by late October of 1999 I was able to use their groundbreaking system to handle my updates.

Since that first couple years my posting frequency gradually waned which seems strange when you consider how much blogging and news gathering technology has improved in that span. But despite my tendencies towards consumption rather than blogging productivity, I’ve never abandoned the site and don’t expect to any time soon. I don’t have any concrete plans for more writing this year or the next, but I expect the blog will carry on much like it always has– one post at a time.

Joel Kills A Patent

Joel Spolsky: Killing patents with Ask Patents

My dream is that when big companies hear about how friggin’ easy it is to block a patent application, they’ll use Ask Patents to start messing with their competitors. How cool would it be if Apple, Samsung, Oracle and Google got into a Mexican Standoff on Ask Patents? If each of those companies had three or four engineers dedicating a few hours every day to picking off their competitors’ applications, the number of granted patents to those companies would grind to a halt. Wouldn’t that be something!

Along those lines, companies should start giving rewards for contributing to a blocked patent application.

Glenn Fleishman Buys The Magazine

In a somewhat surprising turn of events Glenn Fleishman just bought The Magazine from Marco “The Golden Goose” Arment.

Thus Mr. Arment, in effect, built and incubated the publication, and your faithful editor — as of June 1, editor and publisher — is the beneficiary of that work, which I shall cherish and shepherd. Marco will be an advisor, and I will listen to him, as we all might. Marco has made a variety of interesting decisions in his life that have given him both personal fulfillment and personal success. He’s not telling me yet what he’s working on next, and I can’t wait to see it unveiled before Marissa Mayer buys it and removes its vowels.1

Can’t wait to see where Glenn takes The Magazine and what Marco comes up with next.