Capitalism is pro-markets; corporatism is pro-business

I can empathize with the Occupy Wall Street protestors, but my perception is that many of them misunderstand the cause of their pain. They naively blame capitalism; they should blame corporatism. Corporatism is the alliance of government and business. It happens on the left (think Solyndra), and on the right (think military-industrial complex), in the […]

Script to enable/disable SOCKS proxy on Mac OS X

I’m working in a coffee shop today. I used SSH and SOCKS to browse the Internet securely, but today I decided to take it a step further and automate the process with a shell script. Here’s the script, for what it’s worth: Instructions: Save this to a file. I saved it to “/Users/richard/bin/ssh_tunnel”. Make it […]

Script to enable/disable DMZ on Linksys and Verizon routers

Your home Internet router gives you some protection against direct attacks on your computer by keeping your home network safely encapsulated. Each of your home computers can access the Internet (this is called NAT), but no outsider can access your computers directly. Outsiders only see the router. However, sometimes you want your computer to be […]

FamilyLink.com + Kynetx: How websites could be better with your family

I’ve been playing around with Kynetx.com technology. I think it has a lot of cool potential for helping FamilyLink.com users see who their relatives are across multiple websites. For example, What if you could see your FamilyLink.com relatives directly in Facebook? If you knew which LinkedIn users were your relatives, would you be more likely […]

Reminiscing about Provo411.com and Scraping the Course Catalog

One of my first web development projects and biz partnerships with Brian Stucki was Provo411.com. We were roommates at BYU and conceived of a website where students could share events — parties, concerts, football games, etc. We were already in our beds for the night when the idea came, but we couldn’t go to sleep […]

Can pornography be made unpopular?

My friend Cam has started a cause called Fight the New Drug (FTND). That “New Drug” is pornography, and their approach parallels the fight against tobacco. This is about changing the messaging. For example, if smoking is a way to rebel against authority, then parents and medical experts saying Don’t smoke! only reinforces the rebellion. […]

iPhone tip: Use a Silent Ringtone to Screen Calls in Your Sleep

Have you ever wished your iPhone would ring only when certain people call? Here’s how to do it: Download the “Silence” ringtone here: silence.m4r Copy this file into the Ringtones section of your iTunes. (Click to enlarge.) Sync your iPhone with iTunes to load the ringtone. On your iPhone, change your ringtone to “Silence” (under […]

Do We Need a New Internet?

The New York Times recently asked, Do We Need a New Internet? …there is a growing belief among engineers and security experts that Internet security and privacy have become so maddeningly elusive that the only way to fix the problem is to start over. A new Internet might have more security, less anonymity. As a […]

When Society Stops Rewarding Industry, We See Galtism

Following up on what motivates us to work and create, I want to point out a few cases of “Galtism” in current events. (As background, John Galt is a character in Atlas Shrugged who leaves society when it stops rewarding his ingenuity and hard work.) First, a letter from Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president […]