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The Origins of the Internet 0

The Origins of the Internet

How did the Internet start?  Who invented such a thing?  Why did it almost fail? I recently finished a fascinating book called Where the Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hefner and Matthew Lyon....

Technology Innovation – Are We Lagging? 2

Technology Innovation – Are We Lagging?

Are we technological laggards?  Lawrence Solomon suggests we are. In his recent Financial Post column, Mr. Solomon laments that technological innovation of the past 70 years has not been of the same order of magnitude as the end of the 19th...

4 Lessons From My First Published e-Book 0

4 Lessons From My First Published e-Book

In my latest e-commerce experiment, I published my first e-book on Amazon.  As with my AdSense experiment, this one may make me a few bucks, but that was not my primary goal.  My primary goal was...

3 Lessons from Using AdSense for a Month 1

3 Lessons from Using AdSense for a Month

After my initial excitement with 2 days of earnings from Google AdSense, the month of June results for Reason for Success are much more modest.  Yeah, I know.  ‘Twas to be expected.  However, this...

Privacy paradox 0

Privacy paradox

Over the past few years, researchers have observed a strange phenomena.  People claim they value privacy and claim to act based on that value, but when observing actual behavior, most people freely divulge private...

Online Advertising Income 1

Online Advertising Income

2 days ago, I started another experiment on my personal development site – Reason for Success.  I added online advertising with Google AdSense throughout.  Every day, I get around 150-170 page views, mostly going to...

Free Images from Pixabay 0

Free Images from Pixabay

Quick note today. I started using Pixabay recently for free images (including the ones in this post).  According to their licensing, the images are free for commercial and non-commercial use. Great for adding to any...

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Research in Universities – The Good and Bad

This is a re-post of an article I wrote over three years ago on another blog.  It was relevant then and still is today. I’ve heard a number of folks condemn research at universities. ...

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Summer Research Update

This past year has been a big research year for me with two publications and another accepted for publication (to come out at a later date).  I also received invitations to revise and resubmit...