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Occam’s Moving Parts

As an architect of complex applications, I spend my day aggressively applying Occam’s Razor, attempting to simplify large systems by removing as much as possible. But the nature of the work is such that the system can never be truly simple. No matter how much I try to simplify, I am left with that feeling…

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The Three C’s of New Media: Creation, Curation, and Compilation

Every media business is built around at least one of three key content activities: creation of content, curation of content, and compilation of data into content. Many media businesses, especially the large ones, make all three of these activities core competencies. Which sounds most like your business? Creation of Content This is what most people…

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How Newspapers Lost the Classifieds Business (and how to get it back)

Time was, newspapers owned the local classified ads business, and it was their cash cow. Many people bought the paper just for the classifieds, and it was by far the most valuable real estate of the paper. In recent years, free Internet- based alternatives like Craig’s List decimated their business and contributed greatly to the…

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