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Andrew Emmott

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About Andrew Emmott

Son of the great legend.
Also well-educated in Literature, Film, Media and Computer Science and tries to offer his expertise there.

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Anti-Buzz: 2012 Year in Review

January 8, 2013

Given the choice between a holiday and reviewing 2012 in a timely fashion,I chose holiday, So before I get to 2013, we will spend this week reviewing 2012. First, when I looked back across last year, checking up on predictions I made  I realized that I was timid in the sense that I did not make any […]

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Anti-Buzz: Rules

December 18, 2012

Next week I’m planning a year-end review where I evaluate my own predictions for the year and come to the disappointing realization that I didn’t make any. (Note for next year: embarrass yourself with inaccurate predictions). As we stand, I have one more topic for you to round out the year, but it harks back […]

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Anti-Buzz: The Perils of Linear Thinking

December 11, 2012

I recently listened to a talk about machine learning, it began with the broad argument that our attempts to create sustainable environments had failed. By the speaker’s own admission, “sustainable” was a buzzword that he was almost embarrassed to use (a nice parallel to my own focus here at “Antibuzz”). Sustainable is a classic buzzword […]

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Anti-Buzz: Seasoned Technology

November 27, 2012

The Buzz: The latest trend always involves the most expensive, impressive technology. The Anti-buzz: The cutting edge cuts too deep for that to be true. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Now that the holiday has passed, many of us are reminded of a particular “tradition” of always having copious leftovers. As some people […]

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Anti-Buzz: Email is dead! Long live Email!

November 6, 2012

The Buzz/Anti-Buzz: Email is dead! Long live Email! Maybe you heard the news. Email is dead. Social networking is the future. Email doesn’t have any fun games popping off the dashboard and email is too private for office culture anymore; the office of the future, didn’t you know, will communicate with something Facebook-like, tailored just […]

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Anti-Buzz: Locked Up Data

October 23, 2012

The Buzz: I could survive without the Internet … The Anti-Buzz: *sitcom laugh track* This week I want to be a little less profound and a little less issue oriented. This week I want to indulge in my own experience. The last two week’s mentioned that I was taking my first business trip. Read last […]

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Anti-Buzz: Locked Up Information

October 19, 2012

The Buzz: Everybody with secrets is making the next super robot death bomb cannon. I took a somewhat unconventional take on privacy issues a few weeks ago, but suffice it to say again, privacy is a big deal. You are more well acquainted with the complexities of privacy issues than most, as you are obligated […]

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Anti-Buzz: Locked Up Computers

October 9, 2012

The Buzz: My computer decided to be slow today. The Anti-Buzz: There are really only so many things that lock up a computer. I don’t know how well running themes are liked here, but I have another thematic three-parter for you, all focused loosely on the concept of being “locked up.” I am taking my […]

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Anti-Buzz: You Are Not Alone

October 2, 2012

The Buzz: Internet Culture is strange/vulgar/uninviting. The Anti-Buzz: Internet Culture is about shared experience. (Sometimes this is strange and vulgar). Popular culture isn’t popular anymore. People have said for a long time that we’ll never see another band like the Beatles. It isn’t because they rest on a pedestal of unobtanium, impossibly perfect, never to […]

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Anti-Buzz: Pick a number …

September 25, 2012

Any number. Any number at all. The Anti-Buzz: You can’t. Time to switch gears and get super nerdy again. I wrote earlier this year about how probability is counter-intuitive to most people, and then went on, (perhaps too long), about a famous problem. Here’s something a little more down to earth. Like the peanut butter […]

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The Anti-Buzz: Going Viral

September 18, 2012

The Buzz: If you could only go viral … The Anti-Buzz: … things would be beyond your control. “Viral” breaks the usual buzzword mold. Rather than being a real word that gets misused and broadened, it’s more or less a pure marketing term that describes a concept that is too narrowly understood. In many ways, […]

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Anti-Buzz: Our Vanishing Privacy

September 11, 2012

The Buzz: We are losing our privacy to large companies. The Anti-Buzz: We are still in control of what we give away. Here’s a common story: 1. 25-year old drinks too much. 2. 25-year old, via smart phone, posts photos of all the empty alcohol containers onto Facebook, probably with captions like “lol” 3. 25-year […]

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Anti-Buzz: The Software Salesman

September 4, 2012

So the unannounced salesman theme continues, with our last installment looking at the software salesman. Who exactly am I talking about? I’m talking about the individuals who want you to purchase their large piece of software. This includes your behemoth practice management software, but also anybody demoing something at a convention booth, or even the […]

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Anti-Buzz: The IT Salesman

August 28, 2012

Are you sensing a salesman theme? This week is a bit different: more practical and more opinionated. This week I’m talking about actual salesmen and your actual experience in dealing with them. As our motivating example, let’s start with the worst offender in terms of predatory IT salesmanship. I normally don’t shy away from naming […]

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The Anti-Buzz: The Travelling Salesman

August 21, 2012

The Buzz: Computers are so fast, it’s like they have all the time in the world. Last week I eulogized the used car salesman. Today, we look at computing’s most famous salesman: The Travelling Salesman. You are a travelling salesman, selling fine, hand-drawn maps with gilded edges. (In the post-GPS world, the only way you […]

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Anti-Buzz: Used Car Salesmen

August 14, 2012

The Buzz: What’s the next new thing? The Anti-Buzz: What will you never do again? Several years ago I was shopping for a used car. We weren’t as well instrumented as we are now, but I had a cell phone, and a father at home who happened to be in front of the computer. The salesman, […]

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Anti-Buzz: The Technofeeb

August 8, 2012

The Buzz: You must buy the newest thing! The Anti-Buzz: You must buy it … eventually. There is a lot of guilt pushed onto tech consumers. The computing industry is rife with tales of wild fortune, empires won and lost, billionaires made from “the hottest new thing” and even in the wake of occasional tech […]

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Anti-Buzz: Cats All the Way Down

July 31, 2012

The Buzz: GOOGLE CREATES GIANT BRAIN NETWORK THAT SCANS THE ENTIRE INTERNET AND LEARNS TO RECOGNIZE CATS The Anti-Buzz: Not exactly Or Computers are Stupid On June 15th an acquaintance shared this link. It’s a research paper on machine learning, a topic that I am very interested in, so I dove into it right away […]

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Anti-Buzz: You Can Stop the Signal

July 24, 2012

Last week I spoke very generally about the persistence of “bad” Internet. The payoff this week is to make the discussion more practical, and to help you consider what is at stake when you set policy for Internet access and use in your office. There are no perfect solutions. Internet use at work, and the […]

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Anti-Buzz: You Can’t Stop the Signal

July 17, 2012

The Buzz: The Internet is full vulgar, ill-tempered people. The Anti-Buzz: Actually, the Internet is full of cats. Vulgarity is just a vocal minority that won’t go away. The focus for the next few weeks will be the Internet. Oh, I suppose that’s always the focus. More specifically, the focus of these articles for the […]

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