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Happy New Year!

by alec on January 6, 2012

It’s been kind of a crazy 2011.  As a result of that, this space has been neglected.  Truth be told, it hasn’t been just due to being busy, though.  It has also been due to figuring out the relationship of Saunderslog.com to my new role at RIM.

Last week, Andy Abramson wrote that there used to be more bloggers.  In the early days of the VoIP industry, there was definitely a cabal of sorts – a crew of folks who wrote steadily about stuff that mattered. Often opinionated, often right, sometimes wrong, and always entertaining.   Andy, you’re right.  We need more bloggers again.  And I’m going to make it a New Years resolution to be one of those voices again.

But my voice is going to be a little different.  It’s going to be tempered by the fact that I now represent one of the largest players in the smartphone industry.  Even though this is my personal space, you can’t change the fact of my employment. 

Happy New Year, and see y’all next week in Vegas at CES. 

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Relaunching Saunderslog.com

by alec on May 11, 2011

In July of last year Saunderslog.com moved into the Calliflower web site.  My writing “assignments” were too varied and complex. I was writing on the Calliflower site, the Voyces blog, and here. I felt I wasn’t doing a good job on any of them, and thought that by combining two of them, I could perhaps do a better job than I had been.

Yesterday I closed the door on that experiment, and made this blog a a standalone entity again.   Over the last 10 months I have found myself second guessing what I was writing about, and always filtering opinions based on the potential impact of my writing to our business.   The result – even less writing.

So welcome to the relaunch of Saunderslog.

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Saunderslog moves. Welcome to my new home!

July 22, 2010
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In 2002 I started writing the eponymous Saunderslog.com. It was a grand experiment in writing, and I had fantasized about being a writer since high school.  Saunderslog.com allowed me to comment, be opinionated, controversial, thoughtful, silly, and at times, I hope, insightful.  It was a creative outlet the likes of which I hadn’t had in […]

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Where has Alec been?

December 22, 2009

A friend gave me a call the other day, asking if there was something wrong.  “No,” I replied.  “Why do you ask?”.  “You haven’t written anything on your blog in almost a month.”  A mysterious absence, and suddenly rumours are flying.  Such is the tyranny of becoming a media figure, I guess. In fact, things […]

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How did you spend your weekend? #iranelection

June 22, 2009

I spent much of my weekend glued to the Internet, transfixed by the images and words coming from Iran.  Unable to keep up with the flow coming from Twitter, I turned to Andrew Sullivan’s excellent Daily Dish, where he has published a digest of the more reliable Twitter sources, as well as videos and commentary […]

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Skype 2.8 for Mac

January 6, 2009

Last night Skype announced the 2.8 Beta for Macintosh users.  I’m not going to comment on the features, except to say congratulations to Jonathan Christensen and his team, who’ve been working at this for a while.  There are several features in that product that make this PC bigot more than a little jealous. The most […]

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Blog comment spammers get bolder

August 26, 2008

Ever wanted to spam blog comments to the world?  Create thousands of back links, and annoy bloggers the world over?  Now it’s easy, with automated comment spamming systems. Yeesh.  Comment spammers are getting bolder all the time.  This morning I’ve received two piece of comment spam advertising blog comment spam systems… Don’t waste your money.  […]

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Squawk Box August 18 – the Evolution of Blogging

August 18, 2008

I was inspired by a piece last week on GigaOm about the evolution of blogs, titled Why Blogs Need to be Social. This morning we talked about the evolution of blogs and social networks, where they intersect, and how. The whole topic has been engendered by the discussion around whether bloggers and blogs have failed their readers.

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Squawk Box April 7

April 7, 2008

Squawkbox this morning was a pretty interesting discussion. Most of the folks on the line were pretty dismissive of the New York Times assertion that blogging is dangerous to your health. It was very interesting to hear the different strategies that folks employed, however, to stay in shape. We also discussed the Shel Israel / […]

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Goodbye Russell Shaw

March 16, 2008

A colleague and friend, Russell Shaw, has passed.  Russell was one of the most prolific bloggers I've ever met. I only knew him as a technology blogger, covering VoIP and Blackberry, and was surprised to learn today that he also wrote political commentary for the Huffington Post.   What I'll remember the most about Russell […]

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