Cover photo
Verified name
Mike Elgan
Lives in Santa Barbara, California
5,435,391 followers|616,029,205 views


Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
What's the best VPN for consumers?

Easy to use and reliable?

(Picture not necessarily related)
Meysam Hasanvand's profile photoMichael Braucht's profile photoHicham Ammari's profile photoMark Mercer's profile photo
OverPlay is what I've used for nearly 5 years. They also have a SmartDNS unblocking service that can be used with/without VPN that works better for unblocking IP Geoblocks than VPN itself. Recently (?) kinda merged, at least technically for server locations, with IPVanish, which gave them a lot more exit points. Both dozens more different in-US states (often important for financial services account-opening/compliance issues to use IP in your "home state") and more countries.

They no longer have linux instructions but by reading their Android and router instructions you can figure out how to set up in Linux.
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Besides Quora, AskJelly and Mechanical Turk, what are the best places to crowdsource facts or opinions?

And also besides Google+. : )

Johnnie Hougaard Nielsen's profile photoDaniel Junior's profile photoViet-Tam Luu's profile photoMarla Caldwell's profile photo
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Have you seen the latest "invisible technology"?

(Read my column: )

No, you haven't. ; )

What is "invisible technology" anyway, and why does it matter?

Here's what you need to know about the awesome, frustrating new world of "invisible technology":

#invisibletechnology #invisiblecomputing
Elsöz Metin's profile photo
Yes, Leila Gilmore ! Now Of olds be isn' t in Up ' s in I, but It' s are on the Life ! And. It's aren' t in Down & I have It' s. Bye! . 
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Why you want Google's Allo

(Read my column: )

Should you get Google's Allo? The answer is: Yes!

As a messaging app, Google's new Allo isn't great. Specifically, it's functionally indistinguishable from any number of apps that have been around for years.

But there's one reason why you should want to use Allo every day: artificial intelligence:

#GoogleAllo #Allo
Counter cunts : Globally offensive's profile photoMark Poole's profile photoRich G.'s profile photoMark Stronge's profile photo
+Mark Poole you can already do voice and video clips, gif support, stickers, and there is a bot that doesn't suck
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Children's computer kit runs Amazon's Alexa!

Full disclosure: My son, +Kevin Elgan, recently joined the awesome San Francisco-based startup Piper, which makes an amazing $299 computer kit for kids.

The kit uses Minecraft to teach kids how to build the computer itself, then use the computer they built to learn about electronics and programming.

Piper is fun, but not a toy. It's a real computer (based on Raspberry Pi). My son last night put Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant on a Piper computer.

Check out the video!


Peter Vogel's profile photoEzrah Tossi's profile photoJOSEPH BURBO's profile photo
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Who's using Google Allo?

Google's new Allo messaging app, which is sorta kinda like Apple's iMessage (except cross platform, with Smart Replies and the Google Assistant), officially started rolling out today.

Who's using it already?
Pietro Cannizzaro's profile photoBaffour Kwame Adu-Bobbi's profile photoSamuel Calame's profile photoChris Cogan (Charno)'s profile photo
I use Allo everyday but apart from sending one message to a friend on the first day, the only "person" I message is the assistant.
This makes me think that Google aren't really interested in the app as a messenger but it's rather more development of the assistant and how to make money from it.

Messaging apps don't make money, but Google has found a way to do that by having search and ads within its assistant and it's subtle and we don't mind.

Hopefully Google will invest in the app and make it a properly functioning message app and that the lack of functionality was just a temporary and deliberate thing to get users using the assistant first.
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
The Meerkat people have an app devoted to my "ambient Hangouts" concept

When Google+ was new and we were all young and innocent, or at least innocent, Google Hangouts inspired in me a novel concept: Instead of doing quick or purposeful "video chats," you could instead just keep the cameras rolling all day, and family and friends could come and go as they pleased.

I wrote about this idea for +Computerworld in 2011:

Now, the company behind the live-streaming pioneer, Meerkat, which is called Life on Air, has been offering a group live-streaming app called Houseparty.

The idea is that you and your friends have a space where anyone can pop in and hangout, and up to eight people can be in a single chat.

Check out this Verge article by +Casey Newton that tells all about it:

What do you Hangouts fans think?


Umer khitab's profile photoTom Hansen's profile photoScott Beamer's profile photoedoh patrice.'s profile photo
ok présente vous?????
 ·  Translate
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Gadget lets you "wake up inside your dreams"
Hopefully it won't be a nightmare.
The Lucid Dreamer is being called (by its creators) "the world's first reliable lucid dream-inducing device using EEG and tACS."
Wait, WTF are they talking about? Their Kickstarter page says:
"Lucid dreams are dreams in which you realize that you are dreaming. Being aware during a dream is a magical experience and it will also give you the opportunity to learn to control the content of a dream."
Anyway, the product is a gadget you lash onto your forehead that zaps mild electricity into your noggin. What could go wrong?
Darnell Cureton's profile photoJeffrey Barber's profile photoWolfgang Rupprecht's profile photoAr Grover's profile photo
electro shock for the masses.. what an idea.. I guess it works if we all are insane.. 
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Our waffle frolic

We had a waffle frolic today at my sister's house. I attached my phone to a door pointed at the waffle table and took this fast-motion video using Hyperlapse.

David Forrester's profile photo
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
The Google Assistant logo in Allo reminds me of the Wonder Bread logo

I wonder how many ways Google Assistant helps build strong bodies.

#GoogleAllo #GoogleAssistant #WonderBread
Ahmed Ronaldo Ibrahim's profile photoerick hidayat's profile photoMohsin Baig's profile photo
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Apple's App Store has a fake Google Allo app called Alo

It even uses the same color scheme, and a speech bubble. 
Jaron Brender's profile photoGene Liaw's profile photoKassoum Kone's profile photoJorge Cobos's profile photo
It's the same one you will find on iOS
Add a comment...

Mike Elgan

Shared publicly  - 
Chinese billionaire gives his dog eight iPhone 7s
Wang Sicong, the 28-year-old son of China's richest billionaire, apparently bought eight new iPhones for his Alaskan Malamute, Coco. The dog already owns two gold Apple Watches. 
The dog has a blog, which is called "Wang Coco Is a Bitch"
abdulai  saani's profile photoSteven Remington's profile photocharmaine kanhamo's profile photo
using  that  money on some starving kids or give it as a donation to some charity will be good bt people we are different can l have one cause l don't have a better
Add a comment...
Mike's Collections
News Director, News Anchor, Writer, Author
Writing, broadcasting
Basic Information
Other names
The world's only lovable tech journalist
Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
Bragging rights
I'm a digital nomad. I live everywhere.
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Santa Barbara, California
Marseille, France - Aix-en-Provence, France - Santa Barbara, California - Cancun, Mexico - New York, USA - Florence, Italy - Madrid, Spain - Marrakesh, Morocco - Sparta, Greece - Kusadasi, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey - Nairobi, Kenya - Barcelona, Spain - Valencia, Spain - Havana, Cuba
Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
• • •
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Shirley rules!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
• • •
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
30 reviews
This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago