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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+. 
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Finally: bacon-scented underwear!

This fine, cured-pork themed undergarment costs $20 a pair. Available for both men and women.

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At least it's not a scratch and sniff.
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Is this the first time Zuck has taken real time off since he was in college?
Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter's birth, a strong statement from one of the busiest and most powerful U.S. executives on the importance of family time.
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I wonder if they'd hire a psychologist? ;-)
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Mike Elgan Radio 12: Guns and Butter

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 hearing the other half find you...... :)
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Every home should have one of these.

The Polycade plays every classic arcade game ever. Best of all, it's made by the children of Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari.


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Ready Player One?
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Here's the first photo of the new Wonder Woman.

I'm not impressed. What do you think?
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I'm not yet decided. Ten years ago I'd have chosen Gina Gershon for the role.
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How to watch TNT while pretending to talk to someone.


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Very cool, and what better way to watch news about the latest in Tech by using the latest in Tech to watch it. Has Google bought the company yet :)
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Wow: Google gets 25 takedown requests every second, on average.
Google is facing a never-ending flood of takedown requests from copyright holders, breaking record after record. The company currently processes a record breaking 1,500 links to "pirate" pages from its search results every minute, which is a 100% increase compared to last year.
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Thanks Mike. I see you found a better link thank the one I read originally, at Search Engine Land. 
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Google+ gets the pivot of the year.

(Read my column: )

When Google launched its Google+ social network just over four years ago, it was an ambitious project. Google+ was an attempt to re-invent how people use the Internet. As one columnist eloquently put it, Google+ wasn't Google's version of Facebook (as everyone assumed); it was Google's version of Google.

The vision was to integrate most Google services into Google+. Google+ was supposed to be an identity platform, a photo and video platform, a news discovery site, a hotel and restaurant guide and the mother of all messaging and video-chat platforms. Oh, and it was a social network, too.

Then, the pivot.

In the past year, the company has been "dis-integrating" Google+. The requirement to have a Google+ account for other Google services has been relaxed. Photos and Hangouts have been spun out as separate products. The Real Names policy has been canceled.

Last week, the new vision for Google+ was revealed.

This is what you need to know about the new Google+:

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Waw! it looks luscious... 
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This strange COLOR footage of Berliners starting to recover from WWII will destroy you.

No words.
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+Sivan Rehan Yes -- far too many willing executioners. However, the nature of this kind of insane regime can't be explained as a democratic government doing what everyone in the country wanted them to do. As both a warning to the future (and the present) it's important to understand the dynamic combination of cult of personality, mass delusion about religion and science and the role of goon-enforced political terror.

Imagine, for example, a non-Jewish German strongly opposed to genocidal anti-semitism, military expansionism and Nazi rule. What do you do? If I understand the climate of that period, you either shut up and pretend to go along or you GTFO if you can. There's no opposing it publicly.

Still, some percentage of Germans were guilty and some percentage were innocent and therefore victimized by horrors like these:
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Worst iPhone accessory ever: The Spycup.

This dumb Kickstarter project is a fake coffee travel cup designed to hide an iPhone so you can secretly record people.

Did I mention how dumb this is?

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+Ildar Khakimov​ congrats on a successful kickstarter with 25 days left. While I find targeting the iPhone disheartening I understand the choice since the form factor is far easier to predict. Perhaps we will see future models that cater to other devices?
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Caturday: Midnight, the cat, loves walking on the greenhouse.

This cat doesn't accept society's rules, man.

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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.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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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).
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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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.
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