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I'm glad someone called out how entitled consumers have gotten online, but the title's a bit misleading. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Social media is a giant scam


We had a guy from the Xbox division in Microsoft come speak at our school a few months back and he confirmed that the alliance between software and hardware was happening across multiple divisions. I imagine with how one can use the Windows Phone as an Xbox controller they're trying to build a family of hardware that can interact with one another in a common software (much like Apple has done.)


If you're interested in reading about the crazy software/hardware integration that's coming to the Xbox and Kinect, I blogged about it here: (sorry for the plug, Pando!) 

2 years, 9 months ago on Beneath Microsoft’s Surface Is a Company in Transition


Man, I got pretty excited about this until I actually went to the site. If it's student facing than it should be educating them on terminology, trends, and things to look for so that they can properly interpret earning reports and analyst articles. You can't expect them to dive right in. 

2 years, 10 months ago on Stocial Targets Students With Social Network for Stock Advice


It's not personal. It's just business/smart financial management. 

2 years, 10 months ago on What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)


Addressing Emma's argument that college is essential for social development: I think many of us are led to believe that the social college experience is such an integral part of our natural human development (think of how often you've heard cliche terms like "college is where you become who you'll be for the rest of your life) that we're quick to dismiss any alternative even if it promises the same thing. Hence, there is that stigma that drop-outs, while potentially successful, fail to have their personalities develop and mature. My dad in particular likes to chide that while the Zuck is a billionaire, he still probably has problems talking to girls.

Dale, you're right that all these experiences can be replicated outside academic institutions. It's just that the natural environment of college more easily facilitates such experiences. Thousands of generally-friendly students roughly the same age, all connected by their future alma-mater and thrown together in close proximity via a campus makes for a pretty booming social experience that can't really be replicated again in one's lifetime. Maybe extremely social people with good conversation skills like yourself can still make friends when transported from a basement kegger to a networking social, but I think a lot of people without four years or so of social experience in a collegiate setting would have a harder time.

3 years, 9 months ago on In Defense of An Undegree