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Treatise for 2018

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I’m addicted to my mobile phone. Instagram is my #1 time sink. Facebook is #2. I don’t like this.

I also don’t like what Facebook has done with their newsfeed algorithm. Recent changes to their Video Ads — specifically with them now playing ads before/during videos posted by friends — sent me over the top.


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Facebook is The Matrix.

Every day, every minute, every second they are consuming all of humanity’s precious (meta) data.

The Matrix shows us a world that is defined by synthetic connection. Each individual is isolated, never to look upon each other with their own eyes.

The Matrix shows us a world that is defined by synthetic connection. Each individual is isolated, never to look upon each other with their own eyes. Been to a coffee shop lately? Image Source:

Think about it.

Facebook is basically a giant living breathing Artificial Intelligence.

They can’t build pods, errr, I mean datacenters fast enough.

Think about THAT.

All your data are belong to us.

I saw an ad the other day that said they do 5 billion language translations a day.  Sure that’s great and all, but when they pollute my feed with ads every 3rd post, and make it nearly impossible for me to watch a video, or have any degree of control over who/what/when I see it… I SAY NO! 

I choose to unplug and not volunteer my precious (meta)data to the Facebook AI. 

I uninstalled Facebook on all my devices, which on Verizon is actually impossible due to the agreements they have with FB, so you basically just have to go uninstall all the updates and then disable the app.

No more Facebook. My time. Reclaimed. 

Ok. Now what?


Happy New Year.

–BDE -∞+

m. 206 294 8205

PS – Sure, I’ll probably be back (addict), but I am going to give this a try. Can still find me on IG and Snap…for now.

Questions for MJ Freeway – demo scheduled for next week

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My request to MJ Freeway for a demo/overview was very well attended to. Within an hour or two, I received a phone call (went to voicemail as I was busy at the time) and also a follow up email with a personal offer to assist with my inquiries and questions and to setup a demo. This is encouraging. I think they may have even visited my blog and done a little digging on me. Hmmm. OK.

I have a call/demo setup next week and will ask some very important questions, mostly on the technical / software side of things. Here are a few of the items I would like to learn more about:

  1. Security – what have you done to address the security breach and how have you addressed the concerns of your customers.
  2. Robustness – deep dive on underlying framework and architecture
  3. Speed & Performance – how well does the app perform (with all available bells and whistles). e.g. how long to print, label, scan, and record data on a lot with 100 units.
  4. Architecture – hosted?, cloud? on site?
  5. Ease of Use – end user, manager, developer, LOB, etc.
  6. Openness / Integration – with 3rd party apps/services – Greenbits support? Weedtraqr support? Mr Kracken? – will MJ Freeway work with other commercial software built on top of biotrack?
  7. APIs – full feature parity? API updates? When? How? To whom? REST? JSON?
  8. Cost to business owners – how do existing investments in hardware and software to support compliance and traceability translate over to the MJ Freeway system.
  9. Software development methodology – agile? Release cycle? Next release plans? Features added? Features in queue? Size of dev team?
  10. Consulting – why needed if solution is “turn key”? What is a typical engagement? What are the rates? Who is this for?
  11. Number of customers? Largest deployment? Biggest project to date?
  12. Reference Customers – who can I go talk to that is an active (and sizeable) MJ Freeway customer?
  13. Corporate – history, growth, revenue, debt, legal, etc?

Hey i502 industry folks, what do you want to know about MJ Freeway, the current Apparent Selected Vendor to replace Biotrack for the state traceability system for Recreational Marijuana? Post your questions and/or concerns here and I’ll take it to the folks I’m meeting with next week.