[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

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The Cultural Purge Will Not Be Televised

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”
– Edward Bernays, Public Relations
  I’ve been trying not to write this post, because really, who needs a bunch of shrill, hysterical snowflakes… Read the rest

Customer Feedback Surveys Considered Harmful

  Customer satisfaction surveys are hot. Every time you go to the bank, open a support ticket with an online vendor, go on a trip or hire a freelancer for any task, you will subsequently be dogged relentlessly with email requests to rate your experience. On the surface, this is good idea. Given the near ubiquity of the internet and email combined with the low cost of sending these emails and the valuable insight your firm can garner from your customers, what’s not to love? The shop/hire -> rate -> reward feedback loop has become baked-in to some… Read the rest

Hub Nation: The Scandal of Money

I just finished reading Dan Lyon's "Disrupted". I devoured it in a little over 2 days and took frequent breaks to email various friends and colleagues (many of them tech CEOs of non-unicorns, go figure) that they had to read it. disrupted_coverThe story of Lyon's tumultuous ride at Hubspot, a tech unicorn which has never shown a profit, and will probably never show a profit didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. It didn't say anything I haven't been pounding the table myself about for over a decade, but the storytelling is brilliant and it's encouraging that the former… Read the rest

easyDNS to refuse queries from rogue states, illegal immigrants, and leftists

  TheMark Speaking at a company rally in Forest Hill, Louisiana, easyDNS strongman Mark  ("The Mark") Jeftovic decried an epidemic of political correctness destroying the DNS protocol. "Used to be a time, DNS was designed and used by geeks. People with brains. People doing real shit. Cool shit. Online. Nowadays anybody can plug in a server and expect to connect it to the internet and expect equal access! They start sending out DNS queries from anywhere and they feel entitled to a response… and that my friends, is destroying the internet. That sense of entitlement." "All of that's gonna change. We're Read the rest

The US Government has no credibility to compel anybody to weaken security

This is my belated obligatory post about the entire "Apple vs the FBI" episode and whether it should help decrypt the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. People have commented that I should write something, and I've been reluctant in case I go off in full-rant-mode. I wrote the entire post and then after I re-read it and thought about it I realized that normally this should not be a big deal. In the presence of a clear crime having been committed, and LEA presenting a legal court order to Apple, this should be a no-brainer. Help them crack the damn phone… Read the rest
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