Everything on this site is member-supported — there are no advertisements, or product placement. The site makes money in only two ways:
- People pay to become members.
- People buy things through (clearly marked) Amazon affiliate links.
All too often it’s hard to tell what company a blog is shill for. Who is really paying these bloggers? When a writer suddenly starts liking something that they previously seemed to dislike — you rightly stop and wonder why. Did Super-Tech-Apps pay them money to write about this?
More common: is a writer only covering a product because the company gave it to them for free? Be it a bag, laptop, or app — if you don’t how the writer obtained the product, then you don’t know if the writing can be trusted.
That’s a problem for the web and for giving honest, direct advice to readers.
This site attempts to solve this problem. If I feel my judgment could be compromised about something I will tell you up front. I don’t take promo codes from developers unless that’s the only way to get the app (common for pre-release), but even then I always buy the app as soon as it’s available (I keep a separate account for this very purpose). If a company gives me “review items” then I tell you — even then I promise honesty in my reviews at the risk of the company never sending me another item to review.
I own stocks in Oracle, Microsoft, Abercrombie & Fitch, and UPS. I have a massive bias towards UPS, a lot of respect for the CEO of Oracle, but haven’t touched those stocks since they were purchased for me back in the 90s.
That’s what this site is about. It’s about honest communication between me and the readers.
As a member you get:
- Immediate access to all content on the site, no waiting 7-days like non-members to see the posts.
- A unique RSS feed that shows you the content as it is published, without delay.
- The ability to link to any article here, and in doing so you allow those you are sharing the link with to read an article that may currently be behind the paywall.
The membership is $4 a month or $40 a year and I’d love it if you joined. (You can read more about this decision here.)
(All billing is done through Stripe and can be cancelled at any time.)
I will only contact you if necessary and will always do so directly from me to you. Stripe may need to contact you with billing issues, but that is the only time they would do so.
Any information you provide here to me, is for me to use only for administering your membership to this site. I won’t sell it, I won’t share it, I will hold it sacred.