The Terminal

James Hennessy
Artefacts and esoterica in business, tech, culture and politics, from James Hennessy.
Created 16 Aug 2019
  • Imagining the anti-vax voter
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    There’s an interesting story today about Malcolm Roberts, the One Nation senator who looks like a demonic crypt keeper, trying to find new audiences by hosting livestreams with anti-vaccine wellness i...
  • Dead Neopets
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    On Monday, a message was posted by the team behind Neopets, the now 22-year-old online game and virtual pet platform. “We would like to apologise to the Neopets community, our community of advocates, ...
  • What the hell is Web3? (Part 1)
    10 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    This is the first of a two-part series. If you spend time reading the tech media, you’ll have noticed a few buzzwords drifting above the parapets over the past few months. The first is the ‘metaverse’...
  • The Week: stolen apes, coin frauds and streamer leaks
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 1
    Welcome to this week’s free edition of The Terminal. If you’d like to become a subscriber, click the button below. Subscribe now Ape escape NFT dislikers were provided with a wonderful bounty this wee...
  • Down and out
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    It’s perhaps appropriate that the latest, weeks-long news cycle about Facebook being evil has culminated in the entire platform collapsing. Despite a litany of conspiracy theories about what happened,...
  • The Week: Media, modelling and brand raiders
    01 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    Welcome, as always, to this week’s free edition of The Terminal. Here’s what I’ve published in the last week: What should we make of China’s crypto crackdown? [$] A look at MediaLab, a strange holding...
  • Boneyard tales
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Here’s how internet companies make money, in very simple terms. A company will build a platform with a novel purpose or unique features which it believes will attract a userbase. The core product will...
  • China bans bitcoin (again?)
    27 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    It’s become something of a joke in cryptocurrency circles when China announces a new crackdown on the sector, given they seem to do it incrementally just about every other month now. Read more
  • The Week: Evergrande, computer file systems, and Facebook's blitz
    24 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    Hello and welcome to this week’s free edition of The Terminal. And a hearty “Wilkommen!” to the three Germans who inexplicably subscribed to this newsletter over the past few days. Here’s what I’ve pu...
  • Model inmates
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    A couple of weeks ago on ABC’s Insiders, Waleed Aly had a brief spiel about the relationship between public health advice and governance during the pandemic: ALY: So one of the more maddening aspects ...
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