The Internet Will Get a Whole Lot Better

If you think the Internet is pretty amazing already, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The global network will get faster, safer, more efficient, and even more useful.

Apr 23, 2014 at 5:00PM

Google's Internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, says that the Internet we use today was only meant as an experimental version. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Internet is already pretty amazing; but it's nowhere near perfect. In many ways, it's almost disturbingly immature.

Last week, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) veteran Matt Cutts suggested that encrypted sites should rank higher in Google's world-leading search rankings. Doing so would not just shake up the search advertising game, but would also make secure web traffic nearly ubiquitous overnight. Elsewhere, Google is also working on encrypting your entire Gmail experience on a whole new level -- maybe even making it impossible for Big G to tailor advertising to your personal profile.

And that's just the beginning. In the video below, Foolish technology specialist Anders Bylund explains just some of the many ways that the Internet will grow up in the next few years.

It's time to get excited about this newfangled network...

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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