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Culturally, I think we have operated as if we had the formula figured out, and it was all about optimizing, in its various constituent parts, the formula. Now it is about discovering the new formula.

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New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an otherwise insanely bland first interview with The New York Times. (via parislemon)

Clearly a student of “doublethink”

iloveoldmagazines:

Popular Mechanic
1957 Vol. 108, No. 2

Amazing product idea but the open belt drivers, no safety harnesses and the height means this product wouldn’t even make the market today.

iloveoldmagazines:

Popular Mechanic

1957 Vol. 108, No. 2

Amazing product idea but the open belt drivers, no safety harnesses and the height means this product wouldn’t even make the market today.

Feb 4
Golf and mountains

Golf and mountains

Jan 8

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass

Mat Honan wore Google Glass for most of 2013. 

There is a different view of the world when you can leave a smartphone in your pocket.

Jan 1
30 mins post NYE Sydney with no traffic on the Harbour Bridge

30 mins post NYE Sydney with no traffic on the Harbour Bridge

Memories Of Doom, By John Romero & John Carmack

Wow - Doom was light years ahead in playability and introduced me to probably the only networked game I ever played.

Carmack remembers:

I got chewed out by a network administrator who had found my phone number just to yell at me for my game breaking his entire network.

Best part was when you were losing was to unscrew the BNC terminator if you were the last node on a 10Base-T network.

National Rugby Championship announced

Total face palm. NZ and South Africa sides are the top 2 ranked teams at the end of 2013 and have had their local domestic competitions since 1976 and 1889 respectively.

My guess is the ARU has been sitting on their risk adverse laurels waiting for a television sponsor.

Dec 9

Magnetic tape to the rescue

parislemon:

The Economist:

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape’s decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% in the last quarter of 2012 and a 3% rise is expected this year.

Interesting.

What gets me is the the density they can get now:

They demonstrated a tape that can store 29.5 gigabits per square inch—which, for a standard 1km tape, translates as 35 terabytes of data on a single cartridge

On a medium that doesn’t need power and can sit in state for over 30 years. Yikes.

Dec 4

parislemon:

Part insane, part terrifying, but also part amazing.

Who knows if Amazon Prime Air ever actually gets off the ground (sorry). But once again, it’s a brilliant maneuver by Bezos to simply put this idea out there — for a number of reasons.

Reading this during the lunch hour I’m wondering how to use it for Sushi to Desk deliveries?

Nasdaq 4000: This time it's different (again)

Matt Krantz writes:

Back in 2000, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Intel, Oracle and Sun accounted for 8.9%, 8.5%, 7.1%, 3.6% and 2.6%, respectively, of the value of the Nasdaq composite.

Today, companies that were just starting out or didn’t even exist — think Google, Amazon and Facebook — are in the top 10, accounting for 4.7%, 2.7% and 1.5% of Nasdaq’s value. Microsoft, Cisco and Intel’s weight has fallen sharply. Apple, which wasn’t in the top 10 in 2000, is a behemoth at 7.9%.

Remember watching IPOs of Yahoo, Amazon and seeing millionaires created in a morning (and lost it by the afternoon)