“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.”—
Glass kind of made me hate my phone — or any phone. It made me realize how much they have captured our attention. Phones separate us from our lives in all sorts of ways. Here we are together, looking at little screens, interacting (at best) with people who aren’t here. Looking at our hands instead of each other. Documenting instead of experiencing.
There is a different view of the world when you can leave a smartphone in your pocket.
Twenty years ago, on December 10, 1993, John Carmack, John Romero and the rest of the team at upstart id Software unleashed a game called Doom upon the world. Twenty years later, both men have written about their favorite memories of the game for you and all fans of Doom to read. Here they are, in their own words…
Wow - Doom was light years ahead in playability and introduced me to probably the only networked game I ever played.
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.
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.
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.
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)
When NASA’s Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly ten years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong.
Most people haven’t even owned a single car or had their drivers licence for that long.
Samsung is producing OLED screens for TVs from a small pilot line and some analysts estimate the yield at just 30 per cent - with seven out of 10 screens from the line faulty, largely due to difficulties in spreading organic light emitting materials evenly across large screens.
30% success rate - how are these commercially viable? Imagine if a car manufacturer was faulting 7 cars in every 10 coming off the line