Sunday, July 7, 2013

3D-print a fully operational handgun

You can now 3D-print a fully operational handgun.

iPad: Music Notation App - Think Music Tech. app

Need to convert hand written music to sheet music [music notation]? Try Think Music Technology's upcoming app for iPad.

Forbes Article - The Origin Of 'The World's Dumbest Idea': Milton Friedman

"Maximizing shareholder value thus turned out to be the disease of which it purported to be the cure." - Forbes Article - The Origin Of 'The World's Dumbest Idea': Milton Friedman

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Douglas C. Engelbart - dies at age 88

In December 1968 Douglas C. Engelbart set the computing world on fire ... In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated text editing, video conferencing, hypertext and windowing.". Douglas C. Engelbart, died Tues, Jul-02/2013 at the age of 88. Read more here.

Fight the wave of technology

"Indeed it can be disappointing to see each new generation needing to rediscover and reinvent each time the environment turns over. And we can all readily cite examples of where the new never quite recreates the old. Some great things are indeed lost

However, net-net I've grown to love the overall cleansing effects of these discontinuities.

As systems and apps age - gaining more features, more interfaces, more functions - they unavoidably accrete deep and broad complexity as a side effect of accreting value. Architectural complexity, development complexity, management complexity, usage complexity.

They can even accrete conceptual complexity. For example, the trivially simple and elegant "replicated document database & document routing" concept underlying our early Notes product evolved (by customer necessity) into such a conceptually burdensome form that huge services practices were ultimately built around it." - Ray Ozzie ... <read more>