Dwayne Phillips ' Day Book

Items I happen to view each day. Science, Techonology, Management, Culture, and of course Writing

This is my day book for this week. I have modeled this after science fiction and computer writer Jerry Pournelle's view, or as he calls it, his Day Book. I encourage you to see Jerry Pournelle's site and subscribe to his services.

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This week: March 11-17, 2013

Summary of this week:

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Monday March 11, 2013

Samsung was #1 in the Chinese smartphone market in 2012.

A judge in Ohio declares speeding cameras a scam. It is all about money.

AOL has turned and is moving in the right direction. This can be done folks. Now if some of the same people who did this were running things in Washington...

What a great use of technology (NOT): a 3D printing system that draws pictures in your latte foam.

The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow. I knew there had to be a word for that.

Notes from talking with high school computer science teachers. Reading comprehension is the greatest shortcoming of the students.

Another side of Silicon Valley: "In the midst of a national economic recovery led by Silicon Valley's resurgence, as measured by corporate profits and record stock prices, something strange is going on in the Valley itself. Most people are getting poorer,"

At the other end of the world is India, where a devout Sikh is behind the inexpensive Aakash 2 tablet.

Harvard "administrators" have been secretly reading the email of Deans. I thought all this big brother stuff left town with that Bush-Cheney crowd five years ago.

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Tuesday March 12, 2013

Walgreens is building a store that will generate its own electricity from wind, solar, and thermal. Good luck with that one. It is possible to do, but the self-generating power will never pay for itself.

It has been revealed that the NYPD has been targeting American citizens based on their religious beliefs. This is America, right?

Many computer algorithms have a person in the middle of them. Key decision points are handled by a person.

How one person enriched their life by greatly simplifying it.

A new type of nuclear reactor promises safe power at half the cost. I hope some of these things come to fruition.

Silicon Valley: ignore the hype and keep working.

Amazon Web Services is now offering customers a Virtual Private Cloud. IT department? We don't need no...

It seems that iPhone owners watch twice as much video as Android owners.

Trying to find reasons why people aren't buying the old fashioned PC.

Experiences from people who started companies that failed. The basic reason is that they didn't have a product that people wanted.

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Wednesday March 13, 2013

Here is one reason why businesses are not flocking to France: a Paris judge proclaims that Apple retail stores cannot ask people to work late.

Dell shows a table-top tablet with an 18" screen.

Personal information of the First Lady, Vice President, Director of the FBI, and other notables is posted on the Internet. Is everyone ready for national electronic health records?

And hackers take down JP Morgan Chase site. Again, is everyone ready for you know what?

More thoughts and predictions for online education.

Zuckerburg, Gates, Allen, Jobs - they all broke the law while building their software and their companies. Aaron Schwartz did similar and died.

Ten million people have joined Amazon's Prime Club.

Microsoft is having trouble keeping up its online services.

Google's Eric Schmidt just received a $6million bonus. Good for him.

Google is doubling its engineering center in Washington state.

An introduction to Content Management Systems.

Google shows a prescription version of Google Glass. Well, of course they have to have this.

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Thursday March 14, 2013

We have a new Pope - Pope Francis - the first from the Americas (South America).

Google announces the end of the Google Reader (RSS feed). I have used that for five years. What am I to do now? And more on this story for Ars Technica. The official word from Google.

Lots of posts today about the Google Reader demise. Here is a good article from Lifehacker on what to do next.

Charge your iPhone with the excess heat from a cup of coffee. This device sort of works. Maybe one day it will.

Apple's next-generation A7 processor is moving along in its development.

Why do we "text" one another?

ALMA, the world's largest telescope array, is now operational.

It seems that the world's greatest current sport is finding photos of what may be the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Some people are starting to realize how unsecure the Internet is. Is everyone ready for national electronic health records?

Free Open Source Software - attract as many users as you can - free stuff.

How to make a little money right now. #1 hire yourself out as a babysitter.

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Friday March 15, 2013

Richard Stallman is 60 today.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 at Radio City Music hall. We shall see how it affects teh marketplace.

The latest iPads are now available at the refurbished store.

The presence of women in IT is declining. That is a bad thing.

Some alternatives for Google Reader. I hate this whole thing. It is costing me time to find something to replace Reader.

HTML5 seems to be bringing back lousy web site designs.

Whole Foods is going to open a health resort. Silliness flourishes.

Speaking of silly headlines, Americans now drink more water than soda.

More than 100 tech CEOs send a letter to the President urging immigration reform.

More persons in foreign countries are taking American college courses online.

Rural Sourcing is growing in America.

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Saturday March 16, 2013

Zipcar sold itself to Avis a while back; now the CEO of Zipcar has stepped down.

A Federal Judge rules that National Security Letters (from the FBI to companies) are unconstitutional. I think this is a good one.

Even more news on the demise of Google Reader. Is it possible that all this publicity will cause Google to change its mind?

How to use a Raspberry Pi as a hardware backdoor into a laptop.

These two photos from St Peter's Square in Rome (2005 and 2013) show how the world has gone mobile. Excellent.

Our obsession with food (shown in photos).

North Korea cut itself off from the Internet for 36 hours - they are back now.

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Sunday March 17, 2013

These guys are skydiving into a city. What they may not realize is that they are endangering the lives of other people.

"Creativity is just connecting things." I'll go along with that idea.

The Internet as a surveillance state. It's not the government that is tracking us as that requires more competency than you find in government. It is the competent, well-funded companies that are tracking us.

Some thoughts on writing and the fear of judgement. The main point I see is: understand that something you wrote is not you; it is just something you wrote.

500,000 Google Reader users go to Feedly in a couple of days. I have tried The Old Reader and Netvibes. Both are really slow. Perhaps flooded with new users.

Futurists in 1988 tried to picture Los Angeles of 2013. Not even close.

Does there come a time when a writer should stop blogging?

This video shows how to find Google drive files on your Windows computer. It also shows an excellent example of a video tutorial. Writers can make these tutorials and spread the word that they are creative, smart, and can explain things. Those or desireable attributes.

Being able to type faster is a great asset for a writer. From time to time, go to a typing tutor online and practice a bit.

Need some ideas? Repurpose everyday items. For example, use a fork as an electrical conductor. Use a piece of chalk as an electrical insulator. Boil water in a paper cup.

Tips on slowling yourself so you can think.

You can't miss by reading this one: George Will on William Zinsser.

Thoughts on writers taking online courses.

Finding the time to write. Sometimes I absolutely, positively must write. Something inside is about to explode my brain. I either write or I wrap my head with duct tape.

Travel writing: "It’s almost impossible to make a living these days through travel writing." Travel writing can supplement your income, but you have to do more.

Writers often travel as part of research - there are hidden costs in travel.

Tips for publishing on CreateSpace.

Some writing history - how some famous authors started.

Some tips for those who want to write but instead spend all day reading email.

Some ideas for writing faster without losing quality. A big type: learn to type faster.

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