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: September 16-22, 2013

Summary of this week:

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

Monday September 16, 2013

Bruce Scheneier taking the Internet back away from the NSA and others who use it to watch you.

The Costa Concordia may float, sort of, this week. It has been a massive effort.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is donating 15thousand tablet computers to a New York school district. I like this, but consider that free computers are like free puppies - they carry a cost.

Google continues to work on universal language translation. Once science fiction, we can actually see it coming now.

The British Empire will rise again: after a 20-year absence, Dunkin Donuts is returning.

This is weak, but sort of interesting. Twitter sentiments can help you bet on NFL games.

A look at an Open-Source Intelligence tool that law enforcement uses. This is just like the tool above that monitors Twitter to bet on football games.  This is not like the NSA programs. This is data mining that anyone can do legally. People shout out their thoughts and anyone can listen.

A look at Alienware's latest portable gaming computers.

Japan's space agency can launch objects into orbit at 1/10th the cost of NASA. When will we learn?

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Tuesday September 17, 2013

Google and Samsung have made a dramatic jump in their contributions to Linux.

IBM commits $1Billion to Linux.

Microsoft update its Bing search page.

As opposed to URL, IRL - In Real Life.

ASUS releases their PadFone.

One in five cell phone users access the Internet via their phone. The handheld access to all man's knowledge is with us. Have we noticed?

We now have a megawatt-level compressed air battery. It is still a gimick, but a bigger one.

A look at the disastrous F-35 program.

If the moon rotated, this is what we would see.

People are increasingly dissatisfied with the old-fashioned personal computer.

Retailers are using social media photos of real people in their ads. I guess the social media licenses put the photos in the public domain, so they don't have to pay anyone money. I don't like that.

Google buys Bump (their app allows cell phone data sharing when you bump them together).

People are sharing more instead of buying and selling, and this is driving regulators nuts.

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Wednesday September 18, 2013

Tel Aviv has become a prime area for start up companies.

Thoughts on the workspace your start up uses.

A chart shows a history of sorts of open source programming.

A chart putting a person's life in perspective of history.

A new operating system for the cloud: OSv (OS virtual) is based on BSD.

Mozilla has released Firefox 24.

The Blackberry Z30 with its 5-inch screen. A phablet or just a big phone?

Here is a lesson for today's post-modern, or is it pre-post-something or other or just the lack-of-any-sense era?, you have free speech, but you can't tell a joke that  mentions a gun or you will be arrested.

A detailed review of the iPhone 5C.

YouTube now offers the ability to watch videos when you are offline.

A detailed look at iOS 7.

iCloud.com comes out of beta. I have been using this for a month or so, and it seems to work.

How to prepare your iPhone for an update to iOS 7.

A look at a group of professional hackers in China. No doubt, they operate with the blessing of the government.

Obamacare and the coming lack of doctor-patient confidentiality. Do you have more than one sex partner? You must answer or we will all pay a penalty. Come on now, who will see the answer besides the IRS employee who lives down the block?

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Thursday September 19, 2013

The feedly.com reader is not working right today. I miss Google Reader.

feedly has opened its API to developers. Does that have something to do with the site not working today?

You can download iOS7 today! I am a bit anxious about the bleeding edge.

And I am not the only one hesitant to go to iOS 7 today.

AnandTech reviews iOS 7.

Ars Technica reviews iOS 7.

Slow but steady StumbleUpon has grown into the mobile era.

HP's new portable computer has gesture control.

Blackberry will lay off 40% of its 12,000-person workforce this year.

Google launches Calico: a company to focus on health and especially the elderly. Good for them.

HP introduces five new tablets, er, slates.

Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85. He made Nintendo into a video game company and changed the world.

Soldiers are becoming emotionally attached to the machines they send into battle. Of course they are. Ever heard a guy talk fondly of his car? There is nothing new here.

Before the were grounded by our government, private drones did a great job of providing information on Colorado's flooding.

Scott Berkun summarizes his year at WordPress. Read this blog post. It has more information and is presented better than his entire new book on the topic. Scott writes great blog posts. His books, however, just aren't very good.

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Friday September 20, 2013

No Internet viewing this morning.

I spent the day at a conference at George Mason University on innovation in teaching and learning. It was a good day.

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Saturday September 21, 2013

More tablets (slates) from HP.

There are many people who claim to hate iOS 7, but people are adopting iOS 7 faster than they adopted iOS 6.

Demand for the newer iPhones is high. Some models are sold out for months.

Samsung built the A7 processors for the newer iPhones.

Americans waste 40% of our agricultural output. That is disgusting.

This video has been making the rounds this week. Excellent. Someone put a camera on the back of an eagle.

Microsoft has not given up on the idea of an ARM-powered Windows RT tablet. They  may have the money to keep at it until the market comes around.

At the end of this month, Nielson will start incorporating Twitter into its television ratings.

LucasFilms is producing movies and the accompany video games at the same time to save money and effort.

The Intel MinnowBoard - their entry into the lower-cost single board computer market. At $200, it is pretty expensive for this market, but Intel carries a lot of weight.

This story is all over the Internet, so it must be important. Facebook is trying to learn what the posts of its users really mean.

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Sunday September 22, 2013

How to use iOS 7. And more tips for iOS 7.  In the old days, someone would have written a book.

An attempt to translate FORTRAN programs to C++ for super computing. Why translate? There are still FORTAIN compilers available.

Senior managers at the NSA attempt to reassure the employees et al that the agency is not all that evil. There is much wrong with this and that explains how the NSA, and many other intelligence and law enforecement agencies, put themselves in trouble. (1) In government, there is no manager-employee split. Everyone is an employee. Some employees supervise other employees. (2) Once you accept (1), you understand that an agency does stupid things because enough individual employees agree to do stupid things. (3) Once you accept (2), you understand that an agency can change direction in a day when a few people decide to stop stupid.

This is not an easy project, but I love it. This bed flips up to reveal a desk with dual computer monitors.

In its effort for "comprehensive" immigration reform, Congress killed any hope of have reform for high-skills immigration.

A few more people you are apt to meet in a writing group.

Where do you write? I write in Chick-Fil-A, the Community Canteen, at my dining room table, in the library, and so on. I have yet to describe the right feeling, but when I feel right, I write no matter where I am.

Do writers use "rules?" Do rules fight against creativity?

Twenty qoutes that will give you many for than twenty things to write about.

Writers, who want to earn a living, must slant their writing to markets that pay.

Writing a novel without any plan or outline. Some people can do this with good results.

Here are some basic, proven techniques to increase your writing (drafting) speed. I have used them, and they work for me.

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