“The Cyber” took the top of my head off.
I mean, really folks. Seriously? Oh wait ... the sigh bear. Listen to the sigh bear.
Register.UK: Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour.
Of note. If you need access to Win7, perhaps ...
Ars UK: Nvidia stuffs desktop GTX 1080, 1070, 1060 into laptops, drops the “M”.
Anandtech: Seagate’s New ‘Guardian Series’ Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs.
Photogs, prick up your ears. But you’ll probably want to buy them in pairs for backup purposes. $$$.
c|net: Dallas shooter killed by bomb-equipped robot in first for law enforcement.
“While it does appear to be the first time a police robot has killed anyone in the United States, robots have been used for other nonlethal offensive actions in recent years. In 2014, for example, Albuquerque Police used a robot to deploy ‘chemical munitions’ into a motel room where a suspect was holed up to force the suspect to surrender.” Albuquerque. Sort of expected. I should think they’d consider drone + flashbangs as a nonlethal solution, too. The deterrent for lawless behavior is dialing way up, and virtually noone’s talking about it.
Quartz: Man of the “Future Shock” - Remembering Alvin Toffler.
Many read it, but few expected it to happen. RIP.
The Atlantic: The Existentialism of GPS.
c|net: Feds’ nuclear defense system uses ancient computer with 8-inch floppy drives.
You know, this doesn’t bother me so much. If it were suffering the latest Windows 10 ‘forced upgrade’ snafu, we’d be extinct.
New Republic: How Literature Became Word Perfect.
Don’t forget daisywheels and pin-feed paper! I temped WP for a while in NYC, making $16/18 an hour in 1983, after being injured on a blue-collar job. Weekends were doubletime ($32) and ‘lobster’ was triple ($48). The law firms, Wall Street and news organizations were hard up for trained operators. Check the NY Times want ads on microfilm from the time. ‘Twas great money. I lived high off the hog, even had cars provided to drive me home when working OT. In the process discovered out my affinity for computing ... completely changing my career goals. I not only could use ‘em, I found I could streamline human workflows to make the most out of ‘em. I intrinsically understood their logic; started swapping logic boards to fix broken systems ... learning the operating systems of every unattended computer in any office I frequented. That ultimately proved to be my ticket.
Hmmm. Just remembering the ones I temped on: Singer (!), Xerox, Wang, NEC, DEC, CPT, Tandy, Apple (II, III, Lisa, Mac), IBM PC, Amtext-Jacquard, Jacquard, more. I think what modern historians forget, is that word processing was alive and well long before the personal computer and Mac/Win software. Too many articles only view through a lens of WordStar, WordPerfect, MS Word. The dedicated systems were *much* faster, until the Laserwriters started to pick up speed and were able to be networked. Laserwriter quality became demanded at management level first, the volume-users still depended on daisywheel/pinfeed for at least a couple of years after [dot matrix printers - meh]. The wonderful thing about dedicated (not PC) systems is that they had specific buttons for every function, rather than more cumbersome key-combinations on a “Swiss-Army-Knife” PC. WordStar was legendary for arcane and extensive combos - the joke on Wall Street was that you could tell a WordStar user by the fact they wore sandals to work ... they needed their toes to manage some of the key combos. And no temp agency held you to the 25-WPM requirement if you claimed to be able to temp on WordStar. *Any* WPM was considered ‘good enough’ to send out to a job.
I still wish for a configurable, modular keyboard setup. One for Photoshop, one for FCPX, etc. etc.
Register.UK: F-35s failed ‘scramble test’ because of buggy software.
“During the first 30 flights with Block 3iR6.21, which accumulated 75.6 hours of flight time, no less than 27 power cycles were required to get all systems functioning between initial startup and takeoff. These power cycles varied in degree – from “cold iron” resets, where the aircraft had to be shut down and then restarted, to component or battery power recycling.” This is simply ridiculous.
PVC: Big Thunderbolt 3 LaCie. Really BIG!.
BookForum: The Program Era (how word processing changed the way we write).
What stands out to me most starkly, having lived through the sea-change: when the Macintosh/Laserwriter combo came out, how text looked became as important (sometimes moreso) as the text’s actual written quality.
The Register.UK: Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park.
OpenCulture: Scientists Create a New Rembrandt, Using a 3D Printer & Data Analysis.
I suppose someday, we’ll all be able to generate authentic fakes with 3D printers at home. Oh, Eco, would that you were alive to comment on the circumstance.
Mashable: Autonomous taxis may soon be coming to Singapore.
“... nuTonomy’s cars will operate using a combination of algorithmic software that employs fleet management, partially culled from his work on U.S. military drone management systems. The nuTonomy cars will also use LIDAR to detect cars on the road as well as stationary objects.”
Youtube: Mechanical calculator, a Facit ESA-01, dividing by zero.
Those were the days. Remember washing-machine size fax machines?
DZone: New Drone Paves the Way for Smarter Search and Rescue.
Mac Kung Fu: Massively speed up Time Machine backups.
BBC: Progressive rock legend Emerson dies.
Hell of a year for music history. RIP, Keith. One of the kings of the keyboard. One of the few guys to take a whole Moog on the road.
Later: All of Brain Salad Surgery on is Youtube, if you care to take a memorial spin.
SkyWall100 | Capture Drones - Protect Assets.
Nail that sucker, then bring it in for a soft landing. I wonder about the range.
Mashable: A drone comes within 16 feet of Air France plane in closest encounter yet.
“A recent study by Aero Kinetics suggested that a drone ingested into an aircraft engine would be more likely than a bird strike to result in an uncontained failure, in which metal spewed from the turbine can compromise the aircraft’s integrity.” Speaking of drones ...
Macworld: Western Digital’s 8TB hard drives mix helium with mammoth storage.
Aw ... no liquid nitrogen?
Internet Archive/Software Library: Windows 3.x.
Macworld: Seagate slapped with a class action lawsuit over hard drive failure rates.
Seagate has always had higher fail rates, seemingly. But for speedy drives, we’ve suffered the extra backups required. SSDs sort of make it a moot point now.
Speaker selection update.
Logitechs going back. Overdone thunderous bass, booming midrange and fragile tinny highs ... and nothing between those three. They sounded like music played through yogurt containers in the bottom of an empty ship.
Bought a pair of Mackie CR3‘s, and they sound fab. Not overbalanced in any of the three ranges (tweet, mid, woof). For entertainment purposes, they could use a subwoof. But for what I want them for (quiet background music and judging audio accurately), I’m pretty damned impressed so far. I can even hear the MP3 compression noise floor when turned up. Not as pleasing an overall sound as my old Bose MediaMates, but their accuracy for audio analysis is much better. After years of working with audio engineers, they’ve drummed two things into my head - clean highs and clean mids.
Possible caveats: They’re large. Almost the size of bookshelf speakers. And I have a bit of a channel thing going with them, I had to move the balance over to the left a bit when at quiet volumes. I’ll update if I feel the need to return these.