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Web/Tech

February 10, 2015

"Department of the Internet: Installation"

I laughed. (But it's probably a little too close to the truth.)

January 31, 2015

"A 13-Year-Old Made A Revolutionary Invention Out Of Legos And Now Intel Is Investing In His Company"

I can't decide whether this is good news or bad news. Good news: we have a country where a 13-year-old with a terrific idea can be honored and rewarded for it (and attract investment from one of the world's largest companies).

Bad news: where were all the adults? Why did it fall to a 13-year-old to think of this?

December 27, 2014

"2014 is ending, but this wave of technology disruptions is just beginning"

Manufacturing, finance, personalized health care, energy, communications: big changes are afoot.

December 18, 2014

"What are some stories from the good old days of Microsoft and young Bill Gates that may not have been written in the popular press?"

Including an excellent one about billg's mom.

December 11, 2014

"Financially speaking, which computer languages can earn the most for the programmer?"

Not close to consensus but an interesting discussion at Quora.

"Who Buys Music Anymore? A Statistical Inquiry"

It's mainly the olds who are still buying CDs.

December 04, 2014

"Stayed Up All Night"

Make your own mixtapes on the Web

(For those of you too young to remember mixtapes, see John Cusack in High Fidelity.)

Link via Metafilter.

December 02, 2014

"12 Technologies We Need To Stop Stalling On And Develop Now"

Especially "Cell Modeling For Brain Emulation" and "Genuine Anti-Aging Interventions".

November 01, 2014

"King of click: the story of the greatest keyboard ever made"

That would be the IBM Model M.

And yes, speaking as someone who used one, it was great. 

October 21, 2014

Another modern problem rears its ugly head

Forget ISIS and Ebola, this is really, really bad: modern technology has made it much more difficult to be a music snob.

My record collection is no longer a lifestyle, a biography, a status. The identities that I and a generation of fellow aesthetes spent our lives fashioning are suddenly obsolete. They turned out to be mere patterns of consumption, no more resilient than the patterns of production that provoked them. Not content to ruin music for the first three decades of my life, the major labels have collapsed and ruined dating too. I will probably never forgive them, if I ever get around to forgiving myself.

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