Microsoft has produced a funny, star-studded video depicting Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft.
Bill Gates has announced that he's stepping down from his day-to-day roll as CTO at Microsoft so that he can focus full time on this philanthropic foundation. Last week at his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2008, he showed a video of what that day will be like. It's pretty funny.
The most interesting part is a graphic, Techie people, which shows "a county-by-county analysis of 'early adopters' of technology." It shows where in the United States have the highest concentrations of people who are quick to try new technology and gadgets like DVRs, VoIP, etc. They're not just in Silicon Valley, and they're not just wealthy people, just people who choose to spend a lot on tech.
A totally separate trend I hadn't seen before: The states in the western United States are much larger (in geographical area) than those in the east. This is in part because the east was settled first, then over time settlers moved west and divided the land into larger and larger chunks. What I hadn't seen before is that the counties in the western states also have much more area than those in the east. Perhaps states tend to have a similar number of counties, but bigger states have bigger counties. I don't know what that means particularly, but it's interesting. Another example of Graphical Statistics, which USA Today is famous for. [Read More]
Big premium payments on top of average salaries were being offered for staff who had niche skills, including Tandem, FTP, Oracle Financials, Siebel enterprise resource planning software, ActiveX and Websphere, Campfield said.
The TRS-80, one of the first home computers, has turned 30 years old.
Tandy Corporation introduced the Radio Shack TRS-80 Microcomputer on August 3, 1977, which is thirty years ago last week. It was one of the first personal/home computers; the IBM PC didn't come along until 1982 (Wikipedia says August 12, 1981). Hard to believe now, but the idea that individuals could afford to own their own computer was a big deal. ("Only six electronic digital computers would be required to satisfy the computing needs of the entire United States." (Howard Aiken, 1947))
The first TRS-80 didn't even have a diskette drive; programs loaded off of casette tape, and slowly. I remember my middle school had one and a couple of friends of mine and I would play around with it to try to figure out what it could do. It had BASIC, so you could actually program it yourself; a good thing since there wasn't much software. So BASIC became the first programming language I learned--something else I learned in school that I don't use in work/life! Well, look at me now.[Read More]
I like watching what's going on at Google because they seem to keep inventing lots of new stuff. They were the first place I saw what we now call Ajax. (Google didn't invent Ajax, but were quick to start using it commercially.)
Basically, Base seems to be a place to post bits of info you don't have anyplace else to post--people without their own Web sites, wikis, blogs, etc., or at least without sites that are appropriate for the info they want to post. To keep all this info from being a complete hodgepodge, you use lots of tags on your posting to help categorize it. So this lets you post classified ads, job postings, stuff you want to sell, etc. I would look for a way to link into existing Web pages, and just categorize the link while the content remains on your own site, but I don't know if you can do that.
Can it be that beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder, but that in fact it's a mathematical ratio?
I'd never heard of this before, but there's a so-called "golden number," aka Phi, which is 1.618 (or perhaps it's irrational: 1.6180339887...). What we humans consider to be properly proportioned often contains this ratio. Among other things, it's the basis for a grid of the human face; the better someone's face fits this grid, the more likely he or she is to be considered beautiful. Beauty, it seems, is somewhat universally agreed upon, in terms of a face being symmetrical and properly proportioned.
This seems far fetched to me, but there's a lot of discussion dating back hundreds if not thousands of years. It may or may not simply be a myth, but it is interesting. To learn more:
Just to be clear, I'm not recommending for or against Perficient's stock. But it is interesting to be reading a page on companies like Aztar and PriceSmart (whomever they are), then see Perficient and think, "Hey, I work with those guys!" [Read More]
Must you authenticate your identity to board an airline flight in the US?
This is the question considered in "Airport ID checks legally enforced?" which discusses a court case brought by John Gilmore of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The government admits that there is no public law requiring identification. But the Constitution does not necessarily guarantee any right to travel anonymously. So is the requirement legal? Is it a violation of privacy?