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What Makes Software Great (And What Doesn’t)

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Posted: June 8th, 2011
at 2:36pm by mnp


Categories: computers,development,#twitterisfothebirds

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Rebooting the Cosmos: Is the Universe the Ultimate Computer?

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Posted: June 6th, 2011
at 11:19am by mnp


Categories: computers,science,development,space

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Jobs Predicted the Cloud

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Posted: June 5th, 2011
at 11:40am by mnp


Categories: computers,apple,fo' real?,internets

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Why its Better to Be a Woman in Tech

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Posted: June 4th, 2011
at 12:36pm by mnp


Categories: computers,web,weaponry,"ninja",development

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Asus Padfone Smartphone-tablet

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Posted: May 31st, 2011
at 11:20am by mnp


Categories: myninjaplease,computers,cell phones

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Going Paper-Free for $220

It’s 2011. Personal computers have been around and popular for well over a decade now, and yet we still have to deal with a huge amount of physical paper.

I’ve been wanting to go paper-free for a long time now. The advantages are obvious:

-Paper takes up physical space in our homes that digital files don’t.
-Digital files, if properly encrypted, are far more secure than sheets of paper that could be stolen.
-Digital files can be searched in an instant, while papers have to be laboriously sorted through.
-Digital files can be backed up perfectly and easily.

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Posted: May 26th, 2011
at 10:00pm by mnp


Categories: computers,weaponry,development,innovation

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There is No Tablet Market

There is an growing notion that it is impossible to compete with the Apple iPad. The tablet market isn’t a tablet market. It’s an iPad market and it is largely limited to Apple. Does that mean that PC makers have to surrender?

A couple weeks ago, a casual chat I had with a high-ranking executive from a large Silicon Valley hardware firm took an interesting direction. When I questioned the current strategy of Android tablet makers and pointed to lackluster sales, I was told that "of course, Android can’t compete with the iPad." Of course? It sounded like I was the last one to find out what everyone else in Silicon Valley already knows. There is no market for a general tablet. Not surprisingly, that executive asked not to be quoted since it is never a good idea to question a trend that is reshaping an entire industry and has an effect on billions of dollars of investments.

In the following weeks, I chatted with more people at companies that are heavily involved in tablet development. It was quite stunning that there seems to be virtually no hope left that anyone will be able to ever reach the sales numbers Apple has with its iPad. Quotes to prove this claim? Impossible to get - no one likes to get fired. But there is more credibility to such a statement and the prediction that the iPad is likely to remain the only successful tablet for several years, even if analysts are predicting that more than 50 million tablets will be sold annually by 2015. (Source)

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Posted: May 26th, 2011
at 10:00pm by mnp


Categories: computers,apple

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World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

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Posted: May 21st, 2011
at 4:01pm by mnp


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The Tech Community’s Diversity Problem

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Take gender diversity, for one thing. By most counts, the average open source project has 49 male participants for every female participant. Women at conferences - rare enough already! - are assumed to be significant others, designers or visitors from planet marketing, with disastrous consequences for all involved.

This is a problem, for lots of reasons. The worst is that it’s self-perpetuating - women will (wisely!) avoid hostile environments, and through some broken-window-like mechanism, environments without women will quickly become environments that are hostile to women. (The same holds for other visible minorities.)

In discussions about "how to fix this", community leaders often appear to be at a loss, unsure how to progress. Their early efforts are often met by criticism on both sides - techies have a strong libertarian streak that tilts at all sorts of windmills, and the women who do "blaze trails" aren’t always much better than the men. (In fields like physics, chemistry and finance - fields dominated by men for ages - which are, these days, however, beating our numbers by a wide margin - the first generation of women to brave the hostilities and pierce the glass ceiling are often later generations’ harshest critics. "What? You want to have a career and a family? I didn’t have that option. Why should you? You’ll need to learn to drink scotch and smoke cigars like I did, or you’re through.")

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