computers

It’s Data, And Knowing What to Do With It

Amazing. The Trick That Makes Google’s Self-Driving Cars Work – Madrigal – Atlantic: ” Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores. … The key to Google’s success has been that these…

Word Lens Is Mind-Blowing

I downloaded and played with Word Lens briefly last year. There was only a text-reversing demo for free, the translation required in-app-purchases. But I see that Google just bought the company and made the app and in-app-purchases free. This thing…

I Worry The iPhone/iOS Has Lost Its Edge

Up until maybe last summer I would have argued that iOS was much better than Android in nearly every way. But in the last two revision Android has made up a ton of ground. It’s nearly as good in a…

Fantastical for iOS / iPhone, Quick Look

I’ve never really been much of a calendar user on the iPhone. Once I tried to get the family to all use a shared Google calendar but it never got any traction. A couple weeks ago I read this column…

App Review: Vesper for iOS

I have a little problem with weather apps for the iPhone. Every time a new one comes along I grab it, convinced it’s the ultimate and the final one I’ll buy. Until the next one comes along a few weeks…

To Be A “Lifelong Pigeon Fancier”

Fascinating, and fun, story. (pic via WSJ) But I do hope never to be known as a “lifelong pigeon fancier.” Pigeon Defeats U.K. Code Breakers – WSJ.com: LONDON—Britain’s world-renowned code-cracking intelligence experts have admitted they’ve met their match—in a dead…

How A Dentist’s BMW Is Like OLPC

If we were to survey the driveways of 1000 U.S. dentists, we would likely find a great number of them have BMWs, Audis, MBs, Jaguars, etc. Would it make sense to enact a policy giving BMWs, Jaguars, Audis, etc. to…

Dr. Land was Steve Jobs, before Steve Jobs …

Just some fun reading. How the Polaroid Stormed the Photographic World – Smithsonian Magazine: I first saw the Polaroid SX-70—the one-step instant camera introduced in 1972 by the company’s co-founder, Dr. Edwin Land—in the spring of 1973, when the photographer…