State of Technology #14
June 24, 2011
· Tired of the friend who interrupts often in an otherwise civilized conversation? There’s an app for that – Talk-o-Meter.
· Want to join the ‘Quantified Self’ gang? There’s a new shoe for that. It live analyzes gait and uploads it for post analysis.
· Everyone is talking about Lytro – the new revolution in photography. Read an analysis from Ben Horowitz, investor who usually is (a) right and (b) makes huge money on technology bets.
#architecture – Do cores or threads provide the “true CPU power” in your system? Yes, there’s a real difference.
“If cores are what is providing the true CPU power, .., when a process completes, a core becomes available and the next process begins. This perfect elapsed time sequencing assumes the OS makes no optimizations. If threads are what is providing the true CPU power, ..when a processing thread completes a thread becomes available and the next process thread begins. Again, this perfect elapsed time sequencing assumes the OS makes no optimizations”
#code – Highlights from Google IO – from HA to Performance to Full Text Search
#design – 36 BRILLIANTSunrise photographs.
#essay – A visual (animated) essay this time – The Internet in Society
– Highlights from Velocity 2011 – Slides available now. Notables –
2. iOS vs. Android vs. Blackberry – Bakeoff
3. Next Gen YSlow
#social – There’s a game for that app. How/why gamification could help anything – “Games are the only force in the known
universe that can get people to take actions against their self-interest“ – a brilliant, detailed presentation.
#tweaks n’ hacks – Someone finally is close to cracking Zodiac cipher or just another tall claim?
- Not covered in your VSP — HD recording glasses. For Facebook.
- Where are they now – The first 10 Apple Employees
#parting_thought – ‘It was my experience that people approached an online purchase of six dollars with the same deliberation and thoughtfulness they might bring to bear when buying a new car. Prospective users would hand-wring for weeks on Twitter and send us closely-worded, punctilious lists of questions before creating an account’