State of Technology #15
July 1, 2011
- 100 year old Sprints – IBM unveils a type of PCM (Phase-change memory) “100 times faster than flash”
- Scenetap is using face recognition to choose which bar to hop in to – number of people; male:female ratio etc.
- Noticed the black bar on left hand top of Google? They are running a multi-month “Design Slam”
#architecture – A great tutorial on JVM heap analysis, GC and tuning it (isn’t Prezi cooler than powerpoint?)
#code – appdone claims to build “any web app in 7 days” or money back!
#design – Raising the barcode – some of the most innovative bar code designs
#mobile – Why mobile apps behave bad when you’re Mobile and what you could do as a mobile developer? It’s all because of TCP-over-TCP – “On our mobile link, with an underlying reliable data connection but with highly variable delay, there is little/no loss and no congestion, but of course TCP doesn’t know that and backs off making the connection our apps see next-to-useless”
#social – How to manage crowdsourced human computation – when Alan Turing mentioned computers, he mostly meant humans; and how Amazon Mechanical Turk could classify Arabic into different dialects
#tool – Area startup turning windows into solar panels
#tweaks n’ hacks – Run Android on your PC
- Myspace sold for $0.35 per peak-user-it-ever-had
- Spam hits a bottom; Phishing gets more targeted – South Africa gets “phished the most – Symantec reports
#parting_thought – “The most popular software for writing fiction isn’t Word. It’s Excel.”
– Brian Alvey, the New Shelton wet/dry