State of Technology #50
March 18, 2012
- Time.is – very elegant and very useful
- Twitter bought Posterous this week
- Mind candy – Paul Graham’s delightful new post – ‘Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas’
- Think outside the box – New Volvo has an airbag outside the car for pedestrians
#code – ‘Database Changes Done Right’ – Full process of Software Engineering w.r.t. Databases (change, build, deploy)
#design – Google’s new “Report a Bug” or “Feedback Tool” now allows you to selectively capture screenshot in browser (Hat tip: Aalap Sharma)
#essay – Memes of the fortnight –
#mobile – Faux G – what on earth does that ‘4g’ in your iPhone 4s means
“AT&T and Verizon spent tens of billions of dollars to acquire new 700MHz licenses at auction and from existing license holders in a headlong rush for 4G. That left AT&T with the bragging rights of having a faster 3G network and a plan for a faster 4G one. In response, Verizon moved aggressively into 4G, pushing handset makers to deliver early kit (first laptop adapters and later phones), and lighting up LTE networks at a more rapid clip than AT&T. (Both now claim most of their 3G coverage will be LTE-ready by the end of 2013.)”
#saas – Amazon ‘cloud’ has roughly 450,000 servers across 7 data centers
#service – How large is your web page, and why it matters? Google home page is 0.5MB while a single tweet is 2MB!
#social – This music from the emerging rapper, released on Facebook, can ONLY be heard by one person at a time.
#tool – This man came up with the idea of iPad – 15 years ago!
#tweaks n’ hacks – London Bus stop now shows different ads to men and women
#parting_thought – “So much complexity in software comes from trying to make one thing do two things.” – Ryan Singer