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Teladoc += InTouch

Sunday,  01/12/20  07:59 AM


Teladoc += InTouch

Teladoc Health to acquire InTouch Health

Teladoc Health Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the global leader in virtual care, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire InTouch Health, the leading provider of enterprise telehealth solutions for hospitals and health systems. This acquisition positions Teladoc Health as the partner of choice for health systems seeking a single solution for their entire virtual care strategy, and establishes the company as the only virtual care provider covering the full range of acuity - from critical to chronic to everyday care - through a single solution across all sites of care worldwide.

Big news!

Big for my company, for healthcare, and for the world ... also big for me. 
Please stay tuned for more.


Blogging at Buck's

Sunday,  01/12/20  05:27 PM

Buck'sHi all this afternoon finds me revisiting old haunts; I visited our old house in Los Altos (many many memories there!) and am now sitting in Buck's enjoying their maximally great chili and a new cuppa, and of course, blogging...

Gratifying and fun to see all the reactions in the blogosphere, LinkedIn-verse, and Twitter-realm to our big news about Teladoc acquiring InTouch.  Many friends from long ago have picked up this news and it's most fun to reconnect.

Of course everyone asks "what's next" and the short answer is "making the combination work".  The long answer is, um, longer.... stay tuned.

Apropos: why large-screen TVs are affordable and health care is not.  One word: competition.  And by the way, if you want to make something even more expensive, just make it free.  (Try to name one thing the government does less expensively than private enterprise...)

Gary Wolfram: Private Healthcare would be less expensive for all.  "It is important to realize the current system is not particularly market-based."

the Morning ShowJust started watching The Morning Show on Apple+ and two episodes in, enjoying in very much.  Great content seemingly comes from everywhere now; Amazon, Apple, who's next?  I like that it's relatively balanced politically and that it's realistic about TV "news".  Probably could not have come from a network.

I meant to include this in yesterday's Bitcoin note: Tim Bray: I don't believe in Bitcoin.  "Here’s the thing. I'm an old guy: I've seen wave after wave of landscape-shifting technology sweep through the IT space: Personal computers, Unix, C, the Internet and Web, Java, REST, mobile, public cloud. And without exception, I observed that they were initially loaded in the back door by geeks, without asking permission, because they got shit done and helped people with their jobs.  That's not happening with Bitcoin."  I agree with him entirely; it's cool technology, and I'm rooting for it, and so far there is not one important use case for it.

wind turbineCringley: why wind turbines have three blades.  TLDR: because they, um, do.  The whole wind turbine thing is going down in history as a giant government-subsidized scam.

Reid Hoffman: What important lessons on global entrepreneurship can be learned from Argentina?  InTouch Health has had an office in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, for 15 years, and it's been a big success for us.  I fully agree with the premise that you have to shift your perspective outside the US to address global issues ...

... like improving Healthcare!


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Archive: January 10, 2017

we're going to make some history today

Tuesday,  01/10/17  08:40 PM

Ten years ago, today:

Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone, Jan 10, 2007

"we're going to make some history today"

Well that was true.  Wow.

Notes on rewatching:

  • Hehe, Macs running on Intel, how amazing.
  • iTunes Store ... 5M songs per day.  Of course, no app store yet!
  • Zune, we hardly knew ya.
  • Those old iPod ads were the best.  Those white earbuds.
  • Apple TV!  Who can remember, it was introduced at the same time.  Nice hobby.
  • 22 min in ... every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.
  • Who wants a stylus?  Nobody wants a stylus.
  • iPhone runs OS X.  Really!?
  • Sync with iTunes.  Yep the first iPhones required a computer.  Quaint.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.  "All your iPod headphones fit right in."
  • Accelerometer.  Weird to think turning your phone sideways didn't used to do anything.
  • "To unlock my phone I just take my finger and slide it across."
  • "You had me at scrolling."
  • "The killer app for a phone is making calls."  Hehe not any more.
  • Random access voicemail.  Another breakthrough we now take for granted.
  • First public call was to Jony Ive.  Of course.  "It's not too shabby, is it."
  • SMS texting pre-iMessage.  Hardly ever see green anymore :)
  • Pinch to zoom - big ovation.
  • Yahoo! Mail.  Yay.  Biggest mail service in the world.  That was then.
  • Realtime stock updates...  APPL was up $2.40 during this keynote.  Heh.
  • "I want to show you something truly remarkable" ... Google Maps on iPhone!
  • Calling Starbucks: "I'd like to order 4,000 lattes to go please" ... so great.
  • It's my pleasure to announce ... the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt!  This was before Android :)
  • "You can't think of the internet without thinking of Yahoo!"  Um ... yeah.
  • Launch network Cingular.  Remember them?  Eleven days after AT&T had bought them!
  • Love that anecdote about Woz and the TV scrambler at the end.
  • Wayne Gretsky: "skating where the puck is going to be".  Yep.
  • Finally, can I just say, that version of IOS looks so much better!
  • Pretty much the best tech product introduction of all time.  The benchmark.

Can you remember what was in your pocket on that day?  I proudly carried a Palm Centro.

I don't care what you say, that was a better time.  (...more history...)



Archive: January 16, 2016

gray day

Saturday,  01/16/16  10:49 AM

gray day...Had a nice day of coding and watching football.  I'm kinda glad we have cold* weather, it discourages any thoughts of going somewhere :)  What a nerd, right?

* Southern California cold, not to be confused with actual freezing cold

Thanks you guys for the nice notes re welcoming me back.

Can I just say how much I hate the new "dynamic" web page ethic, in which a page wiggles around for 30 seconds while 30MB of crap loads?  I strongly dislike it.  There is no reason for this, none at all.  Do whatever you have to do on the server side, render a page, and then deliver it cleanly to the client.  If my browser window is WxH pixels, then at most WxHx3 bytes have to be transmitted to fill it.  Right?

Netscape logoWhile I was out, I missed the 20th anniversary of Netscape's IPO.  That was certainly an epochal event; not only heralding the "era of the Internet", but the "era of high-flying tech startups".  Both eras are still ongoing of course...  although Netscape has died an ignominious death.  Who can remember they were bought by AOL?  (Who can remember AOL?)  Heh.

Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky: "Netscape is an odd company to celebrate. It lasted barely five years, got trounced by Microsoft, and never made any money to speak of yet. Yet it made its early investors gobs of money, created an alumni network the envy of much more established companies, and changed our everyday lives. More than that, it taught an entire industry how to dream."

Tesla ModelX announcement via PeriscopeAnother thing I missed blogging, the formal announcement of the Tesla Model X, along with delivery of the first five cars.  It was amazing, did you see it?  The car itself is also incredible, but it did end up costing over $120K.  Not exactly the average soccer Mom's car.

Perhaps the coolest part for me was that the Tesla video feed dropped, so I ended up watching it live via Periscope.  That is, someone who was actually at the event broadcast it from their phone, and me and 30,000 others watched it.  What a time to be alive!

Adam Hanson rides 13 grand tours in a rowYou know I'm a huge cycling fan, and while I was out a bunch of amazing cycling took place.  One rather under-reported accomplishment was Adam Hanson completing thirteen grand tours in a row.  (Cycling's grand tours are the main events in the sport, the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a Espana; they each last three weeks and have 21 days of cycling, averaging around 2,000 miles and 150,000 feet.)  Hanson is a beast.

Peter Sagan blasts away from the field to win the 2015 World ChampionshipAnother beast in the peloton is Peter Sagan, who won the 2015 World Championship (held in Richmond, Virginia!) by blasting off from the field in the last couple of miles to win going away.  Nobody can do that, especially not in the Worlds; nobody but Peter anyway.  This is well worth re-watching if you ever want to watch some exciting cycle racing.

And so now onward, to space...

Ceres! (asteroid or planet, or both?)Ceres, the planet that wasn't.  "When it comes to underdog planets, Ceres might be at the top of the list. Sure, you've probably heard about Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. But before Pluto, there was Ceres. When astronomers discovered it in 1801, it was the only object known between Mars and Jupiter. Its story echoes Pluto's. After astronomers found more bodies in similar orbits - objects that became part of what's now known as the asteroid belt - they reclassified Ceres as an asteroid.  It's not just any asteroid, though; it's still the biggest one there is, accounting for about a third of all the mass in the asteroid belt."  Excellent.

Related: What are those bright spots on Ceres?  (the new base of the rebel alliance?)

Identical twin astronaut Scott Kelly spends a year in spaceDid you know?  NASA are running a real-live twin study.  "NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly’s twin brother Mark Kelly will spend the year on Earth while Scott is in space. Since their genetic makeup is as close to identical as we can get, this allows a unique research perspective. We can now compare all of the results from Scott Kelly in space to his brother Mark on Earth."  Super cool.

Cassini visits EnceladusJust in case you're wondering: What's Enceladus?  It is "one of Saturn’s many moons, and is one of the brightest objects in our solar system. This moon is about as wide as Arizona, and displays at least five different types of terrain. The surface is believed to be geologically 'young', possibly less than 100 million years old."  Visiting it will be superspacecraft Cassini's next - and last - mission...

Albert Einstein, father of cosmologyNASA remembers the 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Theory of Relatively.  One of the all-time amazing intellectual achievements.  Everything we've done in space depends on this critical insight about the nature of the universe.

You were wondering how I'd tie together cycling and space, right?  Hehe ...

Zooborn: baby giraffe arrives with the new yearWell you knew I had to do it; wrapping up, let's note this baby giraffe which arrived with the new year :)  Awww...

Thought experiment:  Given that we think babies from just about every Earth species are cute, if we encounter aliens in space, will we think their babies are cute, too?



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Archive: January 16, 2015

Friday,  01/16/15  10:29 PM

the lying-in-bed desk!I need one of these!  The lying-in-bed desk.  Perfect for blogging!

This is a perfect example; just when you think you've seen it all, you realize "it all" is so much more than you thought :)

SpaceX booster landing: close but no cigarThe other day I noted "close but no cigar", SpaceX's successful launch combined with their unsuccessful attempt to land a booster on a barge in the ocean.  So now they've released video of the crash.  You can clearly see they got the booster to the barge, which was pretty amazing, and failed to land cleanly.  Onward!

The ASO have revealed the list of teams invited to participate in this years' Tour de France.  Director Christian Prudhomme gives a great overview of who was invited and why.  Can't wait ... as every year, but especially this year, should be great!


Archive: January 15, 2014

year at a glance (NY 1/6/14)

Wednesday,  01/15/14  11:21 PM


This is SO true



Archive: January 6, 2013

checking in after ten years

Sunday,  01/06/13  06:01 PM

Happy 2013!Greetings blog friends, and Happy New Year.  Yes, it is 2013 (yay!), and yes, it has now been over a year since I've posted regularly over here; I'm posting daily on my Facebook, and it's all public, so if you'd like please subscribe to me over there.  I know, I know, it's not the same - and I'm not ruling out returning to more or less daily blogging - but I have no immediate plans to do so.

I did want to check in because it has now been ten years since I started blogging.  Wow.  During that time I have posted 2,618 entries incorporating 7,556 pictures, and they're all still  online and accessible.  I like having that history, and love being able to go back and see what I was thinking around a given time.  (For example, during last fall's presidential election, it was so cool to visit blog posts from October 2008 and October 2004.)  You might be interested to know this blog is entirely home grown and lives on a server in a closet of my house, and yes, that server is a Pentium II from 1999, and yes, it is running RedHat Linux 8, and yes, it is stable as hell.  Old technology for an old blog :)

I do still intend to recover from my extreme Yak shaving and come out the other end with a blog I can completely maintain via email.  As I've shifted more and more of my daily spelunking to my iPad this has become more and more pressing.  Or speaking of pressing, I could move the whole thing to WordPress... hmmm.


2012 revisited!

Sunday,  01/06/13  07:14 PM

Something new...For the past ten years I've had the annual ritual of updating my blog's navigation bar with "this date in" links for the prior year.  As I added '12 to the list it occurred to me, there's not much there; I did my daily posting on Facebook.  Boo.

On 9/11 this year I posted my usual remembrance and on that occasion also paused to revisit everything that had happened in the past year. That was a pretty cool list to have (for me anyway).  So in lieu of having personal history in my blog archive, here's that list again, updated...

2012 revisited:

So what's next? Well, I'm still living on Westlake Island, and still working for Aperio. But I do have some cool new projects cooking, and I'm totally excited about 2013...

Please stay tuned and I'll keep you posted!


Archive: January 13, 2012


Friday,  01/13/12  11:57 PM

Well I'm moved.  And I now have FIOS!  And I like it; it's seriously faster than the DSL I had before.  And after two days of unboxing and messing around and running cables and configuring routers and ... whew, my servers are back up, and the bits you are reading right now came from deep inside a closet of my new house.  Yay.

my new blogstation

Also yay: the Tivo HD is up and online via FIOS without any problems.  And the AppleTV is up and running too, with HD movies now streaming in realtime.  All good.

I shall have more to say "soon" - assuming I ever get back to blogging, that is - please stay tuned...


Archive: January 16, 2011

just another weekend

Sunday,  01/16/11  10:43 PM

Just another weekend, ho hum... spent yesterday on my bike (yay) and today watching four count 'em four football games.  Whew!  Beautiful days, too...

In re: football; the Steelers victory over the Ravens was pretty cool; I was rooting for them, but it seemed for most of the game they were going to lose, yet they hung around and prevailed in the end.  Then the Packers blew out the Falcons, a boring game in which the Packers looked pretty darn good.  Today the Bears dominated the outmanned Seahawks, setting up a rather interesting showdown with Green Bay next weekend, and the Jets prevailed over the Patriots (!) much to my delight.  I think it will be Jets - Packers in the Super Bowl...

Tesla Model S - drivetrainTesla's Chief Engineer talks about the Model S.  Wow, it looks beautiful.  This is going to be a real electric car.  Wow.

chromasomes - who's afraid of them?Whew, one less thing to worry about: Genetic Tests not causing anxiety.  I think regulators who worry about putting too much information in the hands of patients have it backwards.

Wow, this is painful: why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.  Man, I do this all the time.  I just think it looks better.  Who knew I was doing it wrong all this time?  Should I switch?

the RSS icon - is dead?Why the next version of Firefox will not have an RSS icon.  People do not use it, and it isn't useful.  I just drag a URL to SharpReader and autodiscovery does the rest.  [ via Sam Ruby ]

"App" is word of the year for 2010.  So be it.  I'm sure if you wanted to look up the word of the year for other years, there's an App for that :)

the end of the officeClive Thompson: the end of the office.  I think telecommuting and virtual companies are here to stay, but it may be too soon to declare the end of offices.  Face-to-face meetings are *still* pretty important...

Scott "Dilbert" Adams considers Your digital ghost.  "Suppose you wanted to create your own digital ghost to live for eternity in the Internet and maybe do some haunting. What would that look like?"  I guess in my case it would look a lot like this blog :)

the first AC45 goes for a sailCool! - the first sail for the brand new AC45.  This is a cat class designed to help America's Cup teams come up to speed on cat and wing technology; a precursor to the AC72 class in which the next Cup will be raced.  One critical aspect of the design: they fit in a standard shipping container ;)

ZooBorn: a baby L'Hoest's monkeyZooBorn of the weekend: a baby L'Hoest's monkey.

Randall Parker discusses the alien spaceship crash theory and tech advances.  "My argument against an alien spaceship crash: If such a crashed spaceship existed it would have been at least partially reverse engineered, yielding amazing advances in technology."  Huh.  Maybe this happened :)

This is cool: a day in the future.  "The sun went down hours ago, but with my artificial light I haven't noticed. I’ve been up, writing without a pen. When I’m able to summon the willpower, I close my favorite machine and go to bed."  Good night!  [ via Josh Newton ]


Archive: January 16, 2010

Riding the Stagecoach (Century)

Saturday,  01/16/10  07:38 PM

Man, today was a  l o n g  day...  got up at 0400, drove from Carlsbad to Ocotillo, rode the Stagecoach Century (more about that below), drove from Ocotillo to Westlake (took approximately forever), and now I'm blogging.  Whew.  And tomorrow I'm driving down to San Diego to watch the Chargers beat the Jets!  And driving back.  And Monday, back to Vista...

But about the Stagecoach Century - well, I did it last year, and it was much the same, and actually I did it slightly faster, 5:22 riding time.  It's a nice out and back - on the way out, you're somewhat climbing, so you know once you make the turn "it's all downhill coming back".  It isn't really but it's a nice mental image.  The skies were threatening but no rain fell, and the wind was moderate, and overall it was a great day.  I am hobbling around but feeling great.

I have to relate a little story; on these rides it is all about pacing with other riders, and at 75 miles I was with one other guy and he was blown.  So I went into a rest stop for water, but really to pick up some riders.  No good, nobody there.  Just as I'm getting back on my bike, a paceline of four riders blazes by.  I realize if I can power for a few minutes and catch them, I'm set.  So I ride as hard as I can but it's no good, one rider against four and I can't catch them.  Suddenly they hit a little climb and slow down, and I'm able to hook on.... and I can see they're four women, riding as team.  (The Stagecoach has team racing as well as individuals.)  They're all strong and working well and we're blasting through the desert at 30mph.  I go to the front to take my turn, and the lead rider says she can't hook on, as a team they're not allowed to have any help.  I can draft, but I can't pull!  So for the next fifteen miles I rode caboose on the paceline, being towed along by four women.  How excellent is that?

A few pictures, of course...

the desolate beauty of the desert is ever-present on this ride

turnaround point - 50 miles down, 50 to go
this guy is going to stamp my hand to prove I made it

so far so good, still able to smile
knowing there was more climbing in the first half than the second helps

the final approach to the checkpoint, check out that sky!
(click to enbiggen)

my paceline from mile 75 to mile 90
they let me draft, but I was not allowed to pull
so be it

self portrait riding through the finish
5:22, yay

Well it was a great day, even if it was a little long...  onward!


the mark of sarcasm

Saturday,  01/16/10  07:43 PM

the sarc markKnow what this is?  Of course you don't, why would you?  You don't have any need for a punctuation mark to indicate sarcasm!  Why, you're never sarcastic anyway, and if you were, you'd be sufficiently obvious about it that no explicit mark would be necessary.

And if you somehow did need such a mark, you would definitely license it from Sarc Mark © software, there's no way you would just use it, right?  Right.  Because we all know something as subtle and complicated as a punctuation mark must have been invented, and is hence copyright-able.

Honestly, this defies parody.  You would think this came from the Onion, right?


Archive: January 16, 2009

Gorbachev and Louis Vuitton

Friday,  01/16/09  01:37 PM

This morning I was reading the New Yorker and came to the back cover ad, and it stopped me in my tracks:

Gorbachev and Louis Vuitton

Wow.  Here we have Mikhail Gorbachev riding in the back of a limo, Berlin Wall in the background, Louis Vuitton bag at his side; "returning from a conference".  Captioned: A journey brings us face to face with ourselves.  Obviously he sat for this picture and was [generously] compensated for it.

I think this is even more astonishing than the large Starbucks just inside the East side of the Brandenberg Gate.  Can there be any doubt who won the cold war?

(This is really an effective ad - makes me want to own that bag :)


Archive: January 16, 2008

as the memory turns

Wednesday,  01/16/08  06:21 PM

<rant optional=yes>

You all know my status as a dinosaur; I can remember when all we had were zeros, and how great it was when we first got ones.  (There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don’t.)

So in the bad old days of 16-bit computing, the biggest programming problem was the size of your address space.   With only 64K to work with, and typically more physical memory than logical address space, you had to page stuff in and out in order to deal with it.  In those days every malloc was surrounded by an if(), because memory allocations could and did fail.

In the good new days of 32-bit computing, the biggest programming problem is the size of physical memory, and avoiding paging.  With 2GB to work with, and typically more logical address space than physical memory, you can allocate virtual storage with impunity.   In these days every new goes unchecked, because memory allocations don’t usually fail.

Well, we're entering some newer new days now, with machines that have more physical memory than logical address space again.   It is quite common to have 4GB on a machine, and yet the address space is “only” 2GB.   (Windows lamely uses the high-order bit, so you don’t have all 2^32.)   Which means once again you have to page stuff in and out in order to deal with it, and once again you have to check whether a virtual storage allocation has failed.

I suppose soon we'll all be running 64-bit operating systems and applications, and so this is a temporary situation; once we have a 2^64 address space we'll once again be worried about physical memory size and paging, and not about allocating virtual storage.

But for now, this is a problem.

You may know, a little while ago I made the world’s largest TIFF file, containing nearly 3TB of information.   I discovered 5 hours into an 8 hour compression run, I had run out of virtual storage.   I was running on a machine with 4GB of RAM, but my address space was “only” 2GB.   And so yes after a while – a long while – I allocated so much stuff that I hit the address space limit of my local heap, and news began to fail.  And of course my code didn't expect news to fail, so it died a horrible death.  I had to rearchitect the cache I was using to check for virtual storage availability in addition to physical storage availability.  A lot of work for an artificial limit.

So, what do we do?

We can surround every new with a an if(), and attempt to gracefully handle memory allocation failures.   That is too hard and too ugly to be right.  Anyway what do you do if one fails?   Most of the memory allocations are little pissant buffers and arrays; it is only the accumulation of literally millions of them that results in an overall failure.  We can catch the exceptions thrown by the C++ runtime when a new fails - that is better than checking every new - but it still leaves the problem of what do you do if you catch a failure.  We can move buffers into shared memory segments - kind of complex - or we can wait for 64-bit computing to be ubiquitous.

I do think that 64-bit will be the final frontier; it is unimaginable that 2^64 wouldn't be a big enough address space for everything.  Remind me I said that :)



Wednesday,  01/16/08  08:33 PM

I'm back!  (on my new laptop drive)  Considering the potential for disaster, it was relatively painless.  A mere matter of reinstalling Windows and reloading the entire 150GB of data which constitutes my online / business life.  {Let me just put in a plug for Acronis TrueImage which is a great backup/restore tool.}  Have I ever told you how much I hate file permissions?  Yeah, well I do.

Okay, with that out of the way, let's see what's happening...

Macworld!The blogosphere is having a field day digesting yesterday's Apple announcements, of course.  Engadget has a ton of product details and hands-on reviews.  You might find this interview with Walt Mossberg interesting - he makes some sensible points (e.g. the significance of multitouch gestures on a trackpad).  Journalists like Walt have now become celebrities to the point where they are the subject of interviews!  BusinessWeek has an interesting series on Apple's New Friends and Foes.  Of course as a media distribution company (yes Virginia, that's what they are) they have relationships with a lot of content providers like music labels and movies studies, and with a lot of distribution points like cellular carriers.

My own morning after reaction: I still think iTunes Movies Rentals and the AppleTV are brilliant; they are going to do for movies what the iTunes store and iPods did for music.  The Macbook Air puzzles me, however; why doesn't it "stay on the air" all the time, with Internet access via Edge or EVDO?  The iPhone does...  This must be coming, right?  John Gruber and Paul Boutin wonder the same...  Reinforcing this for me, I actually watched part of the Jobsnote in my car while driving from San Diego to Los Angeles (don't ask) using my laptop's EVDO card....

And I'm wondering as I'm sure is Steve Jobs: how long before someone hacks Apple's DRM to allow "rented" movies to be owned?

Uncov skewers rewriting in Ajax: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.  "The proliferation of stupid is the cancer that is killing the internet.  In the quest to re-implement every conceivable desktop application in Ajax, you mental midgets are setting computing back 10 years.  The worst part about it is, you think that you're innovating."  Indeed.

Kind of reminds me of Russell Beattie's WTF 2.0?  "I really do think there should be a litmus test for new web apps launched from now on - something very basic and if they don't pass, they don't qualify for any buzz or linkage.  It's a simple test: Will they take my credit card?"

Random note: Have you ever noticed that Chick Hearn appears on Pink Floyd's The Wall?  Yep, right near the end of Don't Leave Me Now, seems like maybe a Lakers / Bulls Game...

I saw this in The Scientist; seems more and more scientists are "going digital":
Scientist: Fish out of Water


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Archive: January 3, 2005

Monday,  01/03/05  10:30 PM

Now I'm in San Diego, and it's still raining.  What!  This is Southern California, it never rains here.  Anyway here's what else is happening:

David Hornik's New Year's Resolution is the same this year as it has been every year; he wants to meet great entrepreneurs.  So what makes a great entrepreneur?  One thing.  You must be able to convince others to believe in you.  That's it.  If you can do that, you can raise money, you can recruit people, and you can do anything.  If you can't do that, you'll have trouble raising money and recruiting people, and it won't matter how great your ideas.

vitamin D structureRandall Parker reports Vitamin D could decrease overall cancer risk by 30%.  "A long-term study of 50,000 men by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health suggests vitamin D may reduce the risk of all cancers.  The study, which is still under review for publication, found that men who consumed higher levels of vitamin D reduced their overall cancer risk by at least 30 percent...  a separate study of women is expected to produce similar results."  Wow, 30%?  That's really moving the needle.

I have to report - TivoToGo is live!  This feature allows people to copy video from their Tivo to their Windows PC.  Or course, the video is DRMed.  And I want video to go the other way, from my PC to my Tivo...  [ via George Hotelling ]

Tropical Island dome - Eastern GermanyTropical Island dome - Eastern GermanyHere are some pictures from the Tropical Island dome; a converted zeppelin hanger which is now a beach resort in Eastern Germany.   This building is three football fields long, and taller than the Statue of Liberty.  Wow.

Okay, you knew this was going to happen; the Vonage WiFi phone.  Yep, this is a cell phone, except it's not; it's a cordless phone, except it's not.  Well, it's a working phone and it is cordless, and it's practically free.

Vonage cordless phoneOh, look, another Vonage cordless phone.  Only this one doesn't use WiFi, it has it's own 5.8GHz wireless receiver.  For ten points explain the difference :)

Either way, VoIP is taking over.  It is only a matter of time, now, before analog phones are history.

the hobbit holeFinally, here we have a hobbit hole, inhabited by humans.  "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."  Proving once again that just when you think you've seen everything, you realize "everything" is so much more than you realized :)  [ via Clive Thompson ]


two years ago

Monday,  01/03/05  11:46 PM

Now that I've been blogging for over two years, I added another link to my sidebar: Two years ago.  Kind of fun to see what was happening...  Two years ago I had just started blogging, and I posted my plan for my book.  Sigh.  And Steven Den Beste was pondering the [upcoming] war in Iraq...  Double sigh.

Know what would be really cool?  A a link to one year into the future :)

The Great Wave off KanagawaP.S. I also added a link to Amazon's Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund Donation page.  Just in case the urge strikes you to help while you're reading my blog.  I decided to use an image of the classic woodcut "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", by Katsushika Hokusai, depicting a tsunami in 1831.  "Oddly, though it's a sea storm, the sun is shining..."


Archive: January 15, 2004

Thursday,  01/15/04  10:45 PM

Spirit rolls off landerHey, Spirit is free!  It has rolled off the lander platform and now has its six wheels sitting in Martian dirt.  "JPL engineers played Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out" in the control room as they watched new images confirming that the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit successfully rolled off its lander platform early Thursday morning."  The picture at right is a look back at the lander platform; note the tracks in the dirt.

Joshua Marshall discusses a poll which shows Kerry leading Dean in Iowa.  "Dean's support is falling -- not precipitously, but measurably -- and at least some Dean supporters appear to be going to his near rivals in each state.

By the way, Josh's Talking Points Memo is a great blog - check it out if you haven't already...

So, it is freezing cold in the Northeast U.S..  A bad time for Al Gore to make a speech blaming George Bush for global warming?  As Citizen Smash notes, "this stuff defies parody".

CNet reports CinemaNow debuts download-to-own movies.  This is going to be big.

Art Museum, Graz, Austria

Check out this Art Museum, in Graz, Austia!  Wow!  I love it when Architecture becomes Sculpture.  [ via Cory Doctorow ]

Have you read about bloggers who track reporters?  Dave Winer thinks that a bad idea...  "It would be much better to track the candidates by issues, rather than watching reporters.  What you'll find out when you track reporters is that they aren't doing their job.  This has very limited value."

Yahoo has an article about Windows of the Future.  "The exotic windows resemble those you'd see in a normal house — until they change colors or start showing you the latest 'Friends' episode.  The windows are fitted with a microfiber LCD screen, which can make them opaque or display light from a television projector.  The computer monitor is fully integrated into the window, allowing it to receive and display information without projection."  That would be cool.  Does anyone doubt this will happen?  What a great time to be alive...

Robert Scoble notes today is Personal Firewall DayYou do have a personal firewall, don't you?

Lego has issued a press release stating that their Mindstorms robots will not be discontinued.  Whew!

Han Solo frozen in carbonite - in lego!Here we haveHan Solo frozen in carbonite - made from lego!  Pretty amazing.  [ via BigWig ]



Archive: January 15, 2003

Wednesday,  01/15/03  09:33 AM

Just came across something too great not to share.  From Jamie Zaworski, an original Netscape developer:

``Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.''

This reminds me of Wirth's law, to the effect that "every sufficiently powerful computer language has equal power".  A good litmus test for this power is the ability to create a lunar lander game - or an email client.


Wednesday,  01/15/03  10:03 PM

This announcement by President Bush is very interesting.  He continues to show that he takes positions based on his true feelings, regardless of the political fallout.  This is commendable even when the positions themselves are not.  I agree with this one; racial quotas are indefensible even as a means to right past wrongs.

Not unexpected, but the Supreme Court ruled against the challenge to copyright extensions (aka "Sony Bono Law").  Well, Larry, you gave it a good shot...

Do you understand why Microsoft was ordered to ship Java in Windows?  Let's see - Microsoft included a JVM in Windows, Sun sued them to take it out [because it implemented Windows-specific extensions], so Microsoft pulled it out, so Sun sued them to put it back.  Huh?

Don't you hate it when C|Net does articles like this?  The 30 second skip feature has been in Tivo since day one, and experienced Tivo-ers have known about it since day one.  Why write an article about it now?

From ExtremeTech:

At first blush, the [Onkyo] NAS-2.3 seems like a CD player, but it also has an embedded 80GB hard drive. So now it appears to be like any number of digital music players on the scene. But the NAS-2.3 also has a 10/100 Ethernet port, and is capable of acting as a music server to a network of Net-Tune devices. Running on the Integra product is an embedded Linux operating system, which acts as the server software.

Have you been following the Louis Vitton Cup?  Oracle finally beat Alinghi today (yesterday?) making a race of it...  Great machines, great racing, and great personal drama.  The America's Cup Finals are going to be terrific!

Turns out this 'blogging can be dangerous; just ask Iain Murray...

I'm leaving town for Vancouver for a couple of days; I'm going to try remote posting, but who knows if it will work...


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