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This is pretty interesting. I store various things on free Dropbox and Box accounts today but having the ability to keep lots of material available when I'm traveling or otherwise not home for $60/year is pretty interesting to me.
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Good. I hope this drives down Google Drive prices.
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“The fastest population growth right now is in the lowest-density neighborhoods, the suburb-iest suburbs,” Kolko said.
Here’s the usual media narrative: Millennials prefer cities to suburbs. They love renting lofts and disdain single-family homes; they ride the subway (or take an Uber) because they barely know how ...
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Of course there is a difference between where folks prefer to life and where folks feel they need to live. It's certainly more economically feasible for some folks to live where they do not have to own a vehicle and where they can rent something inexpensively.
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This is probably a bit off the wall. I wrote it a while back and then never got around to publishing it.
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IT cares about cost. But, for significant projects undertaken primarily for cost, the difference needs to be big enough to really matter.
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This post was originally published on Limn This. The lightly edited version that follows is republished with permission. Last October, Simon Wardley and I stood on a rainy...
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This is very cool!
If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean? (Here, a HTML5 ...
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*MODEM were more popular in the PC BBS world, probably because Ward Christensen wrote XMODEM and he was so involved in getting the early BBS communities rolling. (I remember Kermit too though.)
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It’s Kathy’s contention that a lot of the time companies don’t put enough focus on helping users advance the skills in the “compelling context” around their tool rather than just the tool itself. For example, a camera is a tool. Photography is the context. And, by helping users advance their photography skills and engaging with them around that context, companies can be more successful.
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Interesting video of MIT's John Leonard on self-driving cars. I suspect one of the key questions that we'll need to collectively wrangle with is what the practical intermediate points are between assistive technologies that still require us to pay attention and drive and some pretty-far-future "robo-Uber." 
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"Alexis Georgeson, a spokesman for Tesla, said that there was “nothing in our autopilot system that is in conflict with current regulations.”

Ms. Georgeson said the system was designed to be used by an alert driver. “We’re not getting rid of the pilot. This is about releasing the driver from tedious tasks so they can focus and provide better input,” she said."

This is very disingenuous. If drivers don't need to do anything 99%+ of the time, they will not remain "alert." Does anyone serious believe that the driver of such a car will refrain from texting, reading, etc.?
The automaker’s chief executive says a software update will allow the Model S to navigate highways without the driver’s touching the wheel or pedals. But is it legal?
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Certainly highway driving seems pretty achievable in the fairly near-term. I didn't actually realize the degree to which the systems in existing luxury cars are already pretty effective in allowing people to drive on the highway without paying too much attention. One trick seems to be figuring out the incrementally achievable/useful points. Robo-Uber and driving in Boston are perhaps going to be really hard to get to. But there are probably some intermediate points where we can collectively decide that, on net, the machines actually can take over minute-to-minute control.
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In honor of USB-C, a piece I wrote a while back for CNET about successful computing standards.
Many standards fail. But some become so ubiquitous that they change how we use computers.
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Impressive stuff. Backblaze says that they now have over 150 petabytes backed up. I use them as my belt and suspenders backup. In part, it's to have an off-site backup if the worst happens. It's also a matter of having an independent backup mechanism. It seems like overkill but when you do have a failure of some sort, the single copy you're left with suddenly feels awfully vulnerable.
Backblaze Vaults: Innovation in cloud storage. Cost effectively delivers 99.99999% annual durability, Zettabyte scalability and 20 Gbps performance.
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I'm in the cloud product strategy group at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, I wrote hundreds of research notes, was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, and advised clients on product and marketing strategies. Earlier in my career, I was responsible for bringing a wide range of computer systems, from minicomputers to large UNIX servers, to market while at Data General. Among other hobbies, I do a lot of photography and enjoy the outdoors.
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