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10 Amusing IT Memes

Haha!  Check out number 9. Good for a Monday laugh... HT: +Network Computing 
From Google Glass to Linux to tech support hell, these memes put an amusing slant on the day-to-day business of information technology. Whether it's The World's Most Interesting Man on routing, or Morpheus from "The Matrix" with some uncomfortable truths about SDN, these memes should elicit a laugh. If we missed your favorite, or you've made your own, share it in the Comment section below.
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Some were 'cute' but I really didn't find any of the ones they listed all that funny.
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Wow! That's pretty cool!
 
Human powered helicopter wins elusive 33-Year Old Sikorsky prize of $250,000 - http://ow.ly/mY18M
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A funny article about a strangely named product. HT: +Gizmodo +Andrew Liszewski 
Not content with making every other vacuum and fan on the market seem like a cheap children's toy, Dyson has now set its sights on the floor mop that's been quivering in your broom closet, awaiting its day of reckoning. The unfortunately named Dyson Hard is a version of the company's handheld cordless vacs that sees the business end replaced with a cleaning head that also sucks away dirt before it scrubs your floors.
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And here's another one in +Popular Mechanics 
 
Things you can do with Pi. Raspberry Pi. Limitless Life of Pi:-)

Link -> http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/tips/35-computer-the-vast-possibilities-of-raspberry-pi-15294806
$35 Computer: The Vast Possibilities of Raspberry Pi
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Forgot to HT: +David Anderson for posting these publicly. Sorry!
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More and more mainstream coverage of RPi. This article in +CNN is really cool and captures some of the excitement around the product and the "appetite" for this kind of thing. 
 
Why everybody wants a slice of Raspberry Pi ... CNN - "In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi (RPi) offers surprising proof for the virtue of moderation. Resembling little more than a credit card-sized scrap of exposed circuit board, the RPi is a fully programmable PC that runs a free, open-source Linux operating system, plugs into any TV, can power 3D graphics, connects to the Internet ... The computer's miniature frame is crowded with two USB ports, an SD card slot, an Ethernet connection and microchip in the middle -- all powered by a universal USB mobile charger. ..." morehttp://bit.ly/RaeQBP #linux   #raspberrypi  
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Interesting. I even wonder if this isn't another step and the actual limit to what we can achieve with fiber optics is still further away.  Still, I'll take 400 #Gbps for 1.1km any day!
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This seems like a worthy cause.  Is it true that hearing aid technology has been so neglected for over 20 years?  Seems like there is a lot of room for improvements...
 
Today is my 30th birthday, so I'm writing this letter to Google

I'm going to put all the jokes about my youth coming to a close aside and talk about something that I usually don't ever speak of. The wave of technology in the past couple decades has been amazing. I used a lite brite as a kid. Now 3 year olds are using iPads. We've reached whole new levels but have somehow managed to ignore people with disabilities who could really benefit from these advancements. I know we all want to create things for recreation, but how about helping some people out along the way.

Hearing disabilities are rarely ever talked about and if you watched that deaf girl hear for the first time on youtube about a year ago, you'd think that deafness had been cured once and for all. Less than 1% of hearing impaired people in the U .S. could even benefit from the type of surgery she received, a procedure which even then costs $100,000 and is not covered by insurance. The rest have a different type of deafness or disability. Hearing impairment is not just for old people and in the 23 years since I got my first pair of hearing aids, the technology has barely changed at all. The cost hasn't changed either. I am blessed to have many other advantages in life and I barely consider this one to be a disability, but having watched the rest of the world transform from the Flinstones to the Jetsons, I can't help but wonder if it's almost too late for progress to start being made. How can an ear microphone seriously cost 5 grand?

If I had to make one request for a birthday present this year, it'd be for Google to announce an initiative to tackle this problem. If they can make Google Glass for $1,500 and talk about making it cheaper, then surely they can make affordable hearing aids and upgrade the tech by 20 years. Today I am 30, but a part of me has felt 80 years old since I was 7. 

People say your message can get heard on Google+. I'm curious to see if that's true.

+Google+ +Eric Schmidt +Vic Gundotra  #hearingloss   #hearingaid  
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that's a very very good point here. certainly the cost of this can be reduced by a substantial amount.
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I kinda expected this from the beginning.  I don't know if they were going for the "novelty effect" in the beginning, but utility trumps that, especially in the case of devices that are designed for utility (yes, and AngryBirds, but that's another story...)
 
Hard times for Thunderbolt: Acer, the first Windows PC maker to embrace Intel's fast I/O tech, likes USB 3.0 better.
Windows computer maker Acer decides USB 3.0 is a better deal than Intel's high-speed communications technology. And despite notable newer fans including Dell, HP, and Asus, Thunderbolt remains scarce. Read this article by Stephen Shankland on CNET News.
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Nifty idea! HT: +Rob Salzman 
 

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That's the best use of an iPad I've ever seen, a useful app!
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This is an interesting article as well.  I didn't realize fiber optic cables could be tapped into, but it makes sense that "weak points" like repeaters exist when you need to push the distance beyond 80km.
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**...the key was not in the ferromagnet itself, but in its next-door neighbor.**

Interesting development from MIT researchers. Do you have an opinion on ferromagnetic drives vs. optical?  I know that fiber optic communication is starting to take over traditional LANs, but it seems storage is still better done using magnetics than optics, but what do you think?
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