This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
What if the company kept the chocolates hidden in opaque containers but prominently displayed dried figs, pistachios and other healthful snacks in glass jars? The results: In the New York office alone, employees consumed 3.1 million fewer calories from M&Ms over seven weeks. That’s a decrease of nine vending machine-size packages of M&Ms for each of the office’s 2,000 employees
Albert Einstein called her the most “significant” and “creative” female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex. She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation. Some consider Noether’s theorem, as it is now called, as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity
A Guardian article, written in 1964, quoted in “Dinosaur and Co”, about Shirley and the early IT industry:
“The main qualification is personality…Much of the work is tedious, requiring great attention to detail, and this is where women usually score…Mrs Steve Shirley…has found in computer programming an outlet for her artistic talents in the working out of logical patterns.
Now retired with a young baby, she has found that computer programming, since it needs only a desk, a head and paper and pencil, is a job that can be done from home between feeding the baby and washing the nappies. She is hoping to interest other retired programmers in joining her work on a freelance basis.
297 girls sat the Computing A level in 2012 compared to 3512 boys: http://bit.ly/14gGWjm
[Zeebox] The second-screen app will now recognise when you’re watching something after the fact, and resurrect the tweets that went along with it, as if it were live.
Rich’s Guide to Santa Clara County’s Silicon Valley in 1983….
I discovered a copy of this rare book in Berkeley’s library system and realized that it was a fantastic dataset: If I stuck all of the locations onto a map, I could reconstruct the Valley as it was 30 years ago, right before the Japanese manufacturers and the forces of globalization pulled and pushed chip production to East Asia. …
In our Internet-happy present, it’s easy to forget that up until the mid-1980s, Silicon Valley was an industrial landscape. …
The Valley was as important a manufacturing center as Detroit or Pittsburgh were. This was the place making the foundational technology of the era… Rich’s Guide, I realized, would let me map this first peak of Silicon Valley
project re:DDS is an attempt to reconstruct the DDS. De Digitale Stad (DDS), the Digital City, was one of the first online community network that operated on an European scale. DDS was founded in the fall of 1993 by 10-15 people (fluid group) and was launched at 15 januari 1994 in Amsterdam. The DDS was inspired by the Community Networks movement in the US and Canada and functioned as a Free-Net in the Netherlands. DDS has attracted international interest for the design it had chosen: it used the metaphor of a city to structure the information and communication in cyberspace and made the users into ‘inhabitants’. Initiatially De Digitale Stad started as a 10 week pilot. In 2001 the virtual city of the DDS was taken offline. The project re:DDS is an attempt to reconstruct the virtual city.
The radiation-mapping project launched shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster recently surpassed more than ten million data points, all gathered by a network of local volunteers
in the film Licklider explains the potential for technologies like the ARPANET to improve the lives of average people by stripping out unnecessary elements like the paper a message is printed on:
"There isn’t any real need to change things just for the sake of changing, but I tend to believe that things are going to be considerably better for a lot of people when and if we ever get changed over to an essentially electronic base. It’s just fundamental that if one wants to deal with information he ought to deal with the information and not with the paper it’s written on."
A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Varias has discovered his secret passion – map making. Since 2009, he has been a volunteer for Google Map Maker. He’s now the third-most active mapper in the Philippines, contributing more than 46,000 edits and reviews over the past four years.
… “I just wanted to put my place of birth on the map,” said Mr. Varias explains of how he got started. …
Now he finds himself driving around his province of Cavite — staying up long after midnight or starting off early before his regular day job — just to put details on the map.
Google has relied heavily on an army of volunteers like Mr. Varias to fill in the gaps on places they know very well — their neighborhoods, towns and provinces. Since 2008, when its map program began, the volunteer army just in the Philippines has grown to 2,000.
They aren’t paid and are expected to use their own gadgets, such as laptops, smart phones and cameras. But Google picks up the tab for travel and kicks in other gifts.