This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Some unknown genius discovered that if you hooked two Sears or Monkey Ward telephone sets to the top wire on a barbed-wire fence, you could talk between the telephones as easily as between two “town” telephones connected by slick wire through an operator’s switchboard. A rural telephone system that had no operators, no bills—and no long-distance charges—was born
Mr. Woodside also plans to cut the number of devices Motorola makes from the 27 it introduced last year to just a few. He wants to make the company’s products cool again by loading them with things like sensors that recognize who is in a room based on their voices, cameras that take crisper photos and batteries that last for days. Many of these new ideas will come from a group of just a few dozen people within the company that has the unassuming name of Advanced Technology and Projects…. “It’s a small, lean and agile group that is unafraid of failure,” she said, and it will “celebrate impatience.” She is hiring metal scientists, acoustics engineers and artificial intelligence experts. They will work for her for only two years so they feel a sense of urgency, she said, an idea she borrowed from Darpa, where people wear their resignation date on their name tags.
Mexican internet portal Terra is encouraging dog owners to poop and scoop by offering them free WiFi in return. The company is piloting the idea at 10 parks in Mexico City… When people throw away their bags of poop in a special box in the park, it calculates the weight and Terra gives everyone free minutes of Wi-Fi in the park. The greater the weight, the more minutes are added