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“Technology is our superpower. Inequality is our kryptonite.”
I’ll add that not caring about the planet we live on is also our kryptonite.
As I get ready to release my new website on How I Sold My Business, I did some research on revenue per employee, specifically revenue per employee in the computer services industry.
As it turns out, there are all sorts of good information sites on the internet. Probably the most consistent source of information is the Fortune Magazine site, specifically these two links:
I was surprised to read in this TechCrunch article that Apple now has the second-most autonomous vehicles registered in California. A bigger surprise was seeing that GM has nearly double the amount that Apple has.
Bloomberg has a story titled, The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code.
Per this Wired security news this week story, a company named Securus claims to be able to track nearly any cell phone in the United States, within seconds.
If you’re interested in computer system performance, ExtremeTech has an article titled, CPU utilization is wrong on PCs, and it’s getting worse every year. The original article was written on the same topic by Brendan Gregg in 2017, but the problem has been made worse by the Spectre and Meltdown patches.
If you’re interested in developing applications for the Google Assistant, there is now a Google Assistant Developer Community Program. From that link: “To support your efforts and celebrate your accomplishments, we put together an ever-improving program with benefits and incentives that are tied to specific milestones.”
In case you’re worried about artificial intelligence (AI), there’s this:
Me: Alexa, cancel the current timer.
Alexa: I don’t have a timer called “current,” but there is one called “Fifteen minute timer.”
Wow, in the last 48 hours Twitter, GoDaddy, Etsy, and other websites/businesses have sent me emails saying that their privacy policies have changed. The stuff Facebook has gone through (or created, depending on your perspective) seem to be having a rapid ripple effect on the industry.
On April 22, 2018, the Mosaic web browser — the internet’s first major web browser — turned 25 years old. And I’m old enough to remember using it. (Image from this tweet.)
If you’re interested in learning about “pay for written content” models, Medium has an article titled, The Medium Model
How we are building a system for high-quality publishing at scale.
Per this Bloomberg article, “Volkswagen AG secured 20 billion euros ($25 billion) in battery supplies to underpin an aggressive push into electric cars in the coming years, ramping up pressure on Tesla as it struggles with production issues for the mainstream Model 3.”
“The world’s largest carmaker will equip 16 factories to produce electric vehicles by the end of 2022, compared with three currently ... plans to build as many as 3 million of the cars a year by 2025 is backstopped by deals with suppliers including Samsung. LG, and Contemporary Amperex Technology for batteries in Europe and China.”
“In total ... plans to purchase about 50 billion euros in batteries as part of its electric-car push, which includes three new models in 2018 with dozens more following. Volkswagen’s battery plans compare to Tesla’s $17.5 billion worth of purchase obligations as of last year, including $15.4 billion in deals through 2022, primarily related to buying lithium-ion cells from Panasonic, according to a recent filing.”
This morning Google announced their Google News Initiative, which is a number of things, but has these three objectives:
- Elevate and strengthen quality journalism
- Evolve business models to drive sustainable growth
- Empower news organizations through technological innovation
Here’s a good story about how Intel missed out on the mobile CPU market, and what they’re trying to do about it now. It’s always interesting to me to read about how leaders of large corporations misread the possibilities of the future, thereby endangering the future existence of their business.
If you’re into technology, I highly recommend Benedict Evans’ weekly newsletter. In this weeks email you’ll find stories like, The Inside Story Behind Pebble’s Demise, Google’s blog post titled Assessing Cardiovascular Risk Factors with Computer Vision, a story about how Intel Fights for its Future by Jean-Louis Gassée, and Pete Warden’s story of Why Low-Power NN Accelerators Matter. All good reads.
If you ever wondered how many people use the internet and/or what countries have the most internet users, here you go. (The image is from internetlivestats.com.)
As a quick note, I just configured this website (alvinalexander.com) to have both a desktop version and a new mobile version. I do this by using Nginx to detect mobile devices and redirect the mobile users from the alvinalexander.com URL to the m.alvinalexander.com URL.
The Nginx mobile redirect configuration
The relevant part of my Nginx configuration is shown here: