Friday, April 20, 2012
1. I was amused when I read John C. Dvorak's rant about Google's Larry Page, the latest CEO to proclaim that his company is going to "act like a startup". I also found intriguing the following idea:
... What needs to be done is for the company to get people enthused about the outstanding ancillary products. And by this, I do not mean the Google+ Facebook competitor.Not that I'm a big user of navigation systems, but I'd certainly appreciate being able to do more than just mute the ones that are currently out there to make them less annoying to use.
I'm referring to its navigation system, for starters. The Google turn-by-turn navigation system combined with its street-level photos has no peer. If this was sold as a stand-alone product to compete with Tom-Tom, Garmin and Magellan it would probably ruin those companies overnight.
Why someone doesn't take this software and put it on a 7-inch tablet? It should be sold as a navigation system, because Google is promoting it poorly. [link dropped]
2. Could Microsoft have created the iPhone first? According to a recent story about its former CTO, it seems so.
In 1991, [Nathan] Myhrvold predicted the emergence of the iPhone down to the smallest detail, describing a "digital wallet" that would consolidate all personal communication -- telephone, schedule manager, notepad, contacts, and a library of music and books, all in one. It would record and archive everything you asked it to, he surmised. "The cost will not be very high," he wrote. "It is pretty easy to imagine a $400 to $1,000 retail price." Microsoft, however, was too cost conscious and risk averse to execute Myhrvold's vision. "Hey, it was better than predicting the wrong thing," Myhrvold says now.The article at the link mentions that Myrhvold is the author or "a bestselling six-volume cookbook". I hadn't heard of that, so I looked it up.
3. Parenthood has introduced me to a small handful of sporting and repetitive stress injuries I'd never experienced: a sprained wrist, stiffness in the neck, and a shin splint, so far, at various points. The last of these caused me to become intrigued by a piece about a way to resolve shin splints I found at Lifehacker.
I got my shin splints to resolve in a few weeks by remembering not to bend my ankle when I walked, but I might try this if I get them again, since it claims to resolve them within a week. That said, the author wisely cautions:
The usual disclaimer applies: Everyone's body is different, and if you feel like you're injuring yourself, stop and see a doctor or physical therapist. You may have something else that could require calf stretching, calf raises, shin stretching, or standing on tennis balls to do mid-foot stretching. Some people are told to walk around on their heels, but it seems that this would cause impact and stress on the knees. Really, I've never seen the toe raising exercise fail when performed properly, daily.I'll keep that in mind, and ask now whether anyone here has tried this. I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone for whom this did not work or made his shin splints worse.
4. Is buying a used car online about to get easier? It looks like it:
[Carsabi] scrapes listing and image data from Craigslist (and other sites, like eBay Motors), adding "approximately 17,971 new listings per day." That translates to about 1.5TB of crawled data every 24 hours. The site aims to do for used car sales what's been happening for years on AirBnB, Padmapper, and other sites that take online data and apply it to real-world, high-value objects and services. In just a few months of service, Carsabi seems poised to upend used car sales. (And, you can filter for only clean titles!)We'll be in the market for a car later this year, so this comes as good news.