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Quick thoughts some of the innovations of 2015

A friend posted an article, The 40 most exciting innovations of the year, one her Facebook profile. What follows are my initial thoughts on some of the innovations. I think the solar powered Internet aircraft will be shot out of the sky by counties that don't want Western meddling in their internal affairs or exposure to Western "subversive" content that could further weaken their culture. Imagine if China launched free Internet over the Midwestern USA? The gene editing tool is…

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Backing up your computer is easy

Backing up your computer is important. However, many view it as difficult, complicated, expensive, or all the above. The truth is, creating a good backup system doesn’t have to be any of these things. Stephen Hackett For my iMac, I have an external 500GB external disk to back the internal SSD via Time Machine. I have separate external FireWire 800 drives for Documents (500GB), Photos and Video (2TB), and iTunes (1TB). My Adobe Lightroom Catalog is on the Photos &…

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Silicon Valley's Dystopian Dream

A divide is growing between the people who wholeheartedly embrace a radically new, radically self-centred vision of human life, and the people who do not. The internal lives of the tech elite, centred on the labour-saving innovations of Silicon Valley, are at odds with semi-atavistic conceptions of how people interact. Traditions and shared values are redundant, inefficient, and must be optimised out of existence. via The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful by…

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tech narratives

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Selective enthusiasm

... from what I can see, a large part of today’s technological buzz is what I call gadgetry and a lot of what I read about it is bathed in self-indulgence and navel-gazing. A lot of people in the tech world look mesmerised by all these digital toys and it seems that all they’re interested in are newer, cooler toys to keep playing with... My enthusiasm is all for new discoveries and technological advances that really make things advance, that…

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