Archive for 2012

Raspberry Pi vs APC, Round One

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Intro:  After nine months of anticipation, a Raspberry Pi arrived yesterday. It arrived on the same day and in the same UPS truck as a Via Technologies APC. Both had been eagerly awaited by the market in general and me. I have specific ideas about where things are headed with computing ...

Apple’s Steve Jobs on Stealing Great Ideas

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

  Here's Steve Jobs talking about stealing other people's inventions:   Excerpt: "We ... have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."   Steve Jobs and Apple stole the mouse and graphical user interface (GUI) from Xerox PARC and marketed them as the little-known Lisa and the well-known Macintosh. Bill Gates and Microsoft stole the mouse ...

Reddy Kilowatt

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

  Here's another closing of the circle. Steph went pickin' with our sister-in-law, Michele, last Saturday. One of the things she found at the various antique and "treasure" shops they visited was the book Advertising Character Collectibles by Warren Dotz. In the book she came across the entry for Reddy Kilowatt, a mascot used by ...

The Trackpoint Story

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Most of us use computers and other technological devices every day. Most of us never give a passing thought to where that technology came from, who thought of it, who developed it, who engineered it and who brought it to the market. Sometimes, you come across those stories and they close a ...

1928 Prices compared to 2012 Prices

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

My friend, Lauren Hillquist, sent me this postcard via email today: 1928 CAR REPAIR MAILER. AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR ADVERTISEMENT IN 1928... SENT ON A PENNY POSTCARD (click on image for full size) He also included this text: May 31, 1927, the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was the first affordable automobile, ...

The Crossroads and the Compass

Monday, April 9th, 2012

7 April 2012 We don’t ride as much as we used to. That’s not a good thing, but it’s just the way it’s been for the last few years. We’ve been focused on adjusting to being back here in the U.S. and other aspects of life. So, we haven’t been riding as much as ...

This Year’s Annual SXSWi Survival Guide

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It's that time again. For all the SXSW rookies or those who can't clearly remember what they experienced at last year's Geek Bacchanalia, here's this year's guide to SXSW Interactive survival and success: When you’re here, always call it “south by.” If people don’t know what you’re talking about, they are not ...

One girl’s year in LA: 2011

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

  This is a wonderful year's diary of a girl's 2011 in LA, a few seconds at a time. I think it speaks strongly to the power of visual imagery to spark memory and emotion.   2011 from hey_rabbit on Vimeo.

Rest In Peace, Harry Morgan

Monday, January 9th, 2012

  I once had a career producing media. When I began, I did some work that was for public consumption such as television commercials and print advertising. Later, once I moved to Chicago, almost everything I did was corporate communications. In addition to film and video, I did a lot of live ...

The Weather in Austin

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We're currently living in Austin, Texas, USA.  We landed here upon returning to the U.S. because we owned a home here. We stayed because it met most of the criteria we were looking for in a place to live. It's a great town, and we are enjoying exploring what it ...