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Happy Pi Day

We had Pie and PI-na Coladas after dinner.  Yum!

And – down note – Stephen Hawking died today.  On Pi Day.  Did he plan that?  Probably not.  A doctor gave him only two years to live with his ALS… in 1963.  He did OK, considering.

LONDON – JANUARY 17: Professor Stephen Hawking delivers his speech at the release of the ‘Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ on January 17, 2007 in London, Ebgland. A group of scientists assessing the dangers posed to civilisation have moved the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight as an indication and warning of the threats of nuclear war and climate change. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

UPDATED: Hawking’s last words to the internet: robots aren’t the problem, capitalism is.



I decluttered my home office today.  It really needed it.  It was starting to look like a miniature episode of Hoarders.

OK, maybe not this bad

I found no fewer than five old USB drives of 1TB or more.  A Linksys wireless home router.  No, two of those.  Six not-quite-working keyboards.  About ten mice that refuse to die.  Enough cables for two reusable grocery bags.  Two dozen books I have read or not. An older model of the blood-pressure machine I use now.  Two eight-port switches (100Mb FD): one managed, one dumb.  More wall-wart power supplies that I would love to be able to match to devices.  And I found my very first MP3 player, a 60G Toshiba Gigabeat Model F.  That thing was the bomb.

If you want anything I listed, make me an offer.  As long as I am not upside-down shipping to you, it’s yours.

They say de-cluttering cheers you up.  We’ll see!

Make Your Backups!

The Wirecutter on 3-2-1 Backups

You Will – You Do

This series of AT&T ads from the 1990s bubbled up recently and sparked up Cory Doctorow’s disdain for AT&T over Net Neutrality.  Which is fine, if a bit misplaced; I think the Russian takeover of US democracy, such as it ever was, is way closer to the root cause of these woes than one used-to-be-influential corporation.

And the 1990’s visualization of things ridiculously similar to those we do now… that deserves some props.  Did you spot, Netflix? Skype? HomeKit – run off a connected tablet?  Which of the marketing mockups in these ads falls more than 2° off course for what you can hold in your hand today?

via BoingBoing

Our Net!

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about the passing of a true warrior for human freedom and dignity, John Perry Barlow.

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