What is machine learning and why you want it in the home!
April 6, 2016
Almost everyone has heard the term “machine learning” thrown around. It’s used in some vague context about how computers and/or technology are suddenly and magically going to make the world a better place. That sounds cool, but what exactly does “Machine Learning” mean? From 1959: Machine Learning — a “Field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”. Computers (or code, or machines in general) are terribly literal devices. They do exactly what they are programmed to do and nothing else. While most people don’t realize it, this is one of the biggest sources of frustrations with computers. But what if they didn’t have to be so literal?
Winter Urban Garden: All the lettuce!
January 28, 2016
Dateline: 2016-01-10 The holidays have come and gone, but the urban garden is not forgotten. While we were gone for Christmas and New Years, the plants have survived. Fortunately for the green things it’s continued to be a wet winter in San Francisco. Unfortunately for said plants, it’s also been quite cold. We’ve had a few days of frost warnings and several more that were cold, but not quite cold enough for the warnings.
OpenDNS Umbrella – Safety or Zombies?
August 8, 2013
We started evaluating OpenDNS Umbrella at the office while back. While I’ve always been a big fan of OpenDNS (and even applied to work there once), I was reluctant to get into this “Umbrella” service. Not because I fear Umbrella Corp, but because it just didn’t seem useful. What little info I skimmed on the web wasn’t exactly what one would call exciting. After taking it for a spin, I’ve found that it actually is useful, though their marketing material is convoluted.