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?
Android Pay shows Apple how it's done
March 15, 2016
The latest front in the ongoing Apple vs Google mobile war is payments. Apple with the sadly named Apple Pay (Let’s be honest, everyone was hoping for iPay) and Google with Android Pay. Both have their own unique sets of pros and cons, but function in a mostly similar fashion. However, if they aren’t that drastically different, can one really be “better” than the other? Yes, and for a surprisingly simple reason.
A $20 tablet/laptop organizer
September 30, 2015
Do you have several laptops? Multiple iPads? Do you find yourself with an annoying stack of laptops sitting on your desk that you need to play Jenga with every time you need to switch machines? If this is the case you might be living in the most egregious world of #FirstWoldProblems -or- you work in technology. I fall into the latter group and wanted a cost-effective and nice way of keeping my laptops & tablets organized, charged, and undamaged. What you see to the right cost me about $20 and an hour of time to make.
Wikimedia Foundation – Growing too fast? Or people just scared of numbers?
July 7, 2010
Recently the Wikimedia Foundation finalized their “5 year strategy” and posted the 2010-2011 Annual Plan. I read the entire plan and found it an interesting read. Previous to this, I had heard rumblings that the Foundation was going to double in size over the next year. They are 40 some fulltimers now, and that means by July 2011, they’re expecting to be at 80-90? That’s a big jump, on top of that if you read their 5 year plan for staff they are looking at hitting about 190 staff by 2015. Wow. So… that scares a lot of people. My question is: Why does more staff scare the community?