Results tagged “technology”

Things I missed in the last week

By Michael Mulvey on March 14, 2014 9:07 AM

Google removes underlined links - I'm saving this post for an upcoming essay on 'authentic digital experiences' (spoiler: having or not having underlines on your links doesn't make your digital experience any more or less authentic).

Amazon Prime price jumping to $99 in the US - I've been a Prime member for a few years now. I'm fine with the $20/year hike. Still a great deal.

A message from 1996:

IDC predicts that by January 1997, up to a fifth of America's top 500 companies boasting Web sites will have either closed them down or frozen their growth. Although more people are expected to peek at the Web this year, many will cancel their subscriptions and go back to watching television.

Neil Young launched a Kickstarter for his Pono Player - As I write this it's at 9,261 backers with more than $3 million dollars. This would be considered a failure for Apple or Samsung, but this is great news for Neil. Niche music, technology, films, etc can exist in this world. Not everything has to be a blockbuster.

Manage the temptation of publishing yourself.

By Michael Mulvey on July 26, 2011 8:53 AM

I came across a refreshing talk to the students of Berklee College of Music by John Mayer. While I'm not a musician and not all of his advice is relevant to me, what he said was great and can be useful to people in other artistic endeavors.

We read a lot about the importance of developing your personal brand and taking advantage of online tools and platforms but Mayer thinks otherwise. At least for when you're still honing your craft:

This time is a really important time for you guys because nobody knows who you are, and nobody should. This is not a time to promote yourself. It doesn't matter. This is the time to get your stuff together. Promotion can be like that. You can have promotion in 30 seconds if your stuff is good. Good music is its own promotion.

and:

You got the distraction of being able to publish yourself immediately, and it is a distraction if you're not done producing what the product is going to be that you're going to someday use the promotion to sell...I had to go through the same thing I'm talking to you about - what you have to go through - which is to completely manage all the distraction. Manage the temptation of publishing yourself
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Tableau

By Michael Mulvey on April 29, 2011 11:42 AM

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Remember when we made a connection by handing someone a photo? As our social circle spreads across a wider geographic area, we look for ways to share experiences. Technology has reconnected us to some extent, but we fiddle with too many cables and menus, and those individual connections get drowned out.

Tableau acts as a bridge between users of physical and digital media, taking the best parts of both. It's a nightstand that quietly drops photos it sees on its Twitter feed into its drawer, for the owner to discover. Images of things placed in the drawer are posted to its account as well.

Tableau is an anti-computer experience. A softly glowing knob that almost imperceptibly shifts color invites interaction without demanding it. The trappings of electronics are removed except for a vestigial cable knob for the paper tray. The nightstand drawer becomes a natural interface to a complex computing task, which now fits into the flow of life.

Tableau by John Kestner

via Cool Hunting

No Thanks, Got An iPhone

By Michael Mulvey on April 24, 2011 7:00 AM

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Oh yes, let's check out the technical specifications:

16-bit microprocessor • 16K RAM • 26K ROM • up to 30K ROM in Solid State Software™ Command Modules • built-in BASIC • sound effects, five full octaves of music and 16-color graphics • built-in equation calculator. Accessories: 13″ color monitor • Solid State Speech™ Synthesizer • disk memory drive and control • telephone coupler (modem) • thermal printer • RS 232 interface • dual cassette cables • wired remote controllers.

via Modern Mechanix

Technology Is Eating Jobs

By Michael Mulvey on March 31, 2011 6:12 PM

WSJ: Is Your Job an Endangered Species?

Tellers, phone operators, stock brokers, stock traders: These jobs are nearly extinct. Since 2007, the New York Stock Exchange has eliminated 1,000 jobs. And when was the last time you spoke to a travel agent? Nearly all of them have been displaced by technology and the Web. Librarians can't find 36,000 results in 0.14 seconds, as Google can. And a snappily dressed postal worker can't instantly deliver a 140-character tweet from a plane at 36,000 feet.

So which jobs will be destroyed next? Figure that out and you'll solve the puzzle of where new jobs will appear.

Forget blue-collar and white- collar. There are two types of workers in our economy: creators and servers. Creators are the ones driving productivity--writing code, designing chips, creating drugs, running search engines. Servers, on the other hand, service these creators (and other servers) by building homes, providing food, offering legal advice, and working at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Many servers will be replaced by machines, by computers and by changes in how business operates. It's no coincidence that Google announced it plans to hire 6,000 workers in 2011.

Technology Is Not Enough

By Michael Mulvey on March 2, 2011 2:13 PM

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This is worth repeating. It's in Apple's DNA that technology is not enough. It's tech married with the liberal arts and the humanities. Nowhere is that more true than in the post-PC products. Our competitors are looking at this like it's the next PC market. That is not the right approach to this. These are pos-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive.

—Steve Jobs, from Apple's iPad 2 Event, 2 March 2011 (via Engadget)

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