Author Archives: Conrad Halling

The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan

Curious about Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, I decided to read the first volume, The Eye of the World, which Jordan published in 1990. Twenty-one years after the publication of this first volume, The Wheel of Time is … Continue reading

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NY Post Blocks iPad’s Safari Web Browser

Dave Winer reports that the NY Post blocks iPad access to its website when you use the iPad’s standard Safari web browser. The Post wants you to buy its iPad app, which is priced at $1.99 and apparently requires an … Continue reading

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Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Daniel Amitay collected a set of four-digit passcodes from iPhone users using his Big Brother Camera Security app (which Apple has subsequently banned from the App Store). If you have an iOS device and you lock it using a four-digit passcode, … Continue reading

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“I, Genius,” by Abstruse Goose

“I, Genius,” by Abstruse Goose, shows what it takes to be a genius. In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell writes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Geniuses practice harder than most.

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Chris McDonough’s Project Maintainer Response Cheat Sheet

Chris McDough at plope.com posted an Open Source Project Maintainer Sarcastic Response Cheat Sheet. Chris’s list starts with: 1. I’ll just retype the docs into this email for you. and gets even better through sixteen more responses. Anyone who has served … Continue reading

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Robert Scoble Peers Into the Future

Robert Scoble asks, “Google 2015: what will it look like?” and predicts trends for the next four years. I like his list of ten, especially, “Home entertainment systems will increasingly go completely Internet connected and many people will unplug their cable … Continue reading

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Data Scientists Needed

Steve Lohr of the New York Times reported last week in an article titled “New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says” that a McKinsey Global Institute study predicts that businesses will need tens … Continue reading

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