Showing posts with label Data. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Data. Show all posts

Friday, February 9, 2018

The House That Spied on Me

The House That Spied on Me:
"Thanks to the Internet of Things, I could live in my very own tech-mediated Downton Abbey. That’s the appeal of smart homes for most people, and why they are supposed to be a $27 billion market by 2021. But that wasn’t my primary motivation. The reason I smartened up my house was to find out whether it would betray me."
And, oh, Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dots (and devices) are on-sale.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Star Trek Floppy Disks

Gene Roddenberry left behind 200 floppy disks and the data has been recovered. No one is saying what is on the disks, but I think we finally find out that Captain "Red" Janeway and Pavel Chekov are cousins.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Facebook Data

So the autoplay videos are eating up people's data plans. Rumor has it that at one local university, Facebook downloads are second only to the bandwidth used by Netflix. It's sneaky because you think you just loading "a page."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Library Box

I like the idea of a portable library like the Library Box. You could load it up with manuals or references for Field Day and easily share them. I've been to family gatherings in the middle of the mountains where there was no internet access, so you could share pictures with the extended family. One of the use cases the website mentions is providing students with files via the Library Box as a temporary intranet as the data may otherwise be blocked by the school's firewall. Obviously, this doesn't replace what I do with a cloud file service (Dropbox, SkyDrive, etc.), but it provides some basic functionality in a very flexible way.

Via AR-15

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Guns and Radios

moleculo Almost all of the #hamradio people I know around me also own guns...I wonder if that's true across the U.S.? I hope so :)Mon, Mar 25 17:55:48 from TweetDeck

Not all gun owners are hams, but lots of hams are gun owners in my experience. Of course my data may be skewed given my location in Tennessee - and the Nets I listen to and hams I know from around these parts.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Running Data - Now with Weather Data

I've been saying for a while that it would be nice if the Garmin (or RunKeeper) would add some additional information to your run history. I noticed yesterday that they have added weather information, so you can know what the conditions were during your run. The data has been added going back to December, 2012. It looks like this:

I still think they need to add a shoe database - it would be nice data for the runners, but it would be a goldmine for Garmin. I would think that Nike, Adidas, ASICS, and all the shoe companies would buy access to that data set.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gun Data

Linoge goes all "sciencey" on us and looks at the data. Spoiler alert:
"The hypothesis of 'more guns = more deaths' is demonstrably false over the past 29 years of documented American history."
Seriously, go take a look. He's got two more major points and then he gives you the real kicker in the last sentence.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Love the last line in this article about information overload:
As Clay Shirky recently observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I get e-mails about surveys all the time. Some of which are through LinkedIn or TechSay. These surveys promise a reward for completing the survey. If I have time, I complete these surveys with care. I figure it is a business transaction and I should earn by reward by being thoughtful in my answers. I, of course, answer truthfully and on many occasions am told I don't fit the target pool they are researching. Overall, this is a win for both parties. They get data. I get a gift card or other reward.

However, some of the e-mails tell me I may win a thumb drive (or some cash or a widget) if I complete the survey and I am one of the first 250 people to respond. Unless I am unemployed and desperate for any sort of "income," I will never complete one of the surveys. A million people could have gotten that e-mail before I did. I think it is even more ludicrous when I get one of these "first 250" through the postal service.