Art, skill, cunning of hand

We call Amazon a tech company, but is it really? When every company is on the Internet, how do we decide which are Internet companies?

Quite true.

Although “technology”, etymologically is a little vague and has it’s roots in Greek.

Technology (from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[1]) is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem

Surely technology is an approach rather than a particular theme for a business. And I don’t know many young, successful companies that shun technology completely and find success.

March 27th 2014 Tags :

The end of Polio in India

Imagine how many lives, how much money, how much time has been wasted pedalling and protecting ourselves from ideas born of ignorance.

Critical thinking is paramount. It outstrips many formally-taught subjects that it forms the basis of.

Some ideas are so dangerous, so sticky that it can take decades to stamp them out. Institutionalised ignorance on a mass scale is not going to be dislodged by a newspaper redaction and a PR campaign.

Mental pitfalls like “Vaccinations cause autism”, “Homeopathy is worth funding”, form the basis of modern-day Darwinian Natural Selection. And when it comes to this, I’m inclined to let these people live and die by their values if they choose to. However, what I really object to is when the decision affects a third party. Where their son or daughter have to live with the perils of those early parental decisions. Even a tome as outdated and archaic as the bible warns us against sins of the father.

March 24th 2014 Tags :

The Snob's Lament

The screen is large enough that he can see well enough to actually frame and take pictures. And then he has them right there, on that same large screen, where he can browse through them any time he wants.

Put this way, it is the future. iOS has been lauded by both the techno-literate and the ignorant, because it made something difficult easier to do. In these terms, the iPad has made something nigh on impossible for some, into something they enjoy. That is a remarkable achievement. If it gives people joy and allows them to capture memories of their loved ones, I know I won’t complain.*

 

 

*what I would like to address is how easily those memories can be wiped away. Yes with data loss, but perhaps more worryingly, under the veil of safety provided by iCloud. I believe it’s far too difficult for a layman to understand what’s saved, and the lack of a “location” of that data only adds to the confusion.

February 5th 2014 Tags :

A disappearing middle ground

There isn’t much that Apple can do. The market is clearly – and predictably – bifurcating between customers who care about differentiation and those who care about price; the 5S is dominating the former, the 5C was targeted at a middle ground that is disappearing, and Apple will never make a phone cheap enough for the latter

Genius from Ben Thompson

February 4th 2014 Tags :