* Posts by Neal McQ

17 posts • joined 5 Sep 2008

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

Neal McQ

Worth adding that Amazon becoming a third advertiser is a good thing - more competition is a win. right now, with Facebook and Google owning the market, there's on incentive/pressure on them. A third player is only a good thing.

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

Neal McQ

Random, semi-related observation: the Nokia 5110 (released in 1998, 20 years ago) as THE phone of the era had 1-3 hours of talk-time, and 40 hours standby. Roughly the same as what the Apple Watch cellular gets right now: except this one will take your heart rate, gps track, and countless other functions. Not a bad start for the device.

(Most people who have an Apple Watch will tell you they easily can get 30-40 hours out of the battery - which does mean charging every night to guarantee that 2nd day. that 18-hours usage is low-balled)

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

Neal McQ

Re: Only 5 years??

The book recommended at the end of the article does exactly that. It hightlights everything Nokia (and Symbian) did right for years, alongside highlighting all their issues. It's an excellent book.

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

Neal McQ

While I'm hugely skeptical of how close they are to actually releasing a working unit, saying that only people to try them out are "celebreties, etc." is hugely inaccurate.

In the words of well known analyst, Benedict Evans (now at a16z the VC company): "More

Magic Leap is one of only a handful of genuine 'holy shit I can't believe I'm seeing this' moments I've had as an adult. Previous was iPhone". https://twitter.com/benedictevans/status/807013260721426434?lang=en

This guy doesn't mince his words so if he's saying this, I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing the end-game. After hearing that Apple is also at least 2-3 years away from any release, and they've some of the best hardware designers in the business, I'm not surprised they're struggling to get even a Developer Unit out the door at present.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

Neal McQ

Can someone explain if there is truly 'reputational' or material loss after data loss? Taking the extreme example of Sony after they essentially had everything released, they reported a loss of 400million the following quarter (from memory). However, at the previous quarter, they're previously reported they were going to make a loss anyway......

in short, a lot of knowledge only works in the dynamics of a business and wouldn't work elsewhere anyway. Or is this simplistic thinking?

Trying to get a point that feel like some security is becoming ridiculous to function in the everything-connected world.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Neal McQ

For anyone interested, "The Defiant Ones" on Netflix (episode 3) gives a great insight into those who understood what was happening with digital music and streaming, and those who hadn't a clue.

I.e. Apple, and the Beats Founders got it straight away. Jimmy Iovine: "we are so f&%ked" upon the first time he saw Napster.

And Sony Music and Warner: "nah, it's fine, nothing to see here".........

Of course, they've turned the corner now and shown there's money to be made with online sales. I presume 'digital' print will do the same in time, and TV is the next one to implode (although it would appear slightly different dynamics to this one with the arrival of Netflix and Amazon Prime creating their own content, etc.).

I wonder what amount of bandwidth music streaming is taking up now? and as it continues to take off, will the accumulation of users make a dent? (at present, Spotify/AppleMusic still only around 50-100 million users).

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

Neal McQ

I think I should keep this post ready in a template for 'copy and paste' every time an article comes up on this topic with iPads and schools.

"Frasier Speirs, is a teacher at a school in Scotland where he "designed and deployed the world's first whole-school 1:1 iPad deployment in 2010" - and has been running the program ever since. Their breakage rate is between 1-4% since the outset: I'd argue it's hard to get much better than that considering human nature, etc.

(he discusses it in the final third of this podcast following the recent Apple Education event: https://www.relay.fm/canvas/57)"

Sure, the repairability of iPads isn't great, but the amount of times they need to be repaired is also very low.....

The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now 'site reliability engineering'

Neal McQ

I cannot recommend the Google SRE book (https://landing.google.com/sre/ - available to read online for free) enough. There'll be pieces you'll likely dismiss from your own routines/processes - however there's also bound to be a few insights in there that may give you some inspiration, fresh ideas.

[Note: I've no affiliation with Google!]

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

Neal McQ

Does anyone know how much capacity Google/Facebooks/Amazons/Microsofts now own? and what is capacity in comparison to an ISP?

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

Neal McQ

There's a more detailed, excellent, write-up on the used of barbed wire for telephony and "How the West was Wired" here: https://www.inc.com/magazine/19970615/1416.html

Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

Neal McQ

Eh, should this statement

"When they looked at the solutions of the past, they were outsized in complexity or cost."

not be

"When they looked at OUR solutions of the past, they were outsized in complexity or cost."

Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

Neal McQ

It's worth adding that the final appeal turned into a farce after the one of the appeals turned out to:

a) not be living in the same county (the proposed data centre is south-west Ireland), and living on the east coast of Ireland

b) trying to 'motivate' Apple to build on the easy coast - on land they owned that had planning permission for a data centre.......

Note that Apple interestingly wasn't interested based on proximity to Nuclear power plant in UK......

Full thread from Irish reporter here: https://twitter.com/gavinsblog/status/920947791832154112

And full judge report here: http://courts.ie/Judgments.nsf/09859e7a3f34669680256ef3004a27de/f3046f6206ca631b802581bd0053532e?OpenDocument

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

Neal McQ

Taking first-hand experience of the current Maglev train Shanghai runs to the airport, that accelerates to 217mph (350km/hr) in around 2 minutes, so keeping that linear level of acceleration means 6 minutes to ~660mph, 11 minutes to over 1000mph. Note also, that train didn't require fancy leaning seats, suits and it was still comfortable to move around.

The other flipside that has to be accounted for in China - it's a seriously big country (5200km/3200miles east to west, and similar north to south). So even if you started at top speed and ended at same, that's still 3 HOURS east to west. So anything that gives solutions to move people big distances at high speed is fair game over there.

'Other' may yet become the biggest and most useful cloud

Neal McQ

This reminds me of this good post on 'How Many Data Centers Needed World-Wide':

"It may be the case that there will be many regional cloud providers rather than a small group of international providers. I can see arguments and factors supporting both outcomes but, whatever the outcome, the number of world-wide cloud data centers will far exceed O(10^5) and these will be medium to large data centers. When a competitor argues that fast computers or databases will save them from this outcome, don’t believe it."

http://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2017/04/how-many-data-centers-needed-world-wide/

Most importantly, this was written by one James Hamilton, 'VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services'.....

Neal McQ

I always come back to this excellent post on 'How Many Data Centers Needed World-Wide':

"It may be the case that there will be many regional cloud providers rather than a small group of international providers. I can see arguments and factors supporting both outcomes but, whatever the outcome, the number of world-wide cloud data centers will far exceed O(10^5) and these will be medium to large data centers. When a competitor argues that fast computers or databases will save them from this outcome, don’t believe it."

http://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2017/04/how-many-data-centers-needed-world-wide/

Most importantly, this was written by one James Hamilton, 'VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services'..........

Hackers can turn web-connected car washes into horrible death traps

Neal McQ

"PDQ spokesman Todd Klitzke said the car wash maker alerted its customers yesterday, coinciding with the conference presentation"

This is a key failure: the manufacturer being told in 2015 and waiting until the day before the conference to notify customers.......

Ten tweaks for a new Acer Aspire One

Neal McQ

any version of this for the eee901

great write-up! any chance of a copy for the eee 901 :)

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