Are you fed up with hearing about yet another Silicon Valley Web application built with fairy dust and funded by magic pixies? If so, this post is for you. Most of us will never get to work on a Web application that is funded by venture capital and for which the business aims are a secondary consideration. For us, developing a Web application is about meeting a particular business need as part of our job working with some large organization.
Did you ever try to download a user’s manual for an electronic product that you own but the manufacturer does no longer offer it on their site? There is hope: Try a search on Amazon.com. It hosts PDF manuals of thousands of electronic products including those of items that have either been discontinued or are no longer available for sale on Amazon.com.
Israeli designer Ori Levin has created a one-of-a-kind folding canoe called the Adhoc, that tips the scales at just 4.1 kilograms, or 9 pounds.
A fauxgo (fake logo) is a symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film.
It wasn’t so long ago that speed junkies were foaming at the mouth at the read/write performance offered by Intel’s 510 series of SSD storage solutions. Now Smart has announced that it’s managed to squeeze up to 1.6TB of solid state memory into the 2.5-inch form factor Optimus drive and leave the competition standing with a sequential read of up to 1GB/s, and write of 500MB/s.
ThinkNear is a soon-to-debut mobile application that will match merchant downtimes with nearby shoppers seeking proximity-based discounts.
A student called Aimee writes with a very Welsh set of questions. As ever, happy to help by responding on my blog. Since I know I have a lot of Welsh readers – am I talking rubbish? Please chime in: the comments are open to all.
Why do you think the commercial radio industry in Wales is struggling, despite this weeks Rajar figures showing 845,000 more listeners to radio across the UK? (Ofcom’s research also highlights that 62% of the radio listening hours in Wales were attributed to BBC services. Local commercial stations attracted a share of 26%, which was lower than in any of the other nations. The UK average is 32%.)
Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth’s life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use. Without dealing with those big issues, humanity will need 27 planet Earths by 2050, a new study estimates.
The size and number of protected areas on land and sea has increased dramatically since the 1980s, now totalling over 100,000 in number and covering 17 million square kilometres of land and two million square kilometres of oceans, a new study reported Thursday.