Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Views from the Solar System (92)

Stratocumulus Clouds Over Pacific
NASA – ISS034-E-016601 (4 Jan. 2013) — On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which remained aimed at the clouds as the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station flew above the northwestern Pacific Ocean about 460 miles east of northern Honshu, Japan. This is a descending pass with a panoramic view looking southeast in late afternoon light with the terminator (upper left). The cloud pattern is typical for this part of the world. The low clouds carry cold air over a warmer sea with no discernable storm pattern.

A better fiscal fix

English: 2007 Official photo of Senator Blanch...

English: 2007 Official photo of Senator Blanche Lincoln
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) – The patchwork “fiscal cliff” deal struck in the final moments of the 112th Congress makes modest steps toward reducing spending and adding new revenue. However, it’s clear that far more must be done in order to address the problems that persist and set our nation on a path toward fiscal stability.

Real recovery will not occur in Washington; rather it will be accomplished through the hard work of the millions of business owners and employees stimulating our economy through their productivity. And right now, what these engines of economic recovery need more than anything from policymakers is certainty, stability, and an environment that enables them to thrive and create jobs. more> http://tinyurl.com/ax439dc

Make Technology Work for You or Else…

By George BradtToday’s technology is adding addictions, disrupting the workflow and making many of us less efficient and effective.

Your technology choices must help you win where it matters. Having the most advanced knowledge is merely a fleeting advantage. Technological superiority is not in itself a strategy; it’s part of enabling a greater vision.

Robocop vs. Terminator

Robocop vs. Terminator
(Photo credit: Thorsten Becker)

Technology is a means to our ends, not an end itself. Approach it with the right attitude. You don’t want your movie to end the way the Terminator series does. The machines are winning. We have to turn the tide. more> http://tinyurl.com/b4qp5vd

Choosing the Right Connector

English: Standard 24-pin ATX power connector

English: Standard 24-pin ATX power connector
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By David Cianciolo – When it comes to reliable system operation, choosing the right connector is key.

The right connector can make your system smaller, lighter, and easier for the user to handle. It’s not a place to take shortcuts, as the right connector system can help avoid the high price of recalls, repairs, and lost customers. Conducting adequate research on the connectors and cables must be done at the beginning of a systems design process to produce the optimal design. Follow these 10 steps to research the ideal connector early in the design phase and you can positively impact the design, usability, and cost structure of your entire device. more> http://tinyurl.com/b954x5h

France delays move to make Web giants pay for networks

By Leila Abboud – France backed away from legislation to make Internet companies including Google pay for the burden they place on telecommunications networks, opting instead to ask a commission to study the controversial issue.

France’s Socialist government is concerned that Web giants weigh down networks with traffic without contributing to telecom companies’ investments in high-speed systems, echoing a position held by European telecom operators.

Big Web companies like Facebook, Google and Netflix reject the idea of paying telecom operators to have their content reach customers. more> http://tinyurl.com/bf2d4x6