Some notes on how this should work:
- At least with a Mac, the bleeding edge releases of flux software does not work, but the stable release does.
- The scanner heads keep popping up, you have to contact them and get better brackets.
Some notes on how this should work:
As some folks have discovered, only the $600 1650 V3 (Broadwell-ES) chip overclocks and it is now running on a test machine at 4.2GHz vs the stock 3.5GHz. This is the current best choice (although power consumption is much higher than for Skylake) if you want ECC and overclocking a relatively cheap part.
If a $600 6-core part can be considered cheap 🙂 Still it is a nice chip for machine learning rigs and with a true 4×16 PCI Express lane system like the ASUS X99-ws, this is probably the fastest stock part you can pair with lots of memory (128GB ECC) and 4 Titan’s. woo hoo!
Well Apple introduced it, the last analog remnant in the digital world is going away and with it the emergence of Bluetooth headsets to listen to music. Now don’t get wrong I love the current analog headsets and I have a slew of them:
But now with a 3.5mm adapter, you can still use all that stuff, but it made me realize I wanted to see how Bluetooth had really moved forward because let’s face it the wire still sucks. My previous experiments had all kind of problems. The biggest being battery life, ugly headsets and let’s face it losing the darn things.
Well, I normally wear and old school mechanical watch (Hamilton rules!) mainly because I liked Interstellar (and it was the star of the show). But my Garmin tracking watch band broke, my Suuonto watch (thanks Brad!) finally gave up the ghost after 15 years, and I tried the Apple watch, but gave them away.
So now with the Apple Watch 2 out and all those fitness trackers, what’s the right strategy:
Just spend a week getting to know relatives and sharing photos and I really reaped the rewards of weeks or maybe years of scanning old photos, but for many of us, getting a 35mm scanner and grinding through doesn’t make any sense. Nor does finding a VCR to digital recorder and cleaning your old videotape. In that case, a scanning service is a good option.
Personally I’ve found most of these services to provide too low a resolution (I normally record in JPEG-200o format at 16 bit resolution at 4000 dpi plus with infra red dust removal, but I’m a nerd and have a Minolta Elite). But The Wirecutter recommends Memory Plus, so I might give them a try for the next round of video tape.
As book-end to the advice for just starting out, here are some notes on getting that next job. As we get older, hopefully you’ve picked a great industry (if not, then see Notes on getting (re)started). But assuming you have a good set of expertise, how should you think about your next job. Most of the time it will be another division in your company but sometimes, it will be outside.
When I think about this, I ask myself three questions to make sure I choose well, I sometimes add this up to get a rating for the job, each question is worth 10 points, so ask yourself, if the rating is a 1 (“Iron Man himself couldn’t do this job”) or a 10 (“I could do this by 10AM and garden the rest of the day”):
While this isn’t foolproof, when I ask people these questions, I normally learn a few things:
And finally, good luck! The stakes are much higher as you are more experienced and each step is an opportunity to create a hole in your resume that’s hard to explain or a chance to solidify an amazing career 🙂
A good buddy Duncan asked me about product development particularly in a startup. Seems like a common question. So here are my five let’s call it pearls of wisdom:
Sorry this got stuck in inbox but a few quick thoughts that you might call the seven deadly sins of making products:
99.9% of all products are more complex than they need to be given their missions above. Complexity is the enemy of usability and sales. It is essentially way easier to do 80% of 100 feetures than 10 features done superbly. Maybe this is why Fitbit out sells the Apple Watch 5:1. The hard thing is for the business leader to have the taste and style of their customers. Better to want more than to find things confusing. The trick is taking general purpose hardware and making to work for precisely the right purpose. This is also know as the “dessert topping and floor wax problem” to use a Nashism. Products that are complex are also hard to explain and position.
The feature you want is almost never the feature that customers want. My buddy Duncan said it well, music companies wanted reporting while technology companies give them antipiracy. It’s so common that the best feature is actually reporting rather than the product (personally I think the Eco display of the Prius sold way more cars than we can ever imagine). Usually the feature that people is so simple that developers like me don’t want to build them. And they take so much buffing and polishing that it is boring.
Business guys get bored by the daily guidance needed for great product development. It’s so much easier to say “just make it work” than to grind through and each and every 9am remind the developers what they want. But they are the most important people because they motivate and they create realism for the development team. It may seem strange to tell someone this web page needs a back button but remember the src thinks fundamentally differently than you. It may seems stupid but time after time the first 30 seconds of a product starting with opening the box are what matter. Clicking on a button that doesn’t work doesn’t help.
A great product doesn’t come together in a spec. It is molded in two ways: the inspiration (let’s bring touch screens to phones) which lets you recruit the very best developers. And the day painful grind of how you get there. Business geeks like me like to focus on a huge spec but don’t realize that 90% of the magic comes form typically one feature don’t super well. You don’t get that in a software gantt chart.
Don’t be afraid to change direction or create demos. Engineers hate demos. It is like asking Michelangelo to throw together a cheese pizza. As an engineer I want to build truly beautiful stuff. But the reality is that until you find the right product/market fit, committing too early to a course is not smart. Many times markets open and for a brief moment you have to change direction. Jobs did it when he took his iPad interface and said lets do a phone first. Gates did it when he turned Microsoft back to a focus on the 80286 instead of a 386 specific operating system.
Really do agile right. It’s such a slang term but the idea that the business leader reviews the technology teams progress every morning at 9am is the core and most folks never follow it. It’s boring for business guys and randomizing for technical folks. But the reality is particularly for startups it takes month long mistakes and avoids them with daily corrections. I know it’s hard work but you have to do it.
The last thing isn’t really a sin but a touchstone, will you really be proud of the product 30 years from now. Will it have made a difference in the world? In the end changing the world to make it a better place isn’t a bad goal for you to spend most of your waking life thinking about 🙂