• Greg Baker

Geek Dads Are Cool

(Reprinted from the Metro Spirit, March 22, 2012)

Three Million and Counting – Apple announced that they sold 3 Million iPads over the weekend.  That amounts to one iPad for each person that saw Dr. Suess’ The Lorax last week.  Initial feedback from the buyers?  Just what was expected – Totally Awesome!

Pack ‘em in – Seagate announced this week that it has become the first company to achieve a storage density of 1 terabit, or 1 trillion bits, per square inch.  For comparison, the total number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy is estimated at 200 billion to 400 billion.  This milestone was achieved using a new recording technology call heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).  The first generation HAMR drives will double the storage capacity of existing drives.  The theoretic peak density is estimated at 5 to 10 terabits per square inch.  Impact to the consumer?  Look for hard drives to reach 60TB within the next decade.  For those of us with HD video collections, they can’t come soon enough!

Big Easy Goes Big Tech – Did anyone read the opinion piece in the WSJ last week about New Orleans transforming itself into a tech town?  About 10 years ago, a group of visionaries created an abstract organization called the Idea Village.  This Idea Village would be an innovative center for start-ups by sponsoring events and providing capital to bolster local entrepreneurship.  Last week, it held its fourth annual Entrepreneur Week, featuring 525 start-ups competing for $1 million in capital and consulting services.  The silver lining of Katrina is that it provided the opportunity to remake its failed institutions, and New Orleans got serious about changing its culture.   Last year the city was citied by Forbes as the #1 brain magnet for college graduates, and Inc. magazine called it the coolest start-up city in America.

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when the mayor announced the Augusta Regional Collaboration project?  I can’t think of a better place than the Garden City to grow seed capital.

History Without Proof – This past week, I read an article discussing the demise of print media.  The article pointed out that we are at a point in history where human-readable content may soon cease to exist.  Think about it…most “print” content is no longer visible to the naked eye without some sort of machine intervention.  So what happens to our history when nothing is “written” down?  How would a future archeologist study our era if none of our intellectual creations could be examined?

Unfortunately, rather than continuing with the thought experiment, the article tried to connect the end of print media with the Mayan calendar and the end of the “recorded” time.  In another weird twist, it further degenerated into a discussion of whether the tablets used in Star Trek were of iPad or Android linage.  I guess some print may not be worth keeping.

Star Trek Tablets – Actually, not a bad question… Apple or Android?  Thoughts???

Until next time, I’ll see you on the internet.  @gregory_a_baker

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