Michael Wade at Execupundit found this 1950s image of a smoking device. Wow, ten times the nicotine at 1/10 the speed.
Why millennials don't want you to talk like them. There are many companies that want to tell lawyers how to market themselves on the Internet. This article about how a particular demographic (millennials) looks at marketers says a lot about why lawyers should just concentrate on being great lawyers, and staying authentic and connected, and let the marketing take care of itself. Every minute you spend thinking about marketing is a minute that could be spent being a good lawyer. My best teacher once gave me the best advice about public speaking: "Just be yourself". That advice applies to Internet public speaking as well. Be who you are. If you are good, they will come. If you aren't, work on getting better, not on increasing the number of people who will find out you aren't. BTW, this milennial is wearing the "You Only Live Once" tattoo. My lawyer's response is that yes, you only live once; but, you don't have to live stupid. Don't take unnecessary risks, and then excuse it with a: "Yo, YOLO".
Google Cloud Bigtable %u2014 Google Cloud Platform. Google has made its best in the world database software available to subscribers. Now in beta, this will appeal to enterprises which need a fully managed, real time access, database in the cloud that can handle Terabytes and Petabytes of data. It scales to amounts of data that you can't envision. You and I won't ever be creating and using BigTable databases; but, you should understand where big data goes and what happens to it.
Execupundit.com: The Future isn't Just Super-SmartWatches and Sexy Robots. Execupundit and I have found something about tech on which to agree. We both think that the future is scarier with drones in it. While the march to a drone filled future is probably inevitable; it would behoove us to create enforceable regulations about their use before they fill the skies. We certainly can't protect ourselves unless we act proactively. Of course, drones that are too small to see in the air are a possibility. Can we protect ourselves against that?
Two men engage in iPhone vs. Android debate, end up stabbing each other | Android and Me. You all know that I enjoy a good Android versus iPhone debate as much as the next guy,. I love poking fun at the foibles of the iPhone, and I get as good as I give. However, I draw the line at violence over the issue. These two roommates need to get separate bedrooms. Or, a separate house. Although, fractionalization of the species over all sorts of issues is one of our society's biggest problems. In my youth, the mantra was "let's agree to disagree", and one of the best lessons I ever learned from an old lawyer was that, after trial, we are all members of the same noble profession. So, let's get along folks. We share a very small planet in a very large universe.
Watch Periscope livestreams on Windows Phone with unofficial app. Looks like this is turning into LiveStream Monday. No sooner did I finish my post about Meerkat and Periscope than I stumbled onto this piece about Telescope, a Windows application that allows you to waste your life watching other people's livestreams. I have no problem with limited sharing of livestream snippets to friends and relatives who cannot be at a particular event. But, our self involved society will always take these tools, and misuse them. The old saw is true: Get busy living or get busy dying. You don't need to livestream the process.
Google exec: It's 'irresponsible' of Apple to make everything expensive - CNET. I am not a fan of Apple nor its products. However, Sundar Pichai recently pushed one of my hot buttons when, in an interview, he called Apple "irresponsible" for charging a lot more for their products. This elitist attitude has permeated the tech field for some time. Somehow Pichai thinks that Google is a better company because it "gives away" free stuff. Apple isn't immune to the elitist disease. Jonny Ive recently accused Motorola of "abdicating its responsibility as a designer" by allowing consumers to customize their phones. Why don't all of you shut up? Just make the best product you can, charge as much as you can get away with, and, if you can increase market share by giving stuff away, do it without whining about how cool you are? What ever happened to the good Capitalist system? Jeez.
Elon Musk Teases Tesla Update That Will 'End Range Anxiety' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com. There are a few reasons I won't be buying a Tesla anytime soon; not the least of which is that it costs $70,000, and I can't afford it. I have sworn never to have another car payment, which is why I keep 3 of my old cars running. When one breaks down there is always another available. And, I love old cars, even before they are antiques. However, a 300 mile range doesn't seem undoable to me, so I don't know why a tweak to the Tesla software to increase range will be so much of a game changer. In the meantime, I am buying a new car next year, in a new classification called the cycle car. It is an Elio, which has 3 wheels, gets 84 mpg, and costs $6,800, of which I have already given a down payment of $500. I sat in one in Las Vegas, and it is roomy enough for a driver and has a backseat for a second passenger or your gear. For Florida people, air conditioning is a necessity, and it has that as well. If you can afford a Tesla, more power to you (electric of course). For me and mine, the word is Elio.
Execupundit.com: A Day. If you have been in a hospital recently; but, are now out, you need to read this post by Michael Wade. You have a gift, and you get to decide what to do with it. Will you throw it away by concentrating on the bad things in your life? Or, will you enjoy every moment you have been given. I know what I will do with today. And, you can be sure that playing with a computer gadget will be among my tasks. I will also hold a parrot in my hand and hope that it doesn't bite me. And, I will walk in the grass and on the tarmac, and look up at the blue sky and the shining sun. And, I will hold someone I love. I will tell them that I love them, despite all of my faults and theirs. Then, if God gives me another day, I will do it all over again tomorrow.
The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED. Unless you have been under a rock the last 24 hours, you know about the viral dress that has been making the rounds of the Internet. Apparently, how we perceive background light or dark has a lot to do with how we perceive the color of the dress. I am a morning person, and I am predisposed to see light; so, my first perception was that the dress was white and gold. However, once the background light darkens, I can see that the dress is actually blue and black. This reminded me of the old joke about law practice, which I shall not repeat, except to comment that our job as lawyers often is to paint a picture of facts that favorably impacts our clients. We create the background light that illuminates our client. The lesson here is that perception is not always reality; but, it certainly can color our reality.