When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, [...]
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages – I always felt the culture was a bit exploitative, but I underestimated the power of greed concentrated into a few individuals.
- Financial Crisis of 2008 – - IEEE Consultants – ‘The speaker, Samir Padalkar, will take a quick look at some often-debated basics of the 2008 financial crisis including causes, financial products and the role of various players; banks, insurers, rating agencies, Fannie – Freddie and the Federal Reserve. He will compare the 2008 crisis with the Internet Bubble. Finally, he will describe the current state of affairs including Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule & Too Big to Fail.’
- The late, great 8-hour workday
- Vivek Wadhwa: Keeping Women in the Tech Workforce
- Why business schools charge so much and pay their teachers so little
- Great Companies Don’t Have an Exit Strategy
Course: Building and Running Community Cellular Networks with OpenBTS.
- OpenBTS: An open-source GSM/SIP gateway that converts 2G GSM into standard VoIP protocols.
- FreeSWITCH: An open-source PBX/SIP Switch that routes all SIP traffic in the network.
- smqueue: An open-source Short Message Service Center (SMSC) that routes SMS messages.
- sipauthserve: An open-source Home Location Register (HLR) that maintains the Subscriber Registry (SR)
I attended Maker Faire, which was a blast. I attended Zero to Maker: Getting to Speed with the Maker Movement (got a book signed by David Lang) and The Industrial Age is Over: Welcome to the Maker Age with Douglas Rushkoff. There were many interesting talks and presentations – archived videos from the main and live stages are at Maker Faire | Live.
A shout out to Makerbar and the members of Makerbar who put together the Orbital Rendersphere (five Editor’s Choice awards!). After helping dismantle their stand, we hung out together afterwards in Flushing, consuming soup dumplings (xiao long bao) and other delicious Shanghainese foods.
World Maker Faire Media Coverage:
IMT-Advanced explained – *I want to slap the T-Mobile spokes model in back of head NCIS style* – what is being marketed as 4G is more honestly 3.5G, what’s marketed as LTE is only 4G-capable and what being called 5G (LTE-Advanced?) is really just full 4G.