New Hardware Fix

I’m not excited by new technology. I don’t “need” the latest hardware. I’m excited by the possibilities new tech offers.

Personally, I’m more intrigued by the $60 unlocked Firefox OS device than any iOS 8 or Android 4.4 device.

Open Source is a philosophy, not a sales pitch for a bad UX app-focused walled garden ecosystem.

Fireside chat with the founders of Google

You should presume that some day we will be able to make machines that can reason and think and do things better than we can.

Google and the giant power to grow

Serge Brin of Google - Fireside Chat Larry Page and Sergey Brin share the story of how they almost sold their company. The two discuss their other projects – from self driving cars, the Android OS, Google Now, to machine learning technologies they are beginning to venture into.

A great quote from Sergey that gives good insight into Google’s vision for the future surrounding machine learning is that “You should presume that some day we will be able to make machines that can reason and think and do things better than we can.”

Fireside chat with Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin with Vinod Khosla

Driving innovations and breakthroughs

Larry Page mentions the book, “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis, and how many of the things we need to be happy (housing, security, opportunity, etc.) will be easily provided for us in the near future. He points out that this could be accomplished currently with less than 1% of the amount of resources and work required to do so. Page goes on to say, “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet the people’s needs is just not true.”

Larry Page of Google - Fireside Chat They very briefly make hints to a possible Google Car in the far off future and how the traditional vehicle style is not necessarily needed with a self-driving car (like having a steering wheel, seats facing forward, etc.).

Page discusses how difficult it can be to have a large company manage so many inter-related things: “The user experience needs to make sense. It needs to feel like they’re using Google, but they’re using something else. I think there is a limit to kind of how much we can do there and we have to think carefully about it.”

All and all it gives pretty good perspective into the hearts and minds of the creators of Google. Check it out.

Black Girls Code: Bridging The Digital Divide

  • Black women make up only 3% of the computing workforce.
  • Black Girls Code works against the digital divide by introducing young girls of color, into the technical field through workshops and programs.

I will forever love Kimberly Bryant for this. The future is looking mighty bright :)

OldSchoolNewSchoolMom.com Redesign

Screenshot of the Old School/New School Mom blog redesign:
Redesign - Old School New School Mom

This was a very fun project that involved a little more than just redesigning a blog.

Originally, the domain was registered with Google Apps and hosted for free on Blogger.com. And the cherry on top is that the commenting system is managed by Disqus.

All very cool things that helped enable this mommy blogger, Sarah Fader, to run her own site without needing the technical ins-and-outs that goes into Web Development. I truly admire and respect that about these services! But the ability to host your own content and truly claim ownership of the capabilities of what you can do with your Web site still trump the simplicity of each of those services to me. It’s the Open Source way.

Sarah Fader, blogger.So after many battles with Disqus (getting them to import the comments to a new system) and many battles with Google Apps (getting them to transfer registration while keeping Gmail services) and many battles with Blogger (well, this one was pretty straight forward actually), I was able to migrate all of the content and then redesign Old School/New School Mom for Sarah Fader. She’s a writer for Huffington Post with many passions and tons of blog ideas. Her dedication to her craft is truly inspiring. Be sure to check out her work!