Archive | September 2006

ScobleShow

The ScobleShow is off to a great start. The wide screen format for the videos is wonderful.

Some highlights:

  • Referring to all the game changing advancements coming to the automobile industry and how big car companies could get really beaten by the competition if they don’t pursue the right set of technologies, Jonathan Schwartz says he’s glad Sun doesn’t have to worry about that kind of problem. “I don’t worry about that other internet coming out.”
  • Thomas Hawk is a dangerous, dangerous man. Everytime I encounter his photos, writings and, now, videos, I want to buy lots of expensive camera equipment. Fixed focal length lenses sound awesome.
  • Discussing slower computers as a power-saving measure to cut enterprise server costs, Tim Bray mentioned that concurrency will soon be a big thing for back end programmers. We deal with concurrency a lot when writing UI code and he’s right: it adds complexity. I’d like to hear more from Tim about this topic.
  • The Language War segment was funny to see recorded. That type of conversation happens all the time when programmers get together. Lots of direct Q&A between coders with different language prefs. I’d love to see a casual video like this with 3 or 4 language creators moderated by an expert level programmer.
  • The Printing For Less segment was great. Interesting jargon to listen to. Meanwhile, the company’s culture, policies, and procedures are very next-gen.
  • B5 Media and Smug Mug had great things to say. I was particularly pleased with the sincere humility they projected when speaking about the challenges they face and their competitors.
  • Shai Agassi shared a lot of great insight about SAP and its customers.

Scoble wants to know who he should interview next. My picks: Bunnie, Steven Levy, Bruce Sterling, Bill Hill (again), Alton Brown, Justin Kitch, Tim Schafer. Also, the woman who created the c64 clone that’s hackable (Jeri Ellsworth).  UPDATE: Here’s a video of Jeri speaking at Stanford.

The Starbucks Machine in Homestead’s Kitchen

Last week Elizabeth (my hero) on the admin team here at Homestead put a Starbucks machine in our kitchen.  It grinds, brews and pours each cup on demand.  Great, great stuff!  It also brews hot cocoa that tastes pretty good!  Tenshi, an anonymous Homestead blogger shares her opinion of the coffee and cocoa on her blog, here.

Homestead’s 8th Annual Talent Show (2006)

Our 8th Annual Talent Show was last month.  Thai, our CTO, hosts the show almost every year and Justin, our CEO, peforms every year.  Along with the retreats and anniversary parties, the show is part of our culture and an opportunity to learn about and laugh with our coworkers.  It’s awesome!  Roger uploaded the acts to YouTube this year – now everyone can join in the fun!  Justin and Dave did a great version of Paul Simon’s Graceland (retitled HoldLand) that rivals their Demo ’05 performance.  Also impressive:  Aubrey’s song and Ron’s short film.

TechShop: Kinko’s For Geeks

[Update: MAKE did an interview / tour.]

I’m ecstatic about the news that TechShop is opening right here in Menlo Park, CA – less than 2 miles from my office! 3D Printers, Laser Cutters and CNC machines in a workshop that only charges $30 a day?!?!?!

Here are some excerpts from their site to fill you in on the shop details and then head over to Make to learn about the Grand Opening event this weekend (I’ll definitely be there)!

Main Page:

  • TechShop is a fully-equipped open-access workshop and creative environment that lets you drop in any time and work on your own projects at your own pace. It is like a health club with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment…a Kinko’s for geeks.
  • TechShop is for EVERYONE! If you already know how to use all the stuff at TechShop, that’s great. But most people only know how to use a few of the tools, machines and equipment at TechShop. If you want to learn about the equipment and tools you have never used before, you can take a short group “Building Block” class to get up to speed in about an hour, or take a more in-depth class on any subject to learn about it more fully. Don’t be afraid to try new things, no matter if it is welding, using a milling machine, working with fabrics and leather or plastics, or cutting keyways in a gear. The whole point of TechShop is to enable you with a wide variety of new capabilities so you can start to see the pathway that lets you make new and exciting things.

FAQs:

  • Our goal is to have the TechShop facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But initially, the hours will probably be 9 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week.
  • We will have programs and classes for kids. We are still working on the details but kids and young adults (under 18) can work at TechShop with a parent or legal guardian.
  • We have priced TechShop Unlimited Monthly Access Passes at $100, and TechShop Unlimited Daily Access Passes at $30. Up through the TechShop Grand Opening weekend, you can also buy a TechShop Annual Unlimited Access Pass for $1,000.