Just some amazing stats from HP. A billion exabytes. And all this data is stored somewhere distributed across the globe on little spinning magnetic disks… still magnetic disks. Wondering when the change will happen there. I am just imagining in my mind things like power loss, magnetic interferences etc. and our universe is gone. It seems so incredible fragile. Who has not yet lost some data at home? Continue reading
First of all, consider that a majority of kids and teens spend about 75% of their waking lives attached to a screen of some sort. Then consider these startling research facts gathered by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA). This study asked 1,000 students in ten countries on five continents to quit using technology and media for just ONE day. When that day was over, the researchers asked the students what happened and how they felt, and here’s what they said: Continue reading
If you think most kids are using tech in moderation, think again. Consider the following shocking statistics:
Recent Rasmussen College research shows that 90% of all two year-olds have used a computer and 50% of five year-olds use a computer regularly.
A study released in June (2013) by Northwestern University (pdf) shows that 21% of children under the age of 2 have a television in their bedroom while 40% of 6 to 8 year-olds have a bedroom TV set. Continue reading
Not exactly some environmental news, however I thought it was interesting and worth sharing.
Almost all or maybe even all router manufacturers of routers that provide this UPnP functionality use a open source library called libupnp in their router software. However, in early 2013 this library was found to have some defects. Moreover, this library is also used in several vendor network devices, in addition to media streaming and file sharing applications or digital DVRs – so basically in any network connected device, even a lot of printers. Continue reading
A political youth group has concerns about the haphazard releasing of land for urban sprawl which includes Helensville.
Generation Zero gained confidential minutes obtained through a Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request to show how the council’s governing body signed off the release of greenfield land in Helensville south on May 1 against the official advice of the Housing Project Office. Continue reading
I quite frequently state my concern over several software packages on the market and certain common mainstream operating systems. And people ask me what the alternatives were. I give them some and usually end up with recommendations like Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Firefox, Thunderbird, Openoffice, Libreoffice and Tine20. Continue reading
A new NAS report said that formaldehyde, which can be present in common households items such as clothing, wooden furniture and beauty products, is conclusively a cause of rare forms of cancer of the bones, head & neck and nasal passages.
I came across some interesting statistics from the Ministry of Social Development:
The population aged 65 years and over has increased from 11 per cent of the total population in 1991 to 13 per cent in 2009. It is expected to reach 21 per cent by 2031. The number of people aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from around 550,000 in 2009 to 1 million in the late 2020s, when they will outnumber children.
Germany has been through a long history of coal, nuclear and renewables. And there are lessons to be learnt, for sure. Continue reading
California has some water issues for some time but now it’s official. That does however not come as a surprise.
I suggest you watch “Last Call at the Oasis”, a documentary from 2011. It was already quite clear back then that Lake Mead had issues and would not be able to deliver enough water in the foreseeable future.