WSJ – Do you Know Cobol, if so, there might be a job for you

https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-know-cobol-if-so-there-might-be-a-job-for-you-1537550913?emailToken=952c2458f734565f2cdd19861188b35ecXxl1Hm2FCmaRUCafpMaiOYT7ssgyh3gHoMWVajw2gx2rYt6NkFZI5joVaNk8mDEsbXXRYAdUvKMhaauTCvIuJ0mqTCAtzXRYXMJX/kDDK0%3D&reflink=article_gmail_share Ten years before man walked on the moon, a group of software engineers created the Common Business-Oriented Language—better know as Cobol—to standardize business computer programming despite its advanced age, Cobol is still the most prevalent programming language in the financial-services industry world-wide powers millions of banking transactions every day Banks and other companies have … Continue reading WSJ – Do you Know Cobol, if so, there might be a job for you

NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/smarter-living/eisenhower-box-productivity-tips.html I'll be the first to admit I'm a 1st class procrastinator … fun article to read Your brain is working against you, and it's because of a phenomenon called the urgency effect brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards people more likely to perform urgent, smaller tasks with a deadline than more … Continue reading NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

NYT and WSJ – U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/technology/supercomputer-china-us.html https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-says-its-supercomputer-leaps-ahead-of-chinese-rival-1528473600?emailToken=8a3af6e1baa6d3b68820d69fc14b3a1eAQHwV0xa9R5om/fR9/VKmnfQM4kpy8mNg43AAeEZKASiEhS9ZawcCo8VVrPv+y1D00jUfRI+KEauWAmysM5d3QvWcFR2SVFbQwhhsTb9/hdUXVN6Wj1Wm4E54RoBLdgB&reflink=article_gmail_share United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world's speediest supercomputer China, last 5 years, had the world's fastest computer (note though it was build from CPU's from US companies like Intel, though more recently internally developed CPU's like Sunway TaihuLight) United States retook the lead thanks to a … Continue reading NYT and WSJ – U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

WaPo – ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/06/i-can-understand-about-50-percent-of-the-things-you-say-how-congress-is-struggling-to-get-smart-on-tech/?utm_term=.d9d46ecbb133 https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/disrupter-series-quantum-computing/ The most obvious recent example of this was Zuckerberg's testimony before congress when almost all questions to him were from obviously ignorant politicians and their understand of technology tech experts arrived at a little-noticed hearing at the U.S. Capitol in May with a message: Quantum computing is a bleeding-edge technology with the potential … Continue reading WaPo – ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech

NYT – What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/books/review/edward-tenner-the-efficiency-paradox.html Book Review in NYT … haven't read book, but it's on my reading list and will update this blog entry with more info when done. "The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do", Edward Tenner https://www.amazon.com/Efficiency-Paradox-What-Data-Cant/dp/1400041392 While Silicon Valley's leaders are making platforms, apps and algorithms to create maximum efficiency in life and when … Continue reading NYT – What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency

WSJ – The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-windows-laptop-1-000-ish-can-buy-1522162531 Doing some research on laptop's as my old desktop system bit the dust after 11 years (probably got my monies worth). This article seems fairly unbiased and looks to satisfy just normal users (versus gamers, audio/video artists) This article intentionally did not look at Chromebooks (didn't run full range of Windows apps), MacBooks (luxury … Continue reading WSJ – The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy

NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/smarter-living/how-to-finally-just-make-a-decision.html Fear of Better Options. Researchers call this phenomenon maximization -  relentless researching of all possible options for fear that you'll miss out on the "best" one maximizers tend to make better decisions less satisfied with those decisions than are people who make quicker ones based on less research (called satisficers)  maximizers less satisfied because they … Continue reading NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier