The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

To shed light on the software that has tilted the world on its axis, [Slate’s] editors polled computer scientists, software developers, historians, policymakers, and journalists. They were asked to pick: Which pieces of code had a huge influence? Which ones warped our lives? About 75 responded with all sorts of ideas, and Slate has selected 36. It’s not a comprehensive list—it couldn’t be, given the massive welter of influential code that’s been written. (One fave of mine that didn’t make the cut: “Quicksort”! Or maybe Ada Lovelace’s Bernoulli algorithm.) Like all lists, it’s meant to provoke thought—to help us ponder anew how code undergirds our lives and how decisions made by programmers ripple into the future.
Read the full Slate article here: slate.com

Virtual CES 2021 – Part 3

Consumer Hardware Needs Content Quantity, Variety

Since the earliest CES, the OMG of the show has always been the screen … bigger, better, brighter, more immersive, more versatile, less expensive.  That’s a good thing because this year’s virtual event (and our locked at home lives) would have been terribly dull without the screen … and the content.

5G/NextGen TV, streaming and remote learning/work/communications tools are great, but they are nothing without the content creation industry – audio, video, gaming. Content and virtual CES became even more important ingredients in the CTA world technology mix. 

2020 left a lasting mark on our relationship with (and blurred the lines between) work, technology and entertainment. The pandemic was devastating to the out-of-home entertainment industry – theatrical live and video.

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Virtual CES 2021 – Part 2

The Tech Event that Mixes Business and Pleasure

 

Chips are important…DUH, but there’s more to CES than present/future technology. There’s also the practical side for home and the office. While chips are in everything today, most of us feel the first place to experience them is in productivity, personal tools. 

At CES, the work/play/communicate device makers were at their best and compute, notebook folks rolled out so many outstanding devices that picking faves wasn’t easy.

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Virtual CES 2021 – Part 1

A Technology Event So Big You Can’t See It All in One Seating

After years of working the floor at CES, it’s easy to summarize … dumb from the neck up, numb from the neck down.  This year was worse. 

You couldn’t “miss” a keynote, press event, panel session – seven days of pre and CES press events, news, analysis, projections – because they were there, online waiting for you. The good stuff you revisit.  The rest you hit delete.

 Simply put, CES 2021 was different and challenging for Shapiro’s CTA crew … everyone!

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February 10, 2021 Meeting

Highlights of CES 2021
Andy Marken

Andy Marken returns to SPAUG to review the highlights of smart everything – cars, TVs, toys, games, homes, cities, streaming content and more – and the best new products of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. After years of working the floor at CES, it’s easy to summarize … dumb from the neck up, numb from the neck down. This year was worse. 

You couldn’t “miss” a keynote, press event, panel session – seven days of pre and CES press events, news, analysis, projections – because they were there, online waiting for you. The good stuff you revisit.  The rest you hit delete. 

Simply put, CES 2021 was different and challenging. If you would like a preview of the meeting, visit Andy’s blog, Content Insider, on our site.

Andy Marken is President of Marken Communications and has been involved in the marketing of storage technology for more than 25 years. His experience includes work with Panasonic, Verbatim, Matsushita, Plasmon, Nikon, Mitsubishi Chemical, OWC, Newertech and a number of storage solution manufacturers Andy can be reached at andy@markencom.com.

As usual there will be “Random Access” Q&A period. If you have a particular topic you would like to discuss, please send an email to webmaster@spaug.net so we can reserve time in the schedule.

NOTE: This will be a ‘virtual’ meeting using Zoom videoconferencing.

The Zoom site will open early to provide time for some good ol’ schmoozing.

When: February 10, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdeCtqTwqHdYoWOU5WnrbfnxqlPkUb_zI

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