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Technology Sony is no longer an electronics company

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This article explains the tragic end of Sony as an electronics company. I have been very negative about Sony for decades because of their poor product quality and high prices (excluding their professional electronics division), but it seems this has finally caught up with them, and it is too late for them to recover. At some point, attractive product design just isn't enough. The last paragraph says it all:

For everyone else, this is kind of depressing — Sony was among the first great consumer electronics companies, and now it's falling apart because smartphones and software completely subsumed almost every device in its catalog. Sony's phones are generally excellent now, but haven't seen nearly the kind of traction Samsung's phones have seen. Sony also made the cardinal error of trying to foist garbage software and services on people. That error is slowly being corrected; most Sony devices now run basically clean versions of Android, and Sony just killed its in-house music streaming service in favor of Spotify. But it's too little, too late: the customers Sony needs have been buying Samsung products for too long now.

All the Japanese electronics manufacturers are having problems, but the decline of Sony is the most extreme.

 


Thoughts I'm There

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This devotional article has a powerful message.

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Technology The Internet of Things You Don't Really Need

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This thoughtful article questions the value of interconnected devices.

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Technology Fossil Fuels Will Save the World (Really)

Monday, March 16, 2015

This is an excellent article about the impact of fossil fuels, and their future.

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Technology Nuclear Weapons Control Systems

Friday, January 30, 2015

I have always been interested in the USA's nuclear weapons control systems because they are designed for the ultimate in reliability. Recently declassified videos expose the details of this historically secret system. I have grouped the videos into categories, with the Strategic Air Command command-and-control details first, then the missile facilities, launch, and silo videos, and finally the strategic nuclear bomber force. You will see the red and gold phones, the underground control rooms, and the trucks used to get the missiles in and out of their silos. The dramas are particularly interesting because they show the entire system working in a simulated attack.

While many of these videos are over fifty years old and show technology that has certainly been improved, the basic processes have not changed. (You can see this in cases where there are old and new videos on the same topic.) There are even more videos available.

Strategic Air Command (sac) Headquarters

SAC Simulation Dramas

Missile Launch Control Facility

Missile Launch Control Center (Underground)

Missile Silo Launch Facility

Ballistic Missile Technology

Strategic Alert Bombers

Annual Reports

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Technology Weather Underground

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My wife has been saying Weather Underground is more accurate in predicting the weather than the National Weather Service for two years now. In the most recent storm, Weather Underground predicted the magnitude of the snow storm accurately days before, while the National Weather Service had wildly-inflated estimates even the night before. Our local National Weather Service staff have since apologized for their inaccuracy. My family is now switching to the Weather Underground for future weather prediction needs.

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Community Local Ethnic Food Stores

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I realized yesterday that we regularly visit a wide variety of ethnic food stores. They were not easy to find so I wanted to share the list:

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