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Wednesday,  01/08/14  11:01 PM

the NestA day of coding ... and Nest-ing ... yes, I have a new toy.  Pretty soon everything will be WiFi-connected, the Internet of things will be real.  And we'll have wearable computing to control it all :)

So, Google Glass is a borg mullet.  So be it.  Let's just hope it is a useful borg mullet, and not just a dancing bear.

Little known fact about me, I actually wore a mullet, somewhat, in between my white-afro and big beard stages.

iScense 3D scannerNews from CES: 3D Systems announce a full-color 3D printer for under $5,000 (lust!), a delicious candy printer (yum!), a "haptic mouse" (for scanning 3D objects), and ... a cool 3D scanner for iPads.  Wow, I want one of each.  Maybe someday soon I can print them on a 3D Systems printer :)

(Don't care for the name though ... iSense = non-sense :)

More news from CES ... or is it?  Can you tell the difference between actual CES product and thing we made up?  Heh.

Tim Bray nails it: Software in 2014.  "Our tools are good, our server developers are happy, but when it comes to building client-side software, we really don’t know where we're going or how to get there."  I'm struggling with this at two different companies, every client side UI has to be developed [at least] twice, with two [or three] sets of tools, etc.

introducing JellyHuh, this looks interesting: Jelly, Biz Stone’s New Q&A Platform, Uses Images To Find Answers.  But it doesn't use visual search the way eyesFinder will, instead it uses crowdsourcing, where the crowd is your friends.  Will be interesting to try and equally interesting to see how much traction it gets...

Meanwhile: The Bing Dilemma: What To Do With The Little Search Engine That Can't.  "The challenge that Microsoft faces in the online search landscape could be a business school case study: how to capture market share from a competitor whose very brand (“Google”) has become synonymous with the act of searching online."  Of course, Google themselves faced this situation when they started; Alta Vista and Yahoo already existed, and were already famous and heavily used. How did they win? By being obviously better. The challenge for Bing is to be obviously better when Google is already so good.

bull skating!Proving once again that once you think you've seen it all, you haven't; here we have the art of bull skating.  Yep.

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