Fractals of Change: January 2009

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19 posts from January 2009

January 31, 2009

Author’s Nightmare


12,000 pounds of books; six tons; eight pallets with three layers each containing 14 boxes; each box weighs 37 pounds and has 14 books in it. If you're doing the math you know that one pallet wasn't full. More...

January 29, 2009

Owning Servers is Passé

Cloud computing isn't just for little guys anymore. Both local hosting businesses and MIS-managed computer centers are likely to disappear into the clouds in the next couple of years. Small is NOT beautiful in host computers anymore. Amazon (for example) CAN do it better and cheaper than you. More...

January 27, 2009

Smart Grants for Smart Metering

$4.5 billion is the number currently in the House version of the stimulus bill for a 50% match to money spent on smart grid projects. As important as the money are the terms:

"The Secretary shall require as a condition of re More...

January 26, 2009

Pew Poll Shows Americans Cooling on Global Warming

A new poll from the Pew Research Center has global warming ranked dead last among twenty alternatives presented for ranking as top pr More...

January 25, 2009

New York in Winter

There was a patchwork of empty seats all over Madison Square Garden for the Friday night Knicks game; I'd had no trouble getting four good tickets online a few days earlier; used to be you had to go to a scalper for any Knicks tickets if you weren't a season ticket holder. Tickets have been easie More...

January 21, 2009

Fiat Deal Values Chrysler at Less Than Zero

Fiat won't accept a 35% stake in Chrysler unless the US adds another $3 billion to the $4 billion we've already "lent" to the "US" automaker, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Fiat isn't going t More...

The World is Overbanked

We have too many financial institutions and too many people working in the financial trades. "Saving" banks is an even worse idea than saving car manufacturers. "Dusting ourselves off" means taking our losses and moving on; even the losses we incurred in the most recent round of bank bailouts. Su More...

January 19, 2009

Cape Cod’ll Tell which Way the Wind Is Blowing

Within thirty days we'll have a good indication of how serious the Obama administration is about freeing us from dependence of foreign fossil fuels; that's when the developers of the Cape Wind project could first get a federal lease for the offshore turbines More...

January 17, 2009

Inaugural Thoughts


January 15, 2009

Beware the Coyote Syndrome

Wylie Coyote sometimes runs over the lip of a cliff but doesn't start to fall until he looks down and sees that there's nothing but air under his feet. Same thing happens with companies and industries: if they' More...

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