"Though the first steam locomotive was invented by Richard Trevithick in 1804, it was the civil and mechanical engineer George Stephenson who played the greatest part in the development of the first railways. He constructed his first locomotive in 1814 and was instrumental in the building of the world’s first public steam locomotive hauled railway in 1825."
It isn’t technical writing per se. That was what I was expecting at first. Instead, the title refers to mainstream media articles about technology subject matter. I guess it would be rather silly and overspecialized to assemble a “best of technical writing” post.
This is an unoriginal idea drawn from the comments of another article, for inclusion in any Worst Tech Writing of 2011 lists that have yet to be assembled:
Gill was an artist doing engravings, prints, book and fonts designs. He was also an essayist with some rather peculiar ideas by today’s standards.
A sample of his ideas: “There is no remedy for unemployment unless we scrap machinery.” In the context of when he was writing (1930’s UK), it would be like saying today: In order to solve our national (USA) economic problems we must stop all trade with China. Neither are realistic ideas.
The image above was used as the illustration in a TechCrunch post, a rather scary one.
Premise: The industrial revolution improved living standards while creating new, better jobs. Technological and scientific discoveries of the 20th century followed, with a similarly beneficial effect. But increased automation and productivity due to present-day advancements are associated with, well, read the article. Sounds like “Return of the Luddites”, at first glance. TechCrunch is aware of that. They address it rather effectively.
Article is not anti-intellectual, nor political, nor self-assured. It makes some observations. The author seems to hope he is wrong as much as, well, as much as I do.
Feel free to share. Point out all the holes, flaws, specious logic, and I will thank you.
I was reminded of an article I read a few months ago about the “real reason women quit engineering.” Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineeringsummarizes the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study of 3,700 women with engineering degrees.
They found that just one in four women who had left the field reported doing so to spend more time with family. And, unsurprisingly:
Women engineers who were treated in a condescending, patronizing manner, and were belittled and undermined by their supervisors and co-workers were most likely to want to leave their organizations.
News such as this can’t inspire young women to go into these fields…
What percentage of women are participating in the more technical side of technology companies? Vastly fewer than men. According to U.S. government statistics, women accounted for 36 percent of IT professionals in 1991. They now account for only 25 percent of same.
In an article last year in the Wall Street Journal [regarding] the lack of women in venture-backed startups:
Only about 11% of U.S. firms with venture-capital backing in 2009 had current or former female CEOs or female founders… Start-up incubator Y Combinator has had just 14 female founders among the 208 firms it has funded.
The “where-are-all-the-women” meme is familiar… But in start-up land, where the good idea is supposed to trump social status and everything else, the lack of women in positions of authority stands out.
alfabet recently commissioned a survey with independent research firm Nucleus Research, on data quality amongst enterprise organizations. It was interesting – and somewhat surprising – to see the results that came from it.
The beauty of DASD: Direct Access Storage Devices.
I used to model the performance of these critters, long ago. I used queuing theory, seek and search, actuator fly height. Ask Cutlerish. He knows.
IBM GPD San Jose
We considered the DASD innards rather beautiful. Nearly everyone had a disk or two hanging on the wall, shinier and more reflective than any mirror I’ve ever seen. Look how well-made they were. This image reminds me of precision machining work.
A couple weeks ago I talked about a patent awarded to Apple to charge devices wirelessly using induction charging. This is still viable… however, I just learned about an even better technology.
Ubeam is a tech start-up that invented a concept [demo’d] at the D9 Conference. Think of an audio speaker that plays music. It transmits radio waves from the speaker to your ears. Using ultrasound, Ubeam transmits very high sound from their charger to a charging station where you can plug in multiple devices to charge simultaneously, wirelessly. The only catch is there can’t be anything blocking it.
I think it will be a success if Ubeam gets the right funding.