Category Archives: Red Ramblings

Rants, observations and general commentary about life not involving usability.

LinkedIn’s New Tools

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with some 500 million members, has made a large business out of recruitment — with some 11 million job listings on the site at any given time, and the recruitment market providing the company with its largest source of revenue. Now it is taking another step…

Since I’m currently on the market, this caught my eye. It’s still in beta and won’t be released until next year (and I hope to God I’m not still looking then) but if this does what it’s supposed to it could be a useful tool.

via LinkedIn to launch Talent Insights, a new analytics tool, as it dives deeper into data — TechCrunch

One hand?

Just saw this on Twitter. Is it true that most of you young pups use only one hand when on your phone? Every time I see my 17 year-old do that I yell at her. With the size and bulk of these new “phablets” it just seems like its begging for a cracked screen.

However, I am always a bit paranoid every time I have my phone out and I’m walking around… even if it is in an Otterbox.

one hand

Because “flapping” in the breeze just wasn’t enough…?

Not really sure how I feel about this one.

On the one hand, it’s cool that they have tech that can do this.

On the other, isn’t this basically the Webster’s definition of “tacky” and “disrespectful”?

This is curious new technology; imagine the US Flag being able to play the National Anthem from the flagpole! How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EAST LANSING, Mich. – A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as […]

via New Tech: US flag could act as a speaker to play the National Anthem — Watts Up With That?

Happy Mother’s Day

I never know if it’s “Mothers” (all mothers) or “Mother’s” (my mother)… but either way Happy M Day to all you moms out their.

At this stage in life I have to wish it to two amazing women; the one who gave me life and the one who gave that life meaning in the form of my little girl.

I (and probably all men as a rule) don’t say it enough, but THANK YOU. You’ve long put up with my crap and never once followed through on your threats to kill me.

I would go into some long, sappy essay on a mother’s love but I have to go kill a bug in the kitchen. Good to know I’ve still got some usefulness around here.

 

-J

Finally, sneakers for me and my bad knees.

I saw this story and thought “It’s about 30 years too late, but hallelujah.” You see, I don’t merely have flat feet… I have planks bolted to my ankles. I have zero arch. Add that to time spent in the Army where your 2-mile run time is more important than your range score and my knees are shot. I would have loved to have a pair of these bad boys back in the mid-to-late 80’s.

Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking directly into the sole. But unlike…

via Smart running shoes won’t make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt — TechCrunch

For the paranoid in all of us…

From televisions to toasters, all kinds of devices are getting hooked up to the Internet. That’s bringing convenience, like air conditioning systems that can be activated remotely while you’re on your way home from work. But it’s also bringing new privacy concerns, as anything connected to the Internet tends to attract the attention of hackers.…

via 7 Easy Ways to Stop Your Gadgets From Spying on You — Tech – TIME