‘Gods’ Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots – Bloomberg

“We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,” said Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyota’s plants. “When I was a novice, experienced masters used to be called gods, and they could make anything.” […]

Picture This: Hosted Lifebits in the Personal Cloud | Cloudline | Wired.com

It’s not just photos. I want the same for my whole expanding set of digital objects, including medical and financial records, commercial transactions, personal correspondence, home energy use data, you name it. I want all of my lifebits to be hosted in the cloud under my control. Is that feasible? Technically there are huge challenges, […]

Hope for a Tool-Less Tomorrow | iFixit.org

I’ve seen the future, and not only does it work, it works without tools. It’s moddable, repairable, and upgradeable. Its pieces slide in and out of place with hand force. Its lid lifts open and eases shut. It’s as sleek as an Apple product, without buried components or proprietary screws. via Hope for a Tool-Less […]

Data hand tools – O’Reilly Radar

Any person who does computer support avoids certain ‘technologies’ like the plague. Usually fear is the single biggest reason why. Commandlines, shell scripting, programming are all things some people avoid because they never learned it or come from an unrelated background (like the Humanities). While they are functional outside of those areas (Hey I can find a control panel and click check boxes!) the brute force tasks they are asked to do can sometimes be made to vanish, evaporate by the use of the almightly lever of Data Hand Tools. I’ve experienced the absolute incredible speed up a once slow, aggravating, tedious task of formatting or cutting things up to do web log analysis, but I discovered a few utilities in Unix and went to town.

Showcase Your Skills & Analyze Which Skills Are Trending With LinkedIn’s New Tool

Apart from making friends/connections and advertising your skills and interests, LinkedIn collects data on all the traffic through their pages. What better way to see what jobs skills are popular and being consumed by potential employers within the LinkedIn Universe. Better than job numbers that’s for sure.

Drain the carburetor bowl on your mower

There is so much “stuff” in gasoline today that is not native to the crude oil from which it was distilled. There’s all kinds of additives to improve this, or stop that, prevent the other that over time they begin to settle out. It’s not a perfect mixture today’s gasoline, it’s more an emulsion of heptane,octane and nonane mixed with some less soluble and some more soluble things. And it’s those things that can get stuck in the carburetor’s microscopic fuel passages when you let it sit over the winter. Help yourself, and drain out all the fuel you can.