Building an innovation ecosystem

Monday morning. A bit cloudy but the forecast is good. On this date Auschwitz was liberated in 1945 and in 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed to end the Vietnam War.

Meet the iPad. Has it been ten years?

Portland Maine would like to become a tech hub, joining Boston, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Silicon Valley as innovation centers. The political leadership seem thoughtful about the city’s economic health and its future. And they have some help: a local billionaire and Northeastern University. Not to mention the local food scene, which certainly won’t hurt when it comes to attracting talent.

This case is a mess. Looks like the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office didn’t anticipate how strongly Judge Sally Kelly would object to being sidestepped.

Dietary supplements are a $35 billion dollar business. They come in two flavors. The ones that do nothing and the ones that do something. And for the ones that do something, that something is usually not a good thing.

And the last time a folding phone was introduced it was a disaster. Apparently Motorola doesn’t want to make those same mistakes with its ‘new’ Razr.

In rats’ alley

Another weekend rolls around. It’s Saturday, January 24th. Take a moment today to appreciate a beer can.

The VFW is wanting an apology from the president regarding remarks he made about traumatic brain injuries.

According to the Dorchester Reporter there’s a rat problem in the Polish Triangle. In a meeting with residents a city health inspector told the group that there were billions of them. (That seemed like a lot to me but it might not be an exaggeration.) Next steps appear to involve better managing trash containers and getting landlords in the neighborhood to be more aware of the problem.

Clay Christensen has died. He was a huge influence in business over the last several decades, especially in tech.

This guy could write the book on how not to rob a bank. At least he’s a dog lover.

And Dieter Bohn articulates the concern that many, including me, have with Google’s new search results page.

Medium rare

It’s Friday, January 24, 2020. Happy birthday to the Mac.

Police in the UK are upping their use of facial recognition, with real-time analysis of faces.

It may be too cold for some but my grill goes all year long. I don’t have one of those outlandish looking top-of-the-line status grills. It’s just a modest two-burner Weber. Solid, and it works like a charm. Engadget introduces us to Weber’s newest innovation: pellet grills. Seems elaborate. Probably not for me but I’ll keep an open mind.

Universal Hub reports Boston’s second murder of the year. It happened on Juliette Street in Dorchester. (Random association: the street was once memorialized by a character in John Updike‘s 1988 novel S.)

We shouldn’t panic yet, according to the World Health Organization. They’re keeping an eye on what’s happening in China but they didn’t declare a global emergency. Part of that decision was based on what they know of what’s happening in China. But that may not be reliable. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

And it will be an interesting dynamic between San Francisco’s offense on the ground and the Kansas City defense but at the end of the day it will be up to Garoppolo to step in and fill any gaps.

A digital disruption

Not only is today Saturday, but it’s also National Spaghetti Day.

1/I’m surprised that 3d printed guns haven’t made much of an impact on crime. That could be changing.

2/Iran has an aggressive and capable cyber-warfare capability. Some sort of an attack is likely and what it will look like depends largely on how much damage they want to risk.

3/The most important gear for workouts, in my opinion, is a good set of bluetooth headphones. I’ve used JayBird and Beats X in the past and both worked fine. I currently use (and really like) these RBH earbuds but unfortunately they don’t seem to be available anymore. The Wirecutter has some alternative recommendations.

4/We survived reliving Y2K but now, in 2020, there’s a new worldwide date-based glitch. Luckily it seems to only effect parking meters.

No spots available

A Monday squeezed between Christmas and New Year. Weather-wise, it’s a good day to stay in if you don’t have to go out.

While you were relaxing by the fire over the holidays scientists were working on submitting their papers. Here are some of the most cited from last year.

If you want to take the T to work you have to get to the station. If you don’t live near the station you have to drive to it. And then you have to park. Many lots are full by the morning rush and because of supply and demand prices for parking go up. And that’s on top of your T pass. Eventually you run the numbers and find it’s cheaper, quicker and more convenient to just drive in and park. That’s unfortunate but it’s a reality for a lot of people.

The hype was overblown but the potential for a Y2K catastrophe was real. Looking back, it was thanks to the work of a lot of dedicated people that we averted disaster twenty years ago.

Boston had 38 murders so far in 2019. There’s a list of each of the victims compiled by Adam Gaffin. By comparison with similar sized cities, San Francisco had 32, Milwaukee‘s total was 98, Baltimore had 339 and Philly, a slightly bigger city, had 351.

And, from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA, an autonomous truck delivered the butter. It was the first cross-country autonomous freight run.