Saturday, March 15, 2008

Computer Monitors and Productivity

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Prof. James Anderson at the University of Utah have conducted a study about computer monitor sizes/number and the impact on productivity. Their findings: "People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen."

Time to shop for some computer monitors in the name of productivity.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy π Day!

In the American system of writing dates, today is 3/14 (March 14th) which is the approximation of π to two digits 3.14. It's therefore celebrated as π Day.

Happy π Day!

The media is buzzing with the annual outpouring of π math and trivia and here's some good stuff:

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Inside Google

A former Google employee - Hans Cardinal - has apparently vented about Google's recruiting practices and the way things are inside in Google. I'm not surprised though, especially about this statement: "... most of the new hires work on ads. Maintenance. Bug fixes." This is inevitable in a large company that has a well-established product.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Starcraft 2 - Zerg Unveiled

Blizzplanet has screenshots of the Zerg from the upcoming Starcraft 2. Very detailed and I must say that the visuals are more gory than the original Starcraft. Some of the sights are going to send shivers down the spines of Terrans and the Protoss.

En Taro Adun!

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Internet

Here's a description of the internet from the New York Times as part of an obituary to Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. If you understand most of this without a Google search or Wikipedia browsing, consider yourself an internet geek. (Click on the image if you are unable to see the whole thing.)

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SI Prefixes Redux

A while back, I had a post about SI Prefixes. XKCD now has a humorous take on SI Prefixes:

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