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DPL Reading List – November 9, 2018


| November 9, 2018 | in

Here are some of the new and interesting articles we found this week.

To Keep Pace With Moore’s Law, Chipmakers Turn to ‘Chiplets’ – “Chip chiefs say chiplets will enable their silicon architects to ship more powerful processors more quickly. One reason is that it’s quicker to mix and match modular pieces linked by short data connections than to painstakingly graft and redesign them into a single new chip.”

Five ways to get more done by reclaiming your wasted pockets of time – “The default setting for most individual’s brains when they have 20 minutes or less is to waste it on activities that give them no greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day than if they had skipped them. As a time management coach, I’ve seen that most people can easily reclaim one to two hours of productivity in their workday by changing their default settings. That means getting more stuff done and less working late.”

Hollywood’s favorite UX designers just designed a real smartwatch – “The bright, wiry interfaces could have been lifted straight out of Iron Man’s own helmet, with data visualizations firing across the screen like lasers. That was very much by design.”

5 Reasons Why You’re a Perfect Cyber Attack Target – “Most people do. They believe that hackers won’t target them because hackers go for the “big fish”. Most people are wrong. The truth is: not even small businesses are safe from cyber attacks. In fact, perusing through Barkly’s 5 cybersecurity statistics every small business should know in 2018 will show that not only are cyber attacks on small businesses possible, but they’re also quite common. Likewise, not even individuals are 100% safe from cyber attacks. Hackmageddon’s June 2018 cyber attack statistics even show that 20% of cyber attacks are aimed at individuals.”

The office of the future? No desks, no chairs – “Much has been said about the downfall of cubicles and the rise of open-plan offices over the years, with the pendulum of public favor alternating between the two. With Soft Work, the designers argue that the next trend in 21st-century working life will be to do away with the shackles of the desk-and-chair setup altogether. In their vision, offices of the future may consist of sofas–and little more.”

What Does It Take to Keep a Classic Mainframe Alive? – “Restoring a decades-old mainframe to working condition is impressive enough, but keeping it running is even more impressive. Back in 2004, the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley acquired an IBM 1401 mainframe, a workhorse of the 1960s. After years of effort, volunteers triumphed over broken wires and corroded parts to restore the machine, along with a second 1401 acquired in 2008.”

What 2001: A Space Odyssey can tell us about life in 2018 – “The movie was made through a collaboration with science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke and film director Stanley Kubrick, inspired by Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End and his lesser-known short story The Sentinel. A striking work of speculative fiction, it depicts–in terms sometimes hopeful and other times cautionary–a future of alien contact, interplanetary travel, conscious machines, and even the next great evolutionary leap of humankind.”

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