How Google Works

I'll have to read this and see how it compares to my own experiences. ;)

How Google Works
HOW GOOGLE WORKS is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg learned as they helped build the company.   The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multiface…

I'd Buy That For A Dollar

Some interesting ebooks in this bundle.  For literally any price, you can get a copy of American Gods with no DRM, which is alone worth the price of admission.  Pay more than $7.50 or so, and you can get quite the collection.

#books #neilgaiman

Humble Bookperk Bundle Presented by HarperCollins Publishers
HarperCollins is here with a perk, a Bookperk to be precise! Name your price for up to 14 books in the Humble Bookperk Bundle!

Maps Explain The World

Well, they are a useful tool for framing discussion, anyway.  As people who read my posts know by now, I love maps.  And this collection is one of the best I've seen recently.  Enjoy!

#maps #global #economy  

38 maps that explain the global economy
Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there’s no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

National Geographic Mapmaking

I have a large collection of maps from National Geographic; my Uncle Jim Schmelzer worked there for many, many years, and as a result there was a constant supply of these colorful portrayals of our world in my house.  It is fascinating to hear the back story on what got them started.

#maps #schmelzer 

How World War I Launched Mapmaking at National Geographic
This July marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. It was during the war that National Geographic Society began producing original maps.


Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project!

Reshared post from +Urs Hölzle

At Google we want our products to be fast and reliable, and that requires a great network infrastructure, whether it's for the more than a billion Android users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform. And sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean. That’s why we’re investing in FASTER, a new undersea cable that will connect major West Coast cities in the US to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60 Tbps (that's about ten million times faster than your cable modem). Along with our previous investments – UNITY in 2008 and SJC (South-East Asia Japan Cable) in 2011, FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia. 

A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System “FASTER”: Press Releases | NEC
August 11, 2014 – A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called

Malware, from the FBI

TOR was originally created by the US Navy, and subsequently used by  human rights workers, activists and people in oppressed countries to communicate issues without getting killed in reprisal.  Now the FBI is trying its best to kill it, though the use of drive-by hacking.

#malware #tor #humanrights #fbi

Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer | Threat Level | WIRED
Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes. Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge.