Monday, November 29, 2010

Yesterday's Lessons

Given the long weekend, Saturday and Sunday were atypical days. I took our dog, Quincy, in to the vet to have his foot rebandaged (post-surgery for removal of a growth). I met with a friend I haven't connected with in a long time. And Nanette and I had dinner last night with friends, a couple who is relatively new to the area. 

I learned a few things. Here we go:

  • Increasing the dose of antibiotics by 1/3 might stave off the inflamation and possible infection Quincy's dealing with
  • Moore's law & Metcalfe's law - taken together - seem to outstrip our ability to understand and appreciate the pace of change (and the implications of that change)
  • Moore's law: the number of transisotors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. The trend has continued for more than half a century and is not expected to stop.
  • Metcalfe's law: the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). First formulated in this form by George Gilder in 1993,[1] and attributed to Robert Metcalfe in regard to Ethernet, Metcalfe's law was originally presented, circa 1980, not in terms of users, but rather of "compatible communicating devices" (for example, fax machines, telephones, etc). [2] Only recently with the launch of the internet and Web 2.0 design did this law carry over to users and networks as its original intent was to describe Ethernet purchases and connections. [3] The law is also very much related to economics and business management, especially with competitive companies looking to merge with one another. 
  • A friend has undertaken a deep dive into Bob Dylan. He recommended Biograph. I love it.
  • Another friend talked about net-neutrality policy issues and a move to create a Broadband Technology Advisory Group that screens issues before the FCC sees them
  • Moving all my music/business book library from the second floor to my basement studio requires about 5X more time than I would have predicted. 

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