Saturday, May 04, 2013

Elon Musk (Tesla Motors, SpaceX) stories

Interview with Elon Musk

Next big things:

  • Electric airplanes
  • 5th mode of transportation ("hyperloop" 1/2 hour from LA to SF)

    Announcement: Tesla Unveils Revolutionary New Finance Product - YouTube:

    Blumberg interview:
    Elon Musk: "How I'm Guaranteeing Tesla Model S Car (resale value higher than Mercedes S class)

    Tesla Motors Inc(NASDAQ:TSLA)

  • Free Video: SPA Primer, by John Papa

    Free Video: SPA Primer with Durandal, Knockout and Breeze | John Papa

    John has a very good and popular SPA class on Pluralsight,
    and now there is also a bit shorter "free version".

    By the way, he also just released a The Art of Public Speaking and Effective Presentations

    class @ Pluralsight.

    Alexa Top 500 Global Sites

    Alexa Top 500 Global Sites

    1. Facebook
    2. Google
    3. YouTube
    4. Yahoo!
    6. Wikipedia
    8. Windows Live

    free download: Top 1 million web sites list , updated daily

    Scaling Pinterest: Simplicity Wins

    Pinterest has become 4th most popular social site, in mere 2 years.
    Here is a presentation @ InfoQ with some "lessons learned":

    Scaling Pinterest

    DB Clustering is complex, Sharding is simpler, simpler is better.

    The most interesting statement is on the very end:
    on question how is data security protected for "guessing" URLs,
    the (almost surprised) answer is: all data are public
    Since all is public, there is noting to protect :)
    (that is until recently, when they introduced "private" also).

    By the way, there is even a $149 tool for creating "Pinterest clones",
    that even has warning about "illegal copies", that would be clones of the clone :)
    Imagine "impersonators of Elvis Presley impersonators" :)

    No doubt Pinterest has succeeded. It is running on Amazon Web Services,
    so there is an opportunity for a "clone" on Azure, as well as Netflix and YouTube clone on Azure :)


    A HTML5 (JavaScript/CSS) library for making Metro-style "design language" web apps.

    Microsoft has packaged WinJS for Windows RT/8 native integration,
    but UI like this can be done in any browser.
    Would Microsoft lawyers mind that?


    Demo online

    Zoomboard: A Diminutive Keyboard for Ultra-Small Devices

    Chris Harrison | Zoomboard
    A Diminutive QWERTY Keyboard for Ultra-Small Devices


    @ MIT

    Linked Data - Connect Distributed Data across the Web

    Linked Data | Linked Data - Connect Distributed Data across the Web

    Linked Data as "a term used to describe a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web using URIs and RDF."

    Semantic Web is one on of W3C technologies that is useful, but not used much, because it is misunderstood, and used often in wrong way.

    In fact, Semantic (Web) technology is used in some of core Google's tools, as well as in Microsoft's Search tools. They are just not visible for end-users.

    Another similar example is SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics: created 12 years ago, it is now becoming popular to help with high-resolution screens of various sizes.

    book: Linked Data @ Manning