Archive for June 17th, 2011
I.B.M. was founded a hundred years ago today, as C.T.R., or Computing Tabulating and Recording Company, and it’s best known for its data machines: commercial scales and clocks, industrial time recorders and punch cards, and, of course, computers. It’s also famous for the impact it’s had on the information-technology industry, having helped tackle massive projects such as the U.S. Census and the creation of Social Security—the largest accounting project of its time. Less celebrated, though, is the company’s influential efforts in the field of design.
Steve Hamm, the co-author of “Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped A Century and A Company,” which was published this month to commemorate the I.B.M. centennial, told me that the company’s design consciousness began in 1952, when Thomas Watson, Jr., took the helm of I.B.M. from his father, who had led the company for its first four decades. Watson, Jr.,’s eureka moment, Hamm told me, was spotting a display of Olivetti typewriters in a shop window while walking down Fifth Avenue. Soon after, he hired Eliot Noyes, an architect and the former curator of industrial design at MOMA, as the company’s design consultant, and Noyes in turn brought in some of the leading creative talents of the day, including Paul Rand and Isamu Noguchi.
FORT WALTON BEACH—
Officials say a Florida Panhandle man set fire to his home while trying to clean an infection on his foot.
The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department reports that the man told deputies he was sitting on his bed, using rubbing alcohol to clean his foot Wednesday morning. His lit cigarette came into contact with the flammable liquid and set his sheets on fire. He removed the bedding and ran to get a fire extinguisher, but the flames grew out of control while he was gone.
The man and several other people in the home were able to get out and call 911.
About 1500 customers of internet service provider Virgin Media have been warned that their PCs are infected with a malicious virus.
The targeted customers had fallen victim to the SpyEye trojan that steals logins for online bank accounts.
Letters have been sent to those affected, giving them advice on how to clean up their computers.
Virgin is understood to be the first UK ISP to give specific warnings to customers about viruses on their PCs.
The other major service providers tackle malware at the individual computer level, offering free anti-virus software and advice.
It is impossible, at this stage, to know how many of those ISPs’ customers are affected.
Virgin said it had received information about the SpyEye infections among its users from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
IMAGINE THAT. ADVICE FROM VIRGIN MEDIA ON CLEANING YOUR COMPUTER. MARIGOLDS, FAIRY LIQUID & A SQUEEGIE NO DOUBT. DICKS.
You can make a fortune selling parking spots outside the US Open, but don’t even dream of setting up a lemonade stand.
A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd, right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.
“This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendors license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade,” Carrie Marriott told us, her voice trembling.
The kids can’t seem to understand it. “I don’t agree, I think the county is wrong.” “We’re sending the money to charity.”
GPS leads lost driver down boat ramp | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon | News
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Three young women escaped a sinking SUV after a direction from a rental car GPS unit sent them down a boat launch and into the Mercer Slough near Bellevue early Wednesday.
The driver apparently thought she was on a road while following her GPS unit just after midnight – but she was actually heading down the Sweyolocken boat launch.
“We’ve seen sitcom parodies of something like this and to actually see it is surprising,” said Lt. Eric Keenan with the Bellevue Fire Department.
The road was dark and the driver crashed the SUV into the water in Mercer Slough Nature Park.
“I don’t know why they wouldn’t question driving into a puddle that doesn’t seem to end,” Keenan said. *my highlighting
He says one of the women immediately jumped to safety.
“We understand the other two women tried to stay with the SUV as long as they could by standing on these side door frames, but they finally had to wade to safety when the vehicle kept drifting out farther into the slough,” Keenan said.
All three women made out safely, but the SUV was completely under water.
FORKS, Wash. —
An escaped convict was caught following a day on the loose after he knocked on the door of a cabin in the woods – only to find out the man renting the lodge was an off-duty guard at the prison he just fled.
Authorities said 39-year-old James Edward Russell took off from the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks on Tuesday morning. Just after midnight early Wednesday, Russell – still wearing his prison uniform – went to the cabin, knocked on the door and asked to use the phone, said Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis.
The guard recognized the red, prison-issue shirt, a scuffle ensued and Russell took off again, Lewis said Thursday. The guard, whose name being withheld by the Department of Corrections, reported the incident and Russell was caught later that morning by other corrections officers about from the facility near Forks, on the Olympic Peninsula.
An Australian television presenter attempted to tell a Dalai Lama joke to the man himself, but struggled to raise a smile.
Karl Stefanovic from the Today show had to have elements of the joke translated to the Tibetan leader, and the play on words were met with a blank stare until the Dalai Lama laughed at Mr Stefanovic’s attempts to explain the humour.
Of course, there is more to this. Because the man gives the Dalai Lama his pizza, and says 12.59. The DL gives him a twenty and the man puts it in the till. “Where’s my change?” says the DL The man replies “Change comes from within”
I’ll get my coat.