I set up a new landing page for The Prepared. Shares welcome :)
Wayfinding & Strategy.
- Microsoft sold Nokia to Foxconn.
- A good 99pi piece on the trash system in Taiwan, which takes a very different approach than that in the US - and sounds really effective.
- Jordan on individual, team, and organizational transparency. See especially the section on yours truly, and how my blog and this newsletter have shaped my career in the past few years.
- Apple's R&D spending per dollar of revenue is at a 10 year high.
Making & Manufacturing.
- A good overview of the space ecosystem in the Mojave desert.
- HP released details on their multi jet fusion machines, and predicted that in the next few years, "up to 50 per cent of all custom plastic parts will be made this way." My question: what defines a custom plastic part, and how many of them are made (and by what methods) now?
- IBM is working on some fast, nonvolatile optical storage.
- 3D printed hair structures. Apply vibration, move stuff.
- Google ATAP (now under Rick Osterloh) unveiled a works-like prototype of the Ara modular phone.
Distribution & Logistics.
- Traffic at the port of Long Beach is down 20%+ year over year.
- Amazon is looking to license or acquire logistics software.
- How sardines are caught, processed, and packaged.
Inspection & Testing.
- The NYTimes reviews the state of tech in 1870, 1920, 1970, and now.
- A good piece on how SpaceX broke up ULA's monopoly of DOD space launches. IMO, Tim Urban's comments towards the end of the article - that ULA's actions are essentially justified - are smart.
- uBeam really sounds like BS.
- Rent in SF has increased by a remarkably consistent 6.6% for the past 70 years. Somewhat related, 40% of the buildings in NYC would be illegal under the current building code.