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TechCrunch - More than Tech News

TechCrunch
If you're read tech news whether it is to keep up or researching new companies, Tech Crunch is a valuable resource. On TC each article about a company has in-depth information on the right side column. It links over to Crunch Base just click on the company title and you'll open up a whole chronological history of the founders, funding they may have received, investors, acquisitions and changes within the organization.

For the full info and additional research you should get the pro subscription that allows drilling down into companies, key players, websites, domain names and more. It has a nice java interface, looks like it was built with DHTMLX, but more than likely a custom cut. Well worth the subscript for professionals.


The Flying Machines are Here

Kitty Hawk
Pictured left is the Kitty Hawk personal aircraft that looks like a ton of fun.  Check the video out on KittyHawk.aero  Wow, the video says it all.  I have to admit I've dreamed of having one of these since I was 8 years old.  They go on sale at the end of 2017 and you can get on the waiting list now.  Looks like the race to personal aviation is on.  10 years from now these will be absolutely mind blowing.


Flying Cars - Can't Wait
AeroMobil.com

If you've been following my blog, you know I want one of these flying machines. AeroMobil designed a flying car that delivers the best of both worlds, road and air travel.

There's a lot potential in the personal aviation industry and starting to get competitive, which is good for everyone. Drawing from the history of the automobile, there will be fortunes made and some will become household brands in 20 years. I think looking back from 30 years in the future it will look ridiculous seeing people waiting in line at an airport or crowded lanes of traffic. With automated piloting and air-traffic controlled by AI, the road traffic may still be heavy due to population growth and transportation of goods, but the sky's will be buzzing with personal aircraft going in every direction.

You can see more on AeroMobil.com and check out the interior, they've even got a cup holder. I'd like to see a custom paint option, and being an Air Force vet, add an afterburner. (I know it's prop driven, but even the fake one from the old Bat mobile would be cool.) An awesome sound system and a way to drop water balloons would make it perfect. I can picture queuing up my favorite dub mix and then rolling in for a bombing run over the neighbors bar-b-que.

Bravo to whole team at AeroMobil, just a few years until they become available in 2020. Orders are being accepted now.


Secure Domain Name Holding

Domain Name Payment PlansWith Escrow.com and others following suit, you can purchase a domain name in monthly allotments.

It's called Secure Domain Name Holding and what it means is the buyer gets control of the domain at the time of the first payment, while Escrow.com holds the domain until the final payment is made.  The buyer and seller define the terms and the number of payments.  Many purchasers probably are not aware they could buy a domain this way and this makes it easier.  Divide it into two or twenty payments, whichever works best for you.

Click here to see the list of domains for sale.  All domain names are available for domain name holding payment plans and can be reserved immediately.  Transactions are conducted through Escrow.com for everyone's safety.


Grateful

GratefulI took a walk on the beach at Sullivan's Island early this morning and I was just overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude.  Nothing significant had happened or triggered the feeling I am still reeling from just an awareness and deep appreciation for all the people that have made a contribution for what I enjoy every day.

When I started out I was actually trying to shake off the pain I live with.  In the past I've broken my neck, back and right leg.  I've grown to accept that each morning, I roll the dice with what condition I'll be in when I wake up.  Sometimes it's crippling, and I have to use a cane to get from the bed to the bathroom.  Old injuries aren't getting any better with time.  My neck seems to be affected the worst by spasms and sometimes pulls to the side.  I fear someday I'll be confined to a wheelchair looking like Steven Hawking, only in my case without the mental horse power.  Today wasn't that extreme, but still an effort to get going.

So I thought I'd take a little of my own advice and suck it up and walk it off. I managed to get up and about and drove out parking on an access roadway.  I plugged in the headphones on my iPhone and launched a playlist and began to walk.  Maybe the wind or the sea sparks an inspiration to push through the first 1/4 mile and the tempo from music in my ear helped establish a comfortable pace.  The sound of the waves braking between songs is such a soothing pause.  Before long I had walked all the way around to where I could view the City of Charleston across the harbor.

The wind was at my back and I ducked behind a sand dune to sit and watch the sun wake the city.  I could help being thankful for all that I had in my life.  The music sounded so great and clear.  A high digital sampling rate accented every breath of the artist, every instrument in the song.  I thought for a minute, thank you Steve Jobs you absolutely nailed this phone.  And then I thought of all the people who had made a contribution, the designers, engineers and all the other unsung heroes that made a contribution in their lifetime to making the world a better place for everyone.

My mind raced to the soldiers that defended this port, the people that cleared the land, those that built the city I now call home, and everyone that made a contributing effort to allowing me to enjoy this moment and all the great people I have in my life.  There's so many I could even list them or even begin to, the rush of all theses ideas and pieces of technology building upon each other was overwhelming.  Hopefully each of us add a little something along the path of our lives to make it a little easier for the next guy.  Walking back it occurred to me that in the end, that's all you can really hope to do.  I don't know if the guy that invented the tennis ball realized how much joy he brought into a dog's life, but he nailed that too.


Start Up USA TV Show

StartUp-USAFound a great show on SC eTV, StartUp-USA.  The host Gary Bredow provides a candid and in depth view of start up companies and their founders.  Great for the aspiring entrepreneur and anyone that's considering stepping out on their own. .

They interviewed the owners of companies that had varying levels of success, each with a unique path of tribulations and victories.  I though the show was well done.  The interviewer asked the questions you'd want to know the answer to and a nice graphic visual on the funding timelines.

If their show isn't available in your area you can watch episodes from their website at StartUp-USA.com


Imgur - The most addictive site on the Net
Imgur.com If you haven't already discovered Imgur.com, you might want to check it out before you travel this Thanksgiving weekend. I read a lot of tech and programming information during the normal course of a week, but when I have a few minutes to kill and need something entertaining, Imgur is my go to site.  Imgur has the most viral images and videos on the net.  Always interesting content and some fun specialty categories.

The best way to use the site is from your phone. Download their app for free and just start scrolling through user posts.  Don't forget the comments by other members, and if you're brave enough and have something to contribute, sign up to be a member.

Warning, some content maybe offensive, but overall, it's the most addicting site.  Here's to having a great Thanksgiving and I hope you'll be laughing while glancing at Imgur during your holiday travels.


Population Growth - Part Deux
SolidiaTech.com
A little more on the challenges of population growth in this article going from 2011 on to 2050.  Solidia Tech recognizes the CO2 emission problem that is present and growing.  Focusing just on the housing that will be necessary for 9.3 billion people, we need to start building now in all sectors, residential commercial and don't forget the prisons.

Not only do the building processes needs to make changes for cleaner manufacturing, where are these people going to go?  If you understand the impact, building single family homes seems like wasting precious space and any new construction should be at least 15 stories tall.   As a species on this planet, we, all nations, need to be united in building and designing mega-cities worldwide now.  Your grand kids will thank you.

Imaging cities like Birmingham, AL in 30 years getting as large as Sao Paulo Brazil is today.  And, this will be the new average worldwide.  China is building islands in the sea now.  Add a comment below, you do not have to be member to post.  All posts are moderated.


Population Growth - Opportunity and Challenges
Population GrowthA solid upward trend, that unlike other trends that diminish at some point, population growth is an escalating component that will overload just about every infrastructure in every country. Sighting this article from USAToday from 3 years ago, the projected numbers indicate there will huge problems and many opportunities. Meeting these challenge is what entrepreneurship is all about, meeting these challenges with an equally qualified concern for others and the environment should be our goal and responsibility.

On Wikipedia there is a breakdown of the population growth and in digging through it I took the population from when I was ten, approximately 189 million. In 40 years we've grown to 318 million. That's a plus of 135 or a 69.8 percent increase. In 2025 we are projected to hit 345 million an increase of 24 million, so if you add that to the cities seeing the boom roughly 1.5 million to the top 12 major cities in the US. Check these maps out from TheAtlantic.

There are opportunities in every market and challenges for all of us. (Can't say for sure, but weird to think there has never been this many people alive on the planet at the same time before.)


Personal Drones - The Future Is Now
The JetsonsIn as much as the cartoon the Jetsons made a spoof of a future world with flying vehicles and radio controlled appliances, this article from Wired.com creates the visual that I've been thinking we are headed for in less than 20 years down the road. With overcrowded highways and better use of unmanned vehicle technology, it doesn't seem far fetched that hundreds of personal drones could be taking to the skies delivering people quietly and flawlessly to their destinations. Having a personal airport on the balcony of your high rise looks like a great idea.

The other side of that vision is the class separation that will come between have and the have nots. Those unable to afford such upgrades will be left in the masses on the ground where the deliver of goods, health care and the overall quality of life is not as good, like a scene out of Elysium. The future lies somewhere between these two visions.


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