It was completely unexpected. Out-of-the-blue I was asked today by one of my co-workers to write a blog post. I thought hard about which new front-end development tools I have been using lately, but couldn’t think of anything that had had a significant impact on my professional life recently. Then I looked at today’s date and I realized that it is my 20-year anniversary here at Boyle Software. These twenty years certainly had a significant impact on my life…
I started buying records 40 years ago. (It hurt to type that.) I am an unrepentant music fan and so have bought (and re-bought) music over the decades as the music industry has come up with new formats that promised “ease of use” and improved sound: High fidelity vinyl! Compact Discs! SACD! etc. I still have a massive library of LPs and CDs though my cassette collection drops out and mopes in boxes in my basement. It’s only in the past year that I finally broke down and got a Spotify subscription; it’s what all “the kids” are doing and my kids wanted it too.
From all of us at Boyle Software, may this be a warm and happy Thanksgiving for each and every one of you! This has been a noisy and, at times, troubling year in the world, but we hope that you will find peace and gratitude when gathered at the table, surrounded by your family and friends. Be thankful for your loved ones, for your health, and for a world with abundant marvels.
We are extra proud of our ongoing work for Steven Van Zandt‘s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation – most especially the fabulous TeachRock.org site and it’s amazing free and deep curriculum. And on Thursday evening, September 15th, the Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard’s new Beatle documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years!
This exclusive event is also a fundraiser for the Foundation and its great programs – so go to their site and buy tickets or make a donation. Join the crowd next week for the reception and premiere showing!
In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, this year we’re celebrating America’s Independence Day by donating to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID# 26-0086305.
CES kicks off every new year with the promise of new innovations and upgrades to existing consumer hardware. This year seemed to be the year for the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the year to get your kids into programming. iLuv showed us how you can easily make a morning better with just a few connected products while the folks working on the upcoming title Moving Hazard show us that the zombie apocalypse can be tons of fun. Bartesian showed us how easy it can be to create quality drinks at home and, of course, Razer, SteelSeries, and MadCatz gave us a sneak peek at their gaming hardware.
Let’s travel back to CES 2016 and check out my highlights:
James Maxwell, of course, but you probably wouldn’t know about them without Oliver Heaviside. Heaviside was the guy who distilled Maxwell’s 20 Equations down to the 4 famous ones we all know. He simplified them, refined them and published them in a better, more easily understood form. And that was all back in the late Nineteenth Century.
From now through mid-April, the New York Historical Society is hosting an exhibit entitled “Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York,” tracing the City’s relationship with computing technology back as far as the 19th century. I am really looking forward to checking this show out, especially the post-WWII machines and memorabilia from the 1964 World’s Fair – which is something of a personal obsession for me. Continue reading