Kiwi Puts Its All-Purpose Wearable Up For Pre-Order, Aims To Be Everything To Everyone


Now your talking about wearables. Hype all you want about smart watches that only work with certain phones, but things like this (and perhaps cufflinks), and Martian Commander watches are what are going to make the difference. The new Mac Pro may be a revolution in design, that transforms a desktop computer into an objet d’art, but I doubt I could find a matching pair of shoes if someone called it a hat.

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We’ve spoken to the folks from Kiwi Wearables before: Back in September we caught up with them at the Disrupt SF Hackathon, when they were preparing their platform and demonstrated what it could do with a sensor-laden prototype used as a gesture-based musical instrument. Now, Kiwi is ready to unveil its hardware, and make it available to consumers for pre-order.

The Kiwi Move is the product of its work to date, a small 1.6″ by 1.2″ gadget that’s only 0.35″ thick and weighs just a single ounce, but that contains an ARM Cortex M4 chip, a Bluetooth LE radio and 802.11b/g antenna, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer and thermometer. It has 2GB of onboard storage, and can last 4 hours streaming data constantly, or 5 days under normal, periodic use. There’s an LED for displaying light-based notifications, and it ships with four native apps, plus a…

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How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family

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In an earlier post I mentioned my new year’s resolutions. Exercise is one that I have succeeded at keeping more often than I have failed. It is for the very reasons discussed in this post that I find above all others it is the one to keep. And it is to the purpose of satisfying the 1st, 4th, and 5th of my resolutions that I got my TechnoGym Wellness Fob today.

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Matthew Beason is a well-respected executive at a non-profit with a multi-billion dollar endowment. On top of continual domestic travel, countless dinners with donors, and constant planning meetings, Matthew is also a married father of four children. While his work schedule sometimes leaves him exhausted, Matthew consistently attends school and athletic events and is, while at home, fully there for his family.

Likewise, Luke McKelvy, owner of newly formed McKelvy Wealth Management, has a busy schedule of meeting with current and prospective clients and setting up his new business. Luke is the married father of two children, twin boys under the age of two. Like Matthew, he manages to square the priority he places on his family’s happiness with the demands of work he considers important.

Matthew and Luke have pulled off the neat trick of successfully integrating work and life mainly through a skillful alignment of their priorities. But…

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SQL SERVER – Copy Statistics from One Server to Another Server


I was watching SANMAN’s most recent video DEVOPS: Mission Impossible and it reminded me of Pinal Dave’s article here. THis is a great way to avoid moving data and diminish the weight of arguments for allowing development access to production databases and data.

Originally posted on Journey to SQL Authority with Pinal Dave:

I was recently working on a performance tuning project in Dubai (yeah I was able to see the tallest tower from the window of my work place). I had a very interesting learning experience there. There was a situation where we wanted to receive the schema of original database from a certain client. However, the client was not able to provide us any data due to privacy issues. The schema was very important because without having an access to underlying data, it was a bit difficult to judge the queries etc. For example, without any primary data, all the queries are running in 0 (zero) milliseconds and all were using nested loop as there were no data to be returned. Even though we had CPU offending queries, they were not doing anything without the data in the tables. This was really a challenge as I did not have access to production server data and…

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Business Resilience Comes from Working with Nature

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Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that pummeled the U.S. northeast in October 2012, ranks as the second-costliest hurricane in American history, causing an estimated $68 billion in damages.  One year later, the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit land devastated the Philippines.

With these once extraordinary events becoming more ordinary, it’s becoming clearer that businesses in vulnerable regions need to prepare. But how should companies go about building resilient enterprises that are ready to face extreme weather and other effects of climate change? One powerful, underleveraged option is to use nature to protect our coasts and physical assets — that is, to invest in so-called “green infrastructure” a term meant to differentiate projects from more typical “gray” or man-made infrastructure solutions (such as dams, levees, and water treatment systems) that we build to cool and purify water or defend our buildings and assets against the elements.

Our natural world already provides…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Like so many people I indulge in the tradition of casting off my inhibitions in preparation for casting off my bad habits as far into the New Year as can be predicted. At the very least I am going to attempt to take on or renew some good habits.

I am going to blog.
I am going to budget.
I am going to eat right.
I am going to exercise.
I am going to find ways to shoehorn SQL or NoSQL into each of those things.

It is to the effect of accomplishing the first, second, and fifth of these I am writing this post.

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Students Get Lower Grades in Online Courses

Harvard Business Review:

This kind of makes me feel extra good about graduating summa cum laude.

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Although students who take online courses in community colleges tend to be better prepared and more motivated than their classmates, a study by Di Xu and Shanna Smith Jaggars of Columbia University shows that the online format has a significant negative impact on students’ persistence in sticking with courses and on their course grades. For the typical student, taking a course online rather than in person would decrease his or her likelihood of course persistence by 7 percentage points, and if the student continued to the end of the course, would lower his or her final grade by more than 0.3 points on a 4-point scale. Before expanding online courses, colleges need to improve students’ time-management and independent-learning skills, the researchers say.

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