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Have you ever wondered why the keys in keyboards (in typewriters, first, and computers, later) are not arranged in alphabetical order but in a rather weird, unfathomable order that has become known as QWERTY? The thing is the original design of the keyboard did position keys in alphabetical order in two rows, but this arrangement […]

search. again

Part 1: search According to NetMarketShare, Google Search has a market share of 81.12% among search engines as of July 2017. That market share is so big, in fact, that the European Union has fined Google 2.42 billion euros after a seven-year investigation into claims the technology giant abused its internet search monopoly (I personally […]

TED: Garry Kasparov

In compliance with my New Year’s resolutions, this is the first TED Talk I am watching this 2017-18 school year, corresponding to the week of September 4. I found Garry Kasparov’s talk especially interesting, no doubt because it deals with the topic of Artificial Intelligence -one that I already covered last May in the post […]


For years and years, when we wanted to pay for a product or service we have reached for our wallet and produced some cash, that the Wikipedia defines as money in the physical form of currency, such as banknotes and coins.” Cash, of course, has been around for hundreds, thousands of years -first in the form of coins and later […]


After living in Texas for six years, the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the term two-step is, well, two-step:  a country/western dance usually danced to country music in common time.” But in the world of technology, the term two-step is usually followed by the word verification or authentication, and -naturally- it refers to something else […]

seize the moment

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was not the first one to use this concept, but probably made it the most popular when he wrote in his Odes (1.11) carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.“ or, for those of you not so proficient in Latin 😉 seize the day, put very […]

a factory for one

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. Before the industrial revolution manufacturing was done using hand tools or basic machines. After the industrial revolution, the mass production of consumer products was made possible, radically changing the economy and society. In other words, the […]

beyond digital files

So you look around your place and find nothing to sell, donate or throw away? Uhm. Weird. Nothing to apply the 1-year rule to? Uhm. Even more weird. Okay then, let’s try something else: take a look at the hard drive in your computer? Can’t find anything there to minimize, to throw away? The hard […]

one at a time

For the last 30-40 years we have been sold the idea that technology allowed us to multitask (do more than one thing simultaneously) and be more productive: technology allowed us to take a phone call while we were browsing the web searching for information while we were downloading a presentation to our computer while we […]