Gongol.com Archives: June 2013
Brian Gongol

June 28, 2013

Business and Finance Personal income fell in 49 states in the first quarter
Only South Dakota had growth. But among the 49 declines, Iowa's was the smallest.

News The Supreme Court's judgment on fonts
With high-profile opinions being issued this week, a question: What's the font face they use? Answer: Something from the Century family.

Computers and the Internet BlackBerry is losing money
The company lost $84 million in the last quarter, even as sales rose. They're pretty much the last manufacturer left standing with keyboards built into their smartphones, but is that enough to keep users around? It's still a popular corporate platform, particularly for e-mail security, but that might not be enough. Meanwhile, it looks like plans for Microsoft to buy Nokia's phone line died out. It's been noted that Microsoft's phone business depends upon Nokia, so if Nokia changes strategy and turns to the Android platform instead, Microsoft could be without a real presence in the smartphone market.

Health People aren't short of time -- they're short of thinking time
It's suggested that the problem many frazzled people have today is not so much that they have too much to do, but that they don't reserve adequate amounts of mental and emotional capacity to make decisions

Computers and the Internet It's not perfect, but Feedly is a decent substitute for Google Reader
It's as close to the Google Reader as any of the other RSS readers on the market. Just be sure not to enable the widget to follow you everywhere you go using the Chrome web browser.

Threats and Hazards Reuters: Chinese newspapers threaten "counterstrike" against Philippines
The two countries dispute one another's claims to parts of the South China Sea, and the newspaper's belligerence may or may not reflect official government attitudes...with a bias towards "may". If one were to make a list of "things the United States really doesn't need right now", towards the top of that list would be "a shooting war between China and one of our allies".

Science and Technology Imagining Earth's skies with Saturn's rings

Computers and the Internet Trojan-horse attack wipes out wide range of files
It looks like it's targeting computers in Korea, though that's no real assurance that it won't migrate elsewhere. And that it's hitting Korean computers certainly ought to raise eyebrows and suspicions as to whether the North Korean government and its cyberwarfare squads are involved.

News Cubs and City of Chicago progress towards agreement on Wrigley Field changes

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