Archive for the ‘I Wonder’ Category

Out of the box

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

[box]I can’t keep things compartmentalized.  My work doesn’t stay at work, and my personal stuff doesn’t stay at home.  So I mostly work on my laptop, and I carry it back and forth.  I want to access all my information from everywhere, but at the same time I want it to be secure.  With wi-fi and 3G I can always be connected, but I haven’t quite worked out how to access my information whenever I want.

I’m not willing to trust all my data to the cloud.  But I think it needs to be somewhere on a server that I can get to from wherever I am.  Carrying it around on a hard drive in my laptop or a portable USB drive seems a little risky.  What if I drop it, or walk too close to an MRI machine?

One option would be to keep it at work or at home behind a VPN firewall.  I’m not 100% sure how to set that up inexpensively.

How do you manage your data?

Cosmological Wonderment

Friday, April 16th, 2010

It makes me sad that in this life I won’t get to know how the Universe works. I won’t know what was there before the Big Bang. I won’t know how the Universe ends. Does everything get sucked into a monstrous black hole, and is that the end of it? Maybe a new Universe emerges on the other side of the singularity, exists, and then too collapses. If existence of the Universe, or some universe, oscillates, is it similar each time, or drastically different? Does it solidify another time with different physical laws? Does life emerge? How frequent is life? Where did all the 3-dimensional space come from? Why is there anything at all?

Maybe the afterlife will be like flipping over the Trivial Pursuit card of Life, and there on the back will be all the answers. I can only hope.