Our Favorite Tech Billionaires

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Cat Miller
They spend their money on hobbies just like the rest of us: sports — except they buy teams. Homes — except they have lots of them. Charities — except they donate whole campuses. If we had portfolios that rivaled the economies of some small countries, we’d want to be like these folks.  

Cool Skin: An Internet Pioneer’s World in Ink

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Ted Beattie
Ted Beatie’s tech career started over 20 years ago when he entered the workforce as a sys admin for an imaging research lab in Boston. In 1995, he moved to UUNET, where he was propelled toward IP networking and systems integration on the leading wave of the Internet. At the time, the U.S. backbone map fit onto an 8×11 piece of paper and had few redundant T1s. By the time he left five years later, that map required a four… continue…

Iceland: This App Will Keep You From Dating Your Cousin

Winter Couple
“She’s my sister. She’s my daughter. My sister. My daughter. She’s my sister AND my daughter.” Those classic lines from Chinatown, uttered by Faye Dunaway’s character Evelyn Mulwray, have been oft parodied since the film’s 1974 release, but who’d think that one day there would actually be an app to prevent such awkward familial relationships from occurring? There is in Iceland, where “bump the app before you bump in bed” may become the catch phrase for a generation who really… continue…

Cool Skin: Life’s Outlook in Japanese Ink

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Erica Langworthy Tattoo
Erica Langworthy is an early-30-something animator for a video game company in New York. She uses a wide variety of programs, techniques and technology to execute her work, moving from 3D to compositing and FX, to character design and animation. She loves her job, but today we’re talking tattoos, dramatic and beautiful body art. Why did you decide to decorate yourself? I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was a teenager, though I was smart enough to know I wanted to… continue…

Cool Skin: Ink and Multi-Threaded Coding

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Pepper Mint Tattoos
Since 1997, Pepper Mint — and yes that’s his real name — has specialized in high performance multi-threaded coding, particularly in data translation and transmission layers for Art Technology Group, now part of Oracle. He loves his work, he loves having tattoos, and he’s more than happy to talk about them. How many tattoos do you have? I’ve got four and they’re on my arms and shoulders. What the story behind your first one? In 1998, when I was 23,… continue…

The Coolest T-Shirts We’ve Ever Seen

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If you work in tech, it’s pretty much a given that you have T-shirts. Lots of T-shirts. T-shirts that run the gamut from sarcastic to far-from-G-rated. And especially T-shirts that aren’t in English — they’re in code. We like T-shirts, too. Actually, we like them so much the Dice Marketing Legion went on a quest to find some that were exceptionally clever. For your inspiration and delight, here’s their favorites. And, yes, I know there’s all kinds of shameless self-promotion… continue…

Holiday Gifts Your Mobile Developer Has to Have

The holiday season is here and you’re still searching for that perfect gift for the mobile developer you love. Stumped? From a mobile developer himself, here’s a few (reasonably priced) ideas. Stocking Stuffers Everybody loves geeky t-shirts, and geekware usually doesn’t break the bank. Under $20. Maybe your favorite mob dev needs a highly portable mini-keyboard with a built-in mouse pad, for demoing a new app or pitching their latest money-making idea to VCs. The DBTech Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard even has a laser… continue…

Cool Skin: These Tattoos Hurt But Were So Worth It

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Chris Foresman Shoulder
Chris Foresman says it’s all Twitter’s fault. Five years ago, he answered a tweet from a friend who needed someone to do a quick post for Ars Technica. Now he’s covering Apple as well as patent litigation, online privacy, digital photography and visual perception. But we’re not concerned with Chris’s tech life here. We’re curious about his tattoos. Why tattoos? My very first tattoo was a straight edge “X” on the inside of my right leg. This was approximately 1993,… continue…

What I Learned from a Week in the 19th Century

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Nothing makes you appreciate technology more than riding out a hurricane. Even though I live some 60 miles from the Atlantic coast, the winds whipping through my corner of Pennsylvania were enough to knock out power to some 850,000 people. It was like a week in the 19th Century — no lights, no running water, no heat, no Internet and no cell service. You don’t really appreciate mobile devices until you can’t call anyone and there’s no weather service to… continue…

Wearable Camera Captures Your Day Automatically

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Digital cameras, especially those built into our smartphones, have made photography relatively hassle-free. But to the team behind Autographer, it’s not frictionless enough. Autographer is a wearable camera that recognizes the best moment to capture picture, and takes it automatically. It uses five sensors to detect changes in light, color, motion, direction and temperature, then uses their information to determine whether the scene is camera-worthy. The result: a collection of geo-tagged photos taken throughout your day. Using the accompanying app, you can… continue…