Tesla Gigafactory vs Apple Campus 2

Tesla Gigafactory Vs Apple Campus 2

It seems that in Silicon Valley, it’s not about how tall your building is, but how wide and green it is.   Although the Tesla Gigafactory is not in Silicon Valley, it’s also much, MUCH larger than Apple Campus 2.  By nearly a factor of 4 larger is the Gigafactory than the new Apple campus building.

While this might not seem incredibly impressive on the outside, how many large warehouses or corporate campuses built in the last 10 years can claim carbon neutrality?  Tesla is building enough solar power into the surrounding areas that it the plant will be run on renewable-energy sources alone.   Apple’s Campus will also be completely carbon neutral.  On any level, these massive structures are more than just signs of industry power, but trend-setters.Tesla Gigafactory vs Apple Campus 2

Tesla Gigafactory Specs

  • $5,000,000 to construct
  • $100,000,000 in benefit over 20 years
  • 10,000,000 sq-ft (930,000 sq-m)
  • 500,000 cars per year
  • 6,500 new jobs

Apple Campus 2 Specs

  • $5,000,000,000 to construct
  • 7,600,000 sq-ft (710,000 sq-m) Lot
  • 2,800,000 sq-ft (260,000 sq-m) Building
  • 12,000 employees

19 Strangers Sent Me The Same Text Message Simultaneously

On the morning of Sunday, January 4th 2015, 19 strangers sent me the same text message simultaneously.   It read “Congratulations, you are one lucky customer getting a credit applicable to your next month bill, for more details visit [Shortened URL]”

Logically this is impossible, it is of course a bot that is spoofing ( or that has pilfered) these phone numbers.  But I found it interesting because I use Google Hangouts as my SMS app.  Previously, the SMS app on my smartphone would have looked at this message and left 19 separate messages with the same text.  Google looks at groups messages a bit differently.

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Unlimited Everything Plan

T-mobile Unlimited (sort-of) Everything Plan


Unlimited Everything Plan (sort-of)

T-mobile has some pretty impressive lines of service.  I’ve been a customer since Android hit the market and I can testify to that quality of service.  At one time it did offer a whopping 10 Terabytes of streaming data per month, but nothing is perfect (even for T-mo).  But is it truly unlimited data?

The data, T-mobile claims, is Unlimited (sort-of).  I really dislike putting that condition in but it’s worth noting that offering unlimited tethering has not been on the plate of any carrier in a very long time (if ever).   You do get Unlimited Talk, Text messaging, and Data on 2 lines. Each additional line is $40 and you get the same deal.  You get Unlimited Texting from the US, Unlimited Data in over 120 countries, and Unlimited Data on flights via GoGo.   What more could you ask for?

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Amazon Fire TV Price Drop

Amazon Fire TV Price Drop

Amazon Fire TV Price Drop Coincidence?

On the same day that the Google Nexus Player arrives the Amazon Fire TV price drops.  Coincidence?

No, the Nexus Player won’t even get to you house until 3-4 weeks from now. In that time you could be enjoying a months-worth of content on Amazon.  But what does the Fire TV not do?

Play Google Movies.  And what does the Nexus Player not do?

Play Amazon movies.

So which do you choose?

Both of course.  Seeing that you already have a Roku 3 and an Apple TV.  Why not just add the full gambit and get each video source at each device.

Get Outta My Head: Stack Smart Light Bulb


The Stack Smart Light bulb is what the Nest is for home heating and cooling.  It is the first iteration in what might be the closest thing to the future of lighting.  It’s not just mood lighting, it’s algorithmic interactivity lighting, or a light that knows your habits.

So, it’s really here, the smart light bulb.  No other light bulb seems to compare or in reality should ever bear the name “Smart”.  I have to admit that I am curious to see it in action as I know how smart the Nest is.  So few tech items I’ve purchased have had an ROI of less than 12 months.  If the Stack bulbs is like the Nest, then it will be a good buy.

At present my home is completely populated by LED bulbs, I made the early decision to go that way when the last CFL exploded in the kitchen.  I promptly dropped the 2nd LED bulb that I purchased and rather than breaking, it just bounced on the floor.   I later tested this again on the concrete floor of the garage and got the same result.  All the pluses, none of the minuses and they last so much longer.

The Stack Smart bulb appears to promise much and such things always make me wary.  What I really want is fine control, not just automated.    And the Stack bulb needs to be controllable from outside source software, not proprietary crap like the Phillip’s Hue.  I need my Nest Thermostat, Dropcam, and Stack lights to work together, rather than on their own.  I need statistical information sent out to a server that I can see too (not merely through a website or app).  I doubt that this will be available in the earliest models (if ever).

As we move closer to the automated home there needs to be a way to unify all the devices, that does not require me to pay a subscription (except for support).   The Internet of Things is coming fast and needs a central control point that is free of the clutches of the manufacturer.

Otherwise, it’s a brilliant idea.