Author Archive: Peter S Magnusson

Gas prices will stay below $3 (redux)

On Friday, oil prices fell to below $30, the lowest in 12 years. Wall Street journal obviously had an immediate explanation: turmoil in the Chinese market and an expected increase in Iranian crude production: Decade after decade, business press invariably have just the right explanation for market movements – as long as they get to sleep …

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Shakuntala Devi – the Human Computer

This was originally posted as an answer on Quora to the question “How did Shakuntala Devi mentally calculate the 23rd root of a 201-digit number correctly?“.  Devi was a very talented mental calculator, but by no means the extreme prodigy that she has been made out to be in the media, and she certainly couldn’t …

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Joined Snapchat as VP Eng

Yes indeed, as WSJ reported today (“Snapchat Poaches Google Veteran in Engineering Push”), I have recently joined Snapchat. This is a great place. Hope to get some bandwidth to share thoughts on new generation of communication. For now, I want to link to two items that might interest anybody interested in why I joined: Evan …

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Happy Yule

A youngster corrected me the other day when I said “Merry Christmas”. He looked at me firmly and replied, “Happy Holidays”. (Actually, this happened a year ago, but some blog postings take a while to finish.) Most years here in the US there’s a public squirming about how to manage both the culturally inclusive nature …

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Joined Google, working on the “cloud”

Just a quick status update. A few months ago I started talking to Google about their “cloud” strategies. Today I’m starting week five as a Googler, working on just that. Can’t say much just yet, but it’s pretty cool. Stay tuned.

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The Internet Revolution – History and Significance

Today I needed access to some old files. I had an old tar file from around 1998 that held several gigabytes of files. It came from large Unix servers, and for many years I had no easy access to it’s contents – Windows would cringe at trying to access the large number of files (43502 …

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Joined Conformiq as VP of Marketing

(Update: left in September.)

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Wind River (Intel) acquires Virtutech

Well, it’s official now: Wind River acquires Virtutech, the company I founded in 1998 together with a brilliant team of four co-researchers from SICS – Bengt Werner, Andreas Moestedt, Magnus Christensson, and Fredrik Larsson. Simics will live on, but that wraps up Virtutech, and thus the end of an almost 19 year long project. So, …

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Why are there 5280 feet in a mile?

A few years ago I was curious about why there are 5280 feet in a mile. The explanations I found weren’t very convincing. At the time I made some fixes to some elements of the puzzle in Wikipedia, but today noted that even now, if you perform a Google search for “why are there 5280 …

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The Fourth Wave

Some 4000 Google I/O attendees gave a standing ovation at the end of this morning’s keynote pre-launch of “Google Wave”. Google I/O attracts a reasonably savvy crowd, and this was not a Reality Distortion effect. What Google announced this morning is significant. It is the first candidate killer application for the Fourth Wave of Computing. …

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