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The Rugged Insider, Vol. 5                                               September 2012

Are keyboards doomed?

This month’s Executive Briefing uses the Japanese experience to speculate about the future of keyboards. We also take a look at the Mars Curiosity computer’s out-of-this-world’s ruggedization.  Continuing our series on GPS, we link to “an immodest proposal” that solves the Department of Defense’s financial woes by charging for GPS.

See you at Modern Day Marine!

Quotes of the Month

The following are from the Haiku Error Messages 21st Challenge by Charlie Varon and Jim Rosenau, sponsored by 

Three things are certain:

Death, taxes, and lost data. Guess which has occurred. David Dixon, winning entry

Chaos reigns within.

Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return. Suzie Wagner, honorable mention

Yesterday it worked

Today it is not working Windows is like that Margaret Segall, honorable mention


Executive Briefing

The Death of Keyboards & the Japanese Experience

Will tablets triumph? The Japanese experience is instructive. 

Read Article Here

On the Web

Curiosity’s computer was built for Mars

The microprocessor was “engineered to be virtually impervious to high-energy cosmic rays…” Do the Fantastic Four know about this?

Read Article Here


An Immodest Proposal: Making a Profit on Defense Programs

Charging for GPS?  Is this guy serious?  Check out page 26 of Defense AT&L, and find out.

Read Article Here

Ask the Expert

Do I need a hi-bright display?

Is brighter always better?

Read Answer Here

Got a question for the experts?  Write to: 

Sept. 25-27, 2012


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