If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the Tesla analyst’s call yesterday, Musk spent time discussing future plans. Underpinning these plans, and something I have been pondering for quite some time, is Elon’s conviction of concentrating efforts on “building the machines that builds the machines”.
The addition of newly minted Tesla Solar production to the Gigafactory model means Tesla will be producing all three of its core product families – Motors, Energy and Solar – in a single factory footprint. Vetting this concept out in Gigafactory 2 will provide a nice blueprint for future Gigafactories as Tesla looks beyond the borders of the U.S. towards international expansion.
Can these devices be designed and built to be so flexible as to be able to build anything? Musk thinks there are orders of magnitude of improvement yet to come from automation and robotics.
Gigafactories 3, 4, and 5:
Tesla casually dropped news that the locations of Gigafactory 3, 4 and possibly 5 would be finalized later this year. The obvious location for #3 is Europe with strong Tesla vehicle sales in the region supported by an ever growing fleet of Superchargers in the area.
To put a final point on the ability to think big, Kyle sums up with this:
Building on just the core need for batteries, a modular Gigafactory allows Tesla to move its production into a region in a single step, establishing local supply chains for raw materials while also cutting costs on shipping batteries, vehicles and solar products at the same time. Batteries and cars are not cheap to ship and this move makes sense on many levels.
I’m thinking at this point, Elon Musk is the machine that builds the machines that builds the machines.
The Falcon 9 rocket is lifting and placing 10 (each the size of a Mini Cooper) Iridium satellites into low-Earth orbit. This is the first of 7 launches to eventually place at least 70 Iridium satellites into orbit, updating the original satellites from 20 years ago. From SpaceX’s press kit, “The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.”
SpaceX has another objective as well: returning the first stage to Earth intact by landing it on “Just Read the Instructions”, a droneship in the Pacific Ocean.
What a terrific strategic move by Apple. With their enormous cash reserves, Apple can easily have a few misses and be very profitable in this niche. Apple’s unique culture should lend itself very well to entertainment production.
Speaking of annoying tech problems, LastPass has been thwarting me ever since I received a new MacBook. It was unusable with Safari. LastPass worked fine with Chrome (eats too much battery) and Firefox (leaks too much memory), but no matter how many times I uninstalled and re-installed it, the binary component failed to load.
What is tragic is that the version has not been updated since May 2016, and the problem is a very simple fix, and presumably, a very easy update to the LastPass Installer. Zero help from LastPass tech support, even though we are an Enterprise user. Fortunately, a user figured it out.
The symptoms: In Safari, the LastPass plugin would not display “Copy Password” or “Copy User” and it did not have the icons to do so. Here are some images and fix: http://imgur.com/gallery/40dv9
“…Craig Corbell, a Houston oil industry consultant and Cord aficionado, hopes to start production of new Cords.”
“…it is the iconic 810 model of 1936 that most enthusiasts associate with the brand. Featuring a low-slung, running board-free body, “coffin nose” prow and flip-up headlamps, the 810 (and 812 of 1937) remains a standout in the world of automobile styling.”
“…Corbell wants to have a display vehicle ready for the fall of 2017.”
So I have two VPNs that i regularly use. A Kirkham Systems one that flows through our office, and PIA which serves me well.
Thought I might do a little work while getting a dose of rust juice, but no, the Guest WiFi blocks VPN connections. Since I cannot risk client data being exposed over an open connection, can’t use the network.
Can someone explain the business case for blocking VPNs on a guest network? Seriously. Would really like to know.
John is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Theory and Piano, and graduated with distinction from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting.
John has been serving as the Music Director for the Fort Smith Symphony for 20 years, and along with the musicians, staff, board of directors and community, he has led a transformation of a small community symphony to a large fully professional regional orchestra.
John and the orchestra has received the League of American Orchestras’ Helen M. Thompson Award; the Mayor’s Achievement Award, and the Mayor’s Civic Center Award for the Performing Arts. John is the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award “Individual Artist Award.”
Simply a great show. We talk music of course, but also the planning logistics of creating the shows, the travel of musicians, importance of attention to detail, how John got his start, and art. Some World War I & II stuff is thrown in as well.