Light Start — RIP Andy Grove, Ford’s smart headlights, become an Excel Grand Master, and why old PCs rock

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Intel legend Andy Grove has died

Andy GroveAndy Grove, the man behind “Intel Inside” and the original tech idol for tech idols like Steve Jobs, has died at age 79. Grove was Intel’s CEO when it released the 386 and Pentium chips, each of which inspired many a teenage tech enthusiast to break open their proverbial piggybanks. Grove was born in Budapest in Hungary in 1936, managed to dodge the worst of the Nazi occupation with his family as a child, and eventually fled the Hungarian Revolution of the late ’50s, heading first to Austria and then to the US. Like Jobs’ parents and SA-born Elon Musk, Grove reminds us that immigrants might not be the worst thing to happen to a country, its tech scene or its economy.

Source: The Verge

Spreadsheet ninjas, Microsoft SA wants to give you prizes

Excel Spreadsheet colourAre you the person your friends turn to when you’re working out shared holiday expenses? Or when you’re trying to keep track of who last bought peanut butter and toilet paper for your digs? Does a well laid-out spreadsheet complete with colour-coded tabs and practical column headers give you a tingle in your unmentionables? If you nodded enthusiastically at any of these questions, Microsoft South Africa might want to give you a prize. See, it’s looking for South Africa’s preeminent Excel users. Excellent Excellers, if you will. The winner gets the presidency a bunch of cool hardware and the title of SA’s first “Excel Grand Master”.

Source: Microsoft SA

Ford’s new brights are very bright, indeed

The only thing more annoying than having to toggle bright lights (or high-beams, as the Americans call them) on and off on a car while travelling on unfamiliar or poorly lit roads at night, is being blinded by someone else’s brights. Ford’s new lights fix that by using a front-facing camera to automatically detect other light sources — like front or rear lights on cars, motorcycles or bicycles — and cutting out the parts of the beam that could dazzle the other road user. Can we call it a bright move? We can. We shouldn’t. But we’re going to. It’s very bright, indeed Ford. Now please bring it to your entire fleet. Super, thanks.

Source: Ford

Owning an old PC isn’t sad, and owning an old Apple is even less so

IBM Old PCIn yesterday’s Apple presentation, Phil Schiller cracked a joke about the sad state of affairs that is 600 million computers older than five years being out in the world and still being depended upon by folk like you and me. The audience dutifully laughed along. Except, jokes are meant to be funny, and that one, well, it isn’t, Phil. Especially when it’s coming from a company that uses the longevity of its hardware as a selling point and as justification for why people ought to spend all those extra bucks on its products instead of anyone else’s. Chasing the latest phone, tablet or computer isn’t just bad for our pockets, it’s bad for landfills and the planet as a whole. Also, has no one told Phil vintage is cool?

Source: CNET

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