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Enquire Within Upon Everything

Enquire Within tends to appear in book collections for people of a certain age, or, where the book collector has inherited part of their collection. Spending time on the family farm in Ireland during my childhood, I used to see a copy of an early 20th century vintage sit next to a dog-eared copy of Old Moore’s Almanac (not to be mistaken for a separate UK publication: Old Moore’s Almanack), Old Moore’s was used for deciding what to plant in the garden besides potatoes.

During the bank holiday weekend, staying with my parents, emergency works on a water main managed to take out the broadband and electricity along their road. I went back though my Dad’s boxes of books and leafed through my parents copy of Enquire Within. My Dad thinks he had received the copy as a gift from a the owner of a second hand book store in Birkenhead market right after he had moved into the first house that my parents had bought. But he can’t be certain. Given that the outer gloss paper wrap around the hardback inner cover uses a font that looks similar to Eurostile and the price is in decimal – I guess it’s from the early to mid-1970s.

Enquire Within could be thought of as a primer for everyday life. Topics included how to play a variety of card games, basic first aid, the basics on taxation and education with the addresses of the UK government departments responsible. There was a travel section with a few paragraphs on every western European country, which had been written by the Financial Times travel correspondent. The gardening section went into much more depth explaining what a hardy annual and hardy perennial were, alongside the correct way to build a compost heap, how to dig drills and prune roses.

At the back there is an exhaustive list of children’s names together with their meanings.

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Enquire Within and the origins of the web

What I didn’t find out until later on was that Tim Berners-Lee was partly inspired to create a predecessor to what would become the world wide web by a Victorian vintage copy of Enquire Within that was in his parents house when he was growing up. The system was called ENQUIRE and seemed to be similar conceptually to HyperCard or a Wiki. The World Wide Web came out of Berners-Lee’s efforts to integrate disparate systems including ENQUIRE together to facilitate better collaboration between CERN research projects.


Digital culture is changing our face: How South Korea is inspiring new cosmetic trends | Culture | EL PAÍS English 


MIT Economist Daron Acemoglu Takes on Big Tech: “Our Future Will Be Very Dystopian” – DER SPIEGELThe rich and powerful have hijacked progress throughout history, says Daron Acemoglu. They did so back in the Middle Ages and also now in the age of artificial intelligence.

Decoupling isn’t phoney – by Noah Smith – Noahpinion


The Japanese Companies Pursuing a Hydrogen Economy – The Diplomat 

Bosch starts production of 800V EV technology | EE News Europe 


This video on money laundering is as much of interest for the phenomenon of quality documentaries on YouTube as it is for recycling known truths about HSBC.


Global Smartphone Shipments Will Hit Lowest Point in a Decade, IDC Says – CNET – likely to be a mix of market maturity and indicative of inelastic pricing in the premium sector

Hong Kong

Language Log » Language and politics in Hong Kong: National Security and the promotion of topolect and Hong Kong national security police target Cantonese language | Quartz 

Bigger, better, smoother? Hong Kong, Shenzhen border zone blueprint hopes to offer best of both worlds, as Beijing ‘exerts pressure’ to spur cooperation | South China Morning PostLeonard Chan Tik-yuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Innovative Technology Development Association, said the blueprint amounted to directives from Beijing that told both cities to become more integrated.


Startup uses MEMS ultrasound to improve audio speaker | EE News Europe 


The Japanese student dorm that governs itself – The Face 


First-Party Data Is Retail’s Next Growth Engine | BCG and CPGs may have embraced data collaboration, but they need to take it further | LiveRamp | Open Mic | The Drum. Yet more from The Media Leader: Retail media: were we right to get so excited? – The Media Leader  


Podcast: Why OOH audiences have not hit a ‘new normal’ yet – with Route’s Denise Turner – The Media Leader

Changes in the nature of the music industry

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Yahoo, taken private by Apollo Global, finds a new renaissance 


The Forrester Wave™: Commerce Search And Product Discovery, Q3 2023, Surfaces The Challenges Of AI UncheckedDon’t let buzzwords distract you from what your customers — and your business — need. Vendors often use their own terminology, especially in a market that hasn’t had a Forrester Wave evaluation in place already. One will talk about how extremely relevant their results are, while another will scoff at “relevancy” as outdated methodology. You’ll hear semantic, vector, hybrid, ML, AI, and all sorts of branded names for products and functions


The Cheap Radio Hack That Disrupted Poland’s Railway System | WIREDthe ability to send the command has been described in Polish radio and train forums and on YouTube for years. “Everybody could do this. Even teenagers trolling. The frequencies are known. The tones are known. The equipment is cheap. – This reminds me of the blue boxes used for phone phreaking decades ago.

I Tracked an NYC Subway Rider’s Movements with an MTA ‘Feature’


Adobe’s AI diversity auditor | Patent Dropis seeking to patent a system for “diversity auditing” using computer vision. Essentially, this system uses facial detection and image classification to break down photos of employees and slot them into categories based on certain physical traits and characteristics. Adobe’s system looks through several images and detects faces in each one, then classifies each face based on a predicted “sensitive attribute” relating to “protected classes of individuals,” such as race, age or gender. For example, Adobe noted, this system may classify images from a company’s website, then compare its predictions to a “comparison population.”


Mexico’s Microchip Advantage | Foreign Affairsthere are significant hurdles to making Mexico a bigger player in supply chains for chips and advanced technologies. The country lacks its Asian rivals’ existing networks of high-technology firms. Until now, investments in the sphere have been sparse. To change this situation, Mexican political and business leaders need a clearer strategy for attracting semiconductor investment. The dividends, both for Mexican industry and for U.S. supply chain security, could be significant. Today’s large-scale shift away from China-focused assembly operations offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a more fully integrated North American semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Despite the United States’ major involvement in many segments of the chip industry, there is at present hardly any semiconductor packaging or assembly in the country and very little anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. The United States maintains a leading role in R&D-intensive segments of the semiconductor industry, including chip design and manufacturing equipment. The CHIPS Act is intended to increase the amount of chip fabrication in the United States. Yet neither the United States nor any country in the Western Hemisphere plays a major role in the final stages of the chip manufacturing process—assembly, testing, and packaging (ATP)—in which semiconductors are tested and assembled into sophisticated packages. The Western Hemisphere also does relatively little assembly of advanced electronic systems that require a lot of chips, such as consumer electronics.

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