The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This is why it's so cheap to ship things halfway around the world

Perhaps it's because I have an interest in infrastructure, or because I found The Box (a book about shipping containers) a fascinating read (no, really!), or because I have an interest in automation, I found Dan Williams talk at the Cambridge Internet of Things really interesting (link via Tom Scott, which itself is an interesting video about the loading and unloading of a container ship in port). From a wholesale mall (only in lots of 100, please) in China the size of a city to showing just how automated a cargo ship really is (running Microsoft Windows no less—and yes, they have to reboot the computers from time to time), it's worth watching the presentation.

Okay, okay, I found it interesting. Your milage may vary.

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