TheSunnyMag: Manchester Baby, Steve Jobs Biopic Trailer & 90% Crap


TheSunnyMag: Manchester Baby, Steve Jobs Biopic Trailer & 90% Crap


Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of the first stored computer program. The Manchester baby ( or the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine), ran the first stored computer program on 21 June 1948. An important mile stone in computer history. That’s where it all began. In this edition of The Sunny Mag, besides a collection of beautiful stories from around the web, we’ve added a couple of videos from the past. Have a good weekend read.Manchester Baby

New new world

The Secret War: Infiltration. Sabotage. Mayhem. For years, four-star general Keith Alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. Now it’s ready to unleash hell. Read this fascinating profile written by James Bamford in wired magazine here.

Data Science of the Facebook World: More than a million people have now used our Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook. And as part of our latest update, in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, we launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to us for research purposes. Read Stephen Wolfram’s latest blogpost.


 5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don’t: The secret to leadership is there aren’t any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a bit of luck. The best leaders have just learned to make certain transitions that less effective leaders curiously remain blind to. More here.

Living in a Startup Bubble: Why startup life is different and why others often don’t understand just how different it is. More here.

Why this entrepreneur left McKinsey to get a job flipping burgers: At every step in his career, Ayr Muir made the “right” choice: MIT, Harvard Business School and McKinsey – could there be a more ideal career path? Then Ayr decided to leave his high-paying consulting job to start flipping burgers.  Read more here.

90% of feedback is crap: how to find the next big startup idea: When you ask successful entrepreneurs about how to discover the next great startup idea, many suggest solving a problem you face on a regular basis — to build something that ‘scratches your own itch.’ Nat Turner, co-founder of Flatiron Health, has a different approach. He has built a unique methodology to systematically find the next great thing without being what he calls “a visionary founder.” More here.


With wearable tech like Google Glass, human behavior is now a design problem: Wearable devices will offer practical, novel and fun usefulness but will also be able to influence our behavior in ways good and bad, creating ethical dilemmas for designers. Read more here.

Debunking The “Electric Cars Aren’t Greener” Myth: Read here.


How Facebook Did UX Testing For Facebook Home (With Fewer Than 60 People)  As we famously learned this month, Facebook doesn’t subject its designers to data-driven mandates. So we were curious: When did the UX testing for Home begin and what effect did it have on the finished product? The details–including a counter-intuitive pool of testers–might surprise you. More here.


You’ve come a long way baby: Sixty-five years ago today, the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine—nicknamed “Baby”—became the earliest computer in the world to run a program electronically stored in its memory. This was a flagship moment: the first implementation of the stored program concept that underpins modern computing. Read more here.


iTrailer is out: The makers of “Jobs,” the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the iconic founder of Apple Inc has released a trailer of the upcoming movie. Kutcher’s uncanny resemblance to Steve jobs makes him perfect for the role. The racy trailer takes you through the late Steve Jobs’ journey. Take a look.

1981 News Report on Journalism & the Internet: It’s freaky to watch this video from the past. Back in the 80s, a newsroom was going online. No one thought it would be any great shakes for a long time. Until, newspapers started shutting down because the Internet happened. The funny part is where David Cole of the San Fransisco Examiner talks about how it is an experiment and they knew that it wasn’t going to make them any money. Take a look here.

Big Picture

Degree in hand, a generation of engineers looks for alternatives: The IT industry can’t employ all the engineers that India’s colleges are churning out as they themselves learn to cope with a leaner, meaner business climate. At least two generations of engineering students, including those graduating this year and the ones who passed last year, are realizing they don’t have anywhere to go.  More here.

“Why don’t you give answers that aren’t bullshit for a change?” : Michael Hastings, ‘Rolling Stone’ Contributor, Dead at 33: The bold journalist died in a car accident in Los Angeles. More here.

Why India Trails China: MODERN India is, in many ways, a success. Its claim to be the world’s largest democracy is not hollow. Its media is vibrant and free; Indians buy more newspapers every day than any other nation. Since independence in 1947, life expectancy at birth has more than doubled, to 66 years from 32, and per-capita income (adjusted for inflation) has grown fivefold. In recent decades, reforms pushed up the country’s once sluggish growth rate to around 8 percent per year, before it fell back a couple of percentage points over the last two years. For years, India’s economic growth rate ranked second among the world’s large economies, after China, which it has consistently trailed by at least one percentage point.  Read more by Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen here.

Living in a Startup Bubble: Why startup life is different and why others often don’t understand just how different it is. More here.

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