Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
And to think that the real reason the CCD (the "Charged Couple Device" found in all consumer video cameras and digital cameras) was invented was to provide the CIA and the NSA with real time satellite imagery from space... and it was co-invented by a Canadian:
"Willard Boyle, a Canadian scientist who helped invent a light-sensitive chip, accepted a prestigious engineering award in the U.S. on Tuesday. Boyle and George Smith will share the $500,000 US award for the invention of the "Charge-Coupled Device (CCD), a light-sensitive component at the heart of digital cameras and other widely used imaging technologies," the U.S. National Academy of Engineering said. Some of the best-known applications of the invention are in consumer electronics, such as digital cameras, video cameras, and scanners."
Link to CBC story.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I really feel sorry for Lakehead University President, Fred Gilbert.
By banning WiFi on campus because of potential health risks to students he's exposed himself to the wrath of geeks and techno-bloggers worldwide.
("won't someone PLEASE think of the children!" ;-)
It's Tin Foil Hat time Fred...
Link to BoingBoing. Link to WiFi Networking News.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Check out "Wolfgang’s Vault", a repository of all kinds of materials from the Bill Graham collection. Vault Radio continuously streams rare live recordings from the sixties and seventies. Some great vintage recordings of Elvis Costello, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Bruce Springsteen, CCR… the list goes on and on. Very cool!
Link to Vault Radio.
and for those of you with Apple Airport Express devices, check out Airfoil from Rouge Amoeba, a great piece of software that let's you send audio from any Mac OS X application (Safari, Firefox, Quicktime Player, etc.) directly to your Airport Express.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Ideas, thoughts and speculation on Apple's Mobile Mojo.
UPDATE: and on a related note, from InfoWorld's Ephraim Schwartz article "Apple follows the money" (via the "All About Mobile Life" blog):
* I quickly realized that Apple’s consumer strategy is not unlike IBM’s enterprise strategy; both see their future as facilitators, by which I mean each wants to be the premier middleware vendor for its marketplace.
* In essence, Apple is saying, “All of that consumer electronics gear is unimportant. Get the equipment you want at the best price. We’ll take care of the hard stuff that makes using it worthwhile.”
* If Apple can convince consumers that the Mac is the link that allows them to easily access all of their electronic gadgets, they will have pulled off quite a coup. By blending high tech and consumer electronics like nobody else, Apple reduces vendors like Hitachi, Samsung, and Sony to mere hardware shadows, waiting to be commoditized.
* Like IBM, Apple appears to understand that in a world of cheap labor and commoditized products, service becomes the competitive differentiator.
Link to his InfoWorld article.
I've had this one laying around for a while... from the Times OnLine (UK):
"THE Vatican has been accused of trying to cash in on the Pope’s words after it decided to impose strict copyright on all papal pronouncements."
... blessed be the decision makers on this one :-)
Link to Doc Searls.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Check out this video from DEMO 2006 of Ottawa based Iotum:
"iotum™ is the world's first platform to intelligently filter, rank and prioritize calls based on their relevance to you. Using your contextual information and preferences, iotum™ knows who’s calling, whether you want to take the call, and which phone you want to use. You get the calls you want, where you want – and next time your phone rings, thanks to iotum™ you’ll know it’s totally, completely, always, simply relevant."
Link to DEMO 2006 video.
"A new documentary from director Jonathan Demme captures an intense live performance by Neil Young. But equally intense were the circumstances surrounding the Nashville concert, which took place months after Young underwent life-threatening surgery."
This is a REALLY great interview... Neil is both introspective and funny, well worth the 40 minutes.
Link to NPR radio program "Fresh Air" and it's Real audio stream.
Link to a 40MB MP3 audio file I created that you can download and throw on your iPod/iTunes or just listen to on your computer.
UPDATE: I'm pretty sure this is the procedure that Neil referenced in treating his aneurysm.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Professor Ed Felton writes:
"Alex and I are working on an academic paper, “Lessons from the Sony CD DRM Episode”, which will analyze several not-yet-discussed aspects of the XCP and MediaMax CD copy protection technologies, and will try to put the Sony CD episode in context and draw lessons for the future."
Link to Felton's blog; "Freedom to Tinker".
"The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online."
I mean, is there anyone out there who actually thought this WASN'T going to happen?
1) give something away for free
2) get people hooked
3) then start charging for it
Link to MeFi post.
This idea has been floating around for a while now... Google crams 100 grand worth of servers and WiFi gear into a Shipping Container sized mobile appliance and plunks them down in dense population centers all over the earth.
"A leading content provider, who did not wish to be named, told Times Online: "We are in discussions with Google to provide content for their alternative internet service, to be distributed through their Google Cube product. As far as I'm aware they have been conducting negotiations with a number of other players in our marketplace to provide quality content to their users."
However, industry insiders fear that the development of a network of Google Cubes powered over a Google-owned internet network will greatly increase the power that Google wields over online publishers and internet users.
Should Google successfully launch an alternative network, it is is theoretically possible for them to block out competitor websites and only allow users to access websites that have paid Google to be shown to their users."
... but what if Google doesn't "block out" competitor websites?
Link to SmartMobs.
"Malcolm Gladwell has penned an interesting New Yorker article wherein he uses pit bull breeding as an analogy for profiling criminals and terrorists. His article has some important implications for the employment of data mining technology in profiling."
Link to SmartMobs.
Friday, February 03, 2006
"Tim Hortons carried the day at Wendy's International Inc. — again in the fourth quarter — as consumers on both sides of the border ate more doughnuts and fewer hamburgers.
Tim's contribution was recognized by the Dublin, Ohio hamburger chain Friday, a far cry from the early days when U.S. analysts questioned whether Canadian-style doughnuts would ever sell in the United States."
Dr. Atkin's must be rolling in his grave.
Link to the CBC.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
"The Economic Times (Via Agencyfaqs.com): A great interview with Brian Fetherstonhaugh, digital evangelist and chairman & CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, on the debate between digital media and traditional media. While marketers are increasingly realising the potential of the digital media, there is no all out adoption."
Link to ContentSutra.