Even the Washington Post thinks the surge is working in Iraq. They continue to say that a withdrawal of troops based on an arbitrary timetable would be a bad idea. Maybe George Bush was right.
Here is a lengthy post on copyright. ASCAP has written a bill of rights in disagreement with this post. Creators should be paid for what they create. I have the impression that this post and ASCAP are talking past one another, and neither has much interest in having a rational discussion.
Here is yet another view of Nathan Myhrvoid and Intellectual Ventures. This stems from Malcom Gladwell's article about such. Intellectual Ventures does claim a lot of patents that it doesn't attempt to implement. Whether that is "hoarding" or not is subjective.
Now Sony is entering the netbook market with a 9" screened portable computer. Keep the competitors coming - just in time for Christmas or back to school.
And Nvidia is building processors for these samll portable computers.
I usually don't link to photos, but I really liked this one. This is one of those space shuttle external fuel tanks falling through the sky.
The Sharper Image is closing all its stores. I like wandering through the Sharper Image stores. I never bought anything. That's probably an indicator of why they were losing so much money.
Adobe is taking on Google docs. They now have an online office suite at Acrobat.com.
For future reference, a bus service between Washington D.C. and New York City that has WiFi and power outlets in all seats.
I like this post from NextEnergyNews.com because it is about something that is working NOW. It concerns a machine that captures "waste heat" and turns it into electricity. A 50kWatt unit is operating at Southern Methodist Univeristy NOW.Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Images from the Phoenix Mars Lander are posted here. Here is another "home" page.
This shows a small, practical exoskeleton. The video shows the effect of the machine and also shows that the machine is barely visible. The user can carry 200 pounds all day. There are many application for this with people with severe physical injuries. I think we will see amazing thing done in this technology area in the next ten years. Here is a similar post with video about a robot arm.
This post discusses Intel's strategy for the "Mobile Internet Devices, netbooks, and nettops. Intel has an Atom-based processor for each slice of the market. VIA and NVIDIA are also in this market. I like the future.
Computex, a computer show in Taiwan, is happening this week. Here is a photo of several little computers using Intel Atom processors. The promises have become reality.
The MSI Wind is a reality. $400 buys a 10" screen, 80GByte disk drive, and so on running Linux. This now appears to be a clear step better than the ASUS eee PC.
This claims that Starbucks and AT&T now offer free WiFi. You have to buy a Starbuck card, use it once a month or so, and allow AT&T to send you a few e-mails, but you can use WiFi for up to two hours a day. As one commenter wrote, independent coffee shops have had free WiFi for years. Starbucks, however, are available nationwide and are easy to find while driving around unfamiliar places.
This is an interesting tool - goosh. It is a text-based Google shell search. You type commands like "wiki Dwayne Phillips" to find occurences of "Dwayne" "Phillips" "Dwayne Phillips" in Wikipedia. The answers are displayed as text with links (much like this Day Book).
It seems that everyone is jumping into the solid state drive market. Good competition.
Microsoft is extending the sales of Windows XP again. This time it is for low-cost desktop computers (also known as NetTop computers). Let's see, Microsoft has a product that people want to buy. Should Microsoft sell that product?
Apple launches a big back-to-school promotion. Buy a certain type of Apple computer or other device (see the link for details) and Apple will give you a $299 rebate on an iPod Touch device. I have two sons eligible. Maybe I should start teaching night classes locally. I would rather have $300 off the purchase of the computer.
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A paper from Princeton University calls for the U.S. government to change its strategy regarding the Internet. They advocate stop polishing poorly designed government web sites. Instead concentrate on making data available and let everyone else mashup good web sites. I concur. I work for the U.S. government. Until there is real reform inside government (not likely in my lifetime), government cannot react to changing times. Trying to is mere folly, and a waste of taxpayers' money.
It seems that Polaroid is finally selling its portable printer. They are trying to bring back instant prints of your photos. I think that is a worthy effort. They have been trying to bring this device to market for several years now. Maybe they have it working. We shall see.
Windows XP lives on perhaps because of Linux. This theory is that the advent of $400 and less computers that run Linux AND sell a million copies (ASUS eee PC) showed Microsoft that there is a good market for smaller operating systems (like XP - at least it is small when compared to Vista).
A little more evidence of this is that Aver is pushing Linux on its smallest computers.
Years ago, we ran various Unix flavors on computers that had 1 Mbyte (that is Mbyte, not Gbyte) of RAM. Where did those operatin systems go? Why can't I run Linux on my old (read very old) computer that has 16 MBytes of RAM?
Believe it or not, rural areas in America have fewer broadband connections than urban areas. Someone had to do a study to make this official. I am surprised to find that Virginia, my home for now, has relatively few broadband connections. I live in Northern Virginia (also known as Federal Virginia, to accompany Navy Virginia, and Virginia Virginia), where broadband is plentiful. My mother lives in rural Louisiana where broadband is only available "in town."
People are encrypting data on portable computers, but not on the cell phones. Oooops. Security problems with those employer-supplied Blackberries.
Yard sale? Garage sale? What are those things. People are selling their stuff on Craigslist. I agree. My youngest son has bought two musical instruments - at excellent prices - in the last month via Craigslist. Now if I could get my wife to...
I hadn't realized this. When you buy and install Windows Vista, you can then choose to "downgrade" to XP. This seems strange, but if it is a way to buy a copy of XP, so be it.
The next release of Apple's operating system (10.6) will be called "Snow Leapord." For me, the numbers work better. I'm confused by the big cat names.Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone is about to sell a 64 GIGA byte CompactFlash card. It can hold 19,000 images from a 20 mega-pixal camera. How long will it take someone to look at 19,000 images?
For reference: SafeManuals.com has downloadable copies of thousands of user manuals. I have had to search for PDFs of user manuals half a dozen times in the past week. This site has almost all of them in one place. Finding the user manual is much easier here.
Stowe Boyd reports on a study that says Instant Messaging (IM) reduces interruptions. While a basic guess is that IM increases interruptions, that is not true. It seems that IM sessions take less time than phone calls and other forms of communication to transfer needed information.
I am a bit amused at how many people on the Internet are crediting Barack Obama's winning the Democratic nomination for President (I don't think that is official yet) to the Internet and Web 2.0. (Wikinomics - one of my favorite blogs - is one of these. Funny how people making money from Web 2.0 claim that Web 2.0 was the deciding factor.
On the home front, I am trying to interface an iMac to a Panasonic HD projector (model AE 2000). I am using the DVI port on the back of the iMac and a DVI-to-VGA adapter from Apple. The iMac "freezes" when I connect this into the back of the iMac. The mouse doesn't work, the keyboard doesn't work, and the projector projects a solid blue screen. Apple help thinks the problem is that projector is not compatible with OS 10.5. An older PowerMac G5 running OS 10.4 works with the projector. I spoke with Panasonic help, and they are researchig the situation as they believe this setup should work. I hope I have more to come including a resolution.Email me at email@example.com