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  • Blog Post: The Internet is an Interruption System

    The title of this post is a quote from a story in Wired, which was passed along to me by one of my peers. He sent the link in response to my sending an interesting story from the NY Times, which draws similar conclusions about the impact of technology on our brains. The upshot of both stories is that...
  • Blog Post: Craftsmanship, Quality, Dogma, and Pragmatism

    Steve Smith has some interesting things to say about one of the passionate debates of the day among developers: In the last year or so, there has been an increasing amount of discussion on software craftsmanship, and what it means and whether or not it’s a good thing.  There’s an online email list...
  • Blog Post: Happy Independence Day!

    OK, so maybe I’m a couple of days late with that, but for good reason. I’ve had the pleasure of having family visit, and have been busy spending time with them (including a nice trip to the Baltimore Zoo – one of the 3 oldest in the country – yesterday), rather than on the computer. It’s nice every so...
  • Blog Post: New posts Coming Soon

    No, I haven't vanished from the face of the earth...just took a little R&R and family time after the awesome ReMIX07 Boston event earlier this month. I'm back to work, and once I catch up on the major backlog of emails, I'll be back to my regular posting routine, just in case anyone missed me.
  • Blog Post: Stop Wasting Time Online / Wired How To's

    For folks like myself whose work and life both largely revolve around the internet, this is a timely list of tips for taking control : The Web is replacing the TV as the #1 time-thief in our lives. And, unlike the TV, the Web does not respect the boundaries of work. Thus the time you spend on the web...
  • Blog Post: Herbie Hancock Interviewed about Technology

    I wonder if it bugs Herbie Hancock to be most famous in some circles for "Rockit" which, while a fun 80s tune, was hardly a masterpiece. Personally, I much prefer his earlier jazz stuff, in particular the EP Canteloupe Island . Anyway, here's the intro to Wired's interview : Musician and composer Herbie...
  • Blog Post: What is shortText.com?

    Interesting idea ... shortText.com is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. No sign ups, no sign in, just instant web presence for your information. Don't have a website? Don't want a blog? Want to share a piece of code...perhaps a recipe? Just paste your text below and click 'Create...
  • Blog Post: Gamers and HD

    1up.com reports on lack of HD awareness among PS3 and XBOX 360 gamers: If so few are even aware of the HD functions, how many who are in-the-know are even taking advantage of it? Speaking anecdotally, my Dad picked up an HDTV a few years ago from Costco and every time I'm home, he's watching everything...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendars to be AWESOME

    March 10th, 2008 is the first International Day of Awesomeness : No one's perfect, but everyone can be awesome. What is The International Day of Awesomeness ? The International Day of Awesomeness is a celebration of awesomeness . People are awesome every day, frequently don't realize it, and their feats...
  • Blog Post: 200 Billion...and it all started with ABBA

    Can it really have been 25 years? I think if I remember correctly, the first CD I ever bought was Yes' 90125 . I can still remember the look on my mom's face the first time I played the song "Leave It" for her. Even on my cheap CD player, the clarity and stereo separation were enough to make her jaw...
  • Blog Post: Researchers Develop Bendable Battery

    This sounds really cool: WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a battery that looks like a piece of paper and can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape needed. While the battery is only a prototype a few inches square right now, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed...
  • Blog Post: Workers suffering from 'email stress'

    Does this ring a bell? Targets, deadlines and getting to work on time have long been the main sources of pressure for most workers, but now it seems the office is being plagued by a new problem: e-mail stress. According to new research increasing numbers of workers say they are swamped with a never-ending...
  • Blog Post: Two 19" LCDs + RDP + SplitView = 1 Happy Camper

    For almost a year now, I've had a nice setup in my home office with dual Westinghouse 19" LCD monitors on a pair of articulating arms. This allows me to have lots of screen real estate, with better placement than the stock stands offered, and the ability to easily adjust the monitors when necessary....
  • Blog Post: What do you carry with you?

    Canadian ASPInsider Eli Robillard provides his answer to the burning question: What do you carry with you? Among my favorites: Zune music player and synch cord. Brown, of course. [DH - I've got the Brown, too, and love it, of course.] Microsoft Presenter Mouse 8000 . Comes with a Bluetooth dongle and...
  • Blog Post: Flying Couch

    OK, it's not quite what it sounds like...it's actually a man named couch flying in his lawn chair. Don't try this at home: Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons. Destination: Idaho. With instruments...
  • Blog Post: Xbox.com | Halo 3 Special Edition Console

    OK, this almost makes me glad that I haven't picked up an XBOX 360 Elite yet: In anticipation of this year's largest blockbuster game launch, Microsoft will offer the Xbox 360™ Halo® 3 Special Edition Console in September 2007. The console features an exclusive "Spartan green and gold" finish and comes...
  • Blog Post: Evaluating Microsoft Software via Virtualization

    Great resource for those who want to spin up a test server, but don't want to go through the installation and configuration steps. The list of images is particularly useful, and should be bookmarked: Via Angus: http://blogs.msdn.com/angus_logan/archive/2007/06/22/want-a-microsoft-office-sharepoint-server...
  • Blog Post: Turning $20 into $200

    That's basically what I did this weekend with a $20 67mm UV filter for my Nikon D70s. I was running late for my youngest son's baptism, and was carrying more stuff than I probably should've been (baptismal blanket, camera, tripod, and a bottle of formula in case the man of the hour got hungry), and made...
  • Blog Post: Inkjet Photos - How long will they last?

    The following story in the NYT should be pretty sobering for anyone relying on inkjet photo printers to protect their precious memories: It Isn’t That Images Fade, It’s That They Can Vanish - New York Times I've been considering picking up a dye-sublimation printer for printing snapshots, since dye-subs...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Add-ons

    Okay okay... so for all those Windows users with Mac jealousy, now you can have the fancy icon bar with animations too. Check out Rocket Dock. It's free, and it works well. So begins a post by my colleague Peter Laudati , in which he describes Rocket Dock and Switcher, a couple of add-ons for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Gallery

    Are you using Windows Live Writer for blogging? If not, why not? In addition to supporting rich WYSIWYG creation and editing of blog posts, it natively supports inserting pictures and automatically uploading them to your blog (if your blogging software supports the required API), inserting maps, tables...
  • Blog Post: Roundup of Developer Resources on MSDN

    Here’s a nice concise roundup of a bunch of developer resources on MSDN, as well as for Vista and Office: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/events/bb288458.aspx Published with BlogMailr
  • Blog Post: Ooh! I want one!

    http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/property-of-unsc/first-pics-of-the-zune-halo-3-special-edition-259877.php Published with BlogMailr
  • Blog Post: A 20-inch woodscrew...out of sugar

    This is way cool: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/candyfab Published with BlogMailr
  • Blog Post: Interesting, if unorthodox, use of an Inkjet Printer

    Using an Inkjet Printer to create video? The video below was created by printing on transparency using a Super 8-size template, then painstakingly cutting out the strips and sprocket holes: The first question is, of course, why? The answers are here . Published with BlogMailr
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