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  • Blog Post: The app that would get me to buy an iPhone...

    I’m afraid to go look in the App Store, because it might be a real iPhone app and I might be kicked out of the ninja camp for talking like a pirate all the time. Doh! Although, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to write one for Windows Mobile. I’ll add it to the long, long list of code that I’ll write...
  • Blog Post: I wasn’t concerned about warbots. Until...

    The quote is long to provide context, but the bold part is what worries me. Ruh-roh. A recent study prepared for the Office of Naval Research by a team from the California Polytechnic State University said that robot ethics had not received the attention it deserved because of a "rush to market"...
  • Blog Post: How do I make a Mobile Tag for /dev/null?

    I’m not going to say that the fact I broke down and joined Twitter in a moment of weakness today made me think of /dev/null... it’s probably just a coincidence. Meh. A new tagging system? I wonder how much visual appeal had to the need for this instead of old-fashioned barcodes? If we can process these...
  • Blog Post: That’s not teen spirit I smell…

    I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas from the visual input alone. I haven’t played the...
  • Blog Post: Voice Command: FORMAT C: [ENTER]

    Well, that’s how the joke used to go about Vista voice command... Apparently somebody thought it would be fun to actually implement something similar in their mobile o/s. On purpose or not. Heh. The bug can hardly be called a security problem, given it requires access to the handset, but the fact that...
  • Blog Post: LCD Panels are sooo yesterday...

    Since I had lasik done, I haven't missed my contacts a bit... but I might be willing to put them back in my eyes if it means better resolution, image quality and portability than this enormous pair of LCD panels on my desk. Adding displays directly onto the lenses, visible to the wearers but no one else...
  • Blog Post: No. Yes. Zune!

    As if I have to answer, but... Every dumb yuppie poser has an iPod. Your parents and grandparents have iPods. Do you really want to be like them? Or are you a rebel, a hipster, the first on your block to have something different? Zune's New Tune (Forbes.com) No. Yes. Zune, Zune, Zune!* Sara Itani (17yoa...
  • Blog Post: Wow. A first time for everything...

    I've had the Halo 3-branded Zune since the first day of their public availability... It's been what, seven, eight months now? More? I still remember when the delivery guy dropped it off at the front door. Doesn't seem that long ago. I thought I'd found (drum roll) a Microsoft product that never needed...
  • Blog Post: Fashionable PCs? How about...?

    While I'm not opposed to sleek, sexy computing power, there are other priorities that I'd like addressed... Typical consumers simply purchased their devices out of necessity, but the scales are beginning to tip with demand growing for hardware that performs well, but looks good at the same time. As the...
  • Blog Post: Fun with software bugs in GPS units.

    I'm sure it didn't tell him to stop and leave the car there, but... A computer consultant driving a rental car drove onto train tracks Wednesday using the instructions his GPS unit gave him. Man using GPS drives in front of train (Yahoo! News) Sometimes it's fun to see where you'll end up following inexplicable...
  • Blog Post: Souvenirs

    Bobbie was sure right about the best laid schemes and a' that. I certainly felt about mouse-sized towing a 5x8 trailer in my two-wheel drive minivan crawling through the Rocky Mountains this time! So much for blogging the move from Houston to Redmond in real time, though... I blame that on the streptococcal...
  • Blog Post: I think they're eventually going to have to give it away for free...

    Just my guess... Even if they priced ebooks under dead tree books (they're not right now), it would still take a lot of ebooks to amortize the $400 reader cost to a justifiable level. Amazon sells own gadget to boost e-books (Yahoo! News)
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