Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Flute Percussionist

Neat flute playing:

Thanks to Adam for the link.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Online Identity

I haven't looked into the details of this, but online identity (and anonymity) are very important issues that can be very powerful if done well, so this definitely sounds interesting: OpenID.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Very Cool Intro to Web 2.0

Thanks to Adam Philipp for the link.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Google Scalability Conference in Seattle

Google will be hosting a scalability conference in June. Should be fun.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Customer Service

Joel has a great article on customer service. Worth the read.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Book 1.0

New technology can be stressful:

Thanks to Q for the link.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Miss Molly Had a Dolly

Friends and family only.


Today, Edison Thomaz, creator of OnLife, (recently renamed Slife) visited Exbiblio, and showed us what he has been up to over the last year. He has created a very appealing social networking site called Slifeshare based on his client application for Mac OS X (soon to be released for Windows as well).

It provides a great new way to interact globally with other people who share similar interests and activities. I think it will be particularly appealing to the MySpace generation, since its true value comes to play if you are willing to make public what you do on your computer throughout the day—what web sites you visit, what music you listen to, what you buy, what applications you run.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Who's Right? My Computer or Congress?

Apparently daylight savings time will be a bit different this year. I guess it's a "mini Y2K" problem for computers. Makes me wonder, though, if we'll need to have Web Services providing answers to all questions in the future, or at least have virus-ready software running everywhere, including our alarm clocks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

New Cut at Interactive Fiction

WIRED has an article about a new book reading/game playing experience for the Nintendo DS.

Monday, February 12, 2007

$25 Million CO2 Prize

Richard Branson is offering a $25M prize for a process for efficiently removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Interesting Podcast on Ethnodiversity

TEDTalks has an interesting podcast on biodiversity.

American Idol for Geeks

This sounds like an interesting contest.

Steve Jobs Speaks about DRM

Q comments on Steve Job's post about the iPod, DRM and the music industry.

Steve makes a fairly good argument that the music industry should drop DRM. Probably not strong enough to convince them, though.

I hadn't realized that the AAC-based DRM was so "fluid," meaning it's changed each time it's cracked. I assume this means that each time you buy from iTMS or Audible, you might be getting a sound files encrypted with a new encryption key, and maybe some extra envelopes. No wonder my first-generation iPod can't handle multiple iTMS accounts at the same time. I'm glad it can at least keep up with the AAC versions. Or, maybe the sound files are converted to older encryption schemes when transferred to the iPods? There have been a lot of updates to newer iPod versions that haven't affected mine.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

20 Layered LCDs

3-dimensional displays using 20 layered LCDs.

New Book on and Flash Visualization of String Theory