Archive for September, 2003

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera

September 30th, 2003, 2:21am by Kelvin

Kelvin Enjoying tapas at Thirsty Bear

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September 28th, 2003, 8:46pm by Mike

If you’re reading this, you know what this is about. This is Joanie and our friend Raffi (author of the book Tivo Hacks), and the Sagrada Familia dessert…

A PodBerry?

September 24th, 2003, 7:31pm by Jake

OK, what the heck is that? Some scribe at Business Week is writing about his dream device, an on-demand portable music device that gets it music over the air. Essentially, Rhapsody on an iPod. The good folks at As the Apple Turns, have a little piece that discusses it. They point out the problems, such as 1) doesn’t work on airplanes or elevators, 2) requires 128kbps connection for good sound. AtAT notes that the best connection they’ve seen with a cell phone is about 82kbps. My question is, has anyone got a faster connection speed wirelessly?

Geeks on a mission

September 23rd, 2003, 5:22pm by Jake

OK, here’s an article that is a bit more on-topic than some of my other recent posts. Three guys were assigned to bring technology into the home of some luddites. Doesn’t speak well for either technology or the ability of gadget junkies to sort it out in a useful manner. I think we could do a much better job than this.

Touch screen voting

September 22nd, 2003, 11:56pm by Jake

I read this interesting article on Salon interviews a critic of the touch-screen systems currently in use, and brings up some pretty scary info. Worth a read.

Keychain Camera

September 22nd, 2003, 6:11pm by Mike

I’m am SO GETTING one of these as soon as I can find one! A 64MB USB Flash RAM drive with a built-in 640×480 camera. So cool…

Tablet PC

September 22nd, 2003, 2:13pm by Mike

I volunteered for a user study at the MIT AI Lab , which was studying how different people draw sketches using Tablet PCs. Since I’d never used a Tablet PC, it seemed like fun, and I got a free movie ticket, too! The tasks were pretty simple — you had to sketch a floorplan of your current apartment, then a few floorplans of a place you wanted to live in. Then, you had to resketch one of the floorplans while talking to the test administrator as if he were an architect, explaining what you wanted while you were sketching. Read on for my thoughts on the computer.


Chase Privacy Policy

September 21st, 2003, 6:52pm by Jake

I just got a Chase credit card, and I received a copy of their privacy policy today. I gotta give credit to these guys for being very clear, as opposed to other guys who hide their policies inside mounds of legalese. Here are some abbreviated highlights:


Instant Live

September 21st, 2003, 10:13am by Mike

So I’m sure we’ve all been to concerts that we’d like to forget, and a few that we thought, “Man, I wish I had a good recording of that show!” Sometimes you get lucky and a track from “your show” will appear on a live album, or maybe there’s even a bootleg available somehow, recorded by some guy in the crowd, where between songs you hear all the “Woooooo”‘s and yelling from the audience around him. Like all good ideas, somebody’s figured out a solution to a problem that people will pay for, and they’re teaming up with artists to provide concert CDs for sale 10 MINUTES after the show ends. And big business is involved. An interesting story.


Hurricane photos

September 21st, 2003, 9:36am by Mike

Not that there’s too much funny about a hurricane, but I always like watching the on-the-scene newscasters standing in the middle of the storm, telling us how much it sucks to be there, and that all sane people should move to higher ground immediately. I came across this picture on the web — made me laugh. Go Fox News!

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