Lovin' An Elevator -- Or Not
New elevators in skyscrapers with multiple banks of lifts don't have buttons inside them -- instead, you punch in your destination while you're calling the elevator, and the controlling computer directs people to cars that are going to floors that are close to each other.
First, a confession: Like a lot of tech enthusiasts, I'm a long-time science fiction reader (and a sometime science fiction writer), and so articles that describe new inventions, technical gadgets, or future possibilities always catch my attention.
Ancient Computer Reveals Unexepected Technical Sophistication
The Antikythera Mechanism -- a device from ancient Greece dated between 150-100 B.C.E. -- has been examined with modern imaging technology and, according to researchers, the device shows "an unexpected degree of technical sophistication for the period."
Best Comments From The IW Blog Community
Our community participants speak out on the World of Warcraft French connection, Microsoft's litigation threats against Linux users, Apple's possible tablet PC, and employees Web surfing on company time.
Gingrich: Government Needs To Limit Free Speech
WCSH6 in Portland, Maine: "Gingrich Says Government May Have To Limit Speech In Terror War: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used a New Hampshire event dedicated to freedom of speech to say the United States will have to re-examine that constitutional right as it fights terrorism." He reportedly singled out the Internet as a channel that needs "a different set of rules."
This story has been making the rounds of the Int
Tabblo A Blow To iPhoto
The company releases a browser-based book editor that offers the ability to collaboratively assemble and print photo books online.
Most Chinese Hackers Seek Passwords
More than half of the malware coming out of China aims to steal passwords, and nearly half of those attempts targeted online gaming login information during October.
GPS Devices Won't Kill Paper Maps, Mapmaker Says
One reason paper maps remain in high demand is their capability to provide a higher level of accuracy than GPS devices, says Marc Jennings, president of mapmaker Langenscheidt Publishing Group.
Cordless Skype Phone Cuts Ties To PC
The Dualphone 3088 lets users plug a broadband and a landline connection into the phone's base station, giving them the option of using either mode to make calls.
DMCA Exemptions Leave Most Consumers Out In The Cold
Late last Wednesday, while the rest of us were out shopping for last-minute Thanksgiving essentials, the U.S. Copyright Office let fly with a list of exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The exemptions provide much-needed relief for libraries, the disabled, researchers, and price-conscious cell phone users, but they are framed in excessively narrow terms, and they don't address the chief problems that the DMCA creates for most consumers.
Your Tax Dollars At Work
The developer of a new computer wargame developed by the U.S. Army says he was required to dumb down the enemy forces. "A new video game commissioned by the U.S. Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation's military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine," said Wired News..
Gamers on Battlefront.com give the title good reviews, but complain about the game being paid for with their tax
Symantec Debuts Norton 360 Beta
The service provides antivirus and anti-spyware protection, anti-fraud features, automated backup and restore, and computer tune-up tools, and is designed to run more or less unattended when the PC is idle.
Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever
The inventor, author, and futurist predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.
Alcatel And Lucent To Officially Merge Nov. 30
The merger was approved by President Bush and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and the House Armed Services Committee reviewed its national security implications.
Chatroom Addiction? Huh?
A former employee is suing IBM, which fired him after they caught him going into a chatroom. He says he's addicted to chatrooms, and IBM should have offered him counseling. He says it's a form of self-medication he uses because of his Vietnam-induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He says IBM offers counseling for people with worse problems, such as alcoholism and drug addiction.
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TiVo And Universal Advance The Copyright Conflicts
There's been a lot of action recently in the ongoing copyright conflicts over distributing music, movies, and TV shows online. But the two most interesting developments have to do with TiVo introducing a new feature that amounts to hanging a "SUE ME" sign on their backs, and, separately, Universal finding an innovative, and possibly groundbreaking, legal strategy in its copyright lawsuit against MySpace.
GE VoIP Phone In The Works
Equipment maker Thomson plans to offer a General Electric-branded VoIP phone and work with service provider SunRockets, which sells residential Internet phone service for a flat rate of $200 a year.
Down To Business: Can The Worthless Regs
Some are way too broad. Others have outlived their usefulness. We should be as rigorous in evaluating and retiring IT regulations as we are (or should be) with our IT systems.
Fleck Lets Users Annotate Web Pages
Fleck lets users add notes to Web pages, viewable by other Fleck users. Unlike other Web-annotation services, it doesn't require you to download and install anything on your PC or in your browser.
This is a relatively crowded space, the two services I'm most familiar with for collaborative annotation are
Calcanis Leaving AOL
Blogger-entrepreneur Jason Calacanis left AOL after chief executive Jonathan Miller was replaced.
Mr. Calacanis sold his company, Weblogs Inc., a network of blogs, to AOL last year and continued to run it from offices in Santa Monica, Calif. This year he took over Netscape.com, transforming it from a Web portal into a
Tech Toys For The Holidays
When was it that you were hit with your first Christmas commercial this year? For me, it was sometime right after Halloween, when I was watching a local TV station and was suddenly confronted with that overweight guy in a red suit who was urging me to think about what I wanted to get my friends this year.