Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With Linden Lab VP Joe Miller
Joe Miller, Linden Lab vice president, platform and technology development, will be our special guest for GridTalk, where we'll talk with him about Windlight, new Second Life technology that makes the world more beautiful and realistic.
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Eye-Fi Points To The Future Of Web-Based Products
The Eye-Fi Wireless SD card for digital cameras reduces a Wi-Fi card to fit on an SD flash storage card, with room left over for 2 Gbytes of storage. But amazing as that is, the most interesting thing about Eye-Fi is the way it works the network.
Real Zune Now
New models of Microsoft's Zune media player prove that Microsoft is still Microsoft: It's one of the best companies in the world at doing the difficult job of learning from its mistakes.
Gmail As Designed By Microsoft
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's time for some holiday chestnuts. Here's one: What if Microsoft, and not Google, had designed Gmail? How would the application be different? Let's take a look.
Bigger Screens, Lighter Notebooks? It's Not A Paradox
Fujitsu is releasing a new laptop today that breaks one of the rules of notebook physics -- it has a bigger screen than a similar predecessor model, but it's lighter. How does that work? The reason is the change in screen technology from fluorescent-backlit to LED-backlit.
Pssst, Wanna 57 Percent Return? OLPC
If you're interested in a sure thing in a computer technology investment I've got a hot tip for you -- a guaranteed 57% return. Not only that, you get a cool laptop and a tax break just like you were buddies with George Bush (if that idea appeals to you). Your cost? $423.95 and a postage stamp. Here's how it works. (I'll explain the stamp later.)
Facebook, Feds, Close In On Online Privacy
On Oct. 23, Donald Kerr, who is second in command as the deputy director of national intelligence, gave a speech at the GEOINT Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, that seemed calculated to inflame civil-liberties activists and privacy advocates. In it, Kerr basically said "Fuhgeddaboutit" when it comes to protecting your privacy online.
Social Networking With A Point
Is there a real point to social networking? It is a lot of fun, and it can be a useful way to establish contacts. But it's usually a black hole of time -- a lot of chat without a lot of substance. However, there's at least one new site that's trying to offer social networking with a social conscience.
Join Us For GridTalk Tuesday With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross
Our guest for our next GridTalk is science-fiction writer Charles Stross, whose most recent novel Halting State, is set in the near future -- just 11 years from now, when virtual worlds, massively multiplayer games, advanced mobile computing, and augmented reality are a part of daily life.
Will Apple Nickel And Dime iPhone Users To Death?
You know, I'm so glad that sophisticated, cool-looking smartphones like the iPhone have replaced the clunkier, less communicative PDAs of yesteryear. Because now we can pay $50 a year to do some of the stuff that we used to be able to do for free.
Nobody Wants Tablet PCs
Maybe Apple is coming out with a tablet PC, but it seems unlikely. It's not a product that makes sense. Tablet computers have been available for Windows a couple of years now; they're not selling like gangbusters and there's no reason to assume that a Mac version will do better, no matter how much magic pixie dust Steve Jobs shovels onto the product.
Apple Readying Leopard Update
Apple is distributing test versions of a bug-fix upgrade of its new Leopard Mac OS. 10.5.1 fixes bugs in the firewall, data lost problems, and bugs in Mail, Spotlight, iCal, and more, according to Engadget, which lists a couple of dozen bugs that the update fixes.
Which Side Are You On -- Online?
Around NYC, it's become common to see a giant inflated rubber rat sitting on the sidewalk when a local union is sponsoring a strike. The Writers Guide of America, however, is a bit more sophisticated than that -- they're using YouTube.
Barry Diller, A Dollar, A Ten O'Clock Scholar
So media mogul Barry Diller is planning to split his IAC empire into five public companies, eh? But the conglomerate that includes Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, and search engine Ask.com is already successful as a collective. Why break up the band? What does Barry know that we don't?
Radiohead Fans: Ears Open, Wallets Closed
So now we know what most of the devoted fans of Radiohead thought the art-rock band's new album was worth, given the option of choosing how much to pay for it: Nothing, as in zip, zero, zilch.
Mac Software Bug Can Lead To Massive Data Loss
The blog TomKarpik.com reports that you can experience "horrendous data loss" if you move data from one volume to another, and the destination volume disappears midway. Karpik says he first encountered it in Samba, but it also occurs no matter the type of destination -- local USB, Firewire, network, etc. -- and that the bug dates back all the way to Panther and affects Leopard.
Has Muni Wi-Fi Gone With The Wind?
There are a number of "pie in the sky" dreams that have fallen by the wayside in the last few years. One of those is the idea of free, attainable municipal Wi-Fi.
An Ode To IP v 6?
Interesting things happen when Internet engineers have too much time on their hands. Hear for yourself.
Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever
Google's announcement of the new, "Android" smartphone platform had less substance than a fashion show at a nudist colony. It's a non-existent smartphone, codeless software, and an alliance of major mobile phone players that leaves out most of the major phone vendors.
Join Us For GridTalk With Cisco Systems
Join us for GridTalk on Tuesday when our subject will be Cisco Systems' upcoming Virtual Career Fair, with guests Christian Renaud, the company's chief architect for networked virtual environments, and Randy Sisk, new markets and technologies scout for the company. Cisco is a pioneer in using Second Life and other virtual worlds for business, so we'll also spend some time discussing the broader issues of commercial activities in virtual worlds.
Windows Home Server Gets Serious
Back in May at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) Conference, Windows Home Server, a new product, still in beta, was one of the stars of the show. It's taken nearly six months for Home Server to get its act together and take it on the road. But today HP finally announces its MediaSmart Server, a Home Server appliance, and Home Server will soon appear at big-box retailers near you.
What's Great And What Stinks In The New Apple Mail
While the young people nowadays are all about their "instant messaging," and "social networks," e-mail is still the switchboard through which most of my business communication flows. Apple Mail 3, the upgraded mail client included in Mac OS X Leopard, is a very good mail client and a significant improvement over previous versions. It has a few features I love, some I hate, and some that are frustrating because they're good but could be so much better.
1-800-Flowers Goes Back To Its Mom And Pop Roots
You'd think that with the evolution of the Internet and more people going online to shop, retailers would become further removed from customers and less personal. I was surprised to find out that 1-800-Flowers.com is doing exactly the opposite. It's hoping that advancements in technology will help the company go back to its roots.
Will Google's OpenSocial API Program Kill Ning?
Google this week stormed into the social networking world and stole Facebook's thunder with its new OpenSocial API program, an effort to create an open standard for creating and integrating applications into social networking platforms. While the rest of the blogosphere is pondering Facebook's fate, I want to ask another question: Does OpenSocial spell the death of Ning?
The Palm Centro Smartphone: Small But Satisfactory
I was wary of the claims made about Palm's new Centro smartphone. The iPhone aside, I've found few smartphones -- or, for that matter, plain mobile phones -- that have made me say, "Maybe I want that one." Those that I do like are usually so expensive that I can't imagine paying for one. But I'm sold.