Archive of: technology
I really want some of this space saving furniture. As Denise says, this stuff actually looks practical.
If Hollywood put up a big “Marilyn Monroe” sign, it would make sense for you to say that you snuck up there last night and switched the “M’s.”
If you type the name “Marilyn Monroe” and then copy and drag the M’s to transpose them, we would agree that you switched the M’s … but when you save the file and reopen it, are the M’s still switched?
Bonnier demo Popular Science+, the first magazine to be built on their Mag+ platform.
Santa, if you’re collating your list this early in the year then I want an otamatone please.
I notice that, as the Net provides free or cheap versions of things, ‘the authentic experience’ — the singular experience enjoyed without mediation — becomes more valuable. I notice that more attention is given by creators to the aspects of their work that can’t be duplicated. The ‘authentic’ has replaced the reproducible.
Brian Eno on the question “How has the internet changed the way you think?”.
Every revolution destroys the average middle first and most savagely.
To criticise Twitter for its content (or, I should say, your perception of its content) makes as much sense as criticising the content of the telephone networks or the postal service. Like them, Twitter is a means of communicating. The content communicated has no bearing on its value.
And as he rightly recognises, they’re not used to being called on their knowledge and veracity.
It’s now possible for columnists and companies to hear what people are saying about them. That’s unnerving for columnists, not least because their opinions are now frequently challenged by people who know more than they do. Instead of responding like adults – correcting when they’ve made a mistake, engaging when someone raises a sensible point and defending themselves from false accusations – they are whining like children and dismissing technologies that they don’t understand.
(Hat tip: John Naughton)
I always tell people to send me physical things by email as attachments. The pause while they work out whether this is possible or not is a moment of great mechanical wheel turning beauty and highlights a cultural acceptance of the possibility of technological magic.
- srboisvert in a Metafilter thread about the UK postcode system
Here’s something four-year-olds know: A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken. Here’s something four-year-olds know: Media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for. Those are things that make me believe that this is a one-way change. Because four year olds, the people who are soaking most deeply in the current environment, who won’t have to go through the trauma that I have to go through of trying to unlearn a childhood spent watching Gilligan’s Island, they just assume that media includes consuming, producing and sharing.
Media means something completely different for the latest generation.
As was once said…
Given enough eyes all bugs are shallow
… and when we’re talking about DRM, it is most definitely a bug.
Update (2nd May): Interesting developments overnight. Turns out Digg was removing posted stories about the HD-DVD key, that of course triggered a user revolt, and now Digg has changed it’s position. Heh.
I debated about adding the ‘funny’ tag to the original post, and in the end decided not to. Events last night have made me change my mind.