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Archive: October 19, 2014

monster mashup

Sunday,  10/19/14  12:49 PM

monster mashupI'm stuck coding so I might as well blog...

And even coding is a distraction from creating a pitch deck.

And even creating the deck was a distraction from practicing a presentation.

Deeply nested yak shaving, you have been warned :)

This looks cool, need to learn more about it: mobile linking gets deeper.  I, too, have wondered about the difficulty of interaction between links and apps.  This is one thing - perhaps the main thing - which the web has going for it, and it is a big thing.

Hehe this is awesome: Spanish comedy club uses facial recognition to charge customers on a per-laugh basis.  Good thing I didn't have to pay per-laugh while reading it.  What an inventive use of visual search :)

Hurry!  Six mobile innovations retailers have time to adopt for the Holidays.  I notice visual search didn't make the list, but maybe it will take too much time.  Next year!

Yovo - intriguing screenshot protectionThis is pretty cool: new photo app protects your pics from screenshots.  A most intriguing plugging of "the analog hole", reminiscent of the Macrovision hack which was used to protect VCRs.  Will be interesting to see if this catches on...

the backs of receiversDave Winer: the backs of receivers today suck.  Yes they do.  And it's because they're mired in old technology ... like ... RCA plugs (click through for a great picture of the back of a 1940s-era radio).  My 12-year-old Yamaha receiver is the oldest piece of electronics in my house, because there's nothing with current technology to which I can upgrade.  Every receiver should just be on your WiFi, accessing your media server, right?

Eric Schmidt: Google's biggest search competitor is Amazon.  Not competitor, but search competitor.  How interesting.  Read the whole article, it's full of good stuff...

Really?  Amazon to open New York retail store.  For picking stuff up though, not for picking stuff out.  Still, weird.

baseball strike zone expansionAfter watching the League Division Series, I must agree: Baseball's strike zone expansion is out of control.  This is presently a weak spot in the game; human interest is all very exciting, but how lame is it when the announcer's report "so and so is a low strike umpire".

Pretty thought-provoking, from Scott "Dilbert" Adams: ISIS Puzzle.  "In the long run, I think ISIS will be the best thing that happened to the Middle East because of what it does to the common psychology of who the "real" enemy is. And it comes when the problems in the Middle East seemed otherwise unsolvable. Is that a coincidence?"  I like, you think.

The app that helped launch a revolution: FireChat.  When the revolution cannot be televised, Tweeted, or IM'ed, a decentralized phone-to-phone network steps in.  How fascinating.

Apple product lineLast Thursday Apple held another announcement event, billing it "it's been way too long", but in the end it wasn't much of an event.  Cult of Mac posted a nice summary: The twelve biggest takeaways from Apple's iPad event.  My summary from the summaries is ... a bunch of expected upgrades.  Which doesn't mean they aren't cool, but they aren't significant, like the announcement of the Apple Watch a few weeks ago.  Perhaps the fact that most of the announced products had a version number tells the story.  Onward!

I do agree the graphic shown at right is a cool summary of Apple's current product line.

On the long trip to Mars, virtual reality could help keep astronauts sane.  Well, yeah.  Of course if the spacecraft and sensors are good enough, no need to send people at all, just use virtual reality to let them experience the trip!

Lockheed Martin announces breakthrough in nuclear fusionLockheed Martin announces a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion.  Excellent!  Given their gravitas, I doubt this is simple announceware to placate investors, there must be something real behind it.  More, faster!

Meanwhile: The physics of why 'cold fusion' isn't real.  I'm reminded of that saying, when a scientist says something is possible, they're probably right, when they say it's impossible, they could be wrong.



Archive: October 19, 2013

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Saturday,  10/19/13  04:47 PM

Sensei JobsToday is the second anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, and to commemorate Business Insider posted a few key quotes.

I like them all but especially this one, headed:

On your working life

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

It's always been a nice sentiment and all the more so for being true, but it's especially relevant to me just now.  Stay tuned as I will have some interesting news about *my* working life.

This quote is from Steve's amazing Stanford Commencement speech, delivered in June 2005 when he was already ill with the cancer that ultimately took his life (though we didn't know it at the time).  The speech ends, Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.  Indeed...


Archive: October 24, 2012


Archive: October 20, 2011

extreme yak shaving

Thursday,  10/20/11  12:07 PM

shave ... at your perilHey y'all it's been a couple of weeks since I posted about "stuff"; just wanted you to know I am engaged in some extreme yak shaving.  (Also, I had the slight interruption of riding the Furnace Creek 508 :)

I've been loving my iPhone for a while, and more recently have begun loving my iPad too.  Although it wasn't immediately apparent why anyone with a smartphone and a laptop would want a tablet, I've slowly begun realizing the tablet form factor makes it nice for "occasional" computing in alternative locations, like my backyard, my bathroom, and ... my bed.  I can read just about anything on the iPad; emails, web pages, RSS feeds, etc., and can compose email, send messages (with IOS 5 and iMessage), and do some light editing.  But I can't blog :(

The problem isn't fundamental; it's perfectly possible to blog from an iPad.  But when *I* blog I do it in a certain way, and that way involves tools that are only usable from within Windows: SharpReader to read feeds, Photoshop to edit pictures, and Citydesk to update the blog.  This mechanism dates back eight+ years to when I started blogging, and in the intervening time I've thought about overhauling the whole thing a few times.  Now I'm biting the bullet.  My plan is to do it all from email, so I can blog from anywhere, on any device, at any time.  Of course this requires a bit of work (!) with several nested levels of things to build, and so in the meantime I'm not blogging at all. 

Except to report that I am engaged in some Extreme yak shaving.  Please stand by :)


Archive: October 24, 2010


Archive: October 24, 2009

Saturday,  10/24/09  09:45 AM

Well I am back, whew!  The FDA panel dicussion was amazing; an informative and productive discussion between a who's who of pathology about the regulation of digital pathology technology.  I'll post more about it on my Aperio blog; stay tuned.  And so now I am back home with two days of relaxation and sports watching ahead, possibly mixed with a little riding and maybe even some blogging...

Obamacare: Making someone else pay.  That's it in a nutshell, right?  If we're not going to require that people pay for themselves, then someone else must pay for them.  It is socialism, pure and simple, and as Margaret Thatcher famously observed, "the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money".

An investigation of President Obama's apparent thin skin...  From ex-President Bush: "Why watch the nightly news when you are the nightly news?"

NASA iPhone app - way cool (but could we have it for the PC, too, please?)Man, this is masssively cool: the NASA iPhone app.  I just downloaded and installed it (on my iPod Touch), and am happily looking at all these great pictures from the Mars Exploration Rovers, Cassini, you name it.  I just wish they had an application like this for the PC; it would be even cooler with a big monitor...

Twee for the Pre - a Twitter client...Hey, there's a Twitter client called Twee for the Palm Pre!  This is good news, not because I will ever use it (I won't, I am not a Twitter-er), but because it signals the mainstreaming of the Pre.

Is it just me, or is the Internet really  s l o w  today?  Just me?  I figure there must be some kind of blockage in the pipes...  maybe some new news about Michael Jackson has been released?

Nile crocodile - an ancient predatorPredator of the day: A Nile Crocodile.  Look out...

ZooBorn: Mongoose pup
...especially if you're much smaller, like our ZooBorn of the day: a Mongoose pup.


roadless village

Saturday,  10/24/09  10:02 AM

A roadless village in Holland called Giethoorn

beautiful and peaceful; looks like a great place for coding
(but not good for cycling)


Archive: October 24, 2008

Friday,  10/24/08  08:54 PM

A day of coding...  and riding (third straight Rockstore!)... and, er, powerpointing...

Today's dog bites man story: most voters say news media wants Obama to win.  By 70-9%.  Unbelievable.  Except I totally believe it.  Don't you?

The Corner: "The reason the press are going to such shameless lengths to drag Obama across the finish line is because he's their last best hope at restoring the old media environment, including a new Unfairness Doctrine for radio, and regulation of the Internet".  Could be...  but I think it is also something simpler and less calculated: bandwagon jumping.  Since "everyone" knows Obama is going to win, "everyone" wants to be on the winning side.  It's cool.  Riight.

It has gotten this bad: ABC's Michael Malone is embarrassed to be a journalist.  I would be, too.  But at least he's honest about it, which is a good start...

Nike HindsightFrom CrunchGear we get news of the new Nike Hindsight, glasses which provide a built-in "rear view mirror".  Cool.  Probably a dancing bear, but still, cool :)

Meanwhile Ted Dziuba predicts the fall of the house of Crunch.  "The arena is kind to noone."  Oooh, I like that!  (I predict you will read that again, right here :)

A very telling post by Stuart Ellman: Flat is the new 40% markup.  "Everybody in startup land, pay attention.  Pricing is down 40% right now.  Until the markets come back up, that is the reality."  That's why everyone is tightening their belts, laying off staff, and being conservative...  money has become expensive.

the Burberry QuattroporteThis must be illegal; here we have the Burberry Quattroporte.  I am not making this up, but I wish I were (as do, I'm sure, the folks at Maserati)...





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Archive: October 15, 2006

Ole votes

Sunday,  10/15/06  03:38 PM

I spent this afternoon voting, in the comfort of my [home] office, with football playing in the background.  Picture me browsing to websites, reading the Official Voter Information Guide and the candidates' statements in the Sample Ballot, and actually spending time thinking about the issues.  Weird, isn't it?

I know, most people don't do this, most people have never heard of most of the candidates and don't trouble to inform themselves, most people don't understand the issues they're voting about.  So be it, our system is not perfect.

Anyway, here are my votes in case you wanted to know...

California State positions

  • Governor - Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Lieutenant Governor - Tom McClintock
  • Secretary of State - Bruce McPherson.  Tough call over Debra Bowen, even though she's way liberal.
  • Controller - Tony Strickland.  An uninformed decision but I like his website.
  • Treasurer - Claude Parrish.  This is a vote against Bill Lockyer.
  • Attorney General - Chuck Poochigian.  A vote against Jerry Brown.
  • Insurance Commissioner - Steve Poizner.  A vote against Cruz Bustamante.
  • Member, State Board of Equalization, 2nd district - Bill Leonard.  Doesn't like the parcel tax (prop 88), neither do I.
  • State Assembly, 37th district - Audra Strickland.  I agree with her positions on virtually every issue.

Federal positions

  • Senator - Dick Mountjoy.  I like him, plus a vote against Dianne Feinstein, who I voted for originally but who has disappointed me over and over and moved to the left while in office.
  • Representative, 24th district - Elton Gallegly.  He's been a great representative for a red district in a blue state.

Judicial positions

  • Joyce Kennard - Yes.
  • Carol Corrigan - Yes.
  • Robert Mallano - Yes.
  • Frances Rothschild - Yes.
  • Roger Boren - Yes.
  • Victoria Chavez - No.  A thousand times no.  No on her dad, too, except he's not on the ballot.
  • Patti Kitching - Yes.
  • Richard Alrich - Yes.
  • Norman Epstein - Yes.  Liberal but smart.
  • Thomas Willhite - Yes.
  • Nora Manella - Yes.
  • Steven Suzukawa - Yes.
  • Richard Mosk - No.  On the Christopher Commission and Iran - United States Claims Tribunal.  Not real world.
  • Sandy Kriegler - Yes.
  • Arthur Gilbert - Yes.  Has a blog :)
  • Dennis Perluss - Yes.  A Davis appointee but surprisingly rational anyway.
  • Fred Woods - Yes.  Solid citizen.
  • Laurie Zelon - No.  She and Madeleine Flier are flaming liberals, both appointed by Davis.
  • Candace Cooper - No.  Not enough on the web about her considering how long she's been on the court (appointed by Davis in 2001).
  • Madeleine Flier - No.  See Laurie Zelon above.

Community positions

  • Community College District - Cheryl Heitmann.  Seems to be doing a good job.
  • Conejo Valley School District - Mike Dunn, Pat Phelps, Tim Stephens.  Based mostly on statements in voter guides.
  • Thousand Oaks City Council - Dennis Gillette, John Diguiseppe, Bob Wilson.  I like the current council, our city is in great shape.  I'm voting incumbents.
  • Conejo Recreation and Parks - Joe Gibson, Susan Holt, Mike Berger.  Based on voter guide.

We interrupt my vote for a rant.  Why oh why do we have voter information published in Spanish?  There is one official language in California, and it isn't Spanish.  I'm Dutch, why don't we publish voter information in Dutch?  There must be people from hundreds of countries speaking thousands of languages living in California; why not publish voter information in every used language?  It doesn't make sense.  People who can't speak English or comprehend written English should not vote.  Simple as that.  Okay, now back to voting...

State propositions

  • 1A - No.  I think gas taxes probably should be used for transportation improvements, but I don't like earmarked taxes.  Let the Governor and Legislature have flexibility to reallocate when necessary.
  • 1B - Yes.  $20B bond issue for state and local transportation improvements.  Although there's an argument that we shouldn't use bonds for this stuff ("borrowing against the future") the fact is that these investments are needed and we can't fund them out of tax revenue, and shouldn't choke economic growth by raising taxes.  So...
  • 1C - No.  $3B bond issue for housing and development programs.  Unlike 1B, It isn't clear that these investments really are investments, or whether they're needed.
  • 1D - No.  $10B bond issue for school infrastructure.  Unlike 1B, I don't think school infrastructure is a one-time upgrade; rather, this is ongoing maintenance and investments needed, and should be funded from tax revenues.
  • 1E - Yes.  $4B bond issue for flood management projects.  This feels like 1B to me, so I'm for it.

Note: 1A through 1E are generally being promoted as a package, supported by [among many others] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I have chosen to vote for them a la carte...  despite all being bond issues they have less to do with each other than supporters of the package claim.

  • 83 - No.  Increased punishments and restrictions on sex offenders.  If I thought this would help prevent sexual abuse I'd vote for it, but I don't, so this would be just more money thrown away on bad people.
  • 84 - No.  $5.4B bond issue for water quality and flood control.  I might not understand this well enough to make the right decision, but it feels to me like a special interest thing which isn't really needed.
  • 85 - No.  Makes it more difficult for minors to get an abortion.  I think anyone who is pregnant and doesn't want a baby should get an abortion, especially minors who are less likely to care for the kid.
  • 86 - No.  Excise tax on cigarettes.  I don't like "sin taxes" and this one especially doesn't seem to make sense.  Seems to have special interest language in it, too, to protect hospitals from antitrust laws.
  • 87 - No.  $4B tax hike to fund alternative energy [sic].  I am a big fan of alternative entropy but I don't think government subsidy is the way to get there.  Instead let's remove government barriers to private enterprise solutions.  Anyway this kind of tax is a waste of money.
  • 88 - No.  This is the infamous parcel tax.  Although this is a way to carve back on Prop 13, which was a big mistake, we should change Prop 13, not enact new taxes in different configurations to work around it.  Also, it isn't progressive (that is, doesn't scale to the value of the parcel), which seems unfair.  Backed by Reed Hastings (Netflix) and John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins).
  • 89 - No.  Public campaign funding.  I don't think candidates' campaigns are a good use of public funds, sorry, even though I understand and somewhat accept the argument that in the absence of public funding, rich candidates have an advantage.  I think they do anyway (!), and people should raise money for their campaigns based on merit.
  • 90 - No.  An anti-Kelo attempt to restrict public seizure of private property.  I am sympathetic to the intent of this proposition, but unfortunately it goes too far by requiring government to compensate property owners for actions which change the value of their property, as well as actions which seize the property.  This could trigger a rash of lawsuits and restrict governments from conducting business.  ("You didn't put the new school next door to my property, so it is now less valuable!")

Thanks for your attention!

By the way, I am not one of those people who say to everyone: "you should vote!"  Instead, if you don't know what you're voting about, don't vote!  If you know the people and understand the issues, and we disagree, so be it.  But if you don't know the people and don't understand the issues, then please don't dilute my vote with yours.


Archive: October 24, 2005


Archive: October 24, 2004


Sunday,  10/24/04  11:08 PM

Today I gave myself the ability to add permalinks to paragraphs within my blog posts.  A permalink is a "permanent link" to a paragraph.  Permalinks are indicated by a little link graphic, like this one: permalink indicator.  Anytime you see one, please feel free to link to it :)

I broke with the blogospherical convention of using purple number signs, like this #; I tried them, but found them less intuitive, and uglier.

For now I've kept my RSS feed organized by blog post, with paragraph permalinks inside each post.  I'm interested to know whether any of you would prefer to have an RSS feed with separate items for each paragraph.  Please shoot me email if you have an opinion.


Sunday,  10/24/04  11:29 PM

I want to recommend Tim Oren's Due Diligence.  Great blog.  Tim is a VC (managing director for Pacifica Fund), an SV veteran (Digital Research, Apple, Kaleida, CompuServe), and seems like a reasonable guy (we've never met).  I've been reading his blog for a while but somehow hadn't put him in my blogroll.  I see he's jumped off the fence for Bush; so be it.  I must say I've jumped the same way, for much the same reasons, and I share the same concerns.  (I, too, find myself to be a libertarian-leaning ticket splitter.)

In fact, what it really comes down to is deterrence.  There are bad people out there.  Between Bush and Kerry, whose policies are more likely to deter those bad people from doing bad things?  That's it, that's what it comes down to.  When you vote, you have to think, which guy makes the world safer for me and my family and friends, and my way of life?

{As usual, Bill Whittle says it better than I do: "About half the country thinks you deter this sort of thing by being nice, while the other half thinks you deter this by being mean."}

Another blogger I really like: Joshua Newman.  I love this post about turning 25.  "There's a sense amongst guy friends that, up to 25, everything is sort of a warm-up lap, doesn't actually count in the grand scheme of things.  But, at 25, we're suddenly playing for keeps.  Marriage starts seeming like a real possibility.  Jobs are swapped for 'careers'.  A general plan, a basic route through life, starts falling into place."  I must have been early, by 25 I was already married and a workaholic programmer.  Still am [both].

Joshua really hits the nail on the head with this one: execution.  "Ideas are a dime a dozen.  Give me five minutes, and I can come up with a laundry list of products that would sell millions (try: biodegradable tattoo ink, for tattoos that disappear after five years; or, disposable six-pack coolers made using the same chemical mix found in instant-cold break-and-shake medical ice packs).  Even ideas for whole businesses take only a bit longer - just enough time to sketch out the model on the back of a napkin.  But, actually making those products and businesses happen?  Now that's hard."  This is so true.

Joshua founded Cyan Pictures, an indie film production company.  His latest venture is Long Tail Releasing...  Great name :)

World on FireWorld on FireIf you have iTunes, check out this video of World on Fire, by Sarah McLachlan.  It could have cost $150,000, but it only cost $15.  And the video tells you why.  Excellent!  [ via Tim Bray ]  {If you don't have iTunes, click here to see it on the web.}

There's been talk in the past few years of a "housing bubble", including comparisons with the "stock market bubble".  Now Eric Janzen explains why Housing Bubbles are not like Stock Bubbles.  "Unlike stock market bubbles, real estate bubbles don't pop.  Collapsing stock market bubbles are characterized by a sudden collapse in prices because stock markets are highly liquid.  You see huge volumes of transactions at ever lower prices during a stock market collapse.  Collapsing housing bubbles, on the other hand, are characterized by illiquidity, a sudden collapse in transactions."  It does seem like something is going to happen; rates are going up, and people's incomes are not...

FuturePundit reports on evidence that natural selection is selecting for fatter people.  An interesting discussion, including the possibility that "obesity is negatively correlated with intelligence and that it is lower intelligence that is responsible for the higher fertility."  So is it natural selection, or unnatural selection?  Could be both...

PhysicsWeb wants to know, what's your favorite equation?  Would it be E=mc2?  Or maybe PV=nRT?  Or just 1+1=2?  Of course you know mine, W=UH :)

64 = 65?Marc Cantor found a weird equation, 64=65Check this out:

the Smart CarThe Smart Microcar.  "It's cute, tiny, and plastic.  The kids love it (especially in Europe).  It also gets 70 miles per gallon, and you can fit three side by side in a standard parking spot.  Move over, Mini: The Smart microcar could be the next big thing on America's roads."  Well it is cute.  But is it safe?  Apparently, it is.  And as the price of gas goes up, it gets smarter.

International CXTOn the other end of the spectrum, consider the International CXT.  "Possibly too much truck.  Like that's a problem."  Um, like that isn't a problem?  15,000 pounds!  Escalades and H2s are bad enough.

And oh by the way, many of these large SUVs are illegal on California residential streets.  Anything over 6,000 pounds.  That would include the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, the Range Rover, the GMC Yukon, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia, the Lincoln Navigator, the Mercedes M Class, the Porsche Cayenne S, and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.  And of course the Hummer and H2.

Meanwhile, the SUV safety gap grows.  Many SUVs are legally trucks, not cars, and hence only comply with lower safety standards.  An H2 might look safe, but it isn't.

jet-powered wheelchairOf course, there's always a jet powered wheelchair.  I am not making this up.  "Giuseppe Cannella had a big surprise for his mother-in-law when he put a jet engine on the back of her wheelchair.  Mr Cannella says the chair can now do top speeds of more than 60mph."

jet-powered shopping cartOr maybe you'd prefer a jet powered shopping cart?  "Its metal glows red hot at temperatures up to 600 degrees C, so [Andy Tyler] has to sit with his back to a heat shield."

I think Mr. Tyler should race Mr. Cannella.
Winner gets a Smart Car.


Archive: October 23, 2003

Thursday,  10/23/03  11:05 PM

Wow, big gap since my last post.  I've been busy.  Sorry!

FuturePundit considers whether being tall or being smart is more important.  Turns out having a high IQ correlates better to "success" than being tall.  What's interesting is that being tall is widely agreed to be mostly genetic, with a small environmental component, but having a high IQ is not...

If you stretch yourself everyday, yeah, you can make yourself a little taller.  Same with making yourself a little smarter.  But overall you're either tall or short, and you either have a high IQ or you don't.  It is what it is.

Robin Jones has an interesting proposal for solving the abortion mess.  This seems to have elements which would appeal to both sides (and others which would repel both sides).  My personal bias is to remove all obstacles; if someone doesn't want to bring a new person into the world, they shouldn't, but this position can't be sold to everyone.  Perhaps a compromise is better than a disagreement.

Wired: Regrow your own [organs!].  "It was a staggering discovery. 'People had been studying regeneration for years and had zero evidence it could happen in mammals'."  Fascinating stuff, if even not real-world.  Yet.

Kind of an interesting milestone, someone used my review of my Sharp DVD recorder in their eBay listing description (they're selling one of these recorders).  So much for pro vs. amateur "journalism".

time-lapse CrocusThis is really cool - Cory Doctorow points to Plants in Motion, a website with lots of time-lapse photography of plants growing.  Makes you realize it isn't just animals which can move; we just have different timescales from plants.  (And they have different timescales from rocks, which also move, which have different timescales from mountains, which move, which have different timescales from tectonic plates, which move, which have different timescales from planets...)

John Patrick, a visionary at IBM, thinks ENUM is a big deal.  This is a way to "map" phone numbers to IP addresses, via a DNS entry.  "The most exciting application is a streamlining of Voice over IP, in which telephone calls can be made over the Internet."  You know this will happen; someday analog phone lines will be as retro as analog music.

Naval reviews technically progressive Dartmouth: Ubiquity Breeds Utility.  "In the late 1980s, Dartmouth College was the most wired campus on the planet, running 10Mb Ethernet into every dorm room.  Today, Dartmouth is the most unwired campus on the planet, with 560 access points covering 200 acres."

Dell is going to start selling DirectTivo boxes.  Think PVRs aren't mainstream?  Wow.

And PVRblog reports AOL's mystro is still cookin'.

So, my Tivo's modem died.  Yesterday it finally ran out of program data.  It is a four-year old Series 1, so this is a buying opportunity, right?  Time for a Series 2!  Uh, no.  Time for TivoNet.  Yep, I finally hooked up my two-year old TivoNet board, and my Tivo is now happy on my home network.  Works great!  (And thanks, Nick, for the ISA ethernet board...)

Dave Winer wants Netflix to upload movies to his DVR.  So do a lot of people.  Making this happen will be a big business for somebody...

And the NYT surveys Drawing PC, TV, and Stereo into an Entertainment Loop.  A great introductory overview to the explosion of devices hitting the market.

Walt Mossberg compares online music services, Apple's iTunes, MusicMatch, and Napster 2.0.  "I'm sure all three services will evolve and get better, and others will enter the fray.  But, for now, iTunes is the best choice on Windows."

Looks like the MPAA will relent and distribute "screeners".  But they'll be personalized so a pirated copy can be tracked back to the source.  This seems really dumb; suppose movie X is found on Kazaa and tracked back to person Y.  They'll just claim the tape was stolen somehow (e.g. left in an open car), and nothing will happen.  Meanwhile imagine the coolness of having movie X personalized for person Y, especially if Y is "a name".  So this plan won't do anything but cause work and irritation.

Dutch Nuon Team solar carThe Dutch Nuon Solar Team have successfully defended their title in the World Solar Challenge, crossing the Australian continent from north to south in a record 30 hours.  This is most excellent, a true blending of design and art.  [ via Adam Curry ]

Scoble: How to Hate Microsoft.  Interesting, but Robert is too nice; this falls woefully short of the mark.  For a better effort, see Michael Robertson on the world's most dangerous virus...


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