I had an idea for the ultimate iphone dock. To heck with an iPhone pro … First, get an iPhone and dock. Then go buy an old Apple Newton eMate on eBay. Then, gut the eMate. Yeah, I know I shudder at the thought of murdering such a cute little Newton as well, but …… Continue reading The ultimate iphone dock
Mirror’s Edge, Parkour-Continuum
There’s a video of game play at “Mirror’s Edge: Mirror’s Edge DLC In Motion“: “As someone who has never had occasion to play the game, this video, with its vertigo-inducing visuals and that catchy Still Alive song has certainly got me wondering what I’ve been missing. While I’m not a big fan of Time Trials,… Continue reading Mirror’s Edge, Parkour-Continuum
Icebreaker 2 is new old
The pending release of Icebreaker 2, a video game that is a sequel to an old 3DO console game that features the virtual pre-cursor to Icehouse pyramids, snuck up on me and yelled, “Boo!” Sorry for this tangent, but this is a game that might have been lost behind obsolete copy protection if that protection… Continue reading Icebreaker 2 is new old
Another one gone: Best Buy buys Speakeasy
Got an e-mail today that Best Buy is now the owner of Speakeasy. Speakeasy was one of the original local internet service providers in Seattle. Speakeasy always had character. Back in the day Speakeasy was a cybercafe in Seattle, and one of the first. They had text terminals, even. Located in an old building in… Continue reading Another one gone: Best Buy buys Speakeasy
NeXT machines used to spy on people too
Noticed a post “Slashdot | Apple Closes iSight Security Hole” which talks about iSight being used to maliciously spy on a user. But, this isn’t new to Mac OS X hardware. In fact, it’s a problem that’s been around since the black box NeXT days. When I worked at and ISP that used old NeXT… Continue reading NeXT machines used to spy on people too
Welcome to a taste of post-abundance
The PSE outage line reports 700,000 estimated without power in their service area, and days if not a week to restore power to everyone. … but, you know, at least that power generator you bought for Y2K is useful now … as long as your gas supply holds out. Get your syphon ready to pull… Continue reading Welcome to a taste of post-abundance
EarthLink trots out MindSpring as re-branded VOIP software
Interesting to find that Earthlink has brought back MindSpring as a re-brand to some Internet phone software, previously called Vling, which used to be based on Pingtel opensource software. Seems odd to take a swallowed brand that had some cred in the olden days and cast it onto some different service. Well, it’s Windows only… Continue reading EarthLink trots out MindSpring as re-branded VOIP software
Jeeves, I’ll miss the way we used to talk …
Via Technology – Industry News, Policy, and Reviews, “Jeeves, You’re Fired“: “NEW YORK I grieve for Jeeves. The butler mascot of the Ask Jeeves search service got the boot yesterday but will always remind me of the pre-Google era when searching online still intimidated most people. Back then, the cartoonish Jeeves helped humanize the impersonal… Continue reading Jeeves, I’ll miss the way we used to talk …
Ambient sound found in Pompeii pottery?
Via Digg, “Archaeologists get ancient audio from grooves on Pompeii pottery” This seems unreal. I watching MirrorMask on DVD, which is, well, City of Lost Children on acid, and there seems to have been a leak of the surreal. Is this for real? Finding audio in the incidentally disturbed groves in pottery made hundreds, if… Continue reading Ambient sound found in Pompeii pottery?
Following Good Guys, RadioShack closes stores.
Via Yahoo! News, “RadioShack to close up to 700 stores” Harsh news. I wonder if the Radio Shack in the Capital Mall will be one of the stores to go? Large national chains closing … this is economic recovery? There was a time when my personal test of whether a town was a city was… Continue reading Following Good Guys, RadioShack closes stores.
SGI warns that bankruptcy might be year-end option | Channel Register
Via SGI warns that bankruptcy might be year-end option | Channel Register“: SGI issued its most ominous regulatory filing to date, warning that a bad 2006 could force the former high-flyer into bankruptcy. Another tech legend heading to boot hill. I remember once many years ago working with a customer to get their IRIX system… Continue reading SGI warns that bankruptcy might be year-end option | Channel Register
Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams; Make your own
Via The Huffington Post in “LiveScience.com – Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams” After 145 years, Western Union has quietly stopped sending telegrams. In other news, Western Union was still sending telegrams … However, there’s always Retro-Gram via snail or e-mail. Or, check out the free prop Western Union telegram from HPLHS. I actually… Continue reading Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams; Make your own