Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Apple iModem

It occurs to me that opening up the Apple platform to third-party software will soon mean that I can use my iPhone as a modem. And not just as any modem: with access to both the wi-fi and cell networks we may be able to use the iPhone as a normal router without resorting to software on our laptops--linux, mac, and PC could all use it to connect to the net!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Blue Caillou

This NPR piece has perhaps the best ever clip from a kid's show.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Promising research

This breakthrough is clearly going to lead to tremendous benefits to man kind. Just imagine what the future will be like after this discovery.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Splitting your time

Mightygirl discussed a quote from designer Valentino in which he says that in order to be polite he splits his time at dinner parties, talking to people "first course to my right, second course to my left. " I like this suggestion and would love to witness an event where everyone followed this advice, first speaking to the back of the head of the person to their right...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Heroic customer awareness

I used to play an online game named City of Heroes and I still receive their newsletter (becuase it's interesting, not because they're stalking me.) Today they sent out an announcement of a new service that lets you move your characters between servers, presumably so that you can play with your friends. Of course, in the last month people have started talking about technology that will make it possible to have an unlimited number of people in a single "instance" of an online world, and the City of Heroes people are aware of this. So in their announcement they did a fantastic job of announcing the service, while also warning their customers that it may be superfluous in the future--that the $10 they spend now may have been completely wasted in a few months. Contrast this paragraph with the iPhone's price break:

IMPORTANT! It is possible in the future that we may make changes to the game that would remove the need to transfer servers. One example of such a change would be a “server-less” game configuration where all players can group with anyone, without the restriction of which server they play on. We are not committing to this “server-less” configuration, and there are no plans to implement a “server-less” environment this calendar year, but because we are charging a fee for these services, it is important that our players understand that the possibility exists. We want to be very clear in this regard so that those who do decide to make use of a server transfer understand that they may not need it in the future.