Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Lala – Where music plays

Posted: May 2, 2010 in Technology

Just another example of the evilness of Apple. Take something good and  crush it. Oh well looks like Pandora and Swift.fm have big wins now.

Lala is shutting down

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st, 2010.

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting new users.

Members, you can still use Lala through May 31st, 2010.

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via Lala – Where music plays.

After comments « BuzzMachine

Posted: April 21, 2010 in Technology

After commentsHere’s my talk to Jeff Pulver’s 140Conf today on comments and interactivity, in which I argue that comments are an insult because they come only after media think they’re done creating a product, which they then allow the public to react to.I defended comments on news sites for many years. But I think we have to move past them to true collaboration, which is more respectful and productive. There is no easy solution for civility, not identity or rating systems.

via After comments « BuzzMachine.

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Microsoft and Cuteness

Posted: February 14, 2010 in Technology
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While cruising around YouTube today I found an old news story on the release of Windows 95 and when the video got to the :48 mark I was reminded of the Kylie commercials for Windows 7. Seems Microsoft has a record of using ultra cute kids for their commercials. I have no problem with this at all but I just found it interesting.

This is the Windows 95 coverage. If you skip to the :48 second mark this is where the little girl starts.

This next video is from the Windows 7 commercials.

Anyway I just thought this was quite interesting that they seemed to have gone back and used what was presumably a really successful ad campaign for  Windows 95. Cuteness sells.

Fabled Optimus Maximus Keyboard has Arrived

Yep. Time to take a second mortgage on your home or break into your kid’s college fund. With the singing of angels and a ray of sunlight parting the clouds, the fabled Optimus Maximus Keyboard has descended from Russian design studio Art Lebedev like an orgasm of geekiness. As you should know by now this amazing keyboard features a tiny screen on each key… that’s 113 screens in all. What can you do with these tiny screens, you ask? Well, each key can change its image dynamically depending on what you’re doing.

via ThinkGeek :: Optimus Maximus Keyboard.

Ok this has to be the coolest and most worthless piece of technology I’ve ever seen. The coolness factor is off the scale, along with the price but the usefulness is off the scale on the low end. The only thing I can see this being useful for is something like Photoshop where all the keyboard shortcuts are displayed on the keyboard so there is no need to have to remember them all. Other than that it’s just a very expensive gadget that only a limited number of people will ever be able to afford.

Wow John I had no idea. I’m can’t wait to see how this turns out. Could be very very interesting. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Just another case for the “Apple is Evil” mantra.

Hey, That’s My iPad!

Thursday, February 4th 2010 by John T. Kivus

In 2003, Fujitsu released a new device that that let store clerks check inventory levels and verify item prices. In 2010, Apple released their next revolution in computing. How are these two related? They’re both called “iPad”. As reported originally in the New York Times, Fujistu registered a trademark for the name iPad, in 2003, for their multifunction device. When Apple released their new tablet computer, however, they didn’t hesitate to also brand it as the iPad. The question now becomes: How does Fujistu respond? A trademark infringement action could be interesting. Is the term iPad generic or suggestive? Is there a likelihood of confusion between the two devices? Though any legal battles have yet to play out, some technology pundits are already weighing in. In response to Fujistu’s PR director’s statement statement “It’s our understanding the name is ours”, John Paczkowski stated “Correction-It was yours”.

via Hey, That’s My iPad! | North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.

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