Posts filed under “Technology”

Tidal Electrical Generation

With all of the focus on the Cape Cod Wind Farm, I wanted to remind people of other ways to generate electricity via the ocean, using tidal forces.

Have a look at this terrific animated graphic in the NYT:
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Source:
Generating Electricity by Going With the Flow
MIKA GRÖNDAHL and XAQUÍN G.V.
NYT, April 21, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/21/science/20100421-turbine.html

Category: Energy, Technology

Pixels

Way cool: Pixels by Patrick Jean (This far after 9/11, I still find it disturbing seeing NYC buildings come down) Written, directed by : Patrick Jean From: OneMoreProduction PIXELS is Patrick Jean’ latest short film, shot on location in New York. (Is the soundtrack Naïve New Beaters “L.A. trumpets”?)

Category: Technology, Weekend

Stellar iPad Reviews

The reviews of the iPad are out, and they are pretty outrageous. If you are afraid of arousing any consumer lust, steer clear of them. • WSJ Walt Mossberg: Calls it a ‘Game Changer’ that pretty close to a “Laptop Killer.” • NYT’s David Pogue: Techies will hate it, everyone else will love it. “a…Read More

Category: Technology

Infinite Stackable USB Cables

How cool is this, from Gonglue Jiang, a desing student at Zhejiang University: > via Design Fetish

Category: Technology, Web/Tech, Weekend

As previously noted, Verizon has been very obnoxiously spraying unwanted services and icons on my Blackberry desktop.

I am sure somewhere in the unreadable fine print we gave permission for this garbage, but that doesn’t make this any less obnoxious, and it doesn’t make Verizon any less of a giant telecom douchebag for doing this.

At the time we last mentioned this, the solution was to hide the icon. A better solution would be to leave Verizon, but for some of us (NYC), the alternatives are not better.

There seems to be a better solution, found by Ned — simply follow these steps:

1. Go to Options (the wrench on my BlackBerry)
2. Advanced options
3. Service Book
4. Select Bing or Slacker Radio, or whatever
5. Left Click (Blackberry button)
6. Delete

Your phone is now yours — until the next Verizon hijack . . .

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Category: Really, really bad calls, Technology

How NOT To Use Powerpoint

This is hysterical: A funny PowerPoint Presentation about PowerPoint Presentations from comedian Don McMillan via boingboing

Category: Technology, Weekend

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Category: Energy, Technology, Video

Sony Bravia LCD/Blu-ray Combo: $850 (free delivery)

The TV in the bedroom — the one we got as a wedding present 17 years ago — started giving out a month or two ago. Its now in its final death throes. We should really put her out of her misery, and put her down . . . Its the humane thing to do….Read More

Category: Technology, Television

5 Questions About the Apple iSlate

With everyone trying to guess what the new iSlate will look like, let’s take a step back. Expectations are high, and are probably overwrought for what could very likely be a niche product. A few caveats first: I’ve long been an Apple fan boy, since my Mac Classic (and I am usually disgusted with Mister…Read More

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

The Future

Bob Lefsetz is a music industry observer, and publisher of the Lefsetz letter: ~~~ > “According to a source familiar with his thinking, Jobs has recognized that ‘mobile ads suck’ and that improving that situation will make Apple even harder to beat.” -BusinessWeek-”Apple vs. Google“ > Aren’t ads supposed to suck? Google survives, quite nicely,…Read More

Category: Music, Technology, Think Tank, Web/Tech