Category Archives: Technology

Quote of the day

I think it’s [“consumed”] an ugly term when applied to information. When you talk about consuming information you are talking about information as a commodity, rather than information as the substance of our thoughts and our communications with other people. … Continue reading

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How do radio stations build the seven-second delay back up?

My favorite radio show, the Regular Guys in Atlanta, has mentioned the need to “build back up” their 7-second delay after a caller has said something profane that needed to be dumped. This pretty much has only come up during … Continue reading

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Sharp 52″ LED-backlit television for $1100

Ah, I love 4th of July weekend. Not necessarily because of anything intrinsic about it, but I loved this one and I loved the one two years ago, so it’s becoming a trend. Today I got up early and ran … Continue reading

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December miscellany

My brother told me about the web page Symphony of Science, where its proprietor, John Boswell, mixes the voices of famous scientists (e.g., Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Richard Feynman) with an autotuner and puts them over R & B–style music. … Continue reading

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Monkey-proof passwords

You know what’s stupid? That old saying (I guess it qualifies as an “old saying” now) that if a million monkeys banged away at a million typewriters, they would eventually reproduce the complete works of Shakespeare. Obviously you could fill … Continue reading

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Best technological-impairment stories

These are some of my favorite examples of technological impairment from the Parents Just Don’t Understand articles at CollegeHumor.com. The best ones are the ones you could never, ever make up. My mom asked to see my pictures on Facebook. … Continue reading

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Buying DVDs and Blu-ray discs

Some people, including myself, kind of make fun of me for buying so many DVDs without ever having seen them. I heard they were good, I think I would like them, they were on sale in a weekly ad, and … Continue reading

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Parents just don’t understand

Link of the day: The Parents Just Don’t Understand series from CollegeHumor.com. Some of the items therein are truly hilarious.

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Design flaws in Star Wars and Star Trek

John Scalzi is pretty much awesome as a blagger; I am now tempted to further investigate his merits as a novelist. He blags at the Sci-Fi Scanner, which is, oddly enough, part of AMC television’s website. His last two posts … Continue reading

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Tech support cheat sheet

I loved today’s xkcd comic. It’s funny ’cause it’s true. When my friends ask me to fix something on their computer (probably most often my roommate with her internet connection), I don’t really know what to do ahead of time. … Continue reading

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Board games, card games, and computers

Hmm, that could be the title of a long and fascinating post. Instead, I’ll give you some links that are pretty interesting. Have you heard of the ancient Chinese strategy board game, Go? It might remind of you of chess … Continue reading

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Star Trek technology isn’t “light years away”

A link on MSN.com today read, “‘Star Trek’ tech isn’t light years away.” It goes to this slideshow of technological gadgets that might not be as futuristic and fantastical as we think when we see them in TV shows and … Continue reading

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Lexus Crystallised Wind

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Blu-ray player for $100

This Ars Technica article says a Chinese Blu-ray player manufacturer is pushing to sell a Blu-ray player for $99 soon, which to me implies this Christmas season. I have said that I’ll buy a good Blu-ray player as soon as … Continue reading

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Sansa Clip

In late March, I bought a Sansa Clip mp3 player, at long last. It’s made by Sandisk. It is pretty sweet. I like it a lot. It was $60 at Best Buy (and other, online stores) for the 4 GB … Continue reading

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