Categories: "Technology" or "Copyright" or "Games" or "iPhone" or "Macintosh" or "PalmT3" or "YouTube"

LensLok

06/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright, Games
I had completely forgotten about this innovative and utterly daft piece of DRM technology form the early '80s. Fortunately it was quite expensive and unreliable so it was quickly dumped for the cheaper black-text-on-red-paper word lookup solution. I… more »
 

Plagiarism in the games industry

06/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: Games
A games development house in the UK put out a point'n'click Myst-like adventure game that curiously resembled the in-game graphics of a number of other major releases. They've since been called on it What I don't get is how they expected such blatant… more »
 

Roomba and pets

06/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
Nice little video on Gizmodo's page (itself linking to the Wall Street Journal article) about trying to get pets and Roombas to co-exist. Given I have both at the moment, it amused me. (Via Gizmodo) more »
 

The solution to not having enough room for a model railroad

06/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
Ok, this is not the solution I would have come up with, but it's rather clever nonetheless. more »
 

Wired's "Found: Artifacts from the Future"

06/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
For many years now, Wired has had a feature called "Found: Artifacts from the Future" which is a photo-realistic illustration of some throwaway item that represents the way they feel the future will unfold. They're typically pretty good and always… more »
 

Bad Google

06/19/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
One of my favourite parts of Firefox is the Google Bookmark Sync which allows cookies and bookmarks to be synced across multiple computers. With multiple operating systems (and thus browsers) on my MacBook plus computers at work and home, it made life… more »
 

Hypermilling

06/15/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
"Hypermilling", or the process or trying to optimize fuel efficiency via driving techniques, is on the rise in the public consciousness. This Wired article is about the fifth I've seen in the last month. However, for all its positive aspects, getting… more »
 

World Of World Of Warcraft

06/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
To use an equally geeky analogy, the Onion hit this one out of the ballpark. (Via Ricardo) more »
 

Some bad ideas never die

06/13/08 | by Adam | Categories: Canadian, Copyright
Yup. Jim Prentice's Canadian uber-DMCA is rearing its ugly head again. Do I hold out hope that the opposition parties will kill it? I guess it depends on how much the studios have been forking over to the various "interested" MPs again... Anyway,… more »
 

La Paz's (literal) Zebra Crossings

06/12/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
For some reason, La Paz's decision to use crossing guards dressed as zebras for their zebra crossings (aka pedestrian crossings) really appeals to whimsical side of me. (Via Kottke) more »
 

On search engines

06/11/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
For the last article, I'd remembered reading a Wired review of GTA 4. I'd not bookmarked it so when I wanted to reference it, I went back to Wired and tried to use their search engine to locate it. None of the standard searches like "Grand Theft Auto",… more »
 

The best racing game that's not on a PC

06/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Games
A couple of weeks ago I found a review of a new game that sounded like a sure thing for our periodic weekend PC gaming sessions: "There are 15 different modes of online play, most of which are pretty good. One clear winner is [...] Race, which blends… more »
 

Hm, shipping's a little high

06/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I'm not sure that a $55 shipping cost on a single CD from the US to Canada is really warranted. Bad Blizzard! more »
 

Sony's PS3 is a energy-sucking hog

06/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Well, I guess it doesn't qualify as a EnergyStar compliant device. The article being referenced all over the place (Gizmodo, Gizmodo UK, Wired) is that a Sony PS3 running 24/7 software (like Folding@Home) will chew up as much energy as five fridges over… more »
 

Privacy and Facebook

06/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Out in Ontario, some students are suing Facebook for privacy infringement. The (non-legal) synopsis of the argument is that Facebook is granting full access to private and protected information to third parties without permission. more »
 

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