Kings of All Media

Kings of All Media Adding a computer to your home theater no longer means crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. All of the rigs here handle video and audio with aplomb, and even play saved movies while burning DVDs. For the Windows PCs, Intel’s Viiv (rhymes with five) standard promises plug-and-play compatibility with […]

Kings of All Media

Star dot-com analyst recants.

Technologists think their business is the creation of cool technologies, because they are engineers who thrill to the idea of change. By contrast, Coburn says, “technology is widely hated by its users,” because ordinary folk loathe change: Technology Review: Emerging Technologies and their Impact

Star dot-com analyst recants.

Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler.

The premise of Kindred is that Dana, an African-American woman living in the late 1970s, is suddenly transported back in time to a Maryland slave plantation in 1819. It turns out that she’s been called back in time to save the son of the white plantation owner–a boy who, she soon learns, is one of […]

Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler.

10,000 digital sheep.

Best application for MTurk I’ve seen yet: Someone asked people to “draw a sheep facing left.” Compensation per sheep: $0.02. Total number of sheep drawn: 10,000. Their web site shows every single one, and yes, you can buy the sheep: The Sheep Market Background: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a sort of virtual, distributed sweatshop for […]

10,000 digital sheep.

Technorati blues.

Don’t even get me started on Technorati. The endless waiting while their servers churn along. The unpredictable outages. The bizarre way in which they organize the wealth of bloggy information they supposedly index. But maybe I’m just taking this a little personally. After all, my haiku site, tinywords, fails to show up at all in […]

Technorati blues.