Year: 2010

  • N900 PR 1.2 – Like Christmas Day

    I’ve been playing around with the most recent upgrade to the Nokia N900 and it really is like Christmas. There are so many little tweaks to the core OS that it really is like having a new phone again. Geek Christmas. After reading about Jason’s experience, Skype video calling  was the first thing I tried. Skype […]

  • Sponsored Conversations

    What do you get when you combine speech recognition, contextual advertising, text-to-speech software, and a disruptive business model? A phone that’s free as long as you are willing to listen to advertising. Don’t laugh, the idea has been kicked around before. But why stop there? You could link the price of the monthly contract to selected […]

  • Unfortunate Truth

    With reports of large plumes of underwater oil making their way to the Louisiana coast, it now appears that the Gulf Oil spill will be much worse than imagined. The image above is from the wonderful site, Fake Science. For more on someone who’s doing something about the cleanup, listen to my friend Alex Wise interviewing Lisa […]

  • Finland Suggest

    In homage to Laura Lippay’s Google Suggest experiment, I decided to do a few of my own. No, I didn’t know what the Finnish Men’s Shouting Choir was either.  They some audio clips on their homepage if you want to have a listen. Any Search Suggestions of your own?

  • A Good Host is Worth It

    A couple of days ago I had one of those “uh-oh” moments when you’re not quite paying attention and do something you really shouldn’t have but don’t realize it until it’s already done. This was a doozy. My web hosting provider, Laughing Squid Web Hosting, jumped in and saved me. It’s times like these when you […]

  • Internet OS – an Update

    Long post by Tim O’Reilly on the current state of the Internet as an Operating System. Many key developments that see this idea coming together and Tim connects the dots in a compelling way to complete the picture. The key piece for me is Social. The Internet OS still does not usefully recognize that we […]

  • Heating by Bytes

    File this one under Green. Sometime in the near future, district heating in Helsinki will be supplemented by heat thrown off by local data centers. This will enable them to cut back on greenhouse gases produced by more traditional methods to heat the water that is pumping through radiators across town. In a first of its kind […]

  • USPO should copy Finnish NetPosti

    A recent editorial in the New York Times spoke of how internet commerce is eating into the US Postal Services’ bottom line. The Postal Service made a profit until 2006. Since then, declining mail volumes — as more Americans use e-mail and pay their bills online — and the demands of its retiree health benefit […]

  • Monetizing Games

    Practical advice on game design from Disney Imagineer and Carnegie Mellon Professor, Jesse Schell in this recent talk at DICE 2010 conference. It’s all about tapping into the desire to level up.

  • My Favorite Super Bowl Ad

    It’s a different experience when you’re a world away. I watched the commercials on the special YouTube channel but the spot for the Late Show featuring Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, and Dave Letterman was my favorite. Backstory on how it all came together was written up in the New York Times. – via Laughing Squid