Monday, July 21, 2003

looks like hollywoods winning the digital battleTech companies bow to entertainment world in device features
surprise...music cos following apple's leadYahoo! News - Rivals Ready to Take a Bite of Apple
just what we really needed - a friends spinoff

Post-'Friends' gig for LeBlanc
so this is what woz was up to - a super tracking technology think i prefer Apple Co-Founder Creates Electronic ID Tags
In case you're interested i'm using google's the blog this toolbar to log my day today. this story is about how amazon wants to add a searchable databae of book texts partially to head off a future challenge from google

Amazon Plan Would Allow Searching Texts of Many Books
I'm too scared to see this movie...sounds to realEven Later, `28 Days' Hedges Its Ending
today I got up at 5.15 am to watch the tour de france - the best race in years in an athletic competition that is mind blowing in the demands it makes of riders.

i'm getting an early read of the papers -
here's the bbc cuicide scandal Scientist Who Killed Himself Was Source of Report, BBC Says

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

not to mention INtels optimism Yahoo! News - Intel Shares Rise on Earnings Optimism
so for all thos yanks losing sleep over the supposed demise f silicon valley here's some good news from Rand:RAND News Release: RAND Report Forecasts U.S. Will Continue to Lead Information Revolution: "
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The United States will continue to lead the information technology revolution for years to come because U.S. businesses are focused on innovation, Americans readily accept change, and the U.S. government provides an environment hospitable to IT business development, a RAND report issued today predicts.
'Unlike many other nations that concentrate on protecting existing businesses and institutions, the United States presses ahead with change even when it means 'creative destruction' of companies that drive its economy today in order to build a stronger economy tomorrow,' said Richard O. Hundley, lead author of the study by RAND's National Defense Research Institute.
Looking at IT around the world, the report finds:
Asia already dominates IT manufacturing, accounting for 70 to 80 percent of total world output of a wide range of important IT materials, components, and products. China is rapidly emerging as a major IT player in Asia and the world. Over time, it could possibly leapfrog many nations that today are more advanced. Japan is one of the world's leaders in IT today, but its future course is unclear. If its current economic stagnation brought on by governmental and societal rigidity persists, Japan could gradually fall behind nations in the IT vanguard. This could lead to a power vacuum in Asia 'likely to be filled by China.'
Europe is taking a restrained approach to the information revolution, at"

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Today my plate is full with analysing the impact of Kraft's fat reduction strategy on fast food lawsuits. I'm also taking a look at T3 - yet another imbecilic, formulaic, badly-acted, effects-laden piece of Hollywood crap that dominate the box office for a week or two.

In between I will be tackling a project that's closer to my heart - building a new room on the back of my house. There's something about all that planning, measuring, hammering and sawing that I find deeply satisfying. The project also represent something of a philosophical turning point for me. Mu usual handywork technique has relied on the botch - improvising solutions that are sometimes brilliant but usually just good enough. They all have a Rube Goldberg like quality - which given the name might be fitting, but which don't stand the tests of time, permanence or thoroughness. Another inspiration: W Heath Robinson

So this project, which I'm facetiously calling Zen and the Art of Home Construction, is going to be different. No cutting corners, no ignoring of details, no lazy compromises. I will be accurate, thorough, comprehensive, thoughtful, creative and aware - not bad attributes for a journalist either. I'll keep you poste don my progress.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Last year at Comdex I watched with a sense of dissapointment as Sony honcho Nobuyuki Idei outlined his company's vision for the future which was based around allowing easy transfer of any digital info wirelessly between intelligent devices. He also unveiled a prototype linux-based media center - which looked as though it was put together by a graphically challenged 14 year old geek tinkering in his bedroom.

It really was embarresing and I couldn't help thinking at the time that Sony should get together with Apple as the only way to stop the Microsoft juggernaut from contolling every last inch of consumer computing - but this interview at the impressive always on site run by ex herring Tony Perkins explains why this won't happen - (geniuses aren't good at cooperating with other geniuses it seems).

At least the open source comunity isn't sitting around waiting to eat Microsoft pie. Today big companies like Phillips, Matsushita, NEC and SOny anounced the formation of a Linux consortium to make it more user friendly for home entertainment devices.

It's a welcome move but we don't have to wait for these guys to get their act together.

A lttle delving on the internet alows you to find any number of x-box mods that turn the games machine into a fully functioning home media center that functions as a Tivo and can channel music, pics, movies and TV shows from the PC to the TV, and stero etc . Problem is MS doesn't like this hack and it could get you in legal trouble.

There's also another soluion that a friend is about to install. Myhtpc - which you install atop windows XP and which turns your humble number cruncher into a neat home theatre personal computer (Hence myhtpc). Ofcousre you could always fork out between 1500 and 3000 bucks for the factory model from hp, but where's the fun in that?

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