Technology

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The iPod (and other voices) in my head

I am now working on a large university campus and am amazed by the students with iPod buds hanging from their heads.  There's nothing like carrying your soundtrack along with you!

The FUN = (getting there)/X

They say that getting there is half the fun. Can we solve for the other half?  I think getting there and knowing how to get there are inseparable assuming one is not ramblin and is instead the type who Never Did No Wandrin'.

outside the box

Image courtesy of Box.netI'm quite excited to share a new service called Box.net which allows storage of files on the web along with many other features.  This idea is not new, but the exectution by Box.net is quite easy to use (including a drag-and-drop function).  I became interested in the service when I read that gOS and the

The grass is always 00FF00er.

Spring! Trees budding, lots of rain, birds singing. Time to turn to yard maintenance as well, which for me isn't much, but for many is quite the ritual and often an expensive one at that. I wanted to blog about something lawn-related, but wondered how it fit into my technology angle - I think I got it. I usually walk to work and have noticed a few prime properties whose grass appears eerily green. It seemed strange that the grass was so green so early in the spring, but on closer examination, I realized that the lawn was simply spray-painted green. Hmmmm.

Hotmail not so hot.

Patrons were very upset today because of problems logging into Hotmail. I tried to assure them that it was not anything to do with our computers or network, though many still think we control all aspects of the Internet.

Taxing resources

For some, their single annual visit to a public library is to get their necessary tax forms. In Oklahoma, public libraries have an added burden this year. The Oklahoma Tax Commission is NOT sending any forms to public libraries as they have in the past. Instead they are instructing libraries to point patrons to the website where they can print out the necessary forms.

Standard practice

NetFlix announced that they will switch exclusively to Blu-Ray technology. .. another indication that the format war is over and that Sony is the victor unlike the last big video format war between VHS and Betamax. Sony lost that war and it is still a matter of debate why the superior Betamax format lost out to VHS. Of course, both formats are irrelevant now.

Give 1, Get 1 starts November 12.

OLPC logoOLPC (One Laptop Per Child) will begin taking orders for the xo laptop starting on November 12 with a nice twist: You pay for two (around $400), one is shipped to you and the other to a needy child in a third world country. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbtebeftyA] Another interesting news item: EA donates SimCity to OLPC.

$199 Green PC (or is it the Google PC?)

How is Walmart able to sell a $199 PC ? I mentioned this briefly in a previous blog. This is a very low end machine, of course (and you will note the monitor is not included)

March of the penguins.

Linux mascotI've been interested in OSS and GNU/Linux for many years and wondered (as well as read) often "Is this the year for Linux?" I do think there is a tipping point and we may be quite near it, a quiet momentum that will tip the balance from a proprietary to an OSS world. I've been running dual booting systems for several years now, but Ubuntu has become my preferred OS. I have no desire to switch to Vista. In fact, it seems Vista may be a force contributing to the tipping point.
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