--Does this I'll be driving off key?
"A new University of Southern California computer system lets a user "drive" a piece of music, using a wheel and foot controls. The Expression Synthesis Project (ESP) interface, devised by a team led by Elaine Chew of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could be in the hands of consumers within two years."
(link to the NY Times Story - free registration required)
My fav quote from the piece:
"As put by Chris Crawford, a legendary game designer of the 1980's who now focuses on interactive storytelling technology: "As a game designer you are an absolute god. One kind of god says, 'O.K., now this leaf will fall a little bit here, and then this wind will blow a bit over there.' The other kind of god says, 'Here are the laws of physics. Go for it.' "
My favorite quote:
"According to an M.I.T. study, an obscenity randomly inserted on Wikipedia is removed in 1.7 min., on average. Vandals might as well be spray-painting walls with disappearing ink."
OK...no earth-shaking news here, just me trying something pretty cool out. I am currently running a version of Linux on my laptop that normally runs WINXP. If you slightly like me, you
may have always wanted to try Linux but never wanted to take the time to create a dual boot system, blah, blah, blah. Well enter the Penguin - aka Knoppix.
This particular flavor of Linux has the distinction of arriving self-contained on one little CD. Just pop the CD into the drive, turn on the machine and voila! - a Linux machine. Pretty freaking cool. No problem reading periph's or setting up network connections and one of the coolest things is that because of "on-the-fly" compression, the CD can contain something like 2 GBs of executable programs. I've got browsers, Open Office, games, multimedia and even virtual desktops!
All I can say is that of you ever wanted to try Linux, now is the time. If you don't want to wait for the CD, you could even use BitTorrent to grab the CD image.
Someone say 'killer app?!' (WIRED story)
"Whiz kid inventor Bram Cohen and a small cadre of developers and entrepreneurs are in the final stage of launching an advertising-supported search engine dedicated to cataloging and indexing the thousands of movies, music tracks, software programs and other files for download over Cohen's popular BitTorrent protocol."
Have you tried grabbing a BitTorrent file? No? Well you should. You'd be impressed at how fast you can download huge files without choking anyone's bandwidth. Think of BT as peer-2-peer but on a file by file basis - except its better than that because for every file you search for, BT finds multiple instances of that file and uses all of them to pull together your download really quickly. So think people, the ability to search multiple repositories, find relevant 'objects' and bring them home while maximizing bandwidth. Hmmm.....
Here is the intro to BT.
Now this sounds like it could have some handy applications - and its only $30!
MX RSS Reader-Writer: "...a Dreamweaver MX extension that allows you to import (read) RSS files in your website and also to export (write) database information in RSS format. This license grants you the right to use MX RSS Reader-Writer on a single developer seat, with no runtime royalties for the generated code (this means that you can install it in any number of sites you are creating for your clients).Supported server technologies: ColdFusion, ASP_VBScript, PHP_MySQL and PHP_ADODB."
"The Lowdown on Podcasting" from BusinessWeek Online
Hmmmm....I can hear all kinds of bandwidth being siphoned off the grid as thousands of aspiring DJ's, trapped behind the corporate facade begin podcasting their own indie shows. I keed but really this report is fairly well-done and includes some nice info that will help get people going - if they are so inclined. I always wonder though, what kind of indicator is a special report in BusinessWeek Online about a practice that was so edgy just minutes ago. Is mainstream media paying closer/smarter attention now or is there a desperation to make sure that they don't get left looking so very old skool when everyone else already knows about the latest thing? Maybe both.