Monday, 25 December 2006

Christmas Day

Our first Christmas in the cottage. A pity there wasn't any snow. But a nice walk along the Bradford anyway.

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Friday, 22 December 2006

The Negroponte Switch - 10 Years On

Nice article with an update on progress towards the Negroponte Switch - the idea that phones would go wireless and TV would go cable - the reverse of the C20 situation. I once wrote a classified paper on this and its impact on communication and signals intelligence.

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Foresight and Horizon Scanning


Couple of interesting sites linked into the UK Government's Foresight project. by Outsights - Ipsos MORI and by the Institute for the Future (IFTF).

The Sigma Scan is a quality assured synthesis of some of the world's best Horizon Scanning sources. It covers future issues and trends across the full public policy agenda. It is drawn from a range of sources including think tanks, academic publications, mainstream media, corporate foresight, expert/strategic thinkers, government sources, alternative journals, charities/NGOs, blogs, minority communities, and futurists.

The Delta Scan is an overview of future science and technology issues and trends, with contributions by over 200 science and technology experts from the worlds of government, business, academia and communication in the UK and US.

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Map of the Internet by IP Address

xkcd » Blog Archive » The Map of the Internet


Lovely visualisation of the IP space of the Internet.

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Dont Click It

Interesting exploration of click-free user interfaces.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Top 10 UI Bloopers in the Movies

Usability in the Movies -- Top 10 Bloopers (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Fun seasonal post from Jakob Nielsen:

1. The Hero Can Immediately Use Any UI
2. Time Travelers Can Use Current Designs
3. The 3D UI
4. Integration is Easy, Data Interoperates
5. Access Denied / Access Granted
6. Big Fonts
7. Star Trek's Talking Computer
8. Remote Manipulators (Waldo Controls)
9. You've Got Mail is Always Good News
10. "This is Unix, It's Easy"

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Friday, 15 December 2006

Second Life hits 2m users

second life counter

Second Life today crossed the 2 million user mark. Time to buy more land!

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Monday, 11 December 2006

Custom last names in Second Life

"Last names must clearly be an organizational or corporate name, and distinguished from personal last names."

Where's my copy of Jennifer Government? Roll on John Nike!

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Friday, 8 December 2006

Firefly on Multiverse

Wired News: Firefly Reborn as Online Universe

Hope its better than Serenity, and its a pity it's not Traveller. It is though exactly how I'm telling people that Multiverse will be used - internally consistent worlds supporting major media properties.

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News at Seven

Software generates video news bulletins - tech - 24 October 2006 - New Scientist Tech

Dynamic news from RSS feeds delivered by avatar. Nice.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Freak Zone Live

Off to the Freak Zone live tonight. Children of the Zone unite. Stuart Maconie's programme continues to be the best mucis show on the radio.

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PVRs Rule

Our Humax PVR9600T (or whatever) arrived yesterday. All installed like a dream and set up the weeks TV to record. No more messing about with what's on what video tape. Hurray. Only niggles:

- the TV Schedule only appears to be 3-4 day lookahead (or maybe its a fixed Sat-Fri rather than a rolling 7 days)

- when you click on a recorded programme rather than play it it brings up the option box and sits over the Delete default - dangerous. To play it you have to press PLAY (ok, but a smaller button), and then it only plays in a window so you have to press MENU to go back to full-screen.

Picture quality of DTV/Freeview is great, even though I doubt we'll use many of the other channels (apart from BBC4 and Film4). Mind you More4 is showing thirtysomething reruns....

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Saturday, 2 December 2006

Wikipedia as RDF

System One - Wikipedia3

Now that's fun. Wikipedia as RDF. Pity its only the metadata at the moment.

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