Blink of an Eye Contest
June 29, 2006, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Photography

Flickr is holding a call for the best photos, as judged by a group of professional photographers on Flickr. It’s called the “Blink of an Eye” contest, and it’s giving me a hard time, because each user can only submit one image to the group.

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Nintendo DS + Opera = The Real Mobile Web?
June 25, 2006, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Technology

The gadget community is abuzz with the news that the Opera web browser is coming to the Nintendo DS, but have we really thought about the implications yet? With this, Opera and Nintendo are making the DS much more than a simple gaming system. Continue reading

3D Desktops: Not a Great Idea
June 21, 2006, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Rants, Technology

I think the 3D desktop concept is beginning to go too far. I was looking at this video today of the “BumpTop” 3D tablet PC type interface which mimics the way documents are “organized” in a real-world desktop. As pretty as the interface might be, it suffers from a fatal flaw: The cluttered real-life desktop is not a good organization method. Continue reading

Microsoft Ending Phone Hassles?
June 21, 2006, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Business

Everyone knows Microsoft as the purveyor of operating systems and video game consoles, but it’s interesting to hear something about Microsoft working behind the curtain. The company is apparently close to deploying a communications system designed to better connect parties by allowing them to choose precisely when and how they are contacted. Continue reading

Earth 2.0
June 19, 2006, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Technology, Thoughts

I said recently that I thought 2007 could be the year of location-based services. But, after reading this WIRED article on O’Reilly Media’s Where 2.0 conference, I think it might just come even sooner.

It started with numerous “mashup” websites, mixing up Google Maps with other sites’ data feeds to provide new and novel functionality, such as the ability to plot real-estate listings within a Google map, or the ability to embed the latitude/longitude or zipcode of a photograph within Flickr’s tags, and then use these to plot them on a Google map. Continue reading

Apple-Nintendo Merger or Mac Gaming Platform?
June 17, 2006, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Business, Technology

The Apple-Nintendo rumor appears to be out there again, after news that Apple may be working on a gaming division. Sure, the new DS Lite has that iPod look and feel, and sure, Nintendo and Apple combat that “third player” position in their respective markets by offering more desirable gadgets than the competition. But, that’s where the similarities end.

According to this blog post at c|net, people just don’t see this happening mainly because both companies have had such an independent culture for so long, that you could say neither company is merger material. Continue reading

Orlando, More Than Theme Parks
June 17, 2006, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Technology

People ask me, if I’m already living in Miami, why I’m moving to the backwoods city of Orlando, known for theme parks like Walt Disney World and essentially nothing else. My answer is, they obviously do not know Orlando. Continue reading