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#141

Ebooks, Get Your Lovely Ebooks

emoticon:pen_book Voidspace has a great library of free ebooks available for download.

So does the Kebook Library, which includes comics, programming books, and all sorts of other e-books for download. Smile

It's a nice looking collection, I think I will have a browse...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-18 13:29:46 | |
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#140

Men are Just Happier People

emoticon:men Ok, so normally I don't pass on silly emails that have been forwarded to me, along with about two and a half bazillion other people. This one is funny though [1]. Smile

Men are Just Happier People

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President.

You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier.

[1]And probably true, which is why it is funny. Oh, and it was sent to me by a gurl...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-15 13:32:54 | |
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#139

Welcome to the Future - The Internet of Things

emoticon:pen_book This entry takes its title, The Internet of Things, from a Bruce Sterling [1] podcast.

Note

Podcasts are named after the Apple IPod, the portable mp3 player.

A podcast is a audio file containing news, discussion or entertainment. They are a new form of blogging.

You don't need an IPod to listen to them though, you just need an mp3 player (like Windows Media Player) on your computer.

Bruce Sterling envisions a future were most household objects are connected to the internet. You might be able to find your lost keys by googling for them Exclamation

There is more to it though, as everyday items gain the ability to store data and interact with each other, all sorts of things become possible. Targeted personal advertising (see Minority Report) is only the start. Smile

This vision is just in its first throes of coming into being. One of the earliest manifestations of this is RFID tags. These are small chips, containing data, that are already used to track goods in warehouses and supermarkets, in books in public libraries and also in digital keys.

They are entirely passive, releasing their data when they are bathed in radio waves at the right frequency.

Of course the flip side of the utopian internet age is the Cyberpunk vision. In a world where we are entirely dependent on technology, those who can control the technology are kings. Smile

Illustrating this, is a Wired Magazine Article about the humble RFID tag. The article shows how hackers can already use RFID tag technology to change prices in supermarkets, erase book information in libraries, or use digital locks to break into buildings. This technology is still immature, but as more sophisticated ways of protecting the data are found, the hackers too will grow more sophisticated.

Another intriguing (and tangentially related) piece of news, is that Nokia have created [2] a webserver that will run on a mobile phone. This means you can already host a website on your mobile phone. Razz

Admittedly this isn't very useful yet. However as more of us are carrying internet enabled computer devices around with us all the time, they will only continue to play a bigger part in our lives.

Digital cameras, and web services like Flickr, have revitalised interest in photography as creativity. The internet itself is still in the process of revolutionising the way we do business. Blogs and podcasts are continuing to change the media and the way we share information.

Mobile computer devices at the moment either tend to be too small to be usable (entering data into a PDA is still too fiddly for most people), or too bulky (laptops) to carry everywhere.

As mobile computer technologies mature, our ability to interact with genuinely portable devices will increase; making them much more useful. Voice control of computers is nearly possible. Lower power and faster processors than previously available are announced almost weekly. This technology is going to continue to change our lives. Your calender and to-do list, not too mention all your files and information, are going to be easily accessible anywhere. Your mobile computer may silently swap data with those around you, discovering news about local traffic problems or new business opportunities. It may alert you to possible threats, or dive your car. None of these possibilities are even that far fetched.

There are of course bigger changes on the horizon too. The world is shrinking due to the lowering cost of aviation, but we may be about to discover that it contains a lot more people than we previously realised. Here in Europe we have an influx of Eastern Europeans, (A lot of Polish people in my home town, which is a good think in my opinion.) However China and India continue to make strides into the global economy. And don't even get me started on global warming. Rolling Eyes

I can't predict how things will go. Mobile computing and the interconnected world is exciting, but not without its dangers. Like all immature technologies, the earliest versions (The Internet of Things 1.0) won't be much good, but in twenty years... who knows what will be possible Question

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[1]One of the Cyberpunk Pioneers.
[2]Well, ported Apache to their S60 platform actually.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-13 18:07:30 | |
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There was so much ancient wisdom distilled into my old blog, that I couldn't let it just creep ignominiously into the pages of cyber-history. More to the point I'm still getting some hits from google with the old entries. Here are the archives of my previous Blogger based blog.

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