https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e79Bu2dQEHA We need to focus our efforts on finding more permanent ways to store data. What we have now is inadequate. Hard drives are susceptible to failure, data corruption and data erasure (see effects of EM pulses for example). CDs and DVDs become unreadable after several years and archival-quality optical media also stops working after … Continue reading Permanent data storage
The TED channel published two interesting videos recently which present two points of view about the Earth, in terms of its resources and economy. The first is from Paul Gilding, entitled "The Earth is full", and the second is from Peter Diamandis, entitled "Abundance is our future". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZT6YpCsapg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltRufe5kkI I invite you to watch both … Continue reading A look at what’s ahead in terms of resources and the economy
My recent musings on high definition and the state of the technology behind it have spurred me to think about data storage (not that it's a new subject for me). But so far, I've commented only on what's already been developed, and didn't take the time to think about what's next. What's the motivation behind … Continue reading What’s next in data storage?
Given the popularity of, and interest in mirrorless "DSLRs" like the Sony NEX-5 or NEX-3, Olympus E-P2 or E-PL1, Panasonic GF1 or G2, and the Samsung NX-10, I believe Canon is at work on their version of the "micro-DSLR", and has been for at least a few months. (Why do I use quotes when I … Continue reading Is Canon at work on a mirrorless “DSLR”?
This video is an epiphany. It explains how people's conceptions of time affect their lives and societies -- and vice-versa. My jaw kept dropping as I watched it. If you're a sentient human being, you will think it's the best 10 minutes you've spent in a long time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg RSA Animate - The Secret Powers … Continue reading The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo
According to their website and blog, Contenture is going out of business. That's unfortunate. I signed up with them back in June of 2008, endorsed their services here on my site, and while I didn't make a lot of money with them, I knew the idea of micropayments for web content was something that would … Continue reading So long, Contenture
Back in April, I wrote about micropayments, and why I thought they were an equitable way to reward web publishers for their time and effort. I shared my thoughts on ad revenues, which, for most people, are minimal and not enough to live on, unless you are one of the relatively few websites that gets … Continue reading Using Contenture to handle micropayments
On 1/16/09, Computer World published an article where the author paints a future full of SSDs. He puts forth the idea that drives will not only be replaced by memory chips, but that these memory chips will be integrated into the motherboard, doing away with the SATA interface. There are a number of things I … Continue reading Predictions about computer drives in the future
Slow down. That's a phrase not often heard in the US. At least not among the people I know. But it's a notion that's slowly starting to make more sense. Americans love to think big and spend big. They want progress on every front, no matter what the cost. In the 20th century, that sort … Continue reading American habits
On September 24, 2007, I published my review of the Olympus E-510 DSLR, one of the first prosumer cameras on the market to feature Live View (TTL video preview, directly off the same CMOS sensor used for photographs). Unless people were to jump to conclusions, I wanted to make it clear that it won't let … Continue reading DSLRs and video to converge