Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Comdex 2004 cancelled

Comdex 2004 cancelled

A June 23, 2004 article by David Becker of CNET News reports at ZDNet that Organizer cancels Comdex 2004.

This is a distrubing sign of the troubled times being experienced by the pc sector of the once glamorous computer industry which has been replaced by consumer electronics as the symbol of modern "high tech".

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Op-Ed Columnist: Meet the Zippies

At Op-Ed Columnist: Meet the Zippies a February 22, 2004 article by Thomas L. Friedman, we meet Generation Z in India, the zippies, to whom we are increasingly outsourcing technological work. What does the future hold? Read the article.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Worm and Virus Writers

Clive Thompson at the New York Times has an article on worm and virus writers called The Virus Underground. It is a lengthy well-researched read on this growing internet problem. Thompson points out that what youngsters initially think is simply fun can land them in jail.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Smack the penguin

Here is a game for anti-Linux users (?) Smack the penguin [steroids version]!!! which probably violates all kinds of SPCA regulations in spirit, but it is kind of fun, and no harm is done. Click the caveman once to get the penguin to jump and try to strike him like a baseball and send him on his way with the club which will give you a score - our top is 1200,1. Hint: a vertical trajectory gets more distance than a high flyer.

It is absolutely mindless entertainment but the fact that you have the motivation of obtaining a high score - as always - is catching.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Internet Replacing Television

Via Steve Hall's blog AdRants we discover that the Internet is in fact moving 18 to 34 year-old males away from Television to the World Wide Web. This in part massive and we expect continuing move of "viewers" from traditional TV to WWW will greatly change the media scene over time.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Hail to the Queen ! - Tim Berners-Lee to be Knighted

Tim Berners-Lee is to be knighted.

See the W3C under the title "W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee to be made Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire".

It is beginning to appear that those persons who are recently being "knighted" by Queen Elizabeth are looking very much more like a "Who's Who" of the world than those being honored by allegedly more illustrious awards such as the Nobel Prize, which - as in the case of the Nobel Prizes for Peace and Literature - appear to be very politically motivated and, in the case of the sciences represented, often go to persons who work in obscurity and remain obscure even after the award.

By contrast, the Knighthoods seem to be awarded to people who are visibly shaping our world.

Hail to the Queen!

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