Archive for the 'Tech' Category

128kbit/s listening test

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

128kb/s listening test results for AAC, Lame, MPC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, and Blade audio codecs. There was no winner in this listening test. Musepack didn’t win. All modern codecs are tied at first place, simple as that.

The Singularity

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

ZD net reports on » the great Singularity debate. Here’s a primer if the Singularity (big ‘S’) is a new idea to you: Sometime in the next few years or decades, humanity will become capable of surpassing the upper limit on intelligence that has held since the rise of the human species. We will become […]

Hackers turn attention to Apple

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I’ve always throught that Apple users’ smugness at the rather apalling security situation on Windows was misplaced. Windows is a hacker’s favorite target simply because it’s the most popular platform; from an odds point of view it pays-off more. But OSX’s popularity means there’s a growing pool of susceptible macs, and a ‘market’ for hacking […]

Physical media is so last century

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Our attachment to physical media isn’t passé just yet, but I’m sure it’s going to look pretty dated to our children when they grow up. Addiction to cd’s and dvd’s, clogging up shelves and cupboard space, just isn’t going to be an issue for them (probably just as well considering the size of property they’ll […]

Stickies, and other useful small applications

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Cover your screen with virtual sticky yellow notes rather than actual post-its with Stickies, a small desktop app that I use continually throughout my day. Another micro-app I use a lot is Magnifixer, a highly configurable screen magnifier with colour capture features. Great for web dev types. I’m also a big fan of Screen Ruler, […]

Multi-Touch Interaction Research

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Great video of innovative user interface. Like William Gibson says, the future’s here, it’s just unevenly distributed.

Tech links

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Track your partner’s infidelities Make sure your loved ones are safe by tracking them through their mobile phone. The Guardian covers the story. Encouragingly disparaging article on what is wrong with the iPod. Good points about the hierarchical menus and modal interfaces, although amazingly the author seems to think that the headphones have decent bass. […]

PSP problems

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I’ve had something of a reverse Midas touch when it’s come to consumer electronics recently. Everything gold I’ve touched has turned to shit. At Christmas I bricked Lara’s iPod mini whilst trying to change the battery. I don’t want to go into details as the memory is still painful – financially, partly, as I had […]

Tech links

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Playlimit. My worst nightmare as a child seems like a brilliant idea now. And if they’ve been up too late on the PS3, get them up with the sonic hand-grenade Neat technique for finding MP3’s Got to love material science. Soft helmet hardens on impact. Robot with an iPod heart. Not this robot. HDTV formats: […]

How we’re going to be working

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Google is in bed with Sun. Sun CEO blogs about how great it would be to open and save your office files from the web. Google registers Cringely puts it all together, and suddenly we can see the future of office suite applications. Factor in web-based apps to do all your word processing and […]