June 2005 Archives

William Mitchell - Me++ - ***

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Read about this ages ago, but only recently saw a copy (although I could of course have just bought it from Amazon). From early reading looks good - one of the better books on the Internet, society and the future thing.


... not too bad in the end, some nice ways of looking at things (particularly migrating functions through different shells (clothing to buildings to domes), and plugging in/out of infrastructures (from WiFi to going to the toilet), and the notion of shedding bits and calling services to you rather than going to the point of distribution. He's on less sure ground when describing technology per se though.

Buy from Amazon (as I should have done!)

Google Earth

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Google Earth - Home

Pity it's not working at the moment. And just as I was about to buy the full 1km res package from Earth Explorer (Google Earth goes to 1m in places!)

Microsoft Longhorn Support

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Longhorn Developer Center Home: RSS Support in Longhorn

This is the spec for the RSS support that will be in the next generation of Windows (codenamed Longhorn). When Longhorn hits the streets expect the use of RSS to sky-rocket.

Graphs

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aiSee Graph Gallery

Lovely site demonstrating different graph/network maps using Aisee software. Just right for topic maps....

Clarissa - Mother of Hal?

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New Scientist SPACE - Breaking News - Space station gets HAL-like computer

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NASA is puttnig a voice activated PC on the space station. Not quite HAL but it's a start.

A Google Usenet Timeline

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20 Year Archive on Google Groups

Stunning, just stunning. Particularly the first mention of the WWW by Tim Berners Lee.

Weird cloud

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Weird cloud


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Aibo Playground

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New Scientist Breaking News - Robo-pups created with curiosity in mind

Having just borrowed an Aibo for a few weeks it was interesting to see that Sony have now put a "baby AI" in some and are rearing them in a Kindergarten.

I'll report back on my aibo experiences later.

Broadband almost there

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Intellect - Press & Newsroom - News: 22/06/05

"In April 2005, 50.8% of UK internet users used dial-up, but this shows a dramatic decrease from 71.5% the previous April.

Always-on connections, such as broadband, cable and leased line, grew from 28.5% to 49.2% over the same period."

Summer

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Summer


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Balloon over fleurs de lys

EPIC 2014

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EPIC 2014 is a brilliant Flash movie on the future history of news and the web - the Evolving Personalised Information Construct. Thanks to Julian Guppy at the Intellect seminar today for that.

Photoblogging

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Photoblogging


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Just worked out how 2 get flikr 2 do this

The last tape...

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FInally done it, every last tape, LP and CD that Deb and I own is on the PC. In fact the hard disc maxed out 3 albums before the end and I had to clean off some old files to make space. The last three:

- HIA's Polar Sequences
- Larry Norman's In Another Land (Deb's)
- My own demo tape from about 15 years ago (some OK stuff on that)

Now I'd better just back it all up.

i2020 Strategy

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Commission launches five-year IT growth plan - Computing

Sounds like good news. Now if only we can work out how to get Halo funded by the EC!

Virtual Brain from IBM

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According to an article at Reuters.com IBM has teamed with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne to build a software model of the neocortex and its associated brain chemistry. The bottom-up biochemical approach to AI.

Touchgraph

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TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01

Well that saves me inventing that!

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