Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

Keeping in touch

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Is it just me.. or does anyone else find this hot?
I’m only troubled that it’ll probably take years before this shows up as something you can actually use. *sigh*
Ohh, found sexy video demo on youtube.

NPR: iPods Edge Out Home Stereo Systems

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

I heard this yesterday on NPR: NPR: iPods Edge Out Home Stereo Systems
My first thought yesterday was “it was inevitable”.
My second thought (on rethinking this today) is “it’s still inevitable.. but I think their story is misleading”.
The story says that “the popularity of digital music players … is reshaping the home-stereo business.” I can agree with that opinion. To support this opinion they cite the Consumer Electronics Association which places “the value of shipments of digital-music players” at $3.7 billion and [the value of shipements of] “traditional home stereo[s]” at $1.2 billion. This clearly shows that digital-music players seem to have outsold home stereos.
The problem is that it’s not an either-or situation.

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Innovate or die

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

“The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
– William Pollard.

Tripping down memory lane…

Monday, May 1st, 2006
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Somethings really don’t change. I pulled up the homepage for the web design company I ran from 1997-2001 on the “Internet Way Back Machine“. I was one of the very few web designers in Montana from 1997-2001 (when I relocated to California)
Anyway, back in the day I was a cheeky young college student (and then College instructor) with visions of the Internet infiltrating our lives. In between mochas at the local coffee shop and “Foundations of Logic” I wrote up this article in an attempt to attract web design contracts.

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Approaching Infinity (or at least the speed of light)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
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Bandwidth
Storage Space
Processing Power

As these become limitless it changes the way we work with computers. I suppose that’s the premise of Web2.0 (assuming there’s a premise beyond the hype).
The elimination of these three bottlenecks promotes Time-Shifting, Place-Shifting and People-Shifting.

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AJAX

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

From: http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/06/09/rails_ajax.html
…here’s the history of Ajax in 60 seconds or less.
In the beginning, there was the World Wide Web. Compared with desktop applications, web applications were slow and clunky. People liked web applications anyway because they were conveniently available from anywhere, on any computer that had a browser. Then Microsoft created XMLHttpRequest in Internet Explorer 5, which let browser-side JavaScript communicate with the web server in the background without requiring the browser to display a new web page. That made it possible to develop more fluid and responsive web applications. Mozilla soon implemented XMLHttpRequest in its browsers, as did Apple (in the Safari browser) and Opera.
XMLHttpRequest must have been one of the Web’s best kept secrets. Since its debut in 1998, few sites have used it at all, and most developers, if they even knew about it, never used it. Google started to change that when it released a series of high-profile web applications with sleek new UIs powered by XMLHttpRequest. The most visually impressive of these is Google Maps, which gives you the illusion of being able to drag around an infinitely sizable map in its little map window.
While Google’s prominent use of XMLHttpRequest dramatically demonstrated that vastly improved UIs for web apps were possible, it was Jesse James Garrett’s February 18 essay that finally gave this technique a usable name: Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).