Friday, July 13, 2007

My Life, Unplugged

As the name suggests, I've been living unplugged and in the dark for the last two days. A virus infected my main computer, wiped it out completely, and quickly spread to my laptop, connected on the same network.

The outcome - I've lost everything. I don't even have a working copy of Windows XP to repair the system files that were damaged by the virus. Not only that, but the virus wiped out most of my drivers on both computers, meaning that I don't have internet access or the ability to download them back onto my systems.

It couldn't have happened at a more inopportune time either; I just started working the 3:30am-8:30am shift at UPS this week! I never thought I'd be saying this, but it looks like I need a sign to hang around my neck, reading, "Will work for Vista." Sheesh.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Aphro's 1st Bath

Geek's record everything. This is my girlfriend's cat's (Aphrodites, Aphro for short) first bath.

Smile gato. 

Geeks and Their Burgers (Another Summerish Vlog)

When my friend's girlfriend came to California for the first time from Nebraska, we made her go to In-N-Out, which has this geek's seal of approval.

A little camera shy, she obliged her boyfriend's geeky friends, and shared the moment with the entire internet. Lol.

Sorry Ashley.

Under the Boardwalk

Summer is here, and it's time once again, to visit my old haunts - the ones that made childhood memorable and that keep me grounded.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Today's Space Revolution

If you, like me, read Ars Technica's article about microholography this morning, you may have been blown away like I was. I'm still taking it in.

Ars reported that a group of German scientists have discovered a way of storing up to 500GB of data on DVD-sized discs. Not only that, they plan on doubling that figure by 2010!

The implications of this are mind-blowing, to say the least. Databases with huge amounts of image data can be several terabytes in size, and discs of this size would drastically increase not only their mobility, but decrease their cost.

Translation: information would be even more permeable than it is now, with greater functionality than you could ever imagine.

What's some of the cool stuff you can do with databases when size is not longer an issue?

How about using composite technologies like those Adobe has created for Photoshop Extended to take all the street pictures that Google took for Google Streetview and turn them into a user-manipulatable virtual world. Forget looking at single snapshots of any street corner; now you can walk down the street from your computer.

Or how about doing the same thing for education, drastically reducing the price of classes by providing photo-realistic, interactive courses online, where a school's only real cost would be the price of bandwidth?

Digital historians today could rest at ease, finally, knowing that priceless works of art and digitized records could be stored in multiple locations, in case of thief, natural disaster, or terrorist attacks.

I won't even go into the military implications of this technological breakthrough.

My point: this is another revolution in disguise, and it repercussions are earth shattering.

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Live Earth and the Power of Viral Video

Live Earth was hosted in over a hundred different countries yesterday, and not surprising, viral marketing played a huge part in getting the word out about the concerts.

Also not surprising, Al Gore and the other supporters of this event used cultural icons to imprint the message they wanted on viewers minds.

Finally, corporate America and philanthropists are all beginning to use the tools available to them to push social activism. Power elites beware, your days are numbered.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Don't Be Evil, Google

Every once in a while, I find a conspiracy theory online that I've got to share. Given, this video is accurate on much of what Google does, but still... stealing our genetic code. If it is true, I've got just one thing to tell Google, "Please don't be evil."

Google Masterplan - For more funny movies, click here

Blogger's B-B-Q (Brewsky's Included)

I'm sitting here with Burke Shartsis, having just finished an ice cold beer and B-B-Q'ing at my apartment, talking tech. Question posed: where's the best place to be on Earth - RIGHT NOW?

Answer: right here, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Why? Well, hardware and software are just about to burst out into a second Renaissance. And here's some of the cool stuff being developed just down the road from my apartment.

1. AI - check out what Google's doing in this arena.

2. Multi-touch sensing - first reintroduced by Jeff Han at TED, several companies right here are building upon this technology. Just look at what Microsoft's done... and yes, I've seen the iPhone before.

3.Easy and Cheap Production - anyone can create anything they can imagine now, with relative ease at low cost. If IBM and some other corps have their way, these programs will even be open-sourced. Ergo, free production software with a global brain to make things more exciting. (And yes, to any Apple employees that may be reading, Final Cut is easy to use to... here's your link.)

4. The death of physical space - check out what SJSU is doing in virtual space. The cost to operate in the real world has serious economic consequences - education, business, and everyday communication are being digitalized to make way for much efficient purposes to fill real space.

5. The Advertising Renaissance - If you've been in a hole for the last decade, then you might have missed the quiet revolution being waged by Google. And if you don't keep an eye on it, you might miss the changes headed this way by and Metacafe.

6. History is Alive Here - Besides being home to the Internet Archive, it's also the home of Creative Commons, which is allowing more and more people to share the world WITH the world.

7. Wi-Fi Hotspots are EVERYWHERE! - and that's going to become increasing important, as T-Mobile and other VOIP services expand their Wi-Fi plans.

7.1.0. It's always cool here (approx. 80 degrees, F, currently). I know that's not geeky, but it sure beats the hell out of anywhere else.

8. Bay Area News - the word "aggregation" comes to mind. Want to find out ANYTHING about ANYTHING in that Long Tail of an internet, there's plenty of Silicon Valley companies will to find it for you. Search, interface, databases, and so much more are connecting and supercharging everything.

9. The Birth of Oversight - tired of corporations going unchecked with unlimited power? For the first time in the history of man, the same corporations based in Silicon Valley that are empowering people to change the world... are being reemed by the same people that they've empowered. Poetic cyber justice, or just another day in the Valley?

10. People GIVE A DAMN - Now, I know Californians in the Valley get a bad wrap for all being liberal hippies, smoking dope and not showering - and granted, there's plenty of that - but there's also something here that is unique and insanely powerful. It's also THE reason I think that this is the best place to live on the planet, RIGHT NOW. Check out Hugg, TreeHugger, Digg, Myspace, Facebook, MoveOn, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Cisco, Sony, or the million other corporations and sites based out of the Valley.

You'll find the kind of people that make city life interesting. People that not only WANT to change the world, but PEOPLE with real opinions and hopes and dreams, THAT ARE CHANGING THE WORLD. It's like living in Rome at the height of its empire, except with better sewage treatment and internet access.

Who could ask for anything else?

Sony's New Baby

In case you haven't checked this little guy out - check out what Sony is doing to video. Imagine where this will intersect with multi-touch viewing and wireless tech, and you've got yourself an advertising and video revolution.

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