Archive for date: February 9, 2005

American Idol blocking fast forwards

February 9, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I must admit that I’m vaguely scared of the much-rumored impending doom of TiVo. Ironically the issue which causes it to be unprofitable (lack of buddy-buddy deal with a huge cable network) also makes it most attractive: they have to get their customers the old fashioned way, by making a product people are willing to […]

HollerBot: Open Internet Robot

February 9, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Want a simple (but not too simple) robot project, using easily available, off the shelf components? Try checking out Overview – HollerBot: Open Internet Robot. The idea is to spend under $500, and get a robot with motion, vision, gps and all sorts of other goodies. Seems like a good way to go. Addendum: I […]

News Flash: Listeners Hate Commercials

February 9, 2005 | Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of I Love, read this remarkable study: News Flash: Listeners Hate Commercials. How surprising, that people resent being pummelled by twenty or more minutes of advertising every hour. Whenever I listen to real radio, it isn’t boredom that kills me (I’m only wounded by boredom) but just the irritation of having any kind […]

Why Try To Improve on Perfection?

February 9, 2005 | FreeBSD, Operating Systems, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Slashdot is running an article which suggests that the FreeBSD core team is running a contest to design a new logo to supplant the ubiquitous BSD daemon that has long symbolized Berkeley Unix and its derivatives. Some people don’t seem to understand it, and now the world must seemingly work to accomodate these knuckle-draggers. Sigh. […]

It’s supposed to be about the podcasts, man…

February 9, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve come to suspect, as my brother has often asserted, that I’m a hippy. You won’t find me squatting in a geodesic dome, smoking plants that I grow in my garden. I don’t drive a broken down VW bus, crudely decorated with cans of spray paint. I’m not a fan of “free love”: my wife […]