From the monthly archives:

December 2007

As more than one person has already pointed out, the demise of Wal-Mart's video download service comes as no real surprise. In many ways, it was stillborn to begin with. Why? Simple. Even when it was launched, it was obvious (to everyone but Wal-Mart, apparently) that the service was too restrictive. Only Windows format, and…

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I don't want to turn this into a Dave Winer *thing,* (and I don't want to contribute to a "bitchmeme") but I have to say that the release of his newest software tool -- a Mac-only screensaver/RSS widget called FlickrFan -- fills me with, well... a sense of underwhelmingness. I mean, Marshall Kirkpatrick tries hard…

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This isn't a political blog, so I'm not going to go into a huge amount of detail on the completely unsurprising (but still saddening) assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. But I will note that I found out about it first from Twitter -- where online friends such as Muhammad Saleem, as well…

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A short time ago, I was contacted by a man named Lino Ramirez, asking if I could help with the search for Ron Boychuk, a pilot who went missing somewhere over the interior of British Columbia on October 23. Lino had read about the search for Steve Fossett, the billionaire adventurer who also disappeared while…
I suppose this might appear to be in questionable taste, given how close we are to Christmas, but I came across a fascinating YouTube video (via Metafilter) which shows the results of a program designed to reproduce the elements of evolution -- using rudimentary clocks and clock-related mechanisms as the building blocks of life. The…

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