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Sixfoo! 660

What social networks would say if they could talk: Sixfoo! 660.

Hilarious.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 9, 2005 at 1:03 PM

my stereo system, circa 2005

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When I was in the US last I had a 5-disc Technics CD changer, and the main reason I had gotten that was that even then I resisted the idea of having to switch CDs every single time I wanted to listen to something different. So one of the things I got recently at the Apple Store here in Palo Alto is a set of JBL Creature II speakers. Connected semi-permanently to the iPod's dock, I drop the iPod on it when I get home at night and I can listen to any of my music. I know this sounds kind of obvious, but actually doing was a pleasant surprise at first. All my music in a tiny package that can be easily moved around the house (if necessary), or taken on the road. On top of which, the Creature speakers have really excellent sound, and they're not that expensive at around $100. This idea of data portability is partially what I wanted for my dream portable of 2005.

This post reads like an ad. Oh well. Call me a satisfied customer.

PS: Also cool: at night, the green light under the satellites makes them appear to be tiny ghosts, as in old-fashion-bed-linen-covered ghosts, hovering motionless over the carpet. :)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 5, 2005 at 8:04 AM

testing y!q "search in context"

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I'm going to be testing y!q search for the next few weeks and see how it goes (thanks Jeremy for the invitation). It's an interesting concept---it's been out for a few weeks I think though. You set a few words or a paragraph and you get a search related to the text. The more text you search the less relevant the results get, unless for some reason the text is very focused on a particular topic. In my case, I'm using weblog post titles as context, since I generally have titles that are fairly descriptive. I tried using post summaries but the results weren't as good--what with my tendency to start (and sometimes to continue) off-topic and all that.

Another thing I'm doing this week, when I have some free time :), is looking at the Yahoo! search APIs and related stuff. Should be interesting.

PS: I've also taken a further look at A9's OpenSearch. When I first noted its release I thought that A9 was providing their own results in RSS as well as aggregating others, but that's not the case, or at least I haven't been able to find how to do it. Although the "search exchange standard format" idea is cool, it's a bit weird of A9 to not adhere to their own output standard. Maybe this is something that will be added in the future (one hopes...)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 5, 2005 at 7:25 AM

lord kelvin's predictions

Re: yesterday's April fools post. Lord Kelvin also said "I can state flatly that heavier than air flying machines are impossible,", noted that "In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting," and that "Landing and moving around on the moon offer so many serious problems for human beings that it may take science another 200 years to lick them." (Notice the "lick them" reference, along with the "stamp collecting" reference in an earlier quote: clearly related). Kelvin also disregarded atomic theory and radioactivity, among other nuggets. His quote about "nothing new to be discovered in physics" dates from the end of the 19th century.

Maybe predicting the future just wasn't his thing. But I read that his biographer put it as follows: "he spent the first half of his career being right and the second half being wrong."

Categories: science
Posted by diego on April 2, 2005 at 8:02 AM

so what's going on?

No posting for days! Days! What is going on here?

What's going on is that I'm leaving the world of technology. No more software, no more startups. I'm done with it all.

I have been reading some stuff by Lord Kelvin and have come to the conclusion that there is nothing interesting going on right now, and that nothing interesting will ever happen again. (For those scratching their heads, Lord Kelvin was the one who stated that "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement.").

The signs are all there. Google is adding more and more disk space to Gmail, indexing more pages, and creating new software that, just by virtue of being used by Google affiliates, covers more than 100% of the market. At this rate of growth, all our personal hard drives and processors will be consumed by Google software by 2007. Not only I will not have any privacy or property of any kind, I will still be unable to find anything, just like today, but I will be able to do it while looking at funky Google logos, which is a plus I guess.

Then there's Microsoft, who has enough cash reserves to purchase a small country, but is actually rumored to attempt the purchase of Washington State soon and then leave the continent (no, not leave the Union, leave the continent: split the state from the continental shelf and turn it into a solar-powered island).

I could go on. From Electric cars that run slower than the V12s of yore, or faster computers for lower price, this curve is clearly unsustainable. We would quickly end up with cars that consume nothing by standing still, and free computers that can run infinite loops in only a few seconds. We will be reduced to spend our days wondering when the next iPod will be released, or something of the sort.

So I have purchased a cottage in the Alps and I plan to spend the rest of my days skiing and foraging for food in various high-end tourist resorts. I plan to periodically re-emerge from isolation to remember the hectic pace of modern life, read news, what have you.

And to get some M&Ms. I like M&Ms. (Not such a fan of the yellow ones for some reason.)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on April 1, 2005 at 11:56 AM

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