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Ubuntu & Fax Bad

posted Jun 9, 2010, 8:28 PM by William Brine   [ updated Jun 9, 2010, 8:29 PM ]

Ubuntu 10.04 has come a long way, but it's lack of dealing gracefully with modems and fax capabilities is a major disappointment.

Product Idea

posted Jun 8, 2010, 2:53 AM by William Brine   [ updated Jun 8, 2010, 3:02 AM ]

A Like button for Life.  
    Technologies used: Buzz, Locative, Goggles
    It's an on screen widget, can plug it into Checkins or Facebook or whatever (pubhubsub?).  Pressing signifies approval of something in immediate environment.  Camera, speech or locative clarifies intent (Goggles, Gingerbread IO or Places).  Maybe people too.  Could be expanded to do a pulse input for ratings.  tap thru tap-tap-tappity-tap-press for one to five stars or some other metric, maybe just use rocker or slider bar.  that's incidental though, not feature critical.  I imagine the hardest part of this concept is creating an adaptive and input minimalistic intent sensor.  Since media companies are already throwing in watermarks, why not a visual or aural QR code for easy identification?

Sick of the Celebrity Lesbian-ish Kiss

posted Jun 7, 2010, 7:14 AM by William Brine   [ updated Jun 7, 2010, 7:17 AM ]

And by that I mean, Sandra Bullock+Scarlett Johansson "let's be controversial" and kiss on stage.  Granted, I may be a couple years ahead of the general mean in regards my expectations, but until the world reacts to two men kissing onstage with the same unenthusiastic "meh" that greets Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart "acting" onstage, all these straight celebrity women locking lips onstage still seems fodder for the hetero male population, and not at all progressive.

if i were a performance artist...

posted Jun 7, 2010, 12:00 AM by William Brine   [ updated Jun 7, 2010, 12:14 AM ]

...I would do a piece in which I acted out, in "RL", the behaviors one sees in "social networks" online.

  • Either walk around in a pair of goggles and earmuffs with selective "spam blockers" and "ignore filters".
  • See an attractive woman?  Follow her around, search her purse, and make vulgar motions while shouting "fap fap fap".  Or loudly criticize minor imagined flaws or make assumptions about her personal life.  If she rejects my charming approach, point and loudly accuse her of being a lesbian.
  • Walk into a store, fill my cart, and then leave, without paying.
  • Shout innane racist homophobic knuckle dragging diatribes, supplemented by heresy and dubious anecdotes.  Be outraged at any opposition or objection and accuse them of <insert insane shit here>.
  • Plant a garden, post giant signs everywhere letting everyone know you have a garden and telling them where to find it.  Accost and cajole those that pass by to hand knead manure and mulch to help you out.  Follow them home and wait till late at night.  Wake em up and get them to come over and help some more.
  • Go to a crowded place, demand everyones attention, then show a slideshow of your niece's best friends housekeepers baby.  And puppies.

What else?

The Fall of Microsoft

posted Jun 1, 2010, 10:32 AM by William Brine   [ updated Jun 1, 2010, 10:34 AM ]

You have to give them credit.  They did try the tablet space.  Origami.  But they didn't really get behind it, and that's a shame.  And now other OSes (Android and iPhone/PadOS, maybe even WebOS) are stepping up, and seem ready and willing to dominate, and maybe even make the form factor a success.  So IMHO, Microsoft needs to sit down and shut up.

Enjoy the Summer

posted May 21, 2010, 12:44 AM by William Brine   [ updated May 21, 2010, 12:45 AM ]

Now that summer is here, let's consider the ways in which we can make the most of it.

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