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- bill 8-20-2013 8:49 pm [link] [1 comment]


- bill 6-27-2013 9:00 pm [link] [add a comment]

Worried about being tracked by your electronic toll pass? Well worry no more. They don't need that shite.

- mark 6-26-2013 7:25 pm [link] [add a comment]

Choosy mothers choose gif.

- mark 5-23-2013 5:25 am [link] [4 comments]

Looks like a replay of the WM9 vs. H.264 battle is shaping up with a battle of VP9 vs. H.265

- mark 5-16-2013 3:55 pm [link] [add a comment]

Ultra HD -- Don't know if this will happen. We may have reached the pinnacle of consumer video with HD and BluRay. That's not to say that improvements can't be made. For example, There will probably never be a mass market audio format better than the ancient CD, even though niche formats exist.

- mark 4-11-2013 5:38 pm [link] [3 comments]

I have an EVDO device built in to one of my laptops. It's from circa 2007. I've been trying to do stuff with the EVDO service lately, and it sucks very badly.  Unreliable 150 kbps, if you can believe. So I want to upgrade to the modern era, and get a wifi data gizmo. Verizon won't upgrade me unless I also change the plan on my phone. Even if I pay full retail for the wifi gizmo. The phone has unlimited data. I like that. Although I don't use much data, I like the idea of having the plan. In heavy usage, I'm in the tens of megabytes per day, hundreds of megabytes per month. The cheapest plans are 1 GB per month. Also the overages are sensible now. $15/GB from Verizon. AT&T is at $10/GB. The data plan on my EVDO device has a 10 GB allowance, but the cost explodes on overages. (Yes, I've gone over 10 GB, during a period of heavy downloading, and back when I could get 2-4 Mbps on EVDO.)

So, do I bite the bullet and wipe out my unlimited data on the phone? Or do I cancel the EVDO device (assuming I can do so without screwing up the phone's plan), and get a wifi device from AT&T. (With Verizon, even if I try to add a new device to my account, it wants to revisit the contract on ALL devices on my account.) (Also, anyone other than Verizon and AT&T does not have adequate coverage.)

- mark 3-01-2013 12:16 am [link] [9 comments]

Isn't it cute when one monopoly sues another monopoly over who is more anti-consumer? It would be nice to see the a la carte model win. But if Cablevision can pick and chose what channels it buys, will it pass that option down to its customers? 

- mark 2-27-2013 8:11 am [link] [add a comment]

the city is here for you to use.
- bill 12-27-2012 2:16 pm [link] [add a comment]

3D printing conductive plastic

- steve 12-08-2012 3:37 am [link] [add a comment]

iPad crashes w Facebook on safari. I think they are doing it on purpose to make you use their app. Fkrs
- bill 12-07-2012 8:43 pm [link] [1 comment]

Vv best web :)
- bill 12-07-2012 8:33 pm [link] [add a comment]

I have put off upgrading my iPhone to iOS 6 because of the loss of Google Maps which I use all the time, while the Apple replacement has been thoroughly beaten down by every single report. But now I have to build something that will only work on iOS 6, so I've just updated. I can't speak to the accuracy of the maps (or lack thereof) but I can say "Wow!" The 3D view, with or without satellite overlay, is super cool. Really impressive.
- jim 10-25-2012 7:36 pm [link] [add a comment]

Microsoft’s Lost Decade
- dave 8-07-2012 9:25 pm [link] [add a comment]

When I plug an iPod touch into my Mini Cooper, the iPod says something to effect of "This accessory will not charge your iPod". Now my Mini is an obsolete accessory. Shit.

Warning: flame war in the comments at that link.

- mark 6-21-2012 8:52 pm [link] [add a comment]

Windows 8 has the earmarks of being a Wordstar 2000.

Never heard of Wordstar 2000? Exactly.

Take the single most popular program in its category, which was kind of klunky in ways, and replace it with something completely different (but with almost the same name!), thereby inviting your users to re-examine their options. If ya gotta learn something new anyway, why not survey the market?

On the other hand, Windows 8 could just be a more spectacular Vista -- an embarrassing waste, but not a death blow. (XP still works fine!}

- mark 6-06-2012 1:11 am [link] [8 comments]

I have some Carhartt pants that have a special cell phone pocket, about where a hammer loop would be. In my haste to start a load of laundry, I failed to check that pocket.

So now I have a Droid 2 that's an unhappy phone. It powers up, but no display. I moved service back to my Droid 1, which other than the keyboard is a mighty fine phone. Unlike the Droid 2, the basic telephony UI doesn't have the appearance of a UI designed by someone 20 years away from presbyopia. And the speaker phone volume goes all the way up to annoying!

So I check on the Droid 4. Five hundred and forty nine dollars, retail, with no contract renewal. Or $99 for a refurb unit -- but only with a contract renewal. Somewhere in between, perhaps half retail, is a new unit with contract renewal. Contract renewals get rid of the grandfathered "unlimited data". I don't use anywhere near the limit. But goddammit, I might. One day.

To me this pricing is like Safeway, but more insidious. If you ever go in a Safeway, you'll notice the way they do "sale" pricing. Do you want to pay "absolutely fucking ridiculous price" or do you want to pay "discount price that only comes with a discount card." What Safeway is doing is coercing you to submit to data tracking.

VZW is practicing the same sort of coercion, but they're coercing customers into new contracts. And they get to do it by talking about "subsidized price". They're doing you a fucking favor.

So, I'm a Droid 1 user.
- mark 5-29-2012 4:21 pm [link] [4 comments]

Better video compression is coming soon.
- mark 5-16-2012 2:58 am [link] [add a comment]

Here’s a blast from the past:

You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with an
unmigrated legacy Blogger account. As we announced in April of last year, legacy
accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30th, 2012 unless they are updated
to the Google Account system. Any blog content associated with this account will
also be unmodifiable after that date.

It was 1999 when Jim started this site; wow. I remember using blogger in the early days, and agonizing when it went down at inconvenient times. I trust this has no implications for our content at this point..?

- alex 4-27-2012 12:21 pm [link] [1 comment]

Default email signature on new Samsung phone.
- jim 4-19-2012 6:33 pm [link] [add a comment]