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Category Archives: Technology

One Step Closer To Cyborghood

Tools appear to become part of your brain’s body map when you use them. “When you brush your teeth, the toothbrush may actually become part of your arm – at least as far as your brain is concerned.”
Why would the same not be true of your mental map? Integrating an exocortex into your mind [...]

Datalog As Exocortex Technology

The problem with Twitter and other microblogging tools is that they are too public. There’s no provision for logging private data at the moment.
Let’s say you have a private datalog that only you can access from the web or your mobile device. You use it to log private data, like when you get in bed, [...]

Moving Data

Moving data into South Africa is expensive, but moving it around inside the country doesn’t have to be.
Freedom toasters are a great way to move data inside the country, but there aren’t enough of them to go around. This is probably because they cost about R 39 000 each.
One alternative is a cheap Network Attached [...]

Why Are We Still Paying For SMS?

Twitter is ending SMS support in the UK, because it’s costing them too much.
This got me thinking. Most cellphones these days have internet connectivity. The data cost of an SMS is negligible. (You want to do the math? Think R 2.00 / 1,048,576 bytes * 200 chars). Yes, I know about IM, but it’s still [...]

Snowl - Experimental Universal Aggregator Of Tomorrow

Someone finally understood that communication can be abstracted to streams. Obviously RSS and microblogs, but Email, IM and even SMS can fit into the stream model. If Google ever buys a cellphone service provider, you can bet on adding recorded voice and IP calls to the mix.
A couple of days ago, Mozilla announced Snowl, the [...]

Constant Flux Now Available As Microblog

I’ve finally given in to the urge to microblog. Find me on Twitter.
UPDATE: Found a nice plugin to display my tweets on the blog. Check out Twitter for WordPress.

You Should Host Your Own Exocortex

I remember a time when it was widely believed that Internet shopping would never happen, because people were too afraid that their credit card details will be stolen. People were paranoid about their personal data.
Yet today we put our personal details on Facebook, our creative work on Blogger and send our most intimate messages through [...]

Is Blogging Dead?

Everybody knows that print media is in trouble, but Bruce Sterling thinks blogging is dead too. He said so on his blog. (Oh, the irony!)
For some uses, better tools have become available. People who blogged to keep up with their friends are turning to Twitter and Facebook. Social microblogging will only become more popular when [...]

Jozi 27Dinner (July 2008) Feedback

So Monday night was another 27Dinner.
I was a minute or so late, so I just ran in and grabbed the first available seat. It was only then that I noticed I had not only gatecrashed the Cerebra table (again), but also stole the seat intended for Craig Nicholson. He got revenge by immortalizing my nose [...]

Colossus Mark II

 
The Colossus Mark II was one of the first modern computers ever built, way back in 1944, and used to break cryptographic codes intercepted by the allies. When the war was over, Winston Churchill ordered the machines to be destroyed.
Now, through the efforts of a man named Tony Sale, a working copy of the [...]