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Category Archives: Technology

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is The XO-2 The Ideal Electronic Book?

Ever since reading Ben Bova’s Cyberbooks, I’ve been waiting for electronic books to take over the world. The Amazon Kindle didn’t much impress impress me, but I just love the design for the new OLPC XO-2. If the design stays the same, then I’m definitely getting one for reading ebooks.
On a related note, what are [...]

Improve Your IQ With Dual N-Back Task Training

There’s recently been quite a buzz about the recent research that suggests that fluid intelligence can be improved by training working memory.
If the original article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (or PotNAoSotUSoA as it’s more affectionately known) is too technical for you, try the articles [...]

Semantic Web Application (Finally) Arrives

After years of hype about the semantic web, we finally have an application.
Powerset has launched a public beta of it’s Wikipedia search engine, and it’s overflowing with semantic web technology. Get more details here.

The Bitrate of Life

I originally wrote this post about a year ago, when I was still playing with Drupal as a blogging platform. It somehow got lost in the conversion to Wordpress. What was gratifying back then was that Charles Stross posted a related talk that he gave a couple of days later. It was nice to know [...]