Category Archives: Tech

The Growing Luddite Cacophany

The Luddite move­ment in the 19th century was targeted specif­i­cally against creeping indus­tri­al­iza­tion and the effect it was seen to be having on society. The concern was legit­i­mate because the Indus­trial Revo­lu­tion did massively change things  and partic­u­larly in the short term there were nega­tive conse­quences. But the Luddite response was narrow minded, short sighted … Continue reading The Growing Luddite Caco­phany

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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

Obvi­ously Google has been working at the whole self-driving car thing for some time now. But the vehi­cles they’ve had on the road previ­ously have simply been existing cars that have been modi­fied as needed. What they are unveiling here is a car that has been designed from the ground up with the idea that … Continue reading Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Proto­type

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Celebrating BASIC’s 50th Anniversary

Over at Tech­nol­o­gizer, Harry McCracken has written a great piece about the creation and evolu­tion of the program­ming language BASIC. For people like me who were intro­duced to computers back in the early 80s this is a wonderful trip down memory lane. Admit­tedly over the years I went on to learn much more sophis­ti­cated languages and … Continue reading Cele­brating BASIC’s 50th Anniver­sary

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Google+ Is Walking Dead (Or How To Troll For Clicks If You’re A Tech Blog)

In that past I have been… crit­ical… of the stan­dards of tech­nology jour­nalism on the web. There’s a reason for that. It’s shit. It’s so bad it’s an insult to my and your intel­li­gence. It panders to partisan fanboys and trades in gossip. It passes off opinion as fact and flashy emotional language for actual … Continue reading Google+ Is Walking Dead (Or How To Troll For Clicks If You’re A Tech Blog)

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Do Consumers Actually Want Modular Phones?

The Verge has an excel­lent article on Google’s Project Ara. The concept of a truly modular phone sounds like the holy grail to many tech enthu­si­asts. Instead of having to pay $600 an replace your entire phone every 6 months to keep up with the latest and greatest, you will be able to just swap … Continue reading Do Consumers Actu­ally Want Modular Phones?

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WTF Is Wrong With You People?

This could prob­ably be a daily segment, but here’s the quote that made me think this: “We expected a nega­tive reac­tion from people in the short term, [but] we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our fami­lies,” Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Really? You’re so … Continue reading WTF Is Wrong With You People?

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Rumored Specs For Google Smart Watch

Wear­able computing is the big thing these days and several compa­nies have released a smart­watch but no one has really gotten it right yet. Most of us have been waiting for the two big players to give it their shot. Apple as always are tight lipped. Unusu­ally Google have been as well though. https://​twitter​.com/​e​v​l​e​a​k​s​/​s​t​a​t​u​s​/​444146030360416257 But … Continue reading Rumored Specs For Google Smart Watch

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