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
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 it’s … Continue reading Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype
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 programming techniques that … Continue reading Celebrating BASIC’s 50th Anniversary
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 content. It is … Continue reading Google+ Is Walking Dead (Or How To Troll For Clicks If You’re A Tech Blog)
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 out a module … Continue reading Do Consumers Actually Want Modular Phones?
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 upset about the … Continue reading WTF Is Wrong With You People?
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. More Google (LG) … Continue reading Rumored Specs For Google Smart Watch
PageFair — Using And Ad Blocker? How About A Donation Then? So I stumbled upon PageFair entirely accidentally. AdBlockers are very common these days. I use one. I’m willing to bet the majority of people who read this use one. The reasons for using them vary, some people just hate advertising on principle. Some are okay with ads but find that on … Continue reading PageFair — Using And Ad Blocker? How About A Donation Then?So I stumbled upon PageFair entirely a…
And that’s just the US/Canadian market which should make Sony pretty happy. It’s also another blow to the struggling Wii U which has only managed 3.91 million units in a year despite a significant head start over the other next-gen consoles and comes in at $100 less than its competition. It’s not all good news for Sony though. … Continue reading PlayStation 4 Sells Over 1 Million Units In One Day
This clever infographic (though again, far far too long) compares how much we’ve spent on actually exploring space with how much we’ve spent creating movies about space. Eoghann Irving Overly opinionated owner and author of eoghann.com. You can get updated on his posts directly on the blog here or through the usual social networking suspects. What? … Continue reading Exploring Space Vs. Movies About Space
So there have been rumors today that a number of other services will shortly become available for Chromecast (including Washington Post, HBOGo and Revision 3). This hands on actually shows the Revision 3 iOS app functioning which means those rumors are pretty credible. Eoghann Irving Overly opinionated owner and author of eoghann.com. You can get updated on his … Continue reading Chromecast Hands On Shows Revision 3 App
So the prices for 4K or Ultra HD tvs are finally starting to come down from Tony Stark levels and the question becomes should you get one? Well my general answer is not until your current tv breaks unless you’re actually unhappy with what you have. But more specifically there are good reasons to not rush to … Continue reading Optimal Viewing Distance Or Do You Need A 4K TV
So yes I’ve bought one of these already. Now normally I’m a wait, see the reviews, make a careful judgement and then find it cheaply sort of person. But at $35 it’s already bargain price and with 3 months of free Netflix (which I use) the price comes down to $11 plus shipping and tax. That doesn’t require a lot … Continue reading Chromecast — Bought One
I don’t believe in alien visitations, but I do believe in UFOs. LIke this rather excellent remote controlled one which Amazon is selling today for only $25. The advantage of these sorts of flyers is unlike the traditional helicopters and planes, they don’t break easily and they’re much more stable. So incompetents like you and me can fly them. … Continue reading Amazon Sale: Remote Controlled UFO
The switch to Comcast from Dish is complete and along with it a major downshift in what we’re subscribing to. We’ve gone for such a low service level that it doesn’t include DVR functionality or even OnDemand. We do get the regular network channels and a some basic cable but we’re starting a shift towards using Netflix and Hulu+ … Continue reading No DVRs For The First Time In 10 Years