| Shooting the breeze with a CEO (I’m not going to say of which company) during the Connections Conference a few weeks ago I found out that WiFi is cheap. How cheap you say? Mobile phone towers cost 10x the amount of a WiFi tower. Yes this means internet everywhere you go, so if you don’t have a laptop now, you’ll definitely want to get one. But there’s more to a WiFi network over the entire city than laptops at coffee shops.
This phone is not something you’d buy at the Sprint or Cingular store, this is the phone they don’t want you to see. This is a VoIP phone, that’s right ladies and germs, a Voice over Internet Protocol phone. Looks like a mobile phone (and it looks like the free ones they give to you at the beginning of your contract at that).
What does a VoIP phone do that a mobile phone doesn’t do? VoIP uses the internet to make phone calls. Mobile phones use carriers to make phone calls. VoIP eliminates the carriers, meaning: anywhere that you have internet access (wireless of course) you can make phone calls!
Hackers are getting smarter I suppose. There’s adaware/spyware that sees sites you have visited, order to choose annoying pop-up ads or browser hijacks to websites that simply piss you off. Then there’s pesky viruses that contaminate files rendering them useless and force a hard drive reformat and complete loss of data. I don’t think either one is benefiting, cause there’s no way I’m ever going to purchase something off of a pop up add!!
But these guys got it right, hold the user’s pictures, spreadsheets, video files, mp3 library and all other valuable data for ransom! Instead of a virus protector, I want a ransom protector? Norton? Where are you on this?
Yes, we also read in paper
Clive Thompson – The New York Times
“Wiener was both brilliant and personally intriguing, an absent-minded professor straight out of central casting. As a character, he was larger than life; as a scientist, he was smaller than history.”
“One of the central concerns of the current “information age” is the difficulty of ordering and making sense out of the glut of information that flies at us from every direction, at all hours, in increasingly creative and invasive ways. Wiener, the man who gave us the tools to create and nurture this age by founding the science of cybernetics, has fallen prey to that glut, with his legacy and impact largely forgotten and misunderstood. “
Let’s face it one of the greatest things about the Internet is the free, mindless entertainment it can provide. Especially when you are bored at work. Sites like the Cyborg Name Generator are so stupid that I question my intelligence for finding any joy in them, if only for brief and fluttering moments. But hey, if you get bored at work like me, check it out. It might make you want to stimulate your mind and get back to work.
Here is the cyborg name for LiveDigi.
Today Nokia launched their first non-phone product. The Internet Tablet has absolutely no cell phone capabilities. What it can do, however, is surf the Internet and let you perform basic Web functions like check your email.
You:But I can do that with a mobile phone.
Nokia Salesman: True but the new 770 Internet Tablet will let you surf the Web cheaper and quicker than your clunky Nokia phone and now for the low-low price of $350 you can get one of these Wi-Fi friendly Internet Portals for your very own to cut down on that expensive Internet cell phone bill.
Ever notice how long winded salesman are?
The new Internet Tablet is perfect for a home that has one computer, but several people fighting over who gets to use the Internet. It’s the new modern dilemma. In the old day’s brother and sister fought over the bathroom, now it’s who gets to stream movies. But with the Nokia Internet Tablet the younger (weaker) sibling doesn’t get a Charlie horse, just a smaller screen.
Are you tired of chipping in with the rest of your family to buy Dad a horrendous looking tie? Tired of the awkward moment where he’s forced to put it on and wear it to work while looking thrilled and saying “Yes, I never knew polka dots went so well with pin stripes”?
Then what you need to take a look at, is the “AMAZING Water Clock”. It’s a great replacement father’s day gift. In many ways, it might be an odd enough present that it is the equivalent of the horrendous tie, but this time your Dad is saved from wearing it in public.
It’s not just a water clock or even THE water clock. It’s the AMAZING water clock. And what is most impressive is that it is powered by water. Which is amazing. Hence the name, which I’ll say one more time since it’s fun… the AMAZING water clock.
What’s cool about this clock is that it runs on pretty much any fluid. So quite easily, it could be the amazing beer clock. Beware though, if you add too much beer, I’ve heard that up to 4 hours can pass and the clock has no idea where they went or if it was telling time during them. I reckon adding beer to the clock might be a waste of good beer anyway.
You can put coffee in the clock though it runs a little faster than average, or you can try plain old water. Beware the plain old water option if you get a girly AMAZING water clock, as it will retain water at least once a month and perhaps tell time erratically.
Bottom line, this clock is fun. Just please don’t put any coke in it. If you do, your clock is likely to become hyper and refuse to sound any alarm you set on account of the fact it’s afraid everyone is out to get it.