The world's longest diary

December 05, 2006
The world's longest diary. "For twenty years, Robert Shields of Dayton, Washington, has kept a written record of absolutely everything that has happened to him, day and night. For no less than four hours each day, Shields holes himself up in the small office in his home, turns on his stereo, and types. His diary, at 35 million words, is believed to be the world's longest." Unbelievable.

TiVo File Decoder

December 04, 2006
TiVo File Decoder "converts a .TiVo file (produced by the TiVoToGo functionality on recent TiVo software releases) to a normal MPEG file. This has the same functionality as using TiVo's supplied DirectShow DLL on Windows with a tool such as DirectShowDump, but is portable to different architectures and operating systems, and runs on the command line using files or pipes."

The Digital Ice Age

December 02, 2006
The Digital Ice Age. "The documents of our time are being recorded as bits and bytes with no guarantee of future readability. As technologies change, we may find our files frozen in forgotten formats."

CopyAllUrls Firefox extension

November 29, 2006
CopyAllUrls Firefox extension "copies and pastes all URLs of open tabs in structured and well defined form to and from the clipboard." This extension has been a godsend for me. I run it at work at the end of each day and paste the results into an e-mail I send to myself (instead of manually copying/pasting each unread tab's URL).

The Windows shutdown crapfest

November 28, 2006
The Windows shutdown crapfest. "I worked at Microsoft for about 7 years total, from 1994 to 1998, and from 2002 to 2006.The most frustrating year of those seven was the year I spent working on Windows Vista, which was called Longhorn at the time. I spent a full year working on a feature which should've been designed, implemented and tested in a week."

The Chicago Sun-Times on the Zune

November 26, 2006
The Chicago Sun-Times on the Zune. "The Zune is a square wheel, a product that's so absurd and so obviously immune to success that it evokes something akin to a sense of pity." I've kept rather quiet about the Zune (at least publicly), willing to give it the benefit of the doubt (really), but reviews like this are all I've seen and so I'll take quiet comfort in the fact that my private conjectures regarding its specs, abilities, and likelihood of success are all ringing true.

Jesus Camp

November 26, 2006
Jesus Camp. Easily one of the saddest and most disturbing films I've ever seen. Do not miss it.

Robot discovers itself, adapts to injury

November 16, 2006
Robot discovers itself, adapts to injury. "The robot, which looks like a four-armed starfish, starts out knowing only what its parts are, not how they are arranged or how to use them to fulfill its prime directive to move forward. To find out, it applies what amounts to the scientific method: theory followed by experiment followed by refined theory."

Apple is teaming up with airlines to offer iPod integration

November 14, 2006
Apple is teaming up with airlines to offer iPod integration. "Apple today announced it is teaming up with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod and in-flight entertainment systems. These six airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections which power and charge their iPods during flight and allow the video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat back displays." Wow.