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>Magic Mouse: So Much for the Excitement

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So it works like a mouse to move around the screen but you lose the ability of scrolling?! That’s a pretty big omission.

Yeah, I’ll be skipping that then. I’m not keeping another mouse at my desk for when I’m in Boot Camp – which is 8 hours a day. Sad, I was excited and considering the purchase. What a dumb move, just write the drivers you dolts.

UPDATE: Someone has gone to the effort of hacking the Magic Mouse drivers together for us, still surprised Apple hasn’t put out some drivers yet. You can get them here.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Gadgets, Technology

 

>T-1000: Year 1

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iRobot’s Soft Morphing Blob ‘Bot Takes Its First Steps

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2009 in Military, Technology

 

>Project Natal on Jimmy Fallon

>http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4a31be6258730188/4a3144859d265b25/d6a8e778/-cpid/6bd860fb5cb0d1fe

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in Gadgets, Technology, Videogames

 

>TED Talk – Scott McCloud on the Next Form of Comics

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Posted by on March 23, 2009 in Comics, Technology

 

>Breaking News: 30GB Zunes Dyed Everywhere near Midnight

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According to Gizmodo, the official Microsoft Zune forum and several of the Zune fan forums, ALL 30GB Zune models started dying shortly after Midnight last night.

There’s a lot of speculation as to why this is happening and Microsoft has not provided a solution (to be fair it’s only 6:45am in Redmond, WA). They also apparently played a message on their Zune support phone system saying that they weren’t taking calls due to inclimate weather. What a bunch of BS, just admit that you’re overwhelmed with calls, that’s not unheard of.

It is fascinating though that every 30GB Zune would fail across the US all at the same time.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2008 in News, Technology

 

>Wii Drum High

>http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2406224&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
Wii Drum High Tutorial from Zhao He on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2008 in Gadgets, Music, Technology, Videogames

 

>Wendy’s DOS Prompted

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The Wendy's over at Millenia Mall in Orlando was having some technical difficulties of the Microsoft kind this weekend.

WinCE ftw!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2008 in Humor, Technology

 

>McCain’s Stunning Lack of Tech Support

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Wired has done the legwork in getting a debate together on technology policy between the McCain and Obama camps. McCain’s senior domestic policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin will be going up against former FCC chair Reed Hundt.

It was apparently very difficult to find a leading technology expert that supports McCain’s technology policies, or lack thereof. You see, McCain doesn’t have much of a technology platform. According to Kevin Werbach,

“…McCain sees no need for the President to address issues like Internet
openness, …online privacy, and transparent government. On technology, the
contrast between the two candidates isn’t a disagreement over policies; it’s a
disagreement over whether to have policies.”

[source]

McCain has indicated he feels strongly that entrepreneurs are the great drivers of innovation and growth. But almost none seem to support him. The majority of tech industry supporters of McCain are apparently only managers.

The list of leading tech entrepreneurs who support McCain:

  • Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers
  • Marc Benioff, founder of SalesForce.com
    (although he has donated money to Obama’s campaign as well and not made an official statement supporting either)

The list of leading tech entrepreneurs who support Obama:

  • Stuart Benjamin, Professor of Law, Duke University
  • Robert Blackwell, Founder and CEO, Electronic Knowledge Interchange Consulting
  • Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley;
  • Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission (1996-97);
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S.
  • Department of Justice (2000-02)
  • Lloyd Frink, President and Co-Founder, Zillow
  • Julius Genachowski, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rock Creek Ventures;
  • former Chief of Business Operations & General Counsel, IAC/InterActiveCorp;
  • former Chief Counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt
  • Don Gips, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Level 3 Communications;
  • former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore
  • Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO, Real Networks
  • Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
  • Nick Hanauer, Partner, Second Avenue Partners; Founder, aQuantive
  • Adam Hanft, Founder and CEO, Hanft Unlimited
  • Reed Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1993-97)
  • Mitch Kapor, President, Kapor Enterprises; Founder, Lotus Development Corp.
  • Jed Katz, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures
  • Michael Katz, Professor, NYU and UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC;
  • former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • William Kennard, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1997-2001)
  • Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting; former Chief, Cable Bureau, FCC
  • Steve Lerner, Managing Partner, Blue Hill Group
  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford University
  • Blair Levin, Managing Director, Stifel Nicholas; former Chief of Staff, FCC
  • Andrew McLaughlin, Director, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
  • Ted Meisel, Elevation Partners
  • Jon Miller, Former Chairman and CEO, American Online, Inc.
  • Glenn Neland, Retired Senior Vice President, Dell
  • Robert Nelsen, Managing Director and Co-Founder, ARCH Venture Partners
  • Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist
  • Beth Noveck, Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Chamath Palihapitiya, Executive Vice President, Product and Operations, Facebook
  • Deven Parekh, Partner, Insight Venture Partners
  • Sunil Paul, Founding Partner, Spring Ventures; Co-Founder, Brightmail
  • John Place, Retired General Counsel, Yahoo!, Inc.
  • Jeff Pulver, Founder, pulver.com
  • Arti Rai, Professor of Law, Duke University
  • John Roos, CEO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Alec Ross, Senior Vice President, One Economy
  • Kim Scott, AdSense Director of Online Sales and Operations, Google
  • Carl Shapiro, Professor of Business Strategy, UC Berkeley; Deputy Assistant
  • Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S.
  • Department of Justice (1995-96)
  • Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC
  • Steven Spinner, Executive, Danoo
  • Phil Weiser, Professor of Law and Telecommunications, University of Colorado
  • Kevin Werbach, Asst. Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners
  • Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola

…and Obama’s list of supporters is almost a year old.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2008 in Technology

 

>FCC Will Probably Approve White-Space Broadband

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FCC is soon “likely to approve” the use of so-called “white space” spectrum, partially freed from the migration to digital television, for a new, inexpensive wireless broadband delivery system”

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2008 in News, Technology

 

>Enhance Your Netflix Account with FeedFlix.com

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This thing is neat-0. You copy the RSS feed (bottom of page) for your queue into FeedFlix.com and it tells you all sorts of stats about your watching habits. Be prepared for some bad surprises, though. I learned the following about my 2-at-a-time $14/mo. account:

  • I pay ~ $9.79 per movie (gah!)
  • I only average 0.33 returns per week? Huh? That doesn’t sound right, I watch one movie and one disc of a TV show per week. I verified the dates…wow, I thought I was a fairly frequent returner. Time to make a bigger dent in that 197-movie long queue!

What did you discover about your viewing habits?

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2008 in Films, Technology

 
 
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