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October 29, 2009

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't place that call. You have no cell.

H.A.L. 9000?

It does to me. Motorola’s much-anticipated new Android phone, creatively named Droid, was (sort of) officially announced this week, and will be released Nov. 6th. It’s getting some rave early reviews, but apparently not rave enough that I should switch back to the hell-hole of customer service that is Verizon and drop my perfectly acceptable iPhone for one. This phone looks too much like something Sarah Connor should be worrying about, and not enough like an innovative product for me. Apparently Andriod 2.0 is the bee’s knees, but if you’re putting it in devices that are an all-seeing eye trimmed in black and gold, chances are, I’m not buying it. What happened to the company of the RAZR and the Star-Tac? Is this device really going to shift 50 million units, or become a cultural icon? I can’t see it having a much better fate than the Zune or the Virtual Boy. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s where they got the idea for that that screen graphic from…

40 years ago today, the Internet was born.

October 29, 2009
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The Internet was a series of knobs before it was a series of tubes

On October 29th, 1969, the first message from one computer to another was uttered: “lo”. Were they going for an abbreviation of “hello”, something along the lines of “lo and behold”? Well, not really. UCLA was trying to type “log” to send to Stanford, but their system crashed after the first two letters. I get pissed off when Hulu stalls halfway through the episode of Community I’m trying to stream, but sometimes we’ve got to count our blessings. If it weren’t for the Cold War, we might not have had this wonderful waste of time and extensive porn database that we call the Internets. Thank you to all those involved in the gestation of the net; Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA, Stamford, Ivan Sutherland, and Al Gore. We owe you everything.

Hilariously excessive

October 14, 2009
Snap, crackle & LASER BEAM

Snap, crackle & LASER BEAM

Just blogged about this over on Nineteen-Eighty Six, but I thought it needed to be repeated here. According to the Daily Mail (a British pseudo-tabloid), Kellogg’s are allegedly going to start laser-etching their logo onto Corn Flakes, in order to cut down on the apparently large market for copycat flakes. Gizmodo has a breakdown as to how this is almost certainly a joke that someone mistook for news, and it wasn’t even written by the Onion!

A new review, finally

September 24, 2009

Now that we’re back on a (slightly) more regular schedule, it’s time for this week’s review. Megafuan’s debut has finally been relegated to our archives, and up this week, the Monsters of Folk’s debut. Enjoy!

It’s official: Microsoft as dull as ever

September 24, 2009
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In an interesting move by the computing giants, coming hot on the heels of the announcement of their first potentially groundbreaking product in over a decade, Microsoft have reaffirmed they are the dullest, lamest, dorkiest, squarest company in the computing industry, and that they all by their clothes at Talbots and Talbots for men. In case you’d forgotten. This may not be as horrendous as the Cisco marketing push from the other day, but man, these Microsoft cats really know how to drain the fun out of product release:

Nothing ever really changes.

Guess who’s back, back again

September 21, 2009
I'm not very good at editing images, but you get the point...

I'm not very good at editing images, but you get the point...

So a lot has happened in the month or so since 3.14 last blogged about anything. The last thing we posted about was in fact the death of John Hughes, and in the last month or so we also lost the Ghost, the Lion of the Senate and his sister, the inventor of multi-tracking and the greatest guitar ever built, and the man behind 60 Minutes, to name a few. The good news is that we weren’t all snuffed out by swine flu (yet), we may one day have health care reform in the U.S., Pavement are getting back together next year, and the iPod Nano can now shoot video and listen to FM radio. So yeah, not really that much good news. If Avrin and I hadn’t been on our summertime hiatus this last month, we, like everyone else, would’ve probably blogged about all of the above. One slightly smaller thing I came across during my holiday away from the great city of Philadelphia, however, reminded of one of the reasons why I think we started this blog; to comment on the inanities of this here Internet. One of our earliest (and to date, most controversial) posts was on the networking giant Cisco Systems and how we found something a little confusing about their business model. Well, in a recent commercial put out by Cisco, the company seems to have decided that confusing everyone as much as possible will somehow be beneficial for them.

See for yourselves after the jump. Read more…

Watch this space

September 18, 2009
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