Monthly Archives: December 2006

No One Cares About HD?

Despite Scoble’s love of HD, I see the reality as being a bit closer to this survey that Gizmodo reports on.

While most people I know really like it when they see HD on their new HDTV set, it’s just too complicated to figure out how to get HD programming, and often they don’t even realize they are watching standard def!

I don’t know how many people I’ve seen buying HD sets without knowing what they were doing.  A plasma or LCD set is just cool to have.  A status symbol. 

I recently found out that my wife’s boss bought some plasma screen TV awhile back because they’re cool basically.  He’s been watching standard def on it because he had no idea that he had to subscribe to HD programming from his satellite provider.

Currently, HD is too complicated for most people.

Why I Dumped Digg

Sensational Fanboyism

So many stories that make the front page are based on platform zealotry.  Or stories that have just a tenuous link to Apple, Microsoft, Linux, or politics soon descend into a fanboy fight in the comments.

Old News

I find a well crafted list of blog and news subscriptions gets you cutting-edge news in a more timely manner with much less noise.

Too Slow

Digg, the actual site itself, is so slow.  It takes much longer to load than Google Reader or many other news sites.  While catching up on my feeds I’ll normally open up links I want to look at further in background tabs.  Invariably, Digg links are still loading long after most of the other tabs have finished.

Drama Queens

I don’t care about all the Digg drama.  “OMG TOP USER QUIGGLES HAS BEEN BANNED!!!1111!!!!!oneoneone!!”,  “NETSCAPE DIGG CLONE SHUTDOWN”, “I GET PAID TO DIGG!”.  There is way too much news about Digg on Digg in the form of both stories and comments.  Attention diggers, no one in the real world cares.




Fast and lightweight software. Who needs it?

Over on Techcrunch they have this Bram Cohen quote:

“Moving forward behind the scenes, we will continue to develop µTorrent and will be using the codebase in other applications, especially ones where a fast, lightweight implementation is more suitable, such as embedded systems on TVs, cell phones, and other non-PC platforms.”

 When are fast lightweight implementations like uTorrent not suitable?

Link to Techcrunch » Blog Archive » BitTorrent to Acquire µTorrent

YouTube – Building Stonehenge – This Man can Move Anything

Pretty amazing to see what one man can do with some ingenuity. 

Newsweek looks at anti-senescence

 Newsweek looks at recent research on anti-aging drugs.  It’s actually fairly exciting to think about.  I’ve been interested in the field after reading Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near.  Also of interest on the subject is the work of Aubrey de Gray.

Link to Can We Slow Aging? – Newsweek: International Editions –

Ice Storms

Here’s some pics I took of the surrounding areas after the recent ice storms here in Missouri.  All of these were taken in St. Francois County.