Archive for April, 2003

Bill Joy rebuttal

Wednesday, April 9th, 2003

Sheldon Pacotti wrote a neat rebuttal to Bill Joy’s pessimistic paper, with some great analogies from science fiction and role-playing games.

Are we doomed yet?

The computer-networked, digital world poses enormous threats to humanity that no government, no matter how totalitarian, can stop. A fully open society is our best chance for survival.

RIAA vs defenseless student

Tuesday, April 8th, 2003

Joseph Barillari wrote a great analysis of the RIAA’s case against Dan Peng, a Princeton undergrad. The best part is, later on in his blog he points out that Windows XP has the same functionality!

An analysis of the RIAA’s complaint against Dan Peng ’05

Space Elevator

Monday, April 7th, 2003

Now THIS is cool. I want to visit space!

LiftPort Inc – Chapter 1: A Space Elevator?

Smarter than you

Friday, April 4th, 2003

It’s nice to know every once in a while that there are people out there way smarter than you. These remarks are pretty thought-provoking, and demonstrate a level of thinking that most people can’t even comprehend, let alone create. Read on to the end, where it gets to the questions and challenges, it’s the best part.

Tablet PC

Friday, April 4th, 2003

Lots of people are playing with these, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. This Toshiba Portege 3500 won the PC Mag Editor’s Choice award, so I picked it to try. Mostly I like it, although the battery life isn’t that great.

Fry’s moment

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003

A friend mentioned this Fry’s moment to me: he went to Fry’s last weekend, and emerged with a quarter-terabyte of storage, for $199. I went yesterday and actually beat that on a cost-per-gig basis, buying 200G for $149. Incredible!

Fry’s Electronics

April Fools

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

These are really funny. A list of the top 100 hoaxes of all time.