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Latest Posts

Second Life plays AMD vs. Intel

During a session exploring Second Life at the AMD Global Vision Conference, Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka (pictured below) outlined the basics of the virtual world, which he said attracted 750,000 users in August and is growing at 15 percent per month. Unfortunately for AMD, Ondrejka said that his company has switched from AMD dual core Operton’s to Intel’s new Core Duo chips, which he said have a superior CPU/$ ratio, including the cost of power to run servers.

September 19, 2006 by Dan Farber


Motorola Q eats batteries alive

When I first unboxed the Motorola Q, I knew I was in for disappointment when I saw how small its brick-of-a-battery was and what I'd be expecting the Q to do. To put it bluntly, to own a Q, which should involve taking advantage of some of its most prominent features, Verizon Wireless' prices of $199 (requires a two-year and online purchase to get the $100 discount from $299) or $349 for the one-year contract version (no discount available) are misleading and here's why.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind


Wikipedia interruptus?

There has been a lot of brou-ha-ha as of late over the Wikipedia and how it's run and I haven't pointed to any of it because my assumption has been that it will eventually work itself out (as many problems in the social medium often do). To that end, I thought this report from Nicholas Carr was significant: The man who invented Wikipedia now wants to bury it.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind


On immortal bits

We are, it turns out, careless with our data. Researchers from BT and the University of Glamorgan (Wales) as well as "data wiping specialists" LifecycleServices (which I picture as a sort of digital mortuary) and the University of Edith Cowan in Australia bought and scanned some 300 used hard drives.

September 18, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


TiVo sits at nexus of DRM conundrum

Recently, I've been hearing a lot about how movie studios (and other providers of video content) are significantly more senstive to the idea that the High Definition versions of their content might get pirated than they are to other lower resolution versions. I'm not sure what the implications of this are.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind


EFF on Zune: Risk of DRM/DMCA checkmate no longer a risk. It's reality

By way of Cory Doctorow, comes a pointer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's take on Microsoft's new Zune: a brand that has broken ranks with the Redmond-based company's previous digital rights management (DRM) strategy that attempted to establish an ecosystem of compatibility (under the name "PlaysForSure") between content merchants (ie: AOL, Yahoo, Amazon, etc.), the copy protection on the content they sold, and the software and devices that could play that content.

September 17, 2006 by David Berlind


21st century pyramids--super datacenters

Last week I attended a dinner hosted by Mark Anderson, CEO of the Strategic News Service. Mark looks at the future of computing and communications in his newsletter and annual conference.

September 17, 2006 by Dan Farber