Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Skype Cell Phone

It is true. I have held a Skype cell phone (by Netgear). It is amazing. Somehow with all the goings on in the tech world, I had missed it.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Paper Reviews

I have done it again. I have received totally inconsistent paper reviews. This variance is really too much. The first two rows are my favorite. If you're curious, R1 is the most accurate (since I know the paper, I can say that with expertise).

Criteria (#/10)R1R2R3
Quality of writing/probable presentation944
Quality of the contribution to knowledge base827
Integration of relevant theory/research/scholarship745
Strength in applying the relevant method or research approach   767
Importance of the topic777
Overall rating856

Comments range from "An interesting topic, and very good paper" to "Writing is often awkward; this reads like a first draft" (it was a third draft, thank you, idiot, you could be costing me my academic career with your careless reviewing!).

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Xbox 360 RRoD

Sometimes you just feel so happy, even if laughing at others' failure is supposed to be a bad thing. Sometimes it is not. Sometimes, they deserve it. Like now.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New New York Apple Store

Stairs! Reminds me of the stairs in the old NeXT HQ. Hmm, OSX reminds me of NeXTstep.


Freedom Fries? Nah, they were totally correct about Iraq! Apology Fries is more like it, but the republicans are full of hubris. Anyways, photos:

cafe en un cafe

These were a sample of colors available on ceramic by one manufacturer at the Musee des Arts et Metiers, a must-see Paris technology museum.

very cool: an Apple Lisa with French AZERTY keyboard

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Time Warner Cable is amusing. Every month, they send me an email that says I can go to their website and click "My Account", "simply", even, and I can pay my bill.

Of course there is no "My Account" link anywhere on the page when you go there, unless you open up a drop-box. Not obvious, not simple. Alas, interfaces.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Why I don't like Wikipedia even though I use it all the time. Written by Larry Sanger, a Wikipedia co-founder (ok it's kinda old but I don't read kuro5hin).

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday!

The English language is not required to exercise your right to democracy! (And a good thing too since the English they spoke in 1776 is not the English we speak today, nor is the English of today the English of the future: who spoke of blogging and the Interwebs in, say, 1988?)