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How the internet was envisaged in 1969. (video) - -
How the internet was envisaged in 1969. (video) -
not too far off in most general ways.... - Nicķ
lol Jorge, and yeah definitely Nick - Zee.
Holy cow, they weren't too far off the mark at all. They even had flat screens. - Jonathan.Rivera
Yahoo Messenger Brings Full-Featured IM to iPhone -
best IM app I've ever seen...kinda wish I had more Yahoo buddies - Jennifer Van Grove
Craig Eddy
Checking out the new FriendFeed beta. Highly recommend it if you want to aggregate all your Internet-based source! #fb
It's very nice indeed. - John Denver
Twitter Founder Biz Stone’s Hilarious Colbert Interview (Video) -
Paul Thurrott
Kevin Rose
Skype For iPhone Is LIVE! -
It's a cool application but sometime it's crash... I can wait the next fixed version. - Mauro Apolloni
Grabbed it for my iPod Touch. Just need to pick u a mic/headphone to use. Could be great for traveling. - Bob M. Montgomery from twhirl
Not available on the Canadian Apple Store yet. - David Clarke
Paul Thurrott
Microsoft Announces Inexpensive New Windows Server Version -
Windows 7
Microsoft accidentally confirms Windows 7 RC coming in May -
Paul Thurrott
A Plea to Paul and Leo of Windows Weekly -
Paul Thurrott
Om Malik
Microsoft Smartphone Confirmed? -
Robert Scoble
» Back to the wall, VMWare releases open source client -
Interesting to see when companies go open source. Here's the latest from VMWare. - Robert Scoble from Bookmarklet
Thank you for this! I am virtualizing a DC right now and we need CHEAPER and open solutions! :) - Susan Beebe
VMWare is another example of a victim of technology sedimentation: if a technology should be packaged with the OS layer, it will end up there. - Christophe Pierret
how it this a such a good thing? they are only releasing the client as open source. The client only allows you to connect to a virtual machine. The other really open source visualization tools allow you to do everything from actually hosting the virtual machines to management and connecting to them - Mihai Secasiu
Technically, they're using open source in this instance as a way to improve market take up of an existing - proprietary - infrastructure product. In this case, the open client simply allows the use of Linux hosts to view a Windows (or other) virtual desktop hosted on a backend VDI infrastructure. Now, the real response to changing market conditions was the release of the (free) ESXi... more... - Mike Holland
Mike has the situation about right. The title of that piece isn't insightful - this move is about offense, not defense. This is a step towards enabling everywhere access to your desktop in the cloud. - John Troyer
VMware has a HUGE installed base--I wouldn't say their backs are to the wall. Still, if they are feeling a bit of heat from the competition that can only be good for us! - Steve Kaiser from twhirl
@Mike Holland - Only Data Center Server 2008 offers "unlimited" Windows OS licenses, and DC costs a pretty penny. - John Denver
Putin to Dell: "We don't need help. We are not invalids." -
Windows 7
Why I love Windows 7, hate Linux, and think the Mac is lame -
Microsoft temporarily removes Windows 7 Beta download limit -
Dell's Mini 9 gets the subsidy treatment -
Paul Buchheit
Why a hydrogen economy doesn't make sense -
Why a hydrogen economy doesn't make sense
"The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use — an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. ... This fact, he shows, cannot be changed with improvements in technology. Rather, the one-quarter efficiency is based on necessary processes of a hydrogen economy and the properties of hydrogen itself, e.g. its low density and extremely low boiling point, which increase the energy cost of compression or liquefaction and the investment costs of storage." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
The efficiency of nature (i.e., photosynthesis) is something like 0.5% (the best number I saw was 6%) so I'm not sure we should really use it as the gold standard. Still, coal burning has a thermodynamic efficiency of only 30%, so I'm not convinced that hydrogen is necessarily a dead-end. And nuclear fusion is likely the holy grail of energy production, so the more practice we get with isolating, storing, and transporting hydrogen, the readier we'll be for the future. - Victor Ganata
I don't necessarily share opinions on H2 future in energy (in particular I tend to stay with opinion that H2 is bounded to nuclear lobby) but I _do_ like that questions of sustainable energy are raised, discussed and, most importantly, gradually implemented into real life. Fossil fuels must die. - A. T.
Well, like I said, there's nuclear fusion. That's pretty damn efficient. Unfortunately, the closest natural example is about 93 million miles away. - Victor Ganata
Of course. The universe is governed by the laws of thermodynamics, after all. But thermodynamic efficiency is a measurable quantity. I'm not convinced 25% is all that bad. Solar is only about 10% efficient, and that's still a viable source of energy. - Victor Ganata
@aswang: solar is 10% effective when converting solar (unusable) to electricity (usable). 25% hydrogen efficiency is for converting electricity (already usable) back to electricity via hydrogen. Hence, they only say that paying 75% of energy for its transportation is a bit too high - Starepolsky smok
Usability is still relative. You can use solar to (partially) power your house, but you can't use it run a car. Hydrogen could theoretically do both. I probably have to find more solid sources for the %. I don't know if they factored it into the 10% but the manufacture and transport of solar panels still consumes already-usable energy. I do think that in of itself hydrogen isn't the end-all-be-all, but the techs hydrogen depends on certainly look like necessary steps to getting to fusion. - Victor Ganata
All this really means is that a hydrogen economy based on electrolysis doesn't make sense. What about one based on nuclear power plants that emit protons as a by-product of reaction? - Gabe
@gabe: well, they can indeed build a paraffin distillery to get hydrogen from the protons stuck in the shields. I'm afraid that it's not feasible due to high neutron ratio in the mixture. Possibly harder to differentiate between them than between U235 and U238 - Starepolsky smok
this article nails it. - MikeAmundsen
Direct sunlight-to-H2 conversion would make sense. But H2 is notoriously inconvenient to store. Probably CH4 or alcohol will be better choices for energy storage, for fuel cells or not. - 9000
ITER should be the answer - Starepolsky smok
really? I am not too concerned about the technological challenges faced by NiF, HiPER, ITER, et al., but I am about the economic ones (e.g. the ones rebutted in Anyone have pointers to a clear cost-per-kWHe breakdown...? - Karim
scarily, the one I have been hitting refresh on is Randell Mills' Blacklight Power ( I know to some people, that is like admitting you are going to wait for The Great Pumpkin, but... uh... those guys just signed a commercial deal with a commercial power utility. Last week. - Karim
This article isn't thinking very 4th dimensionally. Why transport it at all? Honda is using solar cells and what not to synthesize hydrogen right at fill stations for the FCX car. That's the way to do it. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
+1 to Alex. Localized production sounds like a great idea. Though I do wonder about the economy and scalability of on-premises hydrogen synthesis, since it would be necessary to fit out *every* filling station. Might it be that, in the long run, centralized processing and distribution actually sees greater efficiency and/or lower unit cost? Is their an economist in the house? - Derrick Burns
Solar, solar, solar, solar, solar, solar, solar. Why in the world would we obsessively focus on anything else? The PHOTONS ARE FREE for crying out loud. It's our local star glaring out at us, "please plug in extension cord here!" And we get to use a wireless extension cord, at that! What's not to obsess about? We can bicker about storage and transport after that. Step one: Get The Whole Damned Grid plugged into the sun. - michael silverton
See, this is much simpler once you divorce yourself from the idea of your car as primary transportation. Electric buses, electric trains, bicycles, walking, and short-range-EV's are all possible right now and only the short range EV requires any sort of power storage. If we made such a move sooner rather than later, we might have plenty of time to figure out what to for airplanes and the remaining uses of the car. - Wirehead
Wirehead: buses, trains, bikes, and walking are all great in dense urban areas, but vast numbers of us don't live in dense urban areas. And even in urban areas you need some way to get your kid from school to hockey practice. - Gabe
SON: So remind me why the polar ice caps melted again? DAD: We had to get you to hockey practice. ;-) - Karim
@gabe what's wrong with kid practicing his hockey in school? - A. T.
My understanding was that the difficulty of extracting hydrogen, which is by no means ease compared to say a standard oil drill and conversion process, was around the same as deep sea drilling for oil...and the tech is really only in its infancy. Never say never on improvements, many of the things we take for granted today were thought impossible only 25 years ago. I'd back Hydrogen, simply because there's so much of it, and it has practical uses - Duncan Riley
Hmm. On-site solar-powered electrolysis. Sounds like a plan. And if you really want to store it for easy transport, there's always lithium hydride. - Victor Ganata
silpol: Here in the US, hockey rinks are not usually conveniently located in schools. If my kid wants to play hockey, I'll either have to drive her 2 miles from her school to our local rink, or drive her 8 miles to the nearest school with its own rink. - Gabe
Part of our challenge is trying to plug another energy source into an existing paradigm. There is no reason why most people should be commuting to a J.O.B. five days a week. We could instantly cut energy costs 20% by switching to a four day work week. We could do much better if most people either worked from home or we worked where we lived instead of living in bedroom communities and commuting ridiculous distances in traffic to places of employment. - Gail Gardner
Internet Strategist: I would hardly say that "most" jobs can be done without commuting. What about a teacher, a waitress, a garbage man, a mechanic, a custodian, a construction worker, a surgeon, or a car salesman? At best you could say "most office jobs". - Gabe
Gabe: heh, I'm not entirely sure you could take call as a surgeon if you didn't live near the hospital you worked at, although I guess there is remote/robotic surgery. - Victor Ganata
The issue is how FAR people are commuting, not the commuting itself. If we returned to communities most of those jobs would be very close to home - not some ridiculous distance away. - Gail Gardner
Microsoft patent application hints at pay-as-you-go PCs -
I see clouds everywhere - Burak "cyrus" Bayburtlu
Dell confirms shocking truth: Adamo to rival MacBook Air -
/raises eyebrow/ - Roberto Bonini
Craig Eddy
Zune’s Mixview Now Live On The Web -
I love the Zune software. I just wish they had as much music available as other subscription services like Rhapsody. - John Denver
Paul Thurrott
Microsoft to Issue Emergency IE Fix Today -
MG Siegler
Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue
And the other bloggers want to sell posts for $500? Dell made a million with Twitter!!!! - Robert Scoble
But... Robert, $500 is a greater share of most bloggers' annual income than $1 million is of Dell's income... - Louis Gray
Josh: you don't get it. Everyone is in the same boat here. If we all sell our souls and our editorial streams no one will make anything cause no one will trust anyone. I'm trying to get the small audience blogs paid too, but a living wage. - Robert Scoble
Robert, there are areas of the country where $500 a week is a very livable wage for a single person. - FFing Enigma
Wow, these numbers are staggering.. alright... I think I need a new job - Susan Beebe
I totally understand Robert's angle here. I have a client that tries to play me off against another guy, that always underprices himself, both in time, and hourly rates and estimates, and then works for free when he (invariably) takes longer than he said he would. - Ian May
Tina: and there are places in the world where $400 is a monthly salary. So? What does that have to do with trying to get people to see the value they have in front of them? Again, look at the Demo Conference. They could give that away for $500 too. But they don't, and they created dozens of jobs with that. - Robert Scoble
Part of my point, Robert, is that those of us in the $500 a week and $400 a month parts of the world weren't at the Demo conference. Moreover, had it been held in the $500 a week/$400 a month part of the world, with those of us who live here as speakers, do you really think anyone would have paid $1500 a seat to attend? Why should someone in South Carolina or Zimbabwe charge Robert Scoble rates when they don't live in your economy? - FFing Enigma
Tina: the cost that something has to produce has no influence on its value. Especially in this global world. - Robert Scoble
Very good point. With that view (that what you pay for something doesn't always indicate its value), why should someone charge more than $500 for a post if that's a generous rate where they live? - FFing Enigma
Tina: because they could have hired four of their countrymen if they had charged $2,000 for it and started a competitor to Huffington Post. - Robert Scoble
An Apple Power Supply only costs a few dollars to make in China, yet it sells for $75 in the stores. If Steve Jobs listened to you he'd sell it for $10 because that's all the Chinese needed. - Robert Scoble
Given your example above, Steve Jobs could have opted to produce a power supply that cost $20 to make in the US and hired several of his countrymen at an Apple plant. Instead, he opted to give the job to the lowest bidding contractor. - FFing Enigma
Ooh...$500 for an article...maybe I should get my brain limbered up by writing about my latest purchase from ScotEVest. - MiniMage
This is pretty amazing. Nice being able to put actual $ amounts related to Twitter's use... - Charlie Ramirez
Not sure why this devolved into a conversation about incomes and profit margins, but I think the bigger picture is Dell jumping on a hot marketing opportunity and making the most of it. And if they happen to pass me some good info in the process, more power to them. - John Denver
With annual revenue of $61 billion (annual), isn't the real question why did Dell only make $1M via Twitter (18 months). - Mike Reynolds
Mike, that's what I was saying. A small drop in a big bucket. - Louis Gray
Tim O'Reilly
@segphault RWW is my favorite site for Web 2.0 coverage too. They do a really solid job.
Michael Hyatt
I'm writing some letters of personal recommendation for people we had to let go in our recent layoffs. I hope the letters are helpful.
Rob Port
Since Congress Tells The Auto Industry What Cars They Can Make, Why Aren’t Senators Being Grilled? -
I agree that CAFE regulations fly in the face of supply and demand, and that consumer demand should drive the sorts of cars the Big 2.5 produce. The problem is, that hasn't worked so well. Let the automakers build the cars that we "want" then come begging for tax money when we change our minds? - John Denver
Sarah Perez
The Best Online Storage Service - Windows SkyDrive -
This article makes a good point about the reliability of cloud fileshares. But I have to say, I use Dropbox and I loooove it. Plus, all the Dropbox files are synced across all my systems so if they go away, no problem, right? - Phil Glockner
Phil- have you tried Live Mesh? It got my vote over Dropbox. Plus, you get the reliability as well. - Paul Arterburn
i just found and it was sweet - Stewart Rogers
The fatal flaw in SkyDrive is the interface. No drag and drop copying (without third party beta software), no folder uploads, no mass deletes (each file takes at least three clicks) and no automatic sync tools. I would trade those features for 10 or 15GB's of storage. - John Denver
Paul - I am using Live Mesh on a few of my Windows PCs but haven't done much file sharing through it. Plus, I have a Mac that is my iTunes hub. Would it be left out in the cold if I switched to exclusive use of Live Mesh? (I know I am lazy and didn't find out for myself) - Phil Glockner
@Phil: I believe the Live Mesh Mac client was recently released - Craig Eddy
@Phil, yeah, Mesh for Mac is out - Sarah Perez
I'm confused with SkyDrive and Mesh, why isn't it the same storage?? - Aad 't Hart
@John new version does copying/moving!! - Sarah Perez
@Aad Mesh isn't an online drive exactly, it's a platform that syncs files between computers among many other things. Mesh can be extended to integrate with web applications, for example (like this: It's not a simple web app like SkyDrive - Sarah Perez
Thanks Sarah and Craig. I'll go check out the Mesh update. Yay! - Phil Glockner
I think the biggest marketing mistake MS made with Live Mesh was starting with it as a FolderShare "replacement". It's now been pigeon-holed into that mold, but it's real strength goes way beyond file sharing and it really belongs in the collaboration genre. - Craig Eddy
Craig -- So... it's a folder-sharing AND screen-sharing app? (just kidding) - Phil Glockner
@Craig Phil makes a good point, actually :) you can remote desktop with it too and it's been sold as an app that does that since day one as well. Blockbuster just picked it up to build a service on top of, so there's a chance that adoption/understanding of it will come in time. Foldershare is a toy. Mesh is a platform. - Sarah Perez
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