Would You Get Augmented?

Like a lot of you I’ve been playing through Deus Ex: Human Revolution lately, and I couldn’t help thinking about whether or not I’d opt to get augmented. There are quite a few different ways characters are augmented in the game, many much more subtle than the half-machine protagonist. The thought of consciously choosing to […]

And the Beat(down) Goes On: Getting Ripped Off in HDMI

Back in March of this year (2011), an electronics firm in Australia took the unprecedented step of letting consumers know that people who were paying more than AUS$10 (which is also $10 US, near enough) were getting ripped off. Kogan posted an offer on their blog to provide a free HDMI cable to anyone who […]

Build your own Chromebook for cheap

Looking for a Chromebook so you can cut your dependency on expensive commercial software? Well, I’ve got good news, and bad news. The good news is that you can buy one now. The bad news is that they start at $350 and go up. If you’re not absolutely sure that a Chromebook will do what you need, that’s a lot of money to drop on an experiment.

How to Create a Digital Distribution System for Video and Music

Unless you’ve been living in a cave since June of 1999, you know that most people like the convenience of digital music and movies. You also know that the record labels (RIAA) and movie studios (MPAA) have been falsely claiming for that entire time that piracy is cutting into their “legitimate” sales. I’m going to […]

Yahoo Instant Messenger: The Virus du Jour?

The latest social-networking virus going around is being spread through Yahoo Instant Messenger. One of your contacts sends you an IM (“instant message”) asking “is this your pic” with a link which contains the string www.facebook.com – but if you actually read the link, it’s pointing to someplace in the .ly domain. That’s Libya – not exactly a friend to Western nations.

Finally, the ultimate app for Windows Phones!

How did we ever get along without this? I refer, of course, to Screaming Bee LLC’s Pocket Fart! Yes, friends, for less than two measly US dollars, you can finally impress your friends and family with an amazing variety of farting sounds. PocketFartTM uses advanced flatulence simulator technology to produce custom audio events, anything from […]

The Future Isn’t Here… Yet. Ray Guns

Ray Guns Weapon of choice of Aliens, Moon Men, and future humans. The problem with ray guns is that while they’re a great idea, no one ever really sat down and figured out how they would work. Because of that, (and probably other things), we’re still firing bullets at each other. In addition, our ideas […]

The Future Isn’t Here… Yet. Robot Maids and Moon Bases

Robot Servants Sure, you might consider a Roomba a robot maid, but while it may clean your floor, it’s no butler. If a massive amount of science fiction literature was to be believed, we should all have had android Alfreds by now. Japan is getting closer to this particular prediction, because for whatever reason they […]

Netflix Watch Instantly Review: 30-Second Bunnies Theater

Got a minute? Watch a couple of movies! So it’s Monday, Labor Day, around nine PM, and I don’t feel like going to bed yet. So I asked the wife, “Want to watch a movie?” She says, “Do we have time?” “Sure!” I reply, “We can watch a dozen or so!” So, during the next […]