Category Archives: Technology

What didn’t Watson the computer do?

I don’t pretend to know much more about computers than Stanley Fish does. But I do know a little bit more, and that little bit is the crucial bit. Yesterday, Fish wrote a column in the New York Times belittling … Continue reading

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An imagined conversation with Netflix

Wii User: Hello, Netflix? I’d like to view interweb movies on my Wii console, just like it says I can on the ad in my latest Netflix DVD. Netflix Customer Support Rep: You’re all set. Your Wii is ready to … Continue reading

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Some reflections on ScienceSeeker

On Saturday morning at the ScienceOnline conference in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, I was part of the team that launched ScienceSeeker, a new blog aggregator that strives to collect posts from all science blogs around the internet. In contrast to … Continue reading

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links for 2010-09-07

Cognition and the Arts Cognition and the Arts — Greta's new class blog. Should be awesome! (tags: Psychology, Cognitive Sensation and Perception, Art) Sadly, this sums up this year's election quite nicely (tags: Politics, Guvmint) Will anyone not planning on … Continue reading

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What are a journalist’s responsibilities on Twitter?

I’ve never really thought of myself as a journalist. Sure, I write a column for an online magazine, and even get paid for it. But as a columnist, my job is a little different from that of a reporter. I … Continue reading

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A first stab at a science blog aggregator

(Cross-posted from ResearchBlogging.org) Soon after my two posts on science blog aggregation, Bora Zivkovic and Anton Zuiker contacted me asking for my input on a site they were thinking about creating. The three of us had similar ideas: Now that … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about science blog aggregation

After the shake-up at ScienceBlogs over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of buzz in the social media networks over what to do next. Sure, there are some other burgeoning science blog networks, but none seem to … Continue reading

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Leaving ScienceBlogs: What next?

In case you’re not up on the goings-on in the science blogosphere, let me bring you up to date. About two weeks ago, ScienceBlogs made a disastrous decision to sell Pepsi a “nutrition” blog with equal standing to all its … Continue reading

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Resolving (or complicating) the iPhone resolution debate

On Tuesday I posted that the iPhone 4 is nowhere near the capabilities of the human retina. But yesterday over at the Bad Astronomy blog, Phil Plait argued the opposite: Jobs wasn’t falsely advertising the iPhone’s capabilities at all. … … Continue reading

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Does the “Retina Display” live up to its name?

I’m a pretty big Apple fan. I have Apple computers, an iPhone, an iPod, and an iPad. But yesterday as I watched the coverage of Steve Jobs’ WWDC Keynote, I bristled at the name of the new iPhone 4 display. … Continue reading

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Is the iPad really that bad?

Maybe I just had low expectations for my iPad. I didn’t think it was going to revolutionize computing, or replace my laptop, phone, and TV set. I didn’t think it was going to have much impact at all on how … Continue reading

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Can we use social networking to build better textbooks?

About 7 years ago, I attempted to start a non-profit organization dedicated to producing peer-reviewed open-source textbooks. While the organization received considerable support (and several submissions) from like-minded academics, in the end the project fizzled due to logistics. I had … Continue reading

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Emptying the trash: An epic journey

So, I got a new computer, which is really nice — a 24-inch iMac. I transferred my old files and software, hooked it up to my old components and I was ready to go, BUT… There was one small problem. … Continue reading

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Guidelines for Web credibility: how many do they follow?

This page has been getting a bit of Twitter buzz lately. It’s a set of ten common-sense guidelines for improving your online credibility. But how many of their own guidelines do they follow? Let’s see. 1. Make it easy to … Continue reading

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Is a new printer worth this?

I just got a new laser printer/scanner. I don’t use a scanner very often and my needs aren’t great — just basic scans for web pages. Every once in a while I scan an old family photo for this blog … Continue reading

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Testing out Apple’s new software

Seems like the geekosphere is pretty disappointed with Apple’s offerings at this year’s MacWorld conference. There was only one new hardware product, a 17-inch Mac laptop that doesn’t offer much new other than a longer-lived, non-removable battery. But I’m not … Continue reading

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How small should you make your online images?

One of the classic newbie errors in creating images for the Web is to upload the original source file produced by their digital camera. I’ve seen tiny profile pictures less than an inch across rendered from 3MB source files. But … Continue reading

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CLT WordCamp

9 a.m. I’m here in the offices of the Charlotte Observer at a blogging conference We’re now in the introduction phase. Some interesting folks here: Mike Rundle, founder of 9Rules.com Deanna Campbell, who used to work for me and is … Continue reading

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I still haven’t been to the movies — over two years later

I can’t remember the last movie I saw in a theater, but thanks to the miracle of blogging, I don’t have to: it was The Da Vinci Code. That was the movie that put me over the edge. The “pre-theater … Continue reading

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That’s it, I’m officially old

In 1977, at age 10 (!) my stepbrother and I waited for hours in line at the one theater in Seattle that was showing Star Wars. I’m still a little shocked to realize my mom let me go downtown by … Continue reading

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