The September 2008 issue of Consumer Reports has an article on sleep, and their data shows that sound machines work almost as well as the latest prescription meds in helping you get to sleep with meds helping 75% of the time and sound machines helping 70% of the time, with far fewer side effects. They [...]
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If Internet Explorer is the default browser and Firefox is the alternative browser, is Safari for Windows the browser for people who’d rather have a Mac in the first place?
Another year, another round of hydrogen prototypes at a car show. Hydrogen is that magical fuel that looks great on paper, but is too far off to do much for us right now. To car companies, it looks great for PR, and not much else. These companies have blown smoke up our ass for too [...]
Two Macworld 2008 Predictions: An In-Car GPS iPhone companion to the iPhone and an iPhone to AppleTV ConnectionFriday, January 11th, 2008
Because it’s too much fun not to, here are my two Macworld 2008 predictions: 1. An In-Car GPS companion to the iPhone. It sits on your dash, take advantage of your iPhone via bluetooth, and gives you all the happy turn by turn directions via a OS X backed interface. 2. An iPhone to AppleTV [...]
What I Got Right Nintendo will become #1 in the games industry again in next-gen units, portable units and cash raked in. One look at the Wii remote in late 2005, I felt confident making this prediction in 2006, repeated it for 2007, and it came true about half-way through the year when the Wii [...]
Inquisitor: Greatly improves the Safari browser search box. Perian: Adds support for a long list of video types to the Quicktime video player. Flip4Mac: Add Windows Media support to the Quicktime video player. I’ve been helping people set up a lot of Christmas macs over the last few weeks, and have put these three programs [...]
There’s a good interview with Syd Mead about what’s coming in the near future over on NPR. Syd has made a living predicting the look and feel of the future for movies like Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron, so it’s interesting to hear his take on what’s coming in the next ten to fifteen years.
If you are a ConEd customer, you can switch from coal/nuclear power to 100% wind in about 3 minutes. How much will it cost? Add about 6 cents per kWh for 100% wind or 3 cents for a mix of wind and hydro. How much will it cost in terms I can understand? Get your [...]
I like the look of old-school incandescent bulbs, so I’ve always had a hard time with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs.) They always seemed too harsh and white for my taste. That said, I’d rather use CFLs to save both money and energy, as well as reward smart engineering. I Found a CFL That Doesn’t Suck [...]
There’s an interesting article in the NY Times today about the experiments in NYC to capture the East River’s energy. They had to pull the plug and take them in for a redesign, but hope to have them online soon. Green energy may be a not so easy learning process, but it’s good to see [...]