Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Having Trouble Sleeping? Sound machines help almost as much as medication

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

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 […]

Safari for Windows, the Browser of Greener Grass?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

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?

Your Hydrogen Prototype is a Jetpack.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

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 Connection

Friday, 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 […]

Revisiting 2007’s Tech Predictions

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

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 […]

Three Free Apps for Every Mac

Friday, January 4th, 2008

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 […]

An Interview with Syd Mead About the Future

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

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.

How to Go From ConEd to Wind-Energy in Three Minutes

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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 […]

How to Buy CFL Lights That Don’t Suck

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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 […]

Revising a Green Energy Experiment in the East River

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

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 […]