The power of power laws

Clay Shirky has an interesting article on power laws. Most people know about power laws because of the “80/20” rule, or Pareto’s law. It turns out that power laws accurately describe any social system “where many people are free to choose between many options” – his example is the popularity of webloggers, but the theory […]

State of the Blogging Union

It’s all the rage today: Guardian Unlimited’s New biz on the blog article pretty much sums up where we are in the world of blogs.

Printing organs

I worked as an engineer at Spectra from 1988 through 1990 developing ink-jet printing technology for high-end color office printers. Now, New Scientist reports on experiments to “print” living tissue using ink-jet technology. That’s some pretty advanced technology.

Apple keynote at MacWorld

Lots of news from MacWorld today: New 17″ PowerBook New 12″ PowerBook Fast web browser, Safari (definately beta) Keynote presentation software Final Cut Express, mid-range video editing package iLife bundle with iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD ($49) Free upgrades to iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD Also, FireWire 800, integrated Bluetooth on the new portables, automatic backlit keyboard […]

The future of music playback

Reports from The Well are that this Ethernet MP3 player is a great thing. I don’t doubt it – looks fantastic. Listen to your digital music collection (real-time, random-access) on your stereo (good sound quality, comfy chairs), with a typical IR remote or browser-based control. Works with iTunes and the usual Windows stuff. No Ethernet […]