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4 posts • joined 11 Dec 2008

Polaroid instamatic reborn into digital era

Mike
Happy

Actually...

I dunno, I actually find it kind of awesome...

It gives you the benefit of a separate digicam and portable photo printer, in that you can choose which photos to print and print as many copies as you like, yet it's built into the camera itself. The entire process is quite a bit less expensive ($199 for the whole package), more portable and able to be used much more spontaneously than it would be with a separate camera and printer. Also nice is that unlike Polaroids of yore, the printed photos are near full-size.

Sure, the quality isn't likely to be quite as good as with dedicated hardware, but imho the gee-whiz- and fun-factors more than makes up for that.

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Nokia N97 touchscreen webphone demo'd

Mike
Go

Size...

For all the people complaining about the size of the thing: For some reason this video really exaggerates it. I've seen other pics with side-by-side comparisons with the iPhone and the N97 is smaller.

The UI looks better at least than the current S60 UI (in both touch and no-touch variants) but it clearly could use a lot of polish, particularly in the area of transitions. Instant visual feedback for all touch actions is key.

I was actually much more impressed by this phone before I say the Pre demo....

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UIQ 'files for bankruptcy' in Sweden

Mike
Unhappy

Sad to see it go...

I've also got a SE P1i and love it. It truly is the perfection of SE's decade-long attempts to make the perfect smartphone. And now it seems it is the end of the road....

UIQ, it's sad to see you go.

Hopefully Nokia can take up the slack in the touch-screen Symbian market....

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The Mother of All Demos — 150 years ahead of its time

Mike

Our intelligence is, like, totally being augmented

This article presents very little detail on exactly *how* the author believes Engelbart's vision is not being met. I guess that's to be expected, as there's nothing holding the argument up...

We're not allowed to consider ourselves to have met/exceeded Engelbart's vision, simply because the internet is not used purely for the spread "knowledge", and because occasionally you have to deal with proprietary formats? Give me a break.

Admittedly we've got a long way to go till we get to the "semantic web", where information is available in a completely format-independent way, but as I see Wikipedia alone is evidence that human intelligence is becoming more and more "augmented" all the time.

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