Archive for September, 2010

Nokia N8

Fire In Nokia’s Belly

It looks like the fire is being contained with the delay of the N8 but at least its burning. So now that the keynotes from Nokia World 2010 have sunken in — to pundits and fan boys alike — we know that Stephen Elop replaces Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo as CEO, Symbian ^3 is the new foundation, not even as much as a whisper of MeeGo and the better phones are the N8, E7 and surprisingly C6-01. Two of them touting ClearBlack Display or CBD. The questions is, which one do I want?

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If you answered no the the title of this post, then my friends you already have surrendered all your personal and private information to a nerd. That is, if you’re on Facebook.

All Your Personal Info Are Belong To Us

All Your Personal Info Are Belong To Us

Have you ever given it some thought? Mark Zuckerberg C.E.O. and co-founder of Facebook knows who your friends are, what they look like and even where you are at this very moment. He knows a lot about you, now its time for you to learn a little about him and the upcoming Hollywood version of the social network called, well “The Social Network” directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin.

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FCC Opening Up White Space

Remember the Digital TV (DTV) transition back in 2009 where Congress set June 12 as the deadline for full power television stations to stop broadcasting analog signals? If you were amongst the lucky that did not pay for cable services and still wanted to watch regular (or free) television, you had to purchase one of those dtv set-top-box converters.


The idea behind the DTV transition was that by ceasing broadcasting in the analog channels it would free up broadcast spectrum for public safety communications and the left over “white spaces” between channels could then be auctioned off to companies so that they may provide advanced wireless services to consumers. Well now that idea may be put into practice as the FCC plans to vote on regulations governing the use of spectrum gaps or “white spaces.”

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The Amen Break

Who would have thought that a six-second clip of a brief drum solo performed in 1969 by Gregory Cylvester “G. C.” Coleman in the song “Amen, Brother” performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons, would have spawned entire subcultures of music.

As a fan of music, you owe it to yourself to listen to Nate Harrison as he narrates the history and significance of the Amen Break and how stringent copyright laws deter progress in music.

To trace the history of the Amen Break, is to trace the history of a brief period of time when it seemed digital tools offered a potentially unlimited amount of new forms of expression. Where a cultural production (at least musically) was full of possibilities by virtue of being able to freely appropriate from the musical past. To make new combinations and thus new meanings.