Mark and Wes in Pleasant Hill, CA at the Monsoon Masala restaurant.
Sites of Interest:
- Office chair that measures farts and sends twitters.
- Brain-Twitter interface. There have been similar machines that read brainwaves as an input device to a video game.
- There are websites where you type commands and a virtual actor obeys them. E.g. Virtual Girlfriend.
- Long before twitter you could leave community messages on cards.
- The Community Memory system of public terminals.
- Optical signaling is an ancient method of long-distance communication.
- History of the Vocoder instrument, first demonstrated by AT&T at the 1939 World's Fair.
- The Legend Group turned into Lenovo and acquired IBM's Personal Computer Division.
- Version 9.04 of Ubuntu Linux was released.
- Nintendo Gameboy turns 20. You can play the old games on emulators.
- For several days, the Apple.com home page was taken over by a counter supposedely showing the number of app downloads as this approached one billion.
- Apple iTouch 3.0 firmware will unlock the Bluetooth capability that was already in the hardware.
- Broadcom is first with a Bluetooth 3.0 chipset.
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi share the 2.4 GHz radio band.
- How Bluetooth got its name.
- Donald Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming".
- Acer confirms it will make an Android phone, but this guy is skeptical whether Android will become popular.
- Mark thinks this is a very weird name for a website about things you like: www.likaholix.com.
- Oracle is buying Sun for a mere $7.4 billion.
- Wes is trying to sneak Blackberry applications into Slurpcast.
Wes' iPhone Applications of the week:
- Yowza! - Launch it and it finds deals in your geographic area. Show the cashier the deal on your iPhone screen, they scan the barcode, and you save money.
- CraigsMobileList - Wes' favorite app for accessing the craigslist website.
Mark's iPhone Applications of the week:
- PocketMeter - It emits sound and measures the time it takes for the echo to return. Point it towards a wall or floor, touch the screen, and it will show you the distance.
- 3 Numbers - Currency & units converter, tip calculator, and calculator all in one. But the special thing about this app is the steampunk look. To understand the true meaning of "steampunk", visit the Kew Bridge Steam Museum in London.