Interesting Wired article about companies releasing software that turns your camera-equipped cell phone into a bar-code scanner. It’s a pretty darn cool concept to be able to swipe an item and have your phone look for deals and coupons online.
The article also makes a gratuitous reference to the CueCat, a name you would have thought would be banned from the pages of Wired until the sun goes super nova. I’ll never forget receiving my copy of said device, looking at it, and going, “Em, so I have to install some cheesy software, connect this thing in some totally non-standard way, and give up the last few shreds of my privacy. What’s in it for me? Ah, I can swipe ads in Wired so I don’t have to type in a URL.” How coked up was the venture capitalist who decided to throw money into that concept?
Posted Monday, 19 January, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.