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October 2008

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Halloween, Jack O' Lanterns, and Robots?

October 30, 2008

It's almost Halloween and you need a Jack O' Lantern to greet the kid's.  You're terrible at carving and you have no design skills. So what to do?

I've found your solution.  For the meager price tag of $1,575.00 (plus shipping) you can own your very own robot that will do it for you in a bout 20 minutes time!

Lumenlab has found a new use for their DIY CNC RoGR Gantry Robot...



Nine Inch Nails Melds Music, Technology, and Design

October 24, 2008

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails wanted to get into the use of visuals to frame his music on stage to create an "organic" performance.  He calls it an interactive way to "use video as an instrument."

The Lights and Sky Tour features Trent and 4 band members on an elaborate stage where they control video loops and computer effects at will.  The company that brought this all of this together is the Moment Factory based in Montreal.  The company, which is mostly know for its work with Cirque du Soleil, was founded in 2001 to create "visual environments, mixed media entertainment, and multi-platform content".

During approximately half of the concert, the work of the Moment Factory is on display,  and half of that is interactive.



MacBooks Get a Facelift

October 17, 2008

MacBook is Apple's most popular Mac, and for some reason, Apple decided to start over with their new versions.

The first order of business... out with the polycarbonate and in with the aluminum case design.  The key to the new enclosure is it's unibody, which is machined from a single piece of aluminum.  This allows the new MacBook to be thinner and lighter by not having to accommodate multiple parts.

Interesting "First Reactions" to the BlackBerry Storm

October 8, 2008

An interesting marketing video was just released by Verizon Wireless for the BlackBerry Storm.  It's advertised more as a fun and stylish tech-toy more than anything else.  It's very apparent that they are targeting it at consumers who have interest in iPhone like capabilities, and not so much at the power a BlackBerry has to offer functionally.  I'd like to see some feature demos myself.

Don't fret though...it got a "dope" review.

Check it out here.

Dell Makes an Attempt at Style

October 7, 2008

Everyone I know used to owned a Dell.  I think I've owned 3 or 4 in the past 10 years.  But Dell took a tumble a few years back, and lost their commanding grasp on the market.   I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that they were the ugliest option on the market for a while.

In the computer world, features and performance should be the most important things to consider when purchasing a new machine...

Will the BlackBerry Storm blow the competition away?

October 2, 2008

I'm behind the times when it comes to my mobile phone.  It's not that I don't want a 3G phone, but I'm afraid of it becoming a leash.  However, times are changing, and I really can't afford to not have e-mail or browsing capabilities on the road anymore, so now I have to figure out... which one?

A big part of my hang-up on this is that I like certain aspects of a lot of phones and don't want to invest in one while coveting another.