1. Nationwide WiFi: Free.

    brian on 2003.06.25
    at 02:30 am

    Nationwide WiFi for free... if you live on the South Pacific island of Niue. The Polynesian island has led the way in internet technology for its 2,000 citizens by roling out free email since 1997, free connectivity since 1999, and now island-wide WiFi.

    The nation fund this development and costly satellite driven internet from the proceeds from selling the registration for the nation's .NU top-level domain.

    Posted in: Technology · Web

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  2. WWDC: the day after

    brian on 2003.06.25
    at 01:56 am

    Over the past day, I've had the opportunity to try some of the new technologies unveiled at the WWDC keynote.

    • Safari 1.0. This is my first blog entry from that newly 1.0 browser. It has fixed a minor bug in one of our navigation menus on the right.
    • iChat AV (beta) and iSight. Wow. These go beyond mere Instant Messaging. This is "say hi to Grama and Grandpa in Boca" tech. This is "see your kid in the middle of your Pacific Rim business trip" technology. I'm impressed with the quality, and of course, the simplicity (zero setup, worldwide). iSight is small, eminently portable (smaller than your average deodorant stick) and of great quality for the price. Saw a great many fly out the door today (to customers and employees alike) without any on public display. I look forward to using it with my and my girlfriend's family. Tomorrow brings connected demo models, hopefully.
    • PowerMac G5. Available in August, most likely. I can't wait to see one in person. Winner for best nickname as of yet:Cheese Grater
    • PowerBooks, since there are no new PowerBooks as of yet, I have invested in a 12" Combo drive model for interim, until a new 15" comes out, at which time I will reassess, and perhaps trade up. (No, we don't have a trade-up program.) For now, it's a sleek, powerfully affordable option. Hopefully, broadband will follow for us, and after that... iSight!

    Posted in: Apple · Technology

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  3. Tarzan, eat your heart out

    jake on 2003.06.24
    at 07:22 pm

    John Ssaybunnya, from Uganda, who is participating in the Special Olympics in Ireland was partially raised by Vervet monkeys. He witnessed the murder of his mother at the age of three and fled into the jungle.

    Traumatised by the horror of what he had seen, he fled into the jungle. And there he should have died, but he didn't.

    He survived because he was adopted by a troupe of African Green monkeys who fed him and raised him as their own.

    Three years later, in 1991, a tribeswoman saw him scavenging for food with the monkeys and reported it to the people of her village. (Irish Independent)

    Posted in: Science · Sports

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  4. Audio player in your Volkswagen

    jake on 2003.06.24
    at 06:50 pm

    I read about this when I brought my Golf in for its last oil change. Volkswagen has licensed the Phatnoise system to bring various audio formats to your car. You get 20 gigabyte (per cartridge) of storage space and it works with the already present head unit.

    I'm having a hard time deciding over this product. It would be nice to have my entire music collection at my fingertips. But it also costs money (same as others? $859.00,) which I don't have coming out of my ears...

    Volkswagen Phatnoise Digital Audio System [from Gizmodo]

    Posted in: Auto · Technology

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  5. "Print" Bones for your mending pleasure!

    jake on 2003.06.24
    at 06:36 pm

    New technology has been developed to "print" a replacement bone. Many layers are put together to create a three-dimensional object. They are absorbed into the body as new bone is created by the body.

    To produce the artificial bone segments, ACR has adapted a rapid prototyping machine, a device engineers use to quickly make models by building up layer upon layer of material.

    New Scientist

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