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Can you use P2P technology to help one another with questions and problems and the like, as opposed to just swapping files around? Check out the site at P2PQ and see what you think. The idea is that you post a long question and someone somewhere who’s on the network answers it if they know the answer. Weird? Maybe. Or maybe amazing. While we’re on the subject of P2P, this site has a whole bunch of P2P services which look…
Wow, speaking of intellectual property rights, it looks like the fight is now on in earnest, at least in the US. The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse site has been set up by what looks like a passel of lawyers and the EFF to help people understand what their rights are when faced with corporate online bullying over copyrights and the like. We need more of this kind of service (any Europeans out there with a mind to help out?). :-)
Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law school, is one person who is being very vocal about the misuse and abuse of current copyright legislation. This essay – an excerpt from his book, The Future of Ideas – is an excellent take on the dangers of over protection, contrasted to the benefit of allowing a more liberal expansion of the rules. An excellent read for anyone interested in the future of intellectual property rights.
Multi service IM chat clients are just like buses, you wait around for ages and three pop up at once. IM Anywhere is one worth taking a look at, although unlike Trillian and Vista it won’t handle ICQ buddies. Still it looks like it could be useful if for some reason the alternatives don’t work (although it is an AT&T product, so who can say!). Happy chatting! Thanks to Meryl’s Notes for the link.
Ben has his BlogCast service working. What is it? Streamed audio blogs from around the world aggregated at one point and served to you, sir, in one Real player stream. It’s not going to threaten the BBC anytime soon, but it is very cool technology and just could be a pointer towards the future of private Internet broadcasting.
Now here’s interesting. According to a report from Asia Biz Tech, the worlds top ten DVD makers have announced an agreement to standardize on the next generation of DVD recordable devices. This implies that at last there will be one single DVD-R standard worldwide. The new discs will hold 6 times more than current DVD 4.7GB, which should make for nice long record times too, but we’ll have to wait and see if that represents single sided or dual sided…
Fancy creating PDF files? Not too keen on buying Adobe Acrobat to do so? Then how about the free PDF995 program? Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the link.
Forget about your Segway, could this be the personal transport of the future? Probably not, but it looks interesting anyway. The Wheelsurf is based around a scooter engine, does around 40 kph and costs around $3800. Not sure whether it’s in production or prototype, but it sure is a weird mode of transport. Mind you the prototypes on this page look very cool. Thanks to ZZZ for the heads up.
Aargh, they’re back. OK so they’re only 16 cm in height, are battery powered and come in funky colours, but even so, hide hide. The Talking Daleks are available for £25.00 from The Gadget Shop. Buy one or ‘you will be exterminated’.
An Open Source video codec that’s better than Divx :-)? Is that possible? The guys who have created VP3 obviously think so. It’s available for Quicktime and Video for Windows/DirectX. What’s that sound? Oh it’s only a soft rumbling noise coming from the direction of the Hollywood studios.
Some fun and interesting experiments and how-tos, like ‘how to get an apple into a bottle’ and ‘how to pull a string through your neck’. Hunkin’s Experiments are great fun and could make for some interesting demos when you’re bored at a friend’s house late at night. Thanks to NewsGeek.net for the link.
Another Mike’s List beauty. How about some Extreme Ironing? Oh yes, forget about naked bungee jumping or crocodile wrassling, this is the real macho, hard man’s sporting McCoy. Be prepared for some distressing scenes of irons and…er…ironing boards. Lovely!
The folks at TwoMobile have come up with this new treasure, the Sharp MT-VA1. It appears to be a handheld video and MP3 music player which uses SD cards as storage and MPEG4. You record the video onto the card using a docking station with composite AV sockets, and then take the 3 inch LCD screened player out and about to watch your fave progs. Play time varies between 30 mins and 2 hours depending on quality, and the unit…
Laptop users will like the new Nokia D211. This type II PC Card combines a wireless LAN 802.11b, always on GPRS and standard GSM card in one, which means that you should be able to effortlessly connect up to your email and stuff while out and about. In the office? Simply switch on the wireless LAN setting from the control panel and you’re connected. Going out and about? Change over to GSM or GPRS and you will be able to…