Our digital recorders cut off the last minutes of sporting events and our favorite shows. That doesn’t happen in Europe.
Microsoft has unveiled their new console
, and it wants to dominate your living room. How Xbox One plans to fight Sony, Steam, and everything else.
In the early 80’s, personal computers were a new innovation. Films like WarGames
made it seem as if a kid with a keyboard could hack into anything: a school or corporate mainframe, NORAD, the US nuclear arsenal or your neighborhood bank. Hoping to capitalize on this, in 1983 CBS premiered a show which could have been considered WarGames
’ intellectual successor. It featured a group of resourceful kids who solved crimes by hacking and cracking, led by Matthew Laborteaux, child star of Little House on the Prairie
, and advised by a Gavilan SC
-toting, mustachioed reporter played by Max Gail, formerly of the show Barney Miller
. Whiz Kids
lasted only a single season: 18 episodes, but all of them live on in cyberspace, on YouTube. Complete episode links contained within. [more inside]
Network Awesome has compiled a short history of some of Jim Henson's early muppet work
, including his infamously dark Wilson's Coffee commercials: (on YouTube) 1
and the IBM Muppet Show
. (Who among us hasn't woken up in the morning and wanted to eat their coffee machine? (Previously) (Via) [more inside]
- "How the FCC paved the way for the next generation of wireless innovations." [more inside]
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
FCC paves way for free use of vacant airwaves
-- white space
-- available in February as TV spectrum is cleared up by digital conversion
. Apparently another vote for change will take place November 4
. The FCC btw also recently backed
a free (ad-supported) nationwide wireless broadband plan in another hunk of spectrum to be auctioned off in 2009.
Edward Samuel's Illustrated History of Copyright
A fascinating illustrated historical tour, looking at how different technologies have shaped how we think about copyright and intellectual property.
Reflections On Our Media of Communication.
Traditional news media vs. the internet. Are people really abandoning TV, paper, and radio news? Does the 'net really offer the best in free-press? The ever lovable Fred thinks so, and he's not afraid to tell you why.
TECHTV lays off as many as half their staff last week...
according to WIRED. The feeling is that having a TV channel about computers is "so 1999." (I wonder if the same is true about a magazine about technology
?) I didn't even realize that Paul Allen owned the cable channel. I personally avoid the 9-hour daily TECHLive show, but I like Fresh Gear
and Extended Play
. What will become of the much beloved Leo LaPorte
A new wrinkle in the tale of TV vs. Telephone.
Cable TV over your phone lines? I doubt it will fly, but who knows?