Monthly Archives: April 2010

Polaroid: the return

Charlie Sorrel (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/author/mistercharlie/) at Wired Gadget ad Dvice lab informs us that polaroid is back with a brand new camera using istant developing film (full story at http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/04/polaroid-lives-new-camera-uses-real-instant-film/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29 and at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/04/polaroid-finall.php. Polaroid announcement at http://www.polaroid.com/products/0/353900/Instant_Cameras).

“[…] The PIC-300 has the familiar snap-and-wait action, spitting a photo from a slot in its top whereupon the internal chemical pack goes to work to develop the image. The camera itself has four exposure settings and an automatic flash built into its ugly, bulbous and toy-like exterior, and runs on four AA batteries or a rechargeable li-ion (all included).

The crying shame is that the photos are smaller than the originals, although they do have that classic shape with the fat (chemical-containing) bottom-border. Similar in size to a business card, the print is 2.1 x 3.4-inches (with a 1.8 x 2.4-inch image) versus the old 3.5 x 4.25 (3 x 3.1 image size) […]”

I’m curious to see the photo quality, but happy that a small part of my childhood comes back.

I’ve nothing personal against digital photos, but how “sexy” and “human” is to feel the photo paper under the fingers…

How is tasty to find those old photos after some time a little more yellow….


On debt, money and stress

April Dykman (http://aprildawnwrites.com/) at get rich slowly writes an article dealing with debt stress, starting from a 2009 AP/AOL survey (full story at http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/04/29/money-stress-and-your-health/, original survey at http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/wdc/debt_stress/index.html ).

The article sinthetizes what follows: “A 2009 AP/AOL survey, Debt Stress in the United States, found that American adults are experiencing significantly more debt-related stress than reported four years ago when a similar survey was conducted.”.

I think it’s no simple rule in dealing with debt.

Because many are the factors influence the debt and the stress related.

My parents generation used debt, at least in my home country,  as one big leap for owning an house. This was, in  my opinion, one good use for debt.

More recent generations used debt to carry on day by day living and we can now see the results.

What I mean is: debt is a bad beast in any case. So, being stressed for debt, is natural if you are using it for living beyond your means.

And if you have debt, first thing to do is put a plan in place and try to reduce it as fast as you can.

This post as a comment also at http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/04/29/money-stress-and-your-health/?cp=1


God and numbers

God made the integers, all else is the work of man.

Anonymous


God favourite game

God does not play dice.

Albert Einstein


Goals and deadlines

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

Anonymous


The floppy disk is gone…another piece goes away

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome and Jlister at Geeks are sexy inform us of Sony announcement concerning the end of Floppy disk production (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/26/sniff-the-floppy-disk-is-dead/; and at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/04/26/farewell-to-the-floppy).

It’s quite sad, though is not used from a lot of time (at least in my case).

I remember very clear this big rumour coming from my first 5 1/4 unit: TIC-TIC-VRRRR-TIC-TIC… 🙂

And how fast it seemed to me to have a game loaded comparing to the cassette noisy and slow charging…

The floppy is dead, long live the floppy disk.

This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/26/sniff-the-floppy-disk-is-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-212799


Friends and enemies

Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.

Anonymous


Lost secrets

As Lost final approaches everyone that has seen and followed the episodes is struggling to know everything.

Wired publishes an interview with “Lost” producers  containing a wealth of informations, including an 8 minutes full recap of the whole story (full article at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/04/ff_lost/all/1).

Really worth a read if you like the genre.

On a broader point of view is good to read to understand how a complex plot is made and developed by those professionals.


Goverment plans and action

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

Anonymous


Facebook outage: same path as Google?

Liz Gannes at Gigaom (http://gigaom.com/author/lizg/) writes an article on major outage happened this morning at Facebook.

Liz underlines that “This is incredibly bad timing for the company, which is trying to pitch itself this week as a central part of the web’s infrastructure”.

On my point of  view the problem resembles in some parts the one happened to Google some time ago.

The problem is not the outage (as anyone working in IT knows, an outage is everytime behind the corner).

The problem is what the outage implies: Facebook (was) not a vital part of the Internet. Because it deals with entertainment not with life. But with technologies spreading “cross” through sites (i.e. the technology for “Like” leased and powered by facebook), it has an impact wider than a single site.

As I said may times, Internet is really important in our lives, but, IMHO, cannot be the main part of our daily dues.

Sounds old fashioned, but sometimes having a client application syncronized with the web is a great way of working. 

This post as a comment also at http://gigaom.com/2010/04/23/facebook-sees-major-outage-takes-out-partner-site-plugins-too/


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