Article about SF author Vernor Vinge in the New York Times. He was doing cyberspace before cyberspace was cool (i.e. before William Gibson had given it a name). Plus he’s a physicist, for whatever that’s worth.
Now this is real progress. Computer-generated maps like real people really draw: Rendering Effective Route Maps: Improving Usability Through Generalization. And it’s already in use at MapBlast. Now all we need is anti-aliased maps (why hasn’t anyone done that yet?) and we’ll really be getting somewhere. [spotted on peterme.com]
What a shame… the “cool new stuff” weblog Rapidly Changing Face of Computing has gone away. It appears to have been a surprise to author Jeffrey Harrow, based on the publication schedule that he was publishing only a few weeks ago. Compaq must be tightening the old corporate belt. Too bad. We’ll miss you, Jeffrey. :-(
I like the idea of magazine called Small Times. They must save a bundle on postage. Small Times: News about MEMS, Nanotechnology and Microsystems
Now a computer can sound just like you: see Software Called Capable of Copying Any Human Voice in the NY Times. I predict one byproduct of all this soul-stealing will be an increased appreciation of intimacy. Or not.
James Lileks has a great web site and a magnificent eye for collectible retro. Take a look at his American Postcards collection.