Archive for January, 2009

The Internet Of 1981

Now here’s the “Internet” of 1981. This is not a concept, but a test of San Francisco Examiner content served electronically to personal computers. It’s however a misnomer to call it “Internet” instead of an online service via CompuServe. It wasn’t until about 1989 that CompuServe offered it’s subscribers limited access to the wider internet. […]

Internet Concept In 1969

Here’s a great video of an Internet like concept in 1969. Some particularly interesting things are the gender specific roles and the simplicity of it all. The hardware is almost comical considering how few buttons are on the machines to control the entire interface. There isn’t even a keyboard. Amazingly multiple displays are used, something […]

Measurement Lab

Google today unwrapped Measurement Lab (M-Lab) which can measure connection speed, run diagnostics and check if your ISP is blocking or throttling things via it’s blog. In general it’s a good idea, but it’s nothing new. Sites like dslreports.com and SpeedTest.net have been measuring speed and providing diagnostics for years. The BitTorrent test however isn’t […]

Open Video

Just the other day I was complaining that Ogg Theora/Vorbis hasn’t really proven itself and achieved market penetration to the point where people will still care about it in several years. My concern with less popular file formats is that data is lost forever if future computing can’t view it. Popularity, while it may not […]

Where Is iPhone OS 2.3?

I’m somewhat perplexed with Apple’s iPhone SW update scheme since 2.0 was released. Apple has been somewhat erratic in it’s feature set and release schedule as of late. 2.0.x was obviously about big bug fixes and performance issues. 2.1.x was also largely bug/performance fixes plus a few enhancements like Genius playlist and usability enhancements. 2.2 […]

Happy 25 Mac

It all started January 24, 1984. Not long thereafter a PC pundit would insist every year that Apple would go out of business. 25 years later Apple is still around. Enjoy the 1984 Macintosh launch presentation. That’s when Steve Jobs “reality distortion field” was a mere toddler (the term was coined in 1981 by Bud […]

Whitehouse.gov Analysis

A few notes on the new whitehouse.gov website as I did for the campaign sites after about 5 minutes of sniffing around: Running Microsoft-IIS 6.0 and ASP.NET 2.0.50727. The Bush administration ran Apache on what I think was some sort of Unix. Data is gzip’d. Whitehouse.gov is using Akamai as a CDN and for DNS […]

Super Mario Gravity

The other day I mentioned there is a JS implementation of Super Mario brothers. I also mentioned that the physics feel about right compared to the real game. Apparently someone did some analysis on the series and correctly concluded that the gravity physics are totally not realistic (shocking). The real nuggets are that he can […]

BitTorrent For HTTP Failover

There is a proposal circulating around the web to create a X-Torrent HTTP header for the purpose of pointing to a torrent file as an alternative way to download a file from an overloaded server. I’ve been an advocate of implementing BitTorrent in browsers in particular Firefox since at least 2004 according to this blog, […]

JS Super Mario Brothers

Here’s Super Mario brothers rewritten in JavaScript. It’s remarkably well done, even the physics closely match that of the original game. The only thing I noticed was a slight lag in Firefox 3.0.5 which I suspect might be due to the speed of the events rather than the actual game. There have been several attempts […]