The Power of Morse

Watching BBC correspondents and analysts poring over footage of the British sailors being ‘interviewed’ by their captors on Iranian television reminds me, as it must others, of the Vietnam war, and how captured American pilots were wheeled out for propaganda purposes. What has this got to do with technology? Well, if you recall, one Jeremiah …

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Goertzel, Rugby and the Sweet-talking Scam

The South China Morning Post reports (I’ve got the hard copy here; everything there is behind a subscription wall, so no full link I’m afraid) of a clever scam where the bad guys steal just enough stuff — cards + identity — from a victim to be able to social engineer their way into trust, …

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Phones Aren’t About Telephony

Skype is a powerful tool because it’s found its way into the hands of people who need it most — ordinary folk. Now it and the companies that make devices to use Skype on need to understand that it’s not about telephony anymore, if it ever was. It’s about two or more people sharing each …

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Sudoku’s Secret: Open Source Collaboration

Great piece in the NYT/IHT on the company behind Sudoku and similar games. Their approach — no trademarking, harnessing users to help develop and perfect games — all sounds very Open Source: clipped from www.iht.com Nikoli’s secret, Kaji said, lay in a kind of democratization of puzzle invention. The company itself does not actually create …

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How to Convert Word 2007 Docs for Macs

A few readers have asked how to convert Word documents created in the new Microsoft Open Office XML Format with the docx extension so they can read them on a Mac. The answer: awkwardly. Windows users have a converter they can download. The Microsoft Mac team promised something similar back in December and yet haven’t, …

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Journalists: No Longer King of the Castle

Well chosen words from The State of the News Media via Richard Sambrook’s Sam Brook’s (apologies, Richard) sacredfacts. We journalists, in short, don’t recognise that we’re no longer the bee’s knees: clipped from sambrook.typepad.com Journalism is becoming a smaller part of people’s information mix. The press is no longer gatekeeper over what the public knows. …

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Skype Is Making Me Look Fat

I’ve always held up Skype as a revolutionary tool, not for the voice over Internet thingy, although they definitely were the first to make me sound less like a frog when I talked to folk online. No, the revolutionary bit for me was that their software was simple enough for even the most technology averse …

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The Wandering Mind

Piece from AP about how the mind wanders. Towards the end it gets interesting: to what extent is a mind wandering at its best? I’m sure I’m not alone in consciously seeking out places and situations in which my mind can wander unfettered — a hike, a jog, a swim, a lie by the pool, …

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Something So Simple, Something So Elusive

From Lifehacker, a way to select text vertically. Two comments on this: 1) Can’t believe I’ve not come across something so basic before, and 2) What happened to us and our computers that something so simple and so ordinary should, when revealed, get us all excited? One day we’ll be able to move pictures and …

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Ten Minutes, Or You’re Toast

I’ve just launched a new website I hope will address what I think is a growing gap in our technological world: those who adopt early and those who don’t. In my experience there are two different kinds of people: those who are quick to embrace change and those who aren’t. It’s not as if the …

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