Items of Note
October 28, 2003
The amount of information in the world doubled
in the last three years! - according to a Berkeley study.
The amount of new information stored on paper, film, optical and
magnetic media reached about five exabytes - or 5 million terabytes
- in 2002, compared to about half that in 1999.
Some 92 percent of new information is stored on magnetic media,
primarily hard drives.
New information flowing electronically on radio, television and
the Internet in 2002 totaled nearly 18 exabytes.
The phone accounts for the largest percentage of information flow,
with e-mail placing second.
While original information on paper continues to grow, most comes
in the form of office documents and mail - not books, newspapers
North Americans consume 24 reams, or 11,916 sheets, of paper each
year, while residents in the European Union account for 15 reams,
or 7,280 sheets.
Peer-to-peer file sharing has exploded, and MP3 music files and
digital video accounted for 70 percent of the files on the hard
disks of users who participate in online file exchanges.
Globally, the average Internet user spends 11.5 hours online per
month, but the average Internet user in the United States spends
more than twice that amount.
The first hero of the coming war with Iraq - Colonel John
Richard Boyd (no relation)
coming assault on Baghdad already has its first hero: Colonel John
Boyd, a foul-mouthed, insubordinate fighter pilot who has been in
his grave at Arlington National Cemetery for almost five years.
When Iraq's tyrant is brought down, that inevitable victory will
be Boyd's doing. You won't hear Boyd's name being cited in Rose
Garden speeches, however. Nor will the Pentagon be authorising any
posthumous decorations for the man who, through 30 years of bureaucratic
guerilla warfare, transformed America's military. "
November 18, 2002
will allow us to engineer and augment our bodies for longer life
and more capability. Imagine not ever having to sleep again, never
forgetting, not tiring, not getting sick. Would that be worth the
unnerving (literally) idea of having billions of tiny machines crawling
around inside you? Put that way, I guess it isn't that much different
from all of the microorganisms that inhabit us now.
out the concept for
offers web movie service
more about Web movies here
after hackers figured out this market Hollywood pays attention.This
is a great idea, but I think they have the pricing wrong, at least
for current hardware. Today I pay $3.95 for a fairly recent movie
by pay per view on my 40 inch screen with Dolby surround sound.
Would I really pay $4.95 for a movie on my tiny computer
screen with my tiny laptop speakers? I might, but only if that movie
were still in theatres or not yet released. When I met with entertainment
execs they told me their business was driven by the amount you could
charge for an hour of quality entertainment (today about $4.20).
Since the quality of the entertainment is less, shouldn't it be
a fraction of the pay per view price?
October 28, 2002
We are one step closer to having the PDA/phone hybrid that all traveling
professionals really need.
OLED technology promises to create displays that can be rolled up
or even folded. One day I will wake up Sunday morning, unroll my
wireless broadband OLED screen and read the New York Times in high
resolution delivered just the way I like it.