Book Review: “Six Pixels of Separation”

Published in 2009, I read it in 2010, but just now reviewing it. So, a lot of my review is coming from what I highlighted with a yellow-marker. Overall, as a person who lives on the internet, the book seemed kind of basic to me. However, to companies and individuals that have ignored Web 2.0 and beyond, the book has ... Read More »

My Favorite Backup Tool

If you are “living digital”, you MUST be constantly concerned about the backups of your digital assets. About a year ago, I installed SpiderOak on my laptop, and now use it for my primary backup. They had a free trial up to 2 gigabytes, and I liked how it worked. You simply tell it which directories on your disk you ... Read More »

Scanning Old Memories (Photos)

A few months ago, I bought a small photo scanner, actually my first purchase ever from I had scanned photos before, but with my overlarge MF8100C printer/scanner/copier.  It was just too troublesome, because I actually had to stand-up, walk to the scanner, scan, go back to the PC, for each photo. The VuPoint scanner was much more portable and ... Read More »

The Paperless Office – Scanning: Then and Now

I’ve never been overly neat in my office. Usually piles of papers lay strewn about. About 1997, I thought it might be time to “go digital”, get a scanner, and reduce the paper clutter. Disk drives were just starting to get cheap enough to handle thousands of scanned documents. (Remember, in 1997, there was probably no USB, and definitely no ... Read More »

Converting Phatnotes to Evernote

Over the weekend, I convert over 800 notes from Phatnotes to Evernote.  I originally used Phatnotes (from a company called Phatware) to sync notes from my PC to my old windows-mobile phone.  When I switched to Blackberry, I gave up and did without the notes on my phone.  But now that I have an Android phone, I decided to give ... Read More »

What if you could remember everything? (Book Review of “Total Recall”)

“Total Recall” is the concept that in today’s digital world, you can save and retrieve massive amounts of data. Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell are both researchers at Microsoft. Gordon is putting all of his atom- and electron-based bits in his local Cyberspace. It is called by MyLifeBits and includes everything he has accumulated, written, photographed, presented, and owns (e.g. ... Read More »

The Singularity Institute

Video from the folks at “The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence” Keyword: recursively self-improving systems Speakers on the above video include: 1) Eliezer Yudkowsky – SIAI Research Fellow Read More »