The Internet – A Lawless Prairie

Wow, after Senator Ted called the Internet a series of tubes, this is the next interesting description. This time it comes from a judge in Milan, Italy. In her description of her judgement against Google, for an objectionable Video case which made its way into Google Video.

“With images of the Wild West evidently in mind, Judge Oscar Magi wrote in a 111-page explanation of his decision to convict the Google executives: “There is no such thing as the limitless prairie of Internet where everything is permitted and nothing can be prohibited, on pain of a global excommunication by the people of the Web.”

Wow. Read the article on MacWorld here.

Image courtesy: Library of Congress (Creative Commons) on Flickr.

Quickies : Intelligent Sticky Notes

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(Image courtesy: Discovery news)

Wow. Just when we thought, people are atlast, going back to analog productivity systems,
like to-do-lists on paper, and 3M postits for reminders, researchers at MIT come up with this brilliant system.

To summarize:

  • write note on special quicky post-it kept on a special electronic pad
  • electronic pad recognizes the post as a reminder, or a contact, or a label ; and categorizes it into its database.
  • the postit note has an RFID tag on it. The tag id is added to above database item
  • when user searches for a keyword, the database is searched, the RFID tag is retrieved, the location of the tag is then retrieved, and displayed on the screen.
  • these quickies can also send reminders to your phone, for appointments etc

Read the full post here at Discovery news.

Or, visit the MIT project page here.

Tweak your windows to peak performance

Gina Trapani at lifehacker.com has a wonderful how-to on how to tweak your XP setup for better performance (both the computer and yours). She did this after she had to reinstall windows after reformatting her hard drive. She shares her ‘gyan’ (knowledge in hindi) on how to best tweak XP. Great stuff. I am going to do this. Will update on this blog how it went.

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