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  Mysogyny On The Go  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-31 by
 
 
     
 
Yikes. Samsung has gone all pink-aisle with a new mobile phone targeted at what some Japanese consortium thinks is the female market.

Sure, it's nice and soft looking, and sorta pink, but check out some the killer features:

- External LCD decorated with 32 cubic zirconia
- Color Screen & Mirror Screen
- Fatness Index
- Calorie Calculator
- Pink Schedule
- Menstruation Calculator

Now, I have known a few women in my time, and absolutely none of them required that last feature. But focus groups don't lie! Do they?
 
     
 
   
 
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  BlackBerry Branches Out  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Canada's Research In Motion is expanding connectivity to its wireless BlackBerry network. Soon to be included are Windows Pocket PC and Smartphone platforms as well as Symbian OS phones. This is a smart move by RIM, who can't help but benefit by a wider user base.

As a side-note, Research In Motion is one of those few companies which actually lives up to its name. According to critic Robert Cringely, "three of the top corporate officers have put $120 million of those shrunken Canadian dollars -- their own money, not the company's -- into the study of particle physics." Nifty.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Bzzzt… bzzt bzzt bzzt… bzzzzzzzt  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Symphony for dot matrix printers puts outdated technology to aesthetic use, providing music and rythm through the impact of tiny print-pins on paper.

"During the half hour performance, the sounds are amplified and broadcast over a sound system. The audience is also presented with live images of the sound sources: the motions of the mechanisms, rollers and gears are captured using miniature video cameras installed inside the printers and projected onto large screens."

Download the Symphony MP3s. The music sounds like it was performed by robot cockroaches.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Nokia’s N-Gage Merges Phone, Games  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-06 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The wireless and gaming industries are buzzing over the release of Nokia's "N-Gage" handheld gaming console-- which doubles as a mobile phone. Or maybe that's the other way around. Gamesindustry.biz gives its first impressions of the N-Gage: "...it's painfully apparent that this is a unit designed by a company with precisely zero experience of building game systems...games are distributed on postage-stamp sized MMC memory cards...the act of slipping in a new game involves removing the back of the unit, taking out the battery and sliding the game home into a SIM card style slot." Sounds great! Hook me up with that $500 US price tag!
 
     
 
   
 
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  Evaluate your PC?  
 
 
Posted 2002-12-10 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
In case you were thinking of cashing in your hardware, there's an Industry Canada-sponsored evaluation tool that'll give you an estimate. Unfortunately, the system doesn't have enough options to paint a picture of my own system, but supposedly I could get between $1,892.82 and $2,095.91 CDN for it... which is about half of what I paid for it two years ago. What surprises me is that it's not worth even *less*.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Mac-Speculation  
 
 
Posted 2002-12-02 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Mac OS Rumors has begun its predictions for next year's Apple antics. "Steve Jobs said... 2003 would be the most important year in Apple's history, that it would see several new product introductions and revisions of existing products that will make unprecedented progress in growing Apple's platform..." Among the predictions:
-- Continued used of G4 processors (booo)
-- Updated iPod (yayy)
-- Digital Lifestyle Devices moving into the Pictures and Movies space (we'll see)
 
     
 
   
 
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  Classic!  
 
 
Posted 2002-11-25 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I scored a Macintosh SE yesterday at a local antique fair for fifty bucks. When originally released in 1987, my Mac SE sold for $3,700. Yesterday's selling point: it was plugged in and working. The SE came with the standard keyboard and mouse as well as a huge, heavy, yellowish plastic box that claims to be a hard drive for said Mac. I've got an old internal Mac SCSI hard drive (not related to the big plastic box), and apparently there's a slot in the SE to pop an extra drive in, so this might be a nice little afternoon project. Never mind trying to get the thing on a network...
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Despite beefing up security on new versions of the Xbox game console, the box has been hacked, allowing "mod chippers" to continue exploit the Xbox, and by extension, gamers to play bootlegged games.
 
     
 
   
 
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  iMacquarium  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The strange obsession of merging fish and computer continues. [link>wendy]
 
     
 
   
 
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  CD-ROMs at Warp 9:  Bad idea.  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Flaws in your CD media can be turned into gigantic rends in the space-time continuum when spun at today's vicious RPMs, causing massive shards of plastic to shoot out of your computer directly into your eyes! [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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