Archive for August, 2007

Burning Man 2007

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 31st, 2007

Since 1999, Eugene’s Embassy camp and Tachyon have brought Internet access to Burning Man. Now everyone’s doing it. Reporter Scott Beale has been receiving information directly from the event via email, IM, IRC, the photos, video, blog posts, Twitter and live webcam as well as the stream from Burning Man Information Radio. Beale explains how […]

Gigapixel Man

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 31st, 2007

Rock’em, roll’em, rammin’, jammin’ — 60 Minute Man Government Computer News has an interesting interview with Google technologist Michael Jones (video). Jones was formerly chief technology officer at Keyhole, the company that developed the technology used in Google Earth, was director of advanced graphics at SGI and helped build the Gigapixel Camera. He oversees Google […]

FCC Hangs Up Free M2Z Service

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 31st, 2007

I’m all hung up, Vicki — Thomas Crown Affair The Federal Communications Commission appears poised later today to reject M2Z Networks’ plan to offer free nationwide broadband service on the 2155-2175 MHz band, reports RCR News. The move could prompt a court challenge, says RCR. M2Z promises to deliver free (384kbps) service and $20-$30 (3Mbps) […]

Solar Man

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 31st, 2007

Make Magazine describes Steve Paine’s solar-powered bike tour, along the Rhein River. His blog describes powering Ultra Mobile PCs through solar and natural energy sources. He’s blogging with a Samsung Q1b UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC) and portable solar gear. Here’s his gear and project photos. The original plan was to cycle during the day with […]

Size Matters

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 31st, 2007

Size matters, according to Wireless Week. Market researcher Gartner estimates smartphone sales grew 50% last year, to 72.9 million units, and forecasts there will be 450 million smartphones shipped globally by 2010 with Instant Messaging the de facto tool for Voice, Video and Text chat by the end of 2011. Another study, by Berg Insight, […]

MuniFi: Not Dead Yet

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 30th, 2007

King of Swamp Castle: One day, lad, all this will be yours. Prince Herbert: What, the curtains? — Search for the Holy Grail S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles, blares the Chronicle today and City Disconnecting from Wi-Fi Vision shouts the Chicago Tribune. After a euphoric two years for municipal wireless, it’s time to smell the […]