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March 2009 Archives

March 29, 2009

The Game of Life in LittleBigPlanet [YouTube]. The level LittleBigLife includes parts to build your own computers at the end. Awesome.

March 27, 2009

Eurogamer: Why OnLive Can't Possibly Work. Reasonable estimates of OnLive's technical hurdles push science into science fiction pretty quickly.

I remain naively amused by the controlled-conditions GDC video, but it does remind me a little of that story of a con artist trying to sell an Internet video compression technology—which unfortunately I can't find a link for at the moment. The bit of the story I remember is of him inviting his potential investors out to a waterfront where he set up a video player and monitor on each of two piers, each supposedly connected to the Internet. In fact, they were merely connected together directly via a coaxial cable in the water. (Anyone remember this one well enough to find the link?)

March 25, 2009

The Omni Group has a new tool for the Mac for diagramming quantitative data, called OmniGraphSketcher. I've unconsciously wanted the OmniGroup to make this app for forever. I'm especially impressed at the quick export feature, implying the target use case is illustrating abstract quantitative concepts in technical and journalistic writing.

OnLive is an upcoming service for playing high-end video games on low-end hardware over the Internet. They've taken a simple idea everyone thought would never work, and did it: The games run on high-end servers, with your computer streaming controller data to the server and the server streaming video and audio to your computer. They've got an inexpensive and small console for the TV, and client software ("a small browser plugin") for Windows and Mac.

I wouldn't have believed it from the description, but after watching OnLive's recent press conference video, I believe it now. Beta this summer, launching in North America this winter.

March 24, 2009

Command-line Fu, a collection of Unix/Linux commands and command line tricks, with a voting mechanism so the most useful ones bubble up to the top.

March 11, 2009

Bicycle Built for Two Thousand. Mechanical Turk workers sing syllables into an app without knowing what the end result would be.