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June 25, 2006

Nintendo DS + Opera = The Real Mobile Web?

Filed under: technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:50 pm

The gadget community is abuzz with the news that the Opera web browser is coming to the Nintendo DS, but have we really thought about the implications yet? With this, Opera and Nintendo are making the DS much more than a simple gaming system. (more…)

June 21, 2006

3D Desktops: Not a Great Idea

Filed under: rants,technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:41 pm

I think the 3D desktop concept is beginning to go too far. I was looking at this video today of the “BumpTop” 3D tablet PC type interface which mimics the way documents are “organized” in a real-world desktop. As pretty as the interface might be, it suffers from a fatal flaw: The cluttered real-life desktop is not a good organization method. (more…)

Microsoft Ending Phone Hassles?

Filed under: business — Alfonso Surroca @ 3:29 pm

Everyone knows Microsoft as the purveyor of operating systems and video game consoles, but it’s interesting to hear something about Microsoft working behind the curtain. The company is apparently close to deploying a communications system designed to better connect parties by allowing them to choose precisely when and how they are contacted. (more…)

June 19, 2006

Earth 2.0

Filed under: technology,thoughts — Alfonso Surroca @ 3:34 pm

I said recently that I thought 2007 could be the year of location-based services. But, after reading this WIRED article on O’Reilly Media’s Where 2.0 conference, I think it might just come even sooner.

It started with numerous “mashup” websites, mixing up Google Maps with other sites’ data feeds to provide new and novel functionality, such as the ability to plot real-estate listings within a Google map, or the ability to embed the latitude/longitude or zipcode of a photograph within Flickr’s tags, and then use these to plot them on a Google map. (more…)

June 17, 2006

Apple-Nintendo Merger or Mac Gaming Platform?

Filed under: business,technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:02 pm

The Apple-Nintendo rumor appears to be out there again, after news that Apple may be working on a gaming division. Sure, the new DS Lite has that iPod look and feel, and sure, Nintendo and Apple combat that “third player” position in their respective markets by offering more desirable gadgets than the competition. But, that’s where the similarities end.

According to this blog post at c|net, people just don’t see this happening mainly because both companies have had such an independent culture for so long, that you could say neither company is merger material. (more…)

Orlando, More Than Theme Parks

Filed under: technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 12:50 pm

People ask me, if I’m already living in Miami, why I’m moving to the backwoods city of Orlando, known for theme parks like Walt Disney World and essentially nothing else. My answer is, they obviously do not know Orlando. (more…)

June 16, 2006

The Library… An Untapped Free Music Source

Filed under: music,technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 5:11 pm

With all the headlines file-sharing garners these days, I find it interesting that old-fashioned offline methods of sharing music have essentially gone unnoticed. Instead of risking a strong-arm lawsuit from the RIAA by searching peer-to-peer sites, you can find a wealth of free music at a place from some of the tech-minded public might have forgotten: your local public library system. (more…)

June 11, 2006

Location, Location, Location

Filed under: reviews,technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 8:35 pm

If you’ve ever found yourself in an unfamiliar locale wandering around looking for a gas station, a good place to eat, or something to do, then the notion of location-based services is great. Unfortunately, it’s an idea whose time hasn’t quite come. Or has it? (more…)

June 9, 2006

My New Digs…

Filed under: Incoming — Alfonso Surroca @ 8:57 pm

Welcome, any readers from my Myspace blog….

I've been trapped in the seventh layer of Blogger Hell, a.k.a. Myspace for over a year now, and I decided it was time to escape the clutches of Rupert Murdoch and his team of right-wing lunatic henchmen.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Flock and WordPress, this is going to be so easy, a caveman could do it. Oh, I'm sorry, did I just insult the cavemen? I meant, so easy a retard could do it.

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