Archive for September, 2004

Skype Is Living Up to the Hype?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

“How big a deal will Skype turn out to be? I have no idea whether the company itself, which was founded one year ago, will someday come to epitomize and dominate a particular booming business, the way Google ,eBay and Amazon now do. But I feel confident that the service it provides will be attractive to most people who give it a serious look.”

New York Times article is here.

Fundamental Questions

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

What is the nature of life? What distinguishes living systems from those that appear equally complex but we do not call living? What is the basic unit of biology – is it the species, or the gene, or the individual?

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RSS Feeds for Protest

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

“Artists and activists from The Screensavers group are organising a multimedia protest between users in New York and Europe during the RNC through an interactive Web-based art project. Using RSS feeds of blog text, video clips, audio samples and photos from a mix of Web sites, the artists use a software they’ve developed that allows multiple users to post images, sounds and text within a shared real-time environment. The Screensavers can then manipulate what images pop up and in what order and type in text that appears over the images that appear on a screen mounted on the roof of a truck. ”

(via: Smart Mobs)