Ars Meet - Indy 2006
The best relationships have a combination of face to face interaction and long distance communication. This past weekend, Luke and I participated in an F2F event with a bunch of people known previously only through long distance communication. The event was the Indy Ars Meet 2006.
Arstechnica.com is IMHO one of the best tech enthusiast sites on the web. Luke and I have read and benefited from Ars for many years and hope to do so for many years in the future. Luke is a subscriber and a relatively frequent poster on the forums. I use Ars to maintain current tech knowledge and as a news resource for NEW NET. Arsians have been holding tech gatherings around the US for several years to connect in person some of the people whose interactions are only or primarily online. Luke and I went to the Madison Ars Meet a couple months ago and decided a quick road trip to Indianapolis to meet the legends Ceasar and Hannibal, as well as many mere mortal Arsians, would be a good use for the July 8 - 9 weekend. About 50 people were planning to attend the event at the northside Indy home of Panders, another renowned Arsian.
Both Luke and I thoroughly enjoyed the Indy Ars Meet 2006. If we're not banned from the event, we'll likely attend in 2007. Three things I really enjoyed -- meeting some interesting new tech enthusiasts, lots of good food, a bottle of la Fin du Monde. Three things I wish I'd done differently -- talked to and gotten to know a few more Arsians (I spent most of my time talking with just a couple people) , eat a caramel brownie (we brought caramel brownies, which I love, and I didn't eat even one of them), and take some pictures.
Another face to face event for tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs is the BarCamp Chicago 2006 event scheduled for July 15 - 16. I plan to attend that if at all possible. Going to that and talking with lots of the participants will be good preparation for the Open Collaboration Camp.
Discussion Topic - July 11 NEW NET
Best Technology For Keeping Brain Young or Increasing Its Capacity
Would you buy a Nintendo DS Lite to keep your mind young and maybe even improve your thinking skills? The DS Lite and its Brain Age game will cost you $135 - $160. Most people would gladly pay much more than $160 to significantly improve their brain’s capacity or to keep it sharp and ‘young’. The real question is, does ‘playing’ Brain Age have a noticeable positive effect, and is the game engaging enough to induce you to keep playing it.
Reviews I read for Brain Age w/ Nintendo DS were mixed. Some people thought it was great and others severely downgraded the game due to technical glitches (voice recognition has problems with the word ‘blue’, some handwriting recognition issues), narration that’s unnecessary after the first few times you play the game, and the contention that your brain isn’t being beneficially exercised but is rather being trained how to do the exercises in Brain Age. The Sodoku puzzles in Brain Age were highly appealing to some and completely worthless in the opinion of others.
Likely the best way to keep your brain young and to increase its capacity is by including lots of critical thinking activities in your daily life, both vocational and avocational. What ways do you use or do others you know use to keep their brain young?
Links related to brain-building tech: http://www.sciammind.com/article.cfm?articleID=00016C9D-2761-1477-9D3383414B7F0000&pageNumber=1http://www.brainage.com/launch/what.jsp
In The News for July 11 NEW NET:
- Parents turn to tech toys to track teens http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/09/BIGMOTHER.TMP
Tech Cocktail http://techcocktail.com/blog/ Chicago
- Google's Binary Search Helps Identify Malware http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20060707/tc_pcworld/126371
- Make Buttons Quickly With Web-Based Tool http://www.researchbuzz.org/wp/2006/07/04/make-buttons-quickly-with-web-based-tool/
- Microsoft plans to kill iPod for Christmas http://www.playfuls.com/news_03341_Microsoft_plans_to_kill_iPod_for_Christmas.html
- Lexar recalling 66,000 defective JumpDrives http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/06/lexar-recalling-66-000-defective-jumpdrives/
- Gadget uses Skype to send TV anywhere http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/07/07/skype_tv_adaptor/
- eBay says no to Google Checkout http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060706-7203.html
- Antivirus company suggests home users switch to Macs http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060706-7204.html
- Feds get religion on laptop security (and so do I) http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060706-7205.html
- Hacker to Release One Browser Exploit for Every Day in July http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,202547,00.html
- The Plot To Hijack Your Computer http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_29/b3993001.htm
- Get Over It! Google Doesn't Owe You http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchbrief/senews/007910.html
- Education graduates to Intel: $899 iMac http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors/2006/07/emacreplace/index.php
- MS WGA Anti-piracy tool confuses users http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5144698.stm http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003103175_microsoft04.html http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2159630/ddos-worm-turns-windows-genuine http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060702-7178.html
- OfficeMax bids farewell to mail-in rebates http://www.tradingmarkets.com/tm.site/news/TOP%20STORY/296135/
- List of Backup Utilities, Online and Desktop (not a complete list…) http://davie.wordpress.com/2006/06/30/couchsurfingcom-goes-down-but-a-lesson-learned/
- Paper Pulls Back On Spy Story (re:
Today’s story about NSA and AT&T) http://www.forbes.com/technology/2006/06/30/wiretap-nsa-phone_cx_df_0630nsa.html?partner=rss USA
- Ringmania – Game for the week http://www.pepere.org/flash-development_1_3x/flash-game-ringmania_u_42.html
- Internet and Land-Line Calls on One Phone http://www.dualphone-us.com/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/01/AR2006070100144.html
- DVD or download?: http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/26/technology/movie_downloads/
- Western Digital settles capacity dispute: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060627/ap_on_hi_te/disk_drive_settlement
- Security Software Slaps IE In "Sandbox" To Ward Off Threats: http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20060628/tc_cmp/189601972
- NetCaptor (somewhat like Green Border in above article): www.netcaptor.com
- Gliffy, the online Visio killer?: http://news.com.com/2061-12572_3-6088621.html
- Vonage Puts Phone on USB Stick http://www.betanews.com/article/Vonage_Puts_Phone_on_USB_Stick/1151527613
- District Court in
tossed out two-thirds of SCO's claims against IBM http://www.forbes.com/home/technology/2006/06/29/ibm-sco-linux_cz_dl_0629ibm.html Utah
- It's time to own our own last mile http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20060629.html
lawmakers approve 'iTunes law' http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060630/ap_on_hi_te/france_itunes_law France
- Bricklin, Socialtext Aim To Hatch 'Killer App' For Wiki Users http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20060701/tc_cmp/189900011
- One year later: How Apple's Intel transition is going http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20060629/tc_macworld/inteltransition20060629
- The depressing state of computer security (“Almost all malware has finally learned to do its dirty business over port 80. The firewall is a non-issue.”) http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/30/27OPsecadvise_1.html