I'm in Las Vegas covering the Consumer Electronics Show--I'll be blogging regularly from the floor over the next couple of days. I'd forgotten that in Vegas hotels, there's a soundtrack. It plays everywhere--in the elevators, in the bars and (especially) on the casino floor. It's louder and much harder to ignore than typical ambient music--if you're not engaged in conversation, you're going to hear it. Presumably, it's carefuly calibrated to the desired demographic, with possible tie-ins to entertainment at the hotel. Last year, I had the good fortune to stay at the … Read more
The editors here at CNET Download.com have bashed our heads together trying to sort through the bloody mess that was the past 12 months in software. The rise of webware sure changed the playing field, but we think we've found 10 Windows applications that are either new to the world or had such a major upgrade that they might as well be. We present these in no particular order, but please feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.
There is no doubt whatsoever that 2007 was a impressive year for video games. Everyone has their own Top 10 list, but we hate the whole numbered list cliche. Instead, we've grouped the Top 10, in no particular order, giving each game its own due respect. These 10 games achieve a certain elite status that separate themselves from all the rest providing us with some of the most advanced digital entertainment available today. So without any further ado, please enjoy our picks for the Top 10 Games of 2007.
Blogging pioneer Jorn Barger weighs in on what a blog should be, going with the old-school "these are interesting links I saw today" format rather than the more recent "this is everything I thought today." Do you agree that personal commentary has no place on a blog? Do we need a new name for a blog with more personal commentary than links?
Read his full how-to at Wired: "Top 10 tips for new bloggers from original blogger Jorn Barger"
If you can't say anything nice, my grandmother always cautioned me, you should consider being a journalist. (Naw, she didn't, really. She was a much nicer lady than I am.)
We do enjoy a good bit of snark--if only to set off the cheerleading of which we're sometimes accused. After touting all the great things technology can do for you, 'tis the season to dish dirt on paltry products. Along with sister site CNET Reviews, Popular Mechanics just published their picks for the least convincing tech products of 2007.
See the full catastrophe on CNET Reviews: "… Read more
A few years ago, I spent three months between jobs.
It wasn't by choice; I ran a company that filed for bankruptcy along with hundreds of others when the tech bubble burst. It took awhile to find a new job. I made the best of it and built a greenhouse.
I had never had so much fun. But when it was done, I got bored. Not only that, but my wife wasn't used to having me home. I took pleasure in hanging around the house and annoying her, but it got old after awhile.
Finally, I faced the fact that I missed working. I know that sounds crazy, but I did.… Read more
We saw driverless cars crawl across the desert in 2005, then negotiate an urban environment earlier this year, and now BMW built one for the racetrack. This video shows a clip from last Sunday's Top Gear episode where presenter Jeremy Clarkson gets taken for a ride around the track in a BMW 330i that can drive itself. Although Clarkson sits in the driver's seat, the various camera angles make it clear he is not touching the pedals, shifter, or steering wheel. You can tell he wants to hit the brakes as the car approaches turns at speed, braking … Read more
Every few years, some new technology or application comes along that everyone's sure will miraculously conquer every obstacle in its path and, in some ludicrously short time period, make existing technology obsolete. And then, long after all the media hype fades away and investors' checkbooks disappear, well, nothing happens.
So what? Who cares? Why bother talking about our industry's bombs, the next big things that weren't? Well, for one thing, it's interesting to note how hungry we all are for news about new technology. It gets us excited. We complain about media hype, but love the hype.
It's also fascinating how existing technology has this way of hanging on by its fingernails way past the point of its predicted obsolescence. More importantly, we learn more from mistakes than we do from successes. That's part of the scientific method: hypothesis, test, learn, repeat until you get it right.
Lastly, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Those are all good enough reasons for me. So here are my top 10 technology flops. But first, some ground rules. I stuck to the last 50 years or so. And I avoided specific company products. We've heard enough about the IBM PCjr, Apple Newton, Microsoft Bob, and OS2 to last 10 lifetimes.… Read more
A year never goes by without someone inventing something hilariously useless. Many of these travesties tried to reinvent the wheel but were plagued by huge dollops of fail. And when companies get desperate, horrendous products hit the mass market and produce a true comedy of errors.
Over the next 10 pages, we'll take you on a guided tour of our picks of the bunch--not a definitive guide to technological idiocy. On each page is a piece of technology replete with oodles of fail. There's no excuse any more for wasting millions of dollars of development on products so … Read more