Conrad’s company, Sphere, creates a widget that helps readers track conversations across multiple sites on the web. It’s just one of many companies that have set up shop in Iconistan.
In mid-August, I had the opportunity to work with No Mimes Media, one of the major players in the ARG/Transmedia-creation world, co-founded by ARGNet founder Steve Peters. My role: to “scrub” the websites and puzzles for an alternate reality game (commonly known as an ARG) – what I call “QA” in my day job, consisting of assorted tasks like verifying website content against design documents, and playtesting puzzles to make sure they can be solved as designed. However, it also afforded me the opportunity to see how ARGs are designed and run – a glimpse behind the curtain, and into the inner workings of a development team (often referred to in the alternate reality gaming space as “Puppetmasters” or “PMs”).
To get into the legion is no laughing matter and for some it takes years of blood, sweat, tears and financial planning.
The original rulesheet I received had a few errors, but Castle Games has since posted a few errata on their website and released a revised rulesheet, which they e-mailed to me, and said they would include the “patched” rules in shipments from now on.
SAN FRANCISCO – What do Macheads really want? Every year, tens of thousands of Apple devotees make the trek to Macworld to see what Steve Jobs and company has to offer.
The Hitachi microdrive is the same size as a standard CompactFlash, or CF, card, a popular storage medium for digital cameras. In fact, the drive is designed to be interchangeable with CF cards. The drive can simply be inserted into the camera and formatted to store pictures. The drive can also be read with most CF card readers.
With insider trading charges pending over LetsBuyIt, Schmitz decided it was time to lay low (by his standards); “in fear for his life,” he fled to Thailand in January of 2002. On his website, he hinted at possible suicide, saying he would be crossing “to a new world,” Hale-Bopp cult style. But instead of offing himself, he declared that he wanted to be known as “King Kimble the First, Ruler of the Kimpire” — a label he would apply to his future projects. (It’s listed as his title on LinkedIn.)
This is one of several issues spoiling some players’ ecstatic moment. Neverwinter’s copy protection program is making the game unplayable on some PC systems.
“For some – maybe we can call them ‘digital artisans’ – programming is not seen as a means for producing art but is an art form in its own right,” Nori said. “And computer code is evaluated using the standard aesthetic criteria of beauty, elegance, proportion and effectiveness. It is a sort of digital poetry.”
“Considerable marketing and educational efforts will be necessary to improve the prospects of Bluetooth,” McAteer said. “Consumers are, on the whole, unaware of the technology. If Bluetooth is to enjoy wide appeal, carriers and handset manufacturers must clearly articulate one or two useful applications of the technology.”
If you read Web guides to buying cars, they pretty much agree that car dealers will do anything to get more money out of you, including but not limited to telling you that sudden massive inflation has rendered American currency no more valuable than tissue paper, then faking a head cold.
Cultural and geographical differences often create points of contention, and humor, between different countries. Now we can see specific countries’ points of view on the world, and people, around them laid out in map form with the Mapping Stereotypes project by Bulgarian designer Yanko Tsvetkov.
Download a P2P streaming player from the forum Football Streaming Info, which is stuffed full of links to downloads and tips if you get into technical trouble. TvAnts is a front-runner due to its ease of use – a big plus is that the channel menu is mostly in English, unlike many of the other players which seem to be in Chinese.
Those prices aren’t cheap, and I have no idea whether the unlocked phones will support mobile data. A few months ago I was in another camera shop here in Barcelona and got talking to the boss, who has an unlocked first-gen iPhone. He says that everything works except mobile data and the visual voicemail. Ironically, he has a Teléfonica SIM in there, the same telco that carries the official iPhone in Spain.
The FTC said the Mesa, Ariz.-based company’s multilevel marketing business violated the Federal Trade Commission Act and was really “an illegal pyramid operation.”
The so-called National Cyber Security Initiative is also wrapped in unnecessary secrecy, and would spend billions on unproven, embryonic technology, and possibly illegal or ill-advised projects, according to the analysis – which is part of a broad look at the proposed 2009 defense budget.
Dozens of old television shows, including Welcome Back Kotter, will be available online and free of charge under a deal between America Online and Warner Bros., the companies said.
We have now worked our way through the Skylanders Character Stats for the majority of the single pack figures, but don’t have access to some of the others. If you do and you’d like to help us complete the list, you need to put the character on the portal (ensuring they are still Level 1) and press pause to select the stat page and pop them in the comments here.
Motley Fool co-founders Tom and David Gardner have spent more than a decade beating the market. (In fact, the newsletter they run, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market!*)
Interesting study by the University of Glamorgan Business School suggests that men and women respond to website design differently:
Occasional GeekDad contributor Francesco Fondi (perhaps the only Italian hobby enthusiast in Japan) has sent along part of a piece he just wrote up on his own blog, about some cool old model rocket kits he came across:
“The proposed settlement (.pdf) will restore competition, provide a greater range of choices and create incentives to provide secure, accurate and reliable voting-equipment systems now and in the future,” said Molly S. Boast, deputy assistant attorney general for the antitrust division in a statement.