Shorpy has a picture of what appears to be a very very early (1927) fax machine.
It turns out that nearly twenty years before Thomas Edison produced what is usually thought to be the first voice recording (“Mary Had a Little Lamb”, in 1877), Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a Parisian typesetter and tinkerer, produced a ten-second audio snippet that was recently discovered. In 1860, de Martinville used his phonautograph to produce […]
Here’s an interesting article in Money that recapitulates exactly what I have been saying all along about the Darwinian, natural selection characteristics of really good businesses and business models. In a very real sense, failure is good (as long as it’s not catastrophic failure). An excerpt: Since its launch, Dogster has indeed failed, repeatedly, […]
Red Herring: August 7, 2006 Issue As Zeus prowled the kitchen meowing hungrily, Chancellor asked in a concerned tone if the cat’s owner wanted to reorder a few bags of kibble, adding, “We don’t want Zeus to starve.” Neither pet-sitter nor butler, Chancellor is an automated cat feeder, using so-called confabulation technology that allows the […]
MY IDEA! (Adaptive Lava) Super-powered peer to peer By John Borland Staff Writer, CNET News.com http://news.com.com/Super-powered+peer+to+peer/2100-1032_3-5397784.html Story last modified October 6, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT StreamCast Networks on Wednesday plans to release an updated version of its Morpheus file-swapping software, showcasing new search technology that could dramatically strengthen peer-to-peer networks. […]