Blinkenlights …

November 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm (art, computers, odds) (, , )

Now this is an electronics project and a half. The Chaos Computer Club wired up a load of floodlights in every window in a building and used a computer or mobile phone to send graphics to the building, which then acted like a giant LED matrix display.

Be sure to watch the video on the page – its a great project.

The one I like the best, is probably people playing pong on it using their mobiles.


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A Story about Magic

November 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm (computers, internet, odds) (, , , , , , , , )

Computers can be odd things at times. Some people give their’s names (they’re not all called ‘kitchen computer’), we nearly all talk about them doing things without being told (it crashed, it lost my file, its not printing). Well, this story just confirms everything I ever suspected about them – for a supposedly logical, predictable entity – they are too damn complicated and unpredictable by half.

Everyone in IT futures tells me that eventually we may have software doing things on our behalf – a PVR that ‘knows’ what I like to watch, an intelligent search that knows what I really mean when I use Google, intelligent news-gophers that give me the news they know I’m interested in, the fridge will know what I’ve eaten and automatically print out my shopping list and so on (which is fine, until it starts talking to the bathroom scales …).

Well, while there is still ‘magic’ in computers, I think I’d like to keep deciding these things for myself …


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