Conventional wisdom has it that digital doesn’t degrade gracefully. That unlike, say, the random fuzz introduced into a conventional analogue TV picture by interference, you get the blocky, stalled or jittery breakdown more familiar to digital viewers. It’s generally true, but not always, as I think the image above – produced when a network fault [...]
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I’m hurt. I’ve been trying very hard not to just slag off the BBC lately, and a friend pointed out this evening that he kind of missed it. Well, if you think I’m going to say something sarcastic about under-bonnet forecourt-proximity-detecting depreciation devices you’ll be sorely disappointed. Instead, a mini rant about Microsoft. Regular readers [...]
A mechanical Etch-a-Sketch clock. Fact. VIA Guardian technology blog
Posted in digression on Dec 12th, 2007
I’m not happy. I worked for too many years in IT, and if there’s one lesson that you’d think I would have learned from my time there it’s that faster is not always better. This would, on early evidence, seem to apply to my internet connection, which was upgraded about a week ago from a [...]
There are people starving, others dying of disease and many millions who are oppressed and victimised, but if there’s one thing that people seem to give a shit about it’s technology. I’m utterly at a loss to explain why. This isn’t the grumbling of a marginalised old-timer, I should point out. I may (dimly) remember [...]