Archive for the ‘Boing Boing Gadgets’ tag

#  Energy in America →

April 29th, 2009 at 14:00 // In Worth Seeing 

NPR has built a fantastic set of maps about how energy is produced and distributed across the United States.

Something I learned: the Hoover Dam, which I naively assumed to be the biggest hydroelectric producer, is pretty average. The real heavyweights are in Washington.

(via BBG)

#  Gadget Tribes →

February 7th, 2009 at 12:18 // In Worth Distraction 

This is a bit old, but I enjoyed perusing Rob Beschizza’s attempt to highlight the hardware preferences of certain types of people.

#  Where Signs Are Born →

December 21st, 2008 at 21:25 // In Worth Seeing 

Until I saw this Flickr set of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s sign shop, I’d never stopped to think about where exactly those road signs come from.

Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a Flickr account?

(via BB Gadgets)

#  Sleeping Beauty’s EULA →

October 9th, 2008 at 19:57 // In Worth Knowing 

Disney’s 57 page EULA before you can watch Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray is why we should remove any legal force from EULAs. Or ban them outright. Or at least require an executive summary so that people will know what cr*p they’re accepting before they (inevitably) blindly do so.

(via BBG)

#  Biggest Prime →

September 30th, 2008 at 20:05 // In Worth Knowing 

Wow:

Here’s a number to savor: 243,112,609-1.

Its size is mind-boggling. With nearly 13 million digits, it makes the number of atoms in the known universe seem negligible, a mere 80 digits.

And its form is tidy and lovely: 2n-1.

(via BBG)

#  Oh SkyMall! →

July 29th, 2008 at 15:19 // In Worth Distraction 

Sometimes SkyMall products perfectly straddle the thin line between “useless junk” and “cool idea.” The PizzaPro — a long pair of scissors with a spatula attached — is such a product.

(via BB Gadgets)

#  When Bill Gates Hates Microsoft →

June 25th, 2008 at 17:10 // In Worth Reading 

This may be the greatest thing I’ve seen today.

From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:05 AM
To: Jim Allchin
Cc: Chris Jones (WINDOWS); Bharat Shah (NT); Joe Peterson; Will Poole; Brian Valentine; Anoop Gupta (RESEARCH)
Subject: Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame

I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don’t drive usability issues.

He goes on — and on and on — to personally make just about every gripe that every other user of Microsoft software has.

(via BBGadgets)

#  The Web is My Set-Top Box →

April 12th, 2008 at 10:29 // In Worth Considering 

I enjoy a piece of technology forecasting from time to time, and Joel Johnson offered an interesting one:

I never want to touch a piece of proprietary hardware to access content again. There’s no need! We’ll be able to stream HD content soon enough; in the interim, even these browser-based solutions could pre-fetch and cache it. The only reason companies like Blockbuster and Vudu want dedicated hardware is because it locks you into their service. They’re recreating the Blu-ray/HD DVD format war for streaming digital media. How silly is that?

#  Periodic Rings →

March 19th, 2008 at 11:56 // In Worth Seeing 

In the clever but pointless category, I submit these rings. Made of gold, silver, or platinum, their face clearly displays the information from their square on the periodic table an nothing else.

(via BB Gadgets)

#  Scrap Metal Toys →

March 17th, 2008 at 13:32 // In Worth Seeing 

These are very cool. You should look at them. That is all.

(via BBGadgets)