Monday, February 27, 2006

this ain't your mama's microsoft

have you seen this - the Project Origami video. the buzz-o-meter is off the charts on this one.

i'm not a big fan of microsoft personally, but i really like this, whatever it may turn out to be. I guess someone found a video on Digital Kitchen - the news now is that it is over a year old - that shows the possible uses of a concept device by Microsoft called Origami. There is a website - verified to be owned by Microsoft - called The Origami Project which provides a teaser that more information will be released on March 2nd. You can follow the bloggers following this stuff on technorati.

I find this whole Origami thing really interesting. It looks like a really lightweight and sturdy handheld with multiple inputs methods - stylus, sync to computer, bluetooth etc. Microsoft has not really gotten into the hardware game until now (except for the XBOX of course), so this would be breaking new ground, if they actually deliver the box. On top of that, this whole viral buzz creation thing isn't something I'd associate with a MS product launch. Partly because it never really works if you are going to announce things that don't arrive on shelves for upto a year later. What I find surprising is that they didn't get their uber-blogger Scoble in the loop. I came across this Origami thing late last night and Scoble was where I went to look - but I was really surprised to see no information there. What I did find is this really cool video of how Microsoft may have packaged an iPod. Funny yet topical, methinks. Will this new Origami thing be victim of a similar process, effectively killing it before it even takes off?

I'm curious now. Waiting to see what they unveil.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Talk to Moi

So I went coolhunting and look what I found!

Odeo is one of the coolest gigs rocking the world of podcasting. I was taking their Studio product for a spin today for a podcasting project I just started working on. While there, I noticed a link that said Buttons. I like their product a lot, have podcasts that I subscribe to there, so I figured why not get one of those to plug on the blog.

But, I found something totally something else. It is a button that I have linked to on the sidebar called 'Send me a voice message'. If you are using a computer with a microphone, you can - as it promises - leave me a voice message! This is turned into an .mpg file and added to my podcast list and I also get an email letting me know. The greatest thing is that there is no signup required to leave a message ! Easy. Effortless. Nice.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

a b c d e f g ... spellings cast a spell

Quick Hat Tip.

Check out this very very cool link - Spell With Flickr.

It was Dugg recently and my brother pointed me to it. It is basically a script that spells words by pulling images for each individual alphabet from Flickr. I changed the header on my blog to use their javascript that changes the images on every visit - and I LOVE it. You'd be excused for thinking I was a narcissist - I keep going back to my own blog a few times a day to see how it looks :-)