Technology: January 2008 Archives
Phasers, tractor beams, cloaking devices, maybe even hyperdrive to get us from Earth to Mars in three hours. (Via a set of odd links at NRO's Corner. Don't miss reading about the bionic contact lens.)
"[Altus,] Oklahoma-based Quartz Mountain Aerospace, a start-up aircraft manufacturer that is building an updated, tricycle version of the 1940s-vintage Luscombe Sedan, has completed and flight tested four aircraft, with nine more aircraft on the assembly line." Global Aviation Partners, a company that leases aircraft to flight schools has purchased the first three years of production, about 500, of the new single-engine aircraft, which will sell for just under $200K.
How to use e-mail to send a text message (SMS) to a mobile phone, for a variety of mobile phone systems worldwide.
Almost three years old, but interesting, with a list of clear-channel stations, their owners, and which major national talk shows are on which clear-channel stations: "This is an examination of the increasing concentration of control of the most important AM radio stations in the United States. Now the largest conglomerate owns 16 of the prime 58 high power AM stations in the United States, whereas in pre-consolidation days before the 1990s, the most owned was four.... An examination of the station websites indicates Rush Limbaugh, a conservative is now carried on 25 of the 58 U.S. clear channel stations. Conservative Sean Hannity is on 15."
Former NBC Dateline reporter John Hockenberry, now with the MIT Media Lab, has a lengthy story about the shortsightedness of his former employer: "I knew it was pretty much over for television news when I discovered in 2003 that the heads of NBC's news division and entertainment division, the president of the network, and the chairman all owned TiVos, which enabled them to zap past the commercials that paid their salaries. 'It's such a great gadget. It changed my life,' one of them said at a corporate affair in the Saturday Night Live studio. It was neither the first nor the last time that a television executive mistook a fundamental technological change for a new gadget."