The Redeye Complex

Friday, August 31, 2007
Networking, storage, bioshock, and one more thing.

The Washington Post questions the value of Facebook and Myspace.
Despite Newsweek's assertion last week that Facebook "has already changed the way millions of us connect," Watts says sites like it are failing us because they do not do the thing that social networks are designed to do, namely: network. His websessed students spend their Facebook time keeping up with the infinitesimal details of their acquaintances' lives through the egomaniacally titled News Feeds. Call it stalking, procrastinating or friend collecting, it doesn't build real connections.
George Ou has some great thoughts on making a home RAID, answering the challenge of the ever increasing amount of disk storage at home.
If you just shoved six large 750GB hard drives in to your computer, you end up with a management nightmare because you have at least six independent volumes to manage. While six independent drives is very flexible and in some cases better performing when you’re doing multiple copy tasks at the same time, it’s simply too much to manage and I’ve lost track of files because I’ll accidentally forget to back it up and accidentally deleted what I thought was a replica.
The Globe reviews Bioshock which sounds like a great game.
I won't ruin any of the many clever twists, turns, or revelations I stumbled upon as the story unfolded, but I will say that BioShock is a parable for anyone who would dare to create a Utopia. It shows us what can happen when extremist ideas and philosophies are allowed to flourish, as well as the aftermath of criminally brilliant inventions gone horribly awry.
Wired has a review too but might reveal a bit too much.

CNet takes a look at how the iPhone is causing a design rethink on operating devices with one hand.
For years, smart-phone designers have built products around the premise that people should only have to use one hand to look up a contact, scroll through e-mail, or answer a call. Think of a business traveler rushing through an airport, trying to check voice mail while searching for the gate and recaffeinating.

But Apple, as it is wont to do, headed in the other direction with the iPhone. If you've got long, flexible fingers you can use the iPhone with one hand, but most of us have to use two to do just about anything on the iPhone's touch-screen interface, as shown in the demonstration videos produced by Apple.


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