Digital Television: What you need to know

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Undoubtedly, you’re probably aware on some level that the United States government mandated that all broadcasted television signals be transmitted in digital format on and after February 19, 2009. In the good ol’ days, televisions, VCR’s, and other similar appliances were manufactured with a NTSC (National Television System Committee) […]

Super-spies rejoice: Self-erasing paper!

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] From the evil empire of Xerox (an old former employer), comes an interesting concept in the age of a “paperless society”: paper that actually erases itself after 16 hours! The idea behind the self-erasing printer paper is to help eliminate the waste generated when people print off documents for […]

In the Spirit of Gutenberg: Blogs and the Democracy of Ideas

By Lyle Bateman Contributing Writer, [GAS] From a perspective of some six centuries later, it’s pretty easy to see the revolution inherent in the idea of movable type and the printing press. Once a hugely expensive endeavor confined to the scriptoriums of only super-wealthy patrons, book production was suddenly a fraction of the cost. Books, once highly […]

Google GrandCentral: One (Phone) Ring to Rule Them All

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] GrandCentral is a new and exciting telco/Web 2.0 service. Created by Craig Walker (ex-CEO Dialpad Communications) and Vincent Paquet (ex-Director of Business Development at Yahoo!), their new service offers users a way to take some serious control over their “tele-identity.” GrandCentral boasts a myriad of features that would surely […]

Blocking Network Packets – The Comcast Fiasco

Sometimes you just can’t be neutral. That, apparently, is the reasoning behind Comcast’s recently revealed actions regarding several peer-to-peer applications, including BitTorrent. In case you haven’t been following the story, here’s a quick rundown. It started five days ago when the Associated Press ran a story called “Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic.” In this story, […]