Technology Archive

  • These days, everyone multitasks. There is just too much to do to just be doing one thing, so you have to double and triple up. Eat breakfast while driving to […]

    Multitasking

    These days, everyone multitasks. There is just too much to do to just be doing one thing, so you have to double and triple up. Eat breakfast while driving to […]

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  • The other day, I saw a commercial that bragged that their product was "over-engineered". They used the term like it was a selling point. Now, as I've said far too many times before, I'm an engineer... Well, I WOULD be an engineer, if after I had gotten my degrees I had actually sought out an engineering job. As it is, I'm an IT specialist and phoney baloney journalist with two very expensive pieces of paper hanging on my wall. But it DOES give my opinion a little more weight when I suggest that "over-engineered" is not something you should be necessarily be looking for in a product if you are a consumer.

    Over-engineered

    The other day, I saw a commercial that bragged that their product was "over-engineered". They used the term like it was a selling point. Now, as I've said far too many times before, I'm an engineer... Well, I WOULD be an engineer, if after I had gotten my degrees I had actually sought out an engineering job. As it is, I'm an IT specialist and phoney baloney journalist with two very expensive pieces of paper hanging on my wall. But it DOES give my opinion a little more weight when I suggest that "over-engineered" is not something you should be necessarily be looking for in a product if you are a consumer.

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  • On this week's uncut, Decoychunk and Phawx discuss LEDs with jet engine technology, the upcoming Back To The Future game, cartoon censorship, de-crapification, and more musing about how awesome it is to live in the future.

    BrainLazy Uncut – October 26th, 2010

    On this week's uncut, Decoychunk and Phawx discuss LEDs with jet engine technology, the upcoming Back To The Future game, cartoon censorship, de-crapification, and more musing about how awesome it is to live in the future.

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  • The first ever edition of Brainlazy Uncut: On The Road. Veal, Hydrophobia, Call of Duty, NyxQuest, Comic Con, Tony Danza, and a top secret controller project all come up as Decoychunk, Phawx, and Oriech celebrate the Phawx's birthday.

    BrainLazy Uncut – September 28st, 2010

    The first ever edition of Brainlazy Uncut: On The Road. Veal, Hydrophobia, Call of Duty, NyxQuest, Comic Con, Tony Danza, and a top secret controller project all come up as Decoychunk, Phawx, and Oriech celebrate the Phawx's birthday.

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  • Decoy and Phawx discuss Gaming Conventions, the Epic 4G, and the enticing concept of a 3D Printer.

    BrainLazy Uncut – September 8th, 2010

    Decoy and Phawx discuss Gaming Conventions, the Epic 4G, and the enticing concept of a 3D Printer.

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  • It seems like the store shelves are flooded with idiotic, broken products. My background as an engineer doesn't help matters, because it leads me to favor function over form. Silly me, wanting products to do things well before they start looking good. The rest of America, or at least the bulk of it, are more into the gloss, and thus it is the glossiest of the glossy that makes it to market. Being forced to choose what I dislike least rather than what I really want has made me realize how alike the open market and open elections really are.

    Democratic Capitalism

    It seems like the store shelves are flooded with idiotic, broken products. My background as an engineer doesn't help matters, because it leads me to favor function over form. Silly me, wanting products to do things well before they start looking good. The rest of America, or at least the bulk of it, are more into the gloss, and thus it is the glossiest of the glossy that makes it to market. Being forced to choose what I dislike least rather than what I really want has made me realize how alike the open market and open elections really are.

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  • Phawx and Decoychunk cover such diverse and varied topics as the current state of Android, the Enderverse (SPOILERS), Calvin and Hobbes, and Grammar Ninjas.

    BrainLazy Uncut – August 25th, 2010

    Phawx and Decoychunk cover such diverse and varied topics as the current state of Android, the Enderverse (SPOILERS), Calvin and Hobbes, and Grammar Ninjas.

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  • Have you ever been walking down the street and said something out loud that wasn't intended for general broadcast? Maybe you were thinking it and it accidentally found its way to your mouth, or perhaps you didn't think anyone would hear you. Regardless of the reason for the slip, in the past you only had to glance side to side and hope there weren't too many people in earshot. Well, thanks to modern technology the list of people who might overhear your stupid remarks now includes the planet earth.

    Tech Tourette’s

    Have you ever been walking down the street and said something out loud that wasn't intended for general broadcast? Maybe you were thinking it and it accidentally found its way to your mouth, or perhaps you didn't think anyone would hear you. Regardless of the reason for the slip, in the past you only had to glance side to side and hope there weren't too many people in earshot. Well, thanks to modern technology the list of people who might overhear your stupid remarks now includes the planet earth.

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  • Earlier last week, we here at BrainLazy got our hands on the AT&T Captivate and boy were we impressed. After holding onto it for a week, I didn’t want to […]

    AT&T Captivate Review

    Earlier last week, we here at BrainLazy got our hands on the AT&T Captivate and boy were we impressed. After holding onto it for a week, I didn’t want to […]

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  • This week, we got the new Samsung Captivate in for review, and we are impressed. The phone is the AT&T branded version of the Galaxy S, and we recorded the full unboxing and power-on in 720p with its European cousin, the International model. While the two phones are obviously similar, there are several details and features unique to the Captivate that are worthy of mention. Check out the video and read on for our first thoughts, and if the phone makes an impression on us, expect more coverage.

    This Week: Samsung Captivate Unboxing

    This week, we got the new Samsung Captivate in for review, and we are impressed. The phone is the AT&T branded version of the Galaxy S, and we recorded the full unboxing and power-on in 720p with its European cousin, the International model. While the two phones are obviously similar, there are several details and features unique to the Captivate that are worthy of mention. Check out the video and read on for our first thoughts, and if the phone makes an impression on us, expect more coverage.

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  • Gaming can be an expensive hobby, both in terms of money and in time. Even with things like PSN, XBLA, and WiiWare offering up cheaper, lower impact games, sometimes you just don?t want to cough up the points or the minutes. The good news is that sites like Newgrounds and Armorgames are serving up thousands of games for free. Now the price is right, and you can?t beat the convenience, but... something is missing. You don?t really FEEL like a gamer. Well, I?m here to help.

    Hardcore Casual

    Gaming can be an expensive hobby, both in terms of money and in time. Even with things like PSN, XBLA, and WiiWare offering up cheaper, lower impact games, sometimes you just don?t want to cough up the points or the minutes. The good news is that sites like Newgrounds and Armorgames are serving up thousands of games for free. Now the price is right, and you can?t beat the convenience, but... something is missing. You don?t really FEEL like a gamer. Well, I?m here to help.

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  • At PAX East this year we got a hands on demo of Nvidia's 3D vision technology, complete with their IR shutter glasses. Now, the effect is exceptional, but even in our short demonstration we ran into problems inherent to the technology. Specifically a poorly placed emitter caused some people to lose sync due to line of sight issues. Now we learn that there is a radio frequency alternative on the horizon, and it has more ramifications than just eye-popping games and movies. Permit me to speculate.

    Hacking… IN 3D!

    At PAX East this year we got a hands on demo of Nvidia's 3D vision technology, complete with their IR shutter glasses. Now, the effect is exceptional, but even in our short demonstration we ran into problems inherent to the technology. Specifically a poorly placed emitter caused some people to lose sync due to line of sight issues. Now we learn that there is a radio frequency alternative on the horizon, and it has more ramifications than just eye-popping games and movies. Permit me to speculate.

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  • Turtle Beach had a strong presence at PAX East, and with one third of our staff enthusiastic supporters of their headsets, we wanted to get a chance to talk to them. Peter Ronick agreed to step in front of our camera and tell us about some of the latest and greatest they have to offer. He had some things to say about two new products, and even updated us on some old favorites.

    Turtle Beach Interview at PAX East

    Turtle Beach had a strong presence at PAX East, and with one third of our staff enthusiastic supporters of their headsets, we wanted to get a chance to talk to them. Peter Ronick agreed to step in front of our camera and tell us about some of the latest and greatest they have to offer. He had some things to say about two new products, and even updated us on some old favorites.

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  • Books. In the dark ages they were hand copied by monks, and were so expensive only the wealthiest could afford them. Eventually movable type was invented, first by the Chinese in 1040, then again by the Germans four hundred years later. The price of books quickly plummeted. More people could get their hands on books, and thus more people could be taught to read, and thus more people learned to read, and thus more people had a reason to buy books in the first place. This brought about the Renaissance, and then the Industrial Revolution. Things got much better, much quicker, thanks to this revolutionary cheap way to produce and distribute media. Then, in 1969 the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, and then again by Al Gore in 1991.

    Digital Distribution

    Books. In the dark ages they were hand copied by monks, and were so expensive only the wealthiest could afford them. Eventually movable type was invented, first by the Chinese in 1040, then again by the Germans four hundred years later. The price of books quickly plummeted. More people could get their hands on books, and thus more people could be taught to read, and thus more people learned to read, and thus more people had a reason to buy books in the first place. This brought about the Renaissance, and then the Industrial Revolution. Things got much better, much quicker, thanks to this revolutionary cheap way to produce and distribute media. Then, in 1969 the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, and then again by Al Gore in 1991.

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