[Paleopsych] So Long, Elevator Friends
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Tue Jul 27 17:37:12 UTC 2004
Scroll down to "elevator music." There are a great many people where I
work that are so psychotic (i.e., detached from reality) that they believe
the bureaucracy accomplishes useful things. And these people are so urgent
about their work that they continue charging past you as you try to talk
to them and shout their answers at you, the way Teddy Kennedy makes
reporters chase after him.
They will, however, talk to you while waiting for the elevator (until
someone who shares their psychosis turns up). I call them my "elevator
friends." The news item suggests that they will be my friends no more, for
they will be able to read elevator news instead of talking.
Wired News: Handheld Computer-Phone Is Here
08:40 AM Jul. 26, 2004 PT
T-Mobile USA and Hewlett-Packard will introduce the first-ever
handheld computer that also works as a cell phone and can tap into the
Internet using high-speed wireless hot spots next month, the companies
T-Mobile USA, owned by Deutsche Telekom, said it expects the
HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6315 to boost use of its mobile phone service and
its high-speed short-range networks known as Wi-Fi hot spots in cafes
and book stores.
As well as carrying phone calls, the device, only available from
T-Mobile USA, also has links for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, another
short-range wireless standard used to connect items such as handsets
and headphones. It goes on sale in August, the companies said, and
will cost $500.
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Beyond DVD: The Japanese unit of Microsoft said the company's
next-generation operating system, Longhorn, would be compatible with
HD DVD, an advanced form of DVD technology.
The show of support from Microsoft is considered a boost
for the next-generation, blue-laser DVD technology, which is promoted
by Japanese conglomerates NEC and Toshiba.
Blue light, with a shorter wavelength than the red laser used in
conventional DVD recorders, can read and store data at the higher
densities needed for high-definition recordings.
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Elevator music is out: Gannett and a young company the media giant
bought in April are teaming up to cash in on those awkward moments of
avoiding eye contact that can make an elevator a place of silent
Enter elevator video. Gannett and Captivate Network, along
with a handful of smaller foreign and domestic rivals, see the
elevator as a sort of upwardly mobile theater where viewers can digest
news headlines, sports scores, weather updates and -- of course --
For better or worse, the companies are persuading skyscraper building
managers to pay to install the flat screens in their elevators. The
screens provide a silent, video-only stream of media content. Part of
the screen is devoted to text and graphics supplied by media partners
such as CNN, The Weather Channel and The Wall Street Journal, with a
smaller section featuring ads.
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Wearable music: A new jacket from Rosner, a German clothing firm,
incorporates a 128-MB MP3 player that is controlled through cloth
buttons on the left sleeve. Headphones are built into the collar.
The jacket also has a hands-free cell phone microphone tucked into the
collar, which works with phones on the Bluetooth short-range wireless
standard. A tiny electronic module containing the music player and the
battery, which the company says is good for up to eight hours per
charge, can be slipped out so the jacket can be washed.
Rosner and its electronics partner, German computer chipmaker Infineon
Technologies, said the limited-edition garment is "geared toward
technologically progressive, fashion-conscious men." Priced at $725,
it will be available through the Rosner website starting in August
for delivery in February.
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Sun on sale: Sun Microsystems has rolled out new servers and
workstations based on industry-standard components and cut the price
for an entry-level product.
The new Sun Fire V40z server uses four Advanced Micro Devices Opteron
microprocessors per box, twice the number of its previous Sun Fire
servers. Sun also announced the Sun Java W1100z and Sun
Java W2100z workstations, which also use AMD's Opteron processors. All
three are available immediately.
Sun, which has faced criticism in recent years for selling only
high-end, high-priced servers using proprietary technology, has pushed
aggressively to offer cheaper servers in a bid to boost market share
that has eroded since the dot-com bust in late 2000.
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Compiled by Laila Weir. AP and Reuters contributed to this report.
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