Twitter contd

March 16th, 2007

Perhaps the main reason for Twitter’s success, beyond the ‘search for acknowledgement‘ mentioned yesterday, is the fact that it’s so controversial. Alternately derided as the biggest timewaster since Big Brother and fêted as the next big communications medium, it’s managed to get a lot of press. This posting being a case in point.

Does it demonstrate that our attention spans have now fallen so far that composing and reading even blog posts is too much like hard work? Or is it significant because the world-changing technology of SMS has finally found a way to be the channel for user-generated content?

Ewan Spence has mixed feelings about it after SXSW.

One thing I do know – their servers seem to be very heavily loaded at present. Painfully slow.

A Nivo by any other name…

March 16th, 2007

Samsung USB monitor

It’s now official – Samsung has announced their 940UX monitor, which has DisplayLink‘s technology inside, so can be connected to the computer by USB. News of this leaked a few weeks ago, but, contrary to the reports that spread across the web, this model does also have VGA and DVI connections. Here’s DisplayLink’s press release.

If you already have a monitor, but want to connect it using USB, you can get the technology in adaptor form from IOGear – you can find it from around $73. Sunix are about to follow suit with their VGA2625.

Disclaimer: I’m no longer a director or employee of DisplayLink, but I am still a minor shareholder. And proud of it.

Phone connections

March 16th, 2007

If you have a phone which isn’t supported directly by Apple’s iSync, it may be supported by the extra plugins available for a few Euros from Nova media.

I’ve been using their Nokia E61 plugin for a while now, but I’ve just discovered they do Address Book plugins too, which enable the SMS-sending and other functionality. Good stuff.

No connection – just a happy customer