Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: technology

hacking the noosphere

I had dinner with one of my favourite web writers last week, Jon Udell (along with a collection of other Montreal datahounds and web citizens). I like Jon’s stuff because he writes not about exploring the outer edge of the snowplow; but rather taking things from the snowplow blade and figuring out how they might […]

supersonic shockwaves

I’m not a gadget/gear junkie, but the mechanical engineer in me (I didn’t like much of my engineering courses, but I enjoyed fluid dynamics) thought this photo was pretty darned neat: A closeup [below], notice the visual distortion caused by the shockwaves… cool huh? The jet is not yet supersonic, but is in the transonic […]

wikia search

Jimmy Wales got hammered by Arrington for the launch of Wikia Search. Jimmy Wales comments on the techcrunch thread, with a salient point: When I launched Wikipedia, I wrote at the top of the first page “Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”. On that day, anyone reviewing it would have laughed. What’s this? There’s nothing here! This […]

value defined by what you can’t do

I’m batting around this idea, maybe you can help articulate it better. Here’s the basic idea: The (monetary) value of something is defined by what you can’t do with it; not by what you can do with it. I’m thinking of this particularly wrt to digital media, and the music biz. The “value” of LP […]

public broadcasting & podcasting

I’ve been listening to tons of great public broadcasting on And here’s a different view about why “good” public broadcasting is important: with the web, and podcasts, the CBC becomes a calling card for Canada. Ditto Deutsche-Welle for Germany and ARN for Australia etc. The broadcaster becomes a marketing tool and a builder of […]

twitter hashtags

more semantic web from ground up rather than top down: twitter #hashtags, see … hashtag any twitter post (eg. #montreal) and it ‘s trackable and findable on (I think they need to be following you on twitter). smart fellows. (oh and here is an explanation of twitter)

you should watch connections

We’ve been watching the 1978 BBC series Connections on Youtube at dinner time. It is a history of the world thru technology, demonstrating the chain reactions of incremental and quantum jumps in knowledge and tech, and their impacts on how we live. Fantastic television, and you should all watch it instead of the Knight Rider […]

google knol – finder becomes producer

Google is playing around with a new Wikipedia competitor, knol: Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling “knol”, which stands for a unit of knowledge. Our goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article […]

MovableType goes GPL

With the success of WordPress – free & GPL – that other blogging platform, MovableType was on its way out. But SixApart has just released MovableType in GPL. Good for everyone I think – throw some competition into the mix.

Mtl Tech Map

Heri’s got a map of Montreal tech start-uppy things going on, if you’ve got a project to put in there: