Hugh McGuire

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

Category: technology

that’s a lotta radiohead

BBC reports: A single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi. In a way, this becomes less exciting as we move to a decentralized/online storage model.

Nora’s Spark

Nora Young is my favourite CBC radio journalist – she mixes contemporary pop culture with intelligence in just the right doses. She’s been particularly interested lately in technologies – web-based and otherwise. She’s just launching a new show, called Spark: Spark is your guide to the Next Big Thing. On-air and online, join Nora Young […]

Casey in Guardian

Hey, sweet. Montreal video maven Casey McKinnon, of Galacticast and A Comic Book Orange, has an article in the (UK) Guardian, How Do You Beat Youtube, about what needs to happen in the online vid platform space. Congrats. UPDATE: Mat has an interesting response, from a consumer’s point of view. And he’s right on.

HMV sale on old CDs

Michael Geist on HMV’s decision to drop the price on back-catalog CDs: This week, HMV announced that it was reducing the price on hundreds of back-catalog CDs generating a surprising amount of news coverage (Post, CBC). The move is good for everyone – the recording industry gets an important retail outlet to reduce prices on […]

facebook & predicting behaviour

All this data we are putting into the web – say, into our blogs and into facebook and elsewhere, could be used for much more than just figuring out what kind of sneaker ads we’re likely to want to see. If you have a big enough and powerful enough database, and you felt like tracking […]

new industry minister & digitalia

Michael Geist is optimistic: Jim Prentice, Canada’s new Industry Minister, has been on the job for less than a week, yet his appointment has already sent a buzz through the business community. With a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inner circle now at the helm, promoting Canada’s global economic competitiveness promises to become a […]

evans on books

Sometime-Montrealer, occasional yulblogger, and fiction-writer Jon Evans has an article in the Walrus, called: Apocalypse Soon: The Future of Reading, about books, ebooks, the Internet, and publishing. Starting para: A few years ago, my first novel was published. It did pretty well, won an award, was translated and sold around the world; the movie rights […]

press and canadian mobile data

The Canadian press is all over the brutal mobile data rates Canadian carriers charge (compared with reasonable rates elsewhere). An editorial in the Gazette; an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen, now a big article in the National Post. I agree with them, and I’ll wager that CanWest (who owns all three papers) has some big […]

quick shot of literature

Says da boing: The New York Public Library has just installed an Espresso book-on-demand machine and they’ll print any of over 200,000 public domain titles from the Open Content Alliance free of charge for any patron. [more…]

Facebook as platform

From Marc Andreessen: Why Facebook is an important, perhaps revolutionary step in the evolution of the web…and what plugging into the platform means (great, long article, and here are some juicy bits): Metaphorically, Facebook is providing the ease and user attraction of MySpace-style embedding, coupled with the kind of integration you see with Firefox extensions, […]