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May 20, 2011 (@11:54 am)

The Future of OpenNI, PrimeSense (Makers of Kinect)

Update: PrimeSense updated me regarding redistribution of OpenNI/NITE on Twitter: “Commercial apps are allowed and they can be packaged with OpenNI/NITE.” Thank you!

For my Kinect-hacking friends who missed last night’s “Evening With PrimeSense” meetup in NYC or otherwise have the misfortune of living elsewhere in the world, I thought I’d share some of the tastier morsels.

PrimeSense is reaching out to developers in the hope of creating a commercial “app ecosystem” on top of it’s “natural interface” technology, giving a mass market cast to all the Kinect hackery we’ve witnessed since the device’s November 2010 release.

March 21, 2011 (@10:06 am)

.LY Domains in a Time of Libyan Crisis

I have a domainer habit that I’m barely trying to kick. And these days, you can’t satisfy such a habit without at least a couple of fanciful .LY domains. So, I own a couple. Okay, maybe a few.

I haven’t done anything with these domains yet–that’s part of the habit! I was thinking about using one of them for my personal URL shortener, and yes, I’m perfectly at ease using an .LY domain for this project. For one, I’m happy to support a nascent tech industry in Libya (at $75 per domain/year, no less!). For two, I received last week an e-blast note from Hadi Naser, CEO of my Libyan registrar of choice, Libyan Spider, explaining why .LY domains should always work:

.ly top-level domain works on five .ly root servers. Two are located in Libya, two are in the United States, and one is in Europe. In order for a .ly domain to stop working, all five must be offline or transmit empty responses. The Libyan servers are not in danger of being offline due to the fact that GPTC (General Post and Telecommunication Company), which controls the Internet in Libya and is also the legal representative and registry of .ly, has taken care of this issue by listing the Libyan .ly root servers in a “white list.”

Despite the Internet connection to and from Libya being temporarily suspended, the communication and synchronization between the root servers takes place. Hence, .ly domains will not be affected and will continue to run. For your information, the Internet within the country is fully on.

But my ambition to setup an .LY domain now puts me in a morally awkward position: Do I really want to ask some tech guy in Tripoli to brave bullets, airstrikes, and God-knows-what-else to modify the DNS so that my petty vision of personalized, tweetable links can be realized?

November 20, 2009 (@3:59 pm)

WSJ Kindle Edition’s Bad Paperboy

I suffered my first misdelivered Kindle newspaper yesterday. I’m not complaining, really — I’m the last person to expect 100% performance from a brand new distribution system. But I did briefly long for the days of paperboys when I saw this:

Kindle News Misdelivered

August 25, 2009 (@9:01 am)

Use Twitter Anonymously, and Be Someone’s Muse

Today, my company launched a sweet little service that lets anyone post anonymously in the Twitterverse. This service has two flavors: the angelic, heavenly Tweet From Above; and the demonic, hell-raising Tweet From Below. Use either or both as necessary.