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Dec. 2nd, 2006 | 12:53 am
location: Roxor
mood: geekygeeky

Already, it is possible to bring your personal computer use (saved files, shortcuts, software) anywhere you go by keeping it on a specially-configured tiny USB keychain drive you can just plug in and reboot, or by using various web services. I think it'll be neat when computers take the next logical step and have an option to boot from a Bluetooth-radio (or similar) wireless connection to some gadget you keep with you.*

When you take all the above and factor in the increasing speed, capacity and flexibility of computer technology, eventually it would be like carrying a little garage-door opener that you point at whatever computer is nearby.

* hmm, what about a PXE "network boot" that uses ordinary wireless-G, and discovers that the gadget in your pocket is a boot server?


Trip

P.S. - I am being a little bit neo-steampunk here by intentionally ignoring quite a few things that will probably supercede and obsolete the technologies I mention. Well, to be more precise,

Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. Fiction in the steampunk genre is set in the past, or a world resembling the past, in which modern technological paradigms occurred earlier in history, but were accomplished via the science already present in that time period. The genre typically falls into the realm of science fiction.

so I'm postulating the existence of a literary subgenre set in an anachronistic alternate *future history*, in which things we believe will necessarily happen, don't. OK, wikipedia's article on steampunk mentions something similar and suggests the term retro-futurism.

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spacellama

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from: spacellama
date: Dec. 4th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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You totally need to be writing speculative fiction.

And how goes the you? Have missed you.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 6th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the compliment.

Considering that this is one of the more improbable alternate universes, where things have happened that were never, ever imagined to be possible... it's not bad! The me goes, in much the ways I always does.

I miss you (and yours) as well. I'm often not all that communicative or accessible, I know, but I'd welcome the opportunity not to passively allow you to fall under the stereotypical category of "friends lost in collateral damage of a break-up".

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 6th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
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I'm one of those potential writers who doesn't write, mostly because I've always thought that being the writer of something would totally spoil the ending for me.

But, perhaps that isn't so, and perhaps there are some classes I could take or exercises I could do to remove that concern.

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Looky Looky

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from: yangenigma
date: Dec. 4th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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umm..hon, the geekiness is turning me on

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 6th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
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oh, I've got more, I promise. let me whisper in your ear....

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