Streaming video games has been the new hotness in the gaming world since OnLive revealed itself in March with the the ability to stream games onto a PC at HDTV resolution from distant servers with a web plugin or a small piece of hardware. Basically, cloud gaming. I was impressed when the news came out, but not being a gamer, I lost interest. Until I found this video above. Until I watched the 10th minute of the video above. Please watch the 10th minute on the video above. Gaikai, a similar service to OnLive, is able to stream Photoshop to a browser using only Flash. And it opens in 2 seconds. Gaikai needs to think about shifting its focus away from just games. And investors should be throwing money at this company.
Whether or not it was a hit (it wasn’t), I thinking about making “A Trip to the Timesink” a weekly entry sharing some of the great things that the internet provides us.
The first item is a great website for wasting time that is especially enjoyable when with a group of friends. Sporcle is a site with a bunch of pretty difficult trivia games and credit for finding and sharing it with me goes to Rachel, a lovely individual. Think you can name all of the Pokemon? How about every Anne Rice novel? Do you even know who Anne Rice is? (I don’t)
Another great timesink? Watch video clips of Anderson Cooper. you will not regret them.
If you do regret them, you are a horrible person. But to ensure your continued readership, how about some Ryan Leslie? Demetri Martin?
Don’t lie to yourself. Unless your banking or marketing at someplace ridiculous (Kraft I hear is fun), chances are you have some downtime at work. I know I do. Here are two excellent ways to use your time.
Unnecessary Knowledge – A beautiful website that beckons you to keep refreshing for useless factoids.
Nitrome – Home to some pretty addicting and well made games. (Final Ninja is the way to go)
Not sure if anyone I know uses del.icio.us anymore, but today del.icio.us, or delicious, brought the site out of stone age with its first update since 1920.
The new delicious does not really affect my life, but the subject of bookmarking is something that I hold dear. Whereas some new services have left people wondering who bookmarks anymore, I have collected approximately 5000 bookmarks in my time. Seeing as these bookmarks typically sit in “[Folder Name]” folders, they are practically useless unless I spend the time to dig something up that I happen to remember. Hence this latest rise in my blogging activity. I see this blog as a way to share the things that I find interesting as well as a meaningful way to store my bookmarks. So hopefully, many more posts to come!
Youtube’s popularity was revolutionary. Since then, the site has failed to bring papa Google any happiness and has pretty much dropped the ball in terms of innovation. Youtube recently purchased Omnisio to try to spice things up, but the latest news regarding Youtube’s speech-to-text technology is what I find most
promising interesting. Youtube is now capable of “listening” to the audio of a clip and transcribing it into rich metadata whcih can be embedded in the video and can be searchable by users. Pretty cool stuff, and you should try it.
Cuil is a new search engine launched last night by a superstar team of ex-Google employees. The search engine is speculated to be a “Google-killer” with claims that it provides a larger index than Google and better search results with some related-words technology. The site also has an interesting interface and issues with uptime.
My opinion? I hate it. A search for “Jason Chou” produces horrible results. “Misterchou” produces no matches. Google is much more me friendly.