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Those Giant Fox News Touchscreens Are Microsoft Perceptive Pixel Displays Running Windows 8

October 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Again, I am really into geeky things lately. My favorite line is the opening of this article “Huge iPads or tiny journalists?” Love this high tech deck. Also you have got to see this video, click here: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/63503600029/shepard-smith-gives-tour-of-his-high-tech-fox-news At time marker 3:33 into the video I am reminded of the high tech gadgetry in that Tom Cruise movie, “Minority Report” the way that Tom Cruise’s character manipulated data and images. Very cool. Looks like I found another reason to prefer FOX news over all others :-).

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Huge iPads or tiny journalists? That’s the question that many are asking after Fox News released a video detailing a new set that includes a number of analysts sat before massive touch interfaces. The screens measure 55 inches, run Windows 8 (soon: Windows 8.1, presumably) and look damned futuristic.

Secret Fox News hardware? Something that Samsung kicked together for the company? Nope, just Microsoft’s PPI display technology deployed in the wild, the company confirmed with TechCrunch. Microsoft’s PPI business comes from its acquisition of Perceptive Pixel in July 2012. Microsoft, through that acquisition, is now an OEM of some of the largest touchscreens in the world; PPI displays also come in an 80-inch variant.

For fun, here’s a shot of long-time Microsoft denizen Craig Mundie poking a PPI display at TechForum on Microsoft’s campus this March:

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And here we have Shep Smith’s crew using their own PPIs:

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According to Smith, Fox…

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On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

October 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you a “geek” or are you a “nerd?” Are you neither? If neither, then what are you? B-).

Also, speaking of “Geeks” and “Nerds,” you must see this video, click here: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/63098284216/epic-rap-battle-nerd-vs-geek-by-rhett-link-i

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To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd” either doesn’t compute or means something else.)

In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:

  • geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
  • nerd – A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

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