Jason McDermott

Touch me

I’ve noticed this strange quirk happening lately, most noticeably when I’m on my laptop at work. I’ll glance up at the laptop screen, spot a link in a web page (perhaps one I’ve launched using a keyboard shortcut), and reach up to touch it. Not reach for the mouse, not reach for the trackpad (which […]

  • Jason,
  • January 31, 2012

Cameras on the verge

Anything you could ever want to know about the basics of camera use, over at the verge. Here’s a small snippet to give you a taste: SENSOR SIZE If there’s one rule to follow in photography, it’s that cameras with larger sensors take better photos. That’s a generalization, of course, but it’s based on a […]

  • Jason,
  • January 6, 2012

One Trillion Frames

I’m not exactly sure how this works, but apparently researchers at MIT have developed a new camera technique to capture moving images at one trillion frames per second. This is a fairly experimental technique, used to observe the movement of light photons, no less. It’s pretty much constrained to the lab at this point, so […]

  • Jason,
  • December 13, 2011

The Gartner Hype Cycle

Posting here for posterity (and just in case you haven’t come across these elsewhere). The Gartner Hype Cycle is an annual analysis and visualisation of the current crop of technology and how they’re perceived in the market. The graph shows the technologies most hyped per year, the technologies we’re all disillusioned with, and the ones […]

  • Jason,
  • December 7, 2011

The death of writing

Most people who write for a living are thrilled by the sheer flexibility computers offer. In my case, I can rapidly bang thoughts into WriteRoom or Scrivener and then mould and shape them rather like a sculptor working on a piece of rock. When I used to write using only paper, the process was slower […]

  • Jason,
  • December 2, 2011
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