New Parallels supports seamless Cut & Paste

Having just upgraded to the latest Parallels Release Candidate ( RC2 ), I have noticed that Parallels now recognizes the Apple cut and paste commands in windows by default. Before you had to use the Windows ( Ctrl-C, Ctrl-X, etc… ) commands in windows to put something onto the clipboard, then switch to using the Apple command ( Apple-V ) to paste it in Apple. Obviously the reverse is true for cutting from Apple and pasting in windows.

This is AWESOME because it was a pain in the ass to mentally switch back and forth between the two sets of keys.

See, it’s the little things that really make an impact.

USB Powered Rechargeable Batteries

A company called USBCell has come out with a line of rechargeable batteries in standard sizes. AA batteries are the only ones available now, but AAA, C, D and 9V are all coming.

Basically, the device is a standard AA battery with a removable cap that hides the USB port. When it’s dead, simply plug it into a USB slot and re-charge it. Pretty freaking cool.

Playing with Twitter & Quicksilver

I’ve recently signed up for Twitter. I’m not sure how useful it is, but it’s a nice little cross between a blog and im.

If you’re going to give it a shot, and you’re on a Mac, make sure to check out Twitterrific. Built by iconfactory, it’s a tiny little fat client that allows you to keep track of your “tweets”. Tweets are short little random messages from people on your buddy list.

Frankly, the only way that something like Twitter ( and Twitterrific ) can be useful is if it integrates with the one, the only, QuickSilver. Coda Hale can up with a great little script that allows you to send Tweets using Twitterrific directly from QuickSilver.

If you’re on Twitter, add me to your friends list. My name is gcaprio.

Einstein, Quantum Mechanics and The Long Tail

I won’t bore you with talk of quantum mechanics. Just know that one of the theories of QM is that particles can become “entangled”. Changes to one affect the other, regardless of proximity. From this month’s issue of Wired:

“But it turns out that the universe is spooky after all. In 1997, scientists separated a pair of entangled photons by shooting them through fiber-optic cables to two villages 6 miles apart. Tipping one into a particular quantum state forced the other into the opposite state less than five-trillionths of a second later, or nearly 7 million times faster than light could travel between the two. Of course, according to relativity, nothing travels faster than the speed of light – not even information between particles.”

Am I the only one who finds this a little unnerving? If this experiment holds up, it’s possible that Einstein’s relativity theory, or at least parts of it, could be incorrect. Read that last sentence again. I find this amazing. One of the basic foundations of one of the most basic sciences could be incorrect.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the only seemingly rock solid attribute being put the test lately. With the popularity of The Long Tail, Adam Smith would be flabbergasted to see that, in some economic markets, convenience is no longer being seen as part of some trade off with money. From The Long Tail:

β€œIt’s hard to overstate how fundamental to economics the notion is that you can’t have it all for free -the entire discipline is oriented around studying trade-offs and how they’re made. Adam Smith, for instance, created modern economics by considering the trade-offs between time, or convenience, and money. He discussed how a person could live near town, and pay more for rent of his home, or live farther away and pay less, paying the difference out of his convenience.” And since then, economics has been all about how to divide finite pies.( Page 144 )β€œ

The ironic part of all of this is that in my review of Chris Anderson’s book The Long Tail, I mention how earth shattering disproving Einstein’s theory of relativity is:

“To me, this could end up being bigger than the The Long Tail itself. I mean imagine a technology advance that disproves Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? The idea that consumers would not have to make compromises when making financial and economical decisions is a huge fundamental shift in the way we make decisions. ”

Little did I know that some researches had taken a step to doing just that. I wonder what further research is being done in this area?

Here’s another article of the 1997 experiment.

Chicago…..I love it

Our current forecast for the week:

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And don’t think for a minute that there won’t be a million people flocking to the streets of Chicago for a Super Bowl victory parade….

Negative temps be damned….