IT Trends :: Thursday, September 14, 2006


Low Tech, High Tech: An Old Convertible and a New Playlist Functionality

By Terry Calhoun

A few days ago I spent an entire day using older technologies and then learning about an interesting application of newer technologies. I spent most of the day being an official for the U.S. Amateur Disc Golf Championships, riding my bicycle up and down the slopes of the challenging Toboggan Course north of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I ended the day at an open house for All Media Guide (AMG), an Ann Arbor-based company and got to see some of their newest software, including Tapestry™, an intelligent play list selecting system that combines (a) the mass brain power of highly literate human music, video, and gaming experts with (b) a comprehensive database of content, quality, and other information about music, gaming, and video, and (c) some pretty nifty algorithms and a friendly interface.

Between the two events, I drove a 43-year old Chevy Corvair Monza convertible (red, of course) in heavy and fast freeway traffic, ran out of gas, and biked along the freeway with a gas can, empty one way and full the other...

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