Link Roundup: Dec. 4, 2005

Next year, AOL will start offering old TV shows (such as Babylon 5, Pinky and the Brain, and Wonder Woman) online. I’m not sure if it’ll all be ad sponsored, or if you’ll have to pay, but if they get enough good shows, it could be very cool. Read more in the Information Week article.

Hydrogen Powered Trucks
This technology uses electricity to generate hydrogen which is then added to the engine’s intake air. The added hydrogen then gives the engine more power. The thing I don’t understand is how this is working out to a net positive. They have to take energy out of the engine (via the alternator) to break the hydrogen out of water in the first place (via electrolysis). I’m guessing that somehow by adding hydrogen, the engine is able to burn the diesel more completely. Still, it seems inefficient and inelegant to me, but if it works, it works.

Ten Rules for Web Startups
Here is an interesting set of guidelines for startups. They look like good rules to me. Of course, sometimes breaking the rules is what makes something successful. I’d say that Conversive, where I work, is still a startup. I’d say that our weakest points are numbers: 1, 5, and 7. After Conversive becomes a success, it would be nice to have a startup of my own.

D&D Course
Barnes & Noble University is offering a course on how to play Dungeons and Dragons. It looked like a cool idea at first, but now I see that it’s just a way for them to sell books. Since it’s an online course, I thought you could take it at any time and learn on your own. Instead, you have to wait until the session starts. Sadly, it seems that B&N still doesn’t grok the Internet. I would like to get into D&D, but this doesn’t seem like the best way to do it. Besides, I’m not sure that it works well as a two player game.