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Monday, July 31, 2006

VoIP Over WiFi WILL Disrupt the Cellular Industry | AlwaysOn

VoIP Over WiFi WILL Disrupt the Cellular Industry | AlwaysOn:

"WiFi support in mobile phones will shift the balance of power from the big wireless operators to the cellphone hardware and software makers. Phones will be purchased independently of calling plans just as computers are purchased independent of Internet connectivity arrangements. Coupons for access may be included with phones instead of phones being included with calling plans. Why? Because voice calling will be too cheap to meter and hardware will still cost something."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Robin Accidents on Golf -

Robin Accidents on Golf -

I haven't seen this in so long I had compeletey forgotten it.

Best NOT viewed while eating or drinking...

This End Up #208

This End Up #208: "A lot of nautical knuckleheadedness stems from the fact that squadrons of novice boaters figure they have to bring along equal amounts of gasoline and beer, and none of the latter makes it back to the dock. "

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Pink Tentacle

Pink Tentacle: "Device uses waves to “print” on water surface"

How cool is that?
What is next? Advertising in the tub :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - Silentmaxx ST11-PRO Acoustically lined cases - Silentmaxx ST11-PRO Acoustically lined cases

Iteresting. Wonder if it affects the heat capacity/dissipation of the casse? With the new mega memory, mega video card, mega core processors generating a lot more heat, I would worry that it might have an issue. Hopefully they have worked all that into the equation.

Light goes faster in reverse | The Register

Light goes faster in reverse | The Register

"A group of US physicists funded by the US Department of Energy have made a material capable of making light travel backwards, at speeds "that appear faster than the speed of light", at the smallest wavelength ever."

{**boggle goes me poor aching mind**}

Uhhh, cool?

Monday, July 24, 2006

M A K E T O Y S !

M A K E T O Y S !: "Here are some free paper toys that you can make yourself. Just print them out, cut, glue and enjoy. I've tried to keep them easy to figure out. I hope that they amuse you. ~ Marilyn"

really more arts-n-crafts I'd say than 'toys' in many cases.

Aldebaran Robotics | Robotics Android

Aldebaran Robotics | Robotics Android

Too cool. Where IS mine? Robots rule.


AMD drops desktop processor prices

AMD drops desktop processor prices by 47% | TG Daily: "As expected, AMD rings in the next round of the processor price battle with Intel. In an effort to remain competitive, the company today slashed the prices of all desktop processors. In the strategically important field of socket AM2 CPUs, the drop averaged 47% - which may not be enough to retain overall price/performance leadership, according to TG Daily findings."

They can't afford to let Intel (re)build any inertia in the market.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

AMD picks up Intel price war gauntlet

AMD picks up Intel price war gauntlet

See? Competition GOOD.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ace Craft USA - GEN H-4 - One Man Helicopter

Ace Craft USA - GEN H-4 - One Man Helicopter

If only I didn't work so close the bleeping airport...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Wired News: Rants 'n' Raves: AI Is Here

Wired News: Rants 'n' Raves: AI Is Here

And what is not to LOVE about your Roomba? Nothing! They rock. Just dump the dirt daily and way less work for me.

Good Roomba.

How 'Saving The Net' may kill it | The Register

How 'Saving The Net' may kill it | The Register

Finally! An engineer approaches the Net Neutrality discussion. The root of the issue may yet be uncovered, rhetoric aside.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Simon Elvins

Simon Elvins

uhmmm... it is a Victrola. A cool, hand-made one, but still a Victrola. I know, I have (or rather my WIFE has) two of them sitting around the house.

At least they work when the power is out :)

ien V2

Flameosapien V2

FlamoSapien indeed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tycoon to test space station technology

Tycoon to test space station technology - Yahoo! News: "Bigelow, 62, has pledged to invest $500 million to build a commercial space station. About $75 million has been spent so far, according to Bigelow's Web site."

Word. This is how it continues, SpaceShip One was the first shot, now the ball is rolling.

Heinlein would be proud.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Shoestring Foundation Weblog

The Shoestring Foundation Weblog: "Do something random
If an exception is raised which is not caused by user input, look for a random function/method which can be called in the current context and call that.
In multithreaded programs, if one thread runs into an error, simply put this thread to sleep and hope nobody notices it.
Produce fake virus scanner alerts, telling the user to e.g. reboot imediately, thereby erasing the traces of the error.
Blame someone else
Inject errors in other running programs.
Example: A SEGFAULT handler looks for other programs from different vendors running on the same machine when the error occurs and forwards the signal to one of them. It then simply waits. The user might attribute the freezing of the program to the crash of the other."

Damn it!! They're on to me!!!

OK, I am guilty of the procrastination one at least once :)

Metal Storm Limited - Electronically initiated 'stacked projectile' weapon technology

Metal Storm Limited - Electronically initiated 'stacked projectile' weapon technology

If you are into blowing stuff up (and what guy ins't?) then this is a site worth looking at :)

Monday, July 10, 2006

Introducing Trinity

Introducing Trinity

And the cool thing is that ir runs Audacity (among other open source applications) to get the job done.


Reverse Hyperthreading does not exist

Reverse Hyperthreading does not exist

The real question is glossed over here "do they need it?"

I think that the new OS releases are going to scale the cores well enough that the ONLY winner in that scenario would be application developers that can't (re)write multithreaded code fast enough or well enough.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006



Not only did he prove his point, he smashed their noses in it.

God speed, we need more people like that. Critical thinking is a lost art.

: Password-protected bullets

New Scientist Tech - Breaking News - Invention: Password-protected bullets: "The way to make firearms really safe, says Hebert Meyerle of Germany, is to password-protect the amm

AMD silently launches Dual-Core Optimiser

AMD silently launches Dual-Core Optimiser

Monday, July 03, 2006

Home Networking Help

Network Magic -- Home Networking Wizard

So today I saw this (see above link) and started playing with it. This is a really nice software utility that takes the pain out of configuring and managing ALL aspects of your home network. From small networks to large, this thing rocks. Enough so that I went ahead and purchased the premium package.

Now I know my network isn't 'normal' (see previous posts if you care) and in fact is a bit larger than average, but this is still a solid MUST HAVE even for smaller netowrks since it completely automates and centralizes (CENTRALIZES) management and configuration. That's right, you do the entire thing from ONE PC.


Check it out, there is an online tour and the basic edition is free (with a 30 day trial on the premium).

Saturday, July 01, 2006

More on net neutrality (as if more needed to be said)

PBS | I, Cringely . June 29, 2006 - If we build it they will come: "My Internet service isn't free, is yours? I'm paying Comcast every month and from what I can glean from the company's annual report, they seem to be making a profit from my business. Is it enough of a profit? Well they'd always like more, but the current return must be good enough because they keep my bits flowing."

Not only do they keep the bits flowing, I seem to be getting more for less over time. Really, true...

I understand the investment the infrastructure has cost, but by and large the basic copper should have had its cost recouped long ago and maintenance, is well, the cost of doing business and should be covered by my bill also.

As for the adding more speed/bandwidth over time, it is merely a competition issue. This is one case where having the cable and telcos compete has certainly meant they NEED to compete.