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  • Blog Post: Ambient dashboard

    Pretty cool -- I used to want an Ambient Orb , but I like the retro/analog feel of these gauges better. I just hope they will also allow your own data channels .
  • Blog Post: 0.67 technical posts

    First off, completely non-technical, but a great short story (I am a *huge* Lovecraft fan) of the gruesome fate that awaits in the Pumpkin Patch . Scanning the rest of Strange Horizons, looks like I may have some reading for the upcoming long, dark nights. Semi-technical: I picked up a Audiovox 5600...
  • Blog Post: Lean, Sublime Lines ???

    One of Nokia's new phones doesn't have a keypad. Instead : "The sleek and sexy Nokia 7280 offers a completely new mobile phone design, foregoing the traditional keypad for a discreet keyless dial. A fine lacquer-inspired high-gloss finish, complemented by leather and mirror accents, add sophistication...
  • Blog Post: Third verse is the same as the first (just in reverse)

    In the ongoing serial drama I call Petard , the latest episode had Petard blow a power supply a few nights ago (at least that's what I and D think is the problem). Fortunately, NewEgg has a decent return policy (and pretty good prices if you're looking for that kind of thing), and so I found myself disconnecting...
  • Blog Post: Dual... as in 2, right?

    IWill coming out with a Small Form Factor (SFF) PC that will support Dual AMD Opterons: http://www.iwill.net/zmax/zmaxdp_1.asp Looks to be the same size case as Shuttles et al. Hopefully quiet as well — and likely a nice foot warmer. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: gadget shopping...

    I think Laura has found the ultimate gadget for us. I wonder if M will let me get one? http://www.dimensionprinting.com/product_specs.html Nothing communicates design ideas faster than a three-dimensional part or model. With a Dimension 3D Printer, you can bring CAD files and design ideas to life...
  • Blog Post: Interesting music search site

    Cool search tool that lets you find musical groups similar to ones you search for - even creates a cute Flash view of the results. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: Stick this on your USB drive...

    While it's not UT2004 , this game does have one advantage -- it's 96KB. When was the last time you could say that? They even had to lower the resolution of the screenshots of it on the home page, as they were actually larger than the game. Now you can always have a fragfest at hand. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: Weapons o' the future now

    In case you feel like reading about the weapons you'll likely be using in some new (soon) video game, here 's an interesting, and often frightening set of descriptions, videos and more about some nasty stuff. Special guest appearance by a now retro Pocket PC: After feeling out a few potential shooting...
  • Blog Post: Cthulhu slippers!

    Oh, my GAAWD!!!!! For someone who read everything he could find written by H.P. Lovecraft, these are must haves! Check out the rest of the stuff as well. Now I have to figure out how to pay for these. Thank you Christa ! TTFN - Kent [Listening to: Beata Dei Genitrix (Industrial Monk)] That...
  • Blog Post: PC Ez-Bake Oven

    OK, I know it was an April Fool's joke, but I think I could really use one of these. http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/looflirpa/2004.shtml And with a newer Pentium 4, or AMD Althlon, you probably wouldn't even need any additional power -- just cook it over the heatsink. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: Retro bike redux

    Schwinn has created a new, retro-styled bike that comes pretty close to my first bike , but this one is pretty cool. The only problems I can think of having it are: I certainly couldn't/wouldn't be doing the STP on it (not like I will anyway) I'd be forced to go “Vroom, vroom“ a...
  • Blog Post: Think different

    Had my first Apple Store experience on Friday. Ms. Simon's iBook was having issues [1], so we took it in. Our genius, Rob, didn't even make a snide reference to the assorted logowear I had on. Not a flicker from the, “No, we don't have AppleCare on it”, a few jokes from Rob (genius), happy...
  • Blog Post: powering from waste

    As opposed to wasting power. OK, neither ASP.NET nor Visual Studio related, but a neat news item. Scientists can use waste water to generate electricity while purifying the water. Of course, the article doesn't say if they're using pumps to move the waste water through their system, but perhaps I'll...
  • Blog Post: Rubber ducky, you're the one

    Neat, glowing (when plugged in) duck USB drive . Sadly, only USB 1.1, but it is 256MB...
  • Blog Post: ATI HDTV Wonder card

    Wow -- HD TV on your PC: http://www.ati.com/companyinfo/press/2004/4732.html “North American customers will be able to tune in and watch high-definition television (HDTV) programs on the PC without having to purchase an expensive TV that could cost more than $2,000. HDTV in North America...
  • Blog Post: Shopping for a new gadget?

    Brighthand has a nice look forward to upcoming handhelds and smart phones. Best look at it before you go out and buy something currently available. TTFN - Kent PS: Trying to convince myself to buy a new phone. Or maybe a handheld. Thoughts?
  • Blog Post: So true, so sad...

    http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20040126 <sigh> Maybe I should get the Namco joystick . Used to love Bosconian. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: [OT] My Sad SATA Saga

    In a bizarro-World event that I'm still trying to rationalize, my wife reminded me that I haven't bought a desktop computer for about 5 years. It's not overly slow (1.6GHz), but I figured I'd take advantage of the situation and pick up a new machine . I decided to go with a SATA (Serial ATA) drive...
  • Blog Post: XAML keyboard

    Amazingly enough, my very first Longhorn-related posting. Scott has designed the XAML keyboard we'll all be using in 2004 , er 2008 , er soon . TTFN - Kent Disclaimer : I have no clue when Longhorn is going to ship. Really. I just picked those dates out of a random Google search. Don't sue me,...
  • Blog Post: Gadget review: Rio Karma

    I bought myself yet another gadget in the hopes that shallow commercialism would cheer me up. In the interests of public safety, and reaching out to the other gadget geeks I'm sure are out there, here are my first impressions (after only a couple of days use, I should warn) What is it? The Rio...
  • Blog Post: Wanna buy an Antelope?

    Oh, I sooooooo wanted this idea and product to succeed, it's (almost) an idea I've been pushing for a while. Sadly, I changed my mind once I got to the ordering page. USD$3970 is about USD$2470 more than I was willing to pay. Maybe OQO will have a cheaper one, or even Paul Allen's Vulcan . TTFN -...
  • Blog Post: Bandwidth

    I've been thinking a lot about bandwidth these days. First, last Wednesday, my cable modem started to act up. It would work for a while, then begin endless cycles of restarting itself. First an hour of work, then 1/2 an hour, then on Saturday, it was dead -- it wouldn't even detect the cable signal....
  • Blog Post: Toshiba and fuel cells

    via Yahoo: Toshiba has introduced a prototype fuel cell designed to power portable computers by eliminating dependence on rechargeable batteries. The innovative, small form-factor energy cartridge eventually could be used on handhelds, such as PDAs and mobile phones, as the Japanese electronics giant...
  • Blog Post: If it's good enough for eggs

    Get buried (or urned) in paper - http://www.eco-pod.com/ . (recycled, even)
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