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A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

October, 2004

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    Linux - Get the Facts

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    Steve Ballmer sent out an executive e-mail today that discusses a number of independent analyst reports and customer case studies that compare the cost of deployment and maintenance of Windows vs. Linux and UNIX. Some of the studies were commissioned...
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    Joseph Wu - Pocket PC Robot.

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    Joseph Wu, a software development engineer in the WDM team has been building a robot based on a Pocket PC.- here's an outline of the project from Joseph. I watched a lot of Japanese cartoons when I was a kid so I always wanted to make an android. I saw...
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    Pocket PC Robot - Walking.

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    Joseph Wu has been busy working on his Pocket PC Robot - It looks like the robot has a limp, that's because o ne leg is using digital servos and the other leg is using analog servos. So only one leg can hold the weight of whole body. Joseph is planning...
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    Consumer Electronics too Complicated ?

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    MetaFacts have run a survey of over 32,000 PC and non-PC users, it seems that most users think consumer electronics are too complicated for the average user to operate - what do you think ? - Mike
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    Talking of sports...

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    Some of my colleagues are confused by the game of Cricket, so I decided it was time to explain this simple game to them... here's the explanation. You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and...
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    New Generation of handheld video/game players...

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    I've just seen an article on Engadget about the Playstation Portable (PSP) - IMVHO the device looks pretty darn cool (photo below) - it looks like the PSP will retail for around $200. As for battery life, Sony has gone on record to promise “between four...
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    Red Sox - World Series...

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    I flew into San Jose last night and headed over to the Santa Clara convention center to check out the hands on labs for the Windows Embedded Summit that's running at the ARM Developers Conference today - the bar at the hotel was full of people watching...
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    Giant Bugs Spotted at Mt St Helens...

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    Where's it going to end? - not only is Mt St Helens getting ready to erupt, but Giant Bugs are now swarming the area - see the image below from the Mt St Helens Volcano Cam... - Mike
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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    GamePC.com have a write up and screen shots of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - looks pretty cool. Having the functionality of a Media Center PC based on Windows XP Embedded would be kinda cool, a device that boots directly into the Media Center...
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    12:01am November 9th - Where will you be ?

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    Halo2 is set to take the world by storm on November 9th - those fabulous EB-Games folks are going to have their stores open at the stroke of Midnight on November 9th ( Here's the list of stores ) so folks can pick up their copies of Halo2 and be back...
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    Windows XP SP2 - What is that application ?

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    If you've installed Windows XP SP2 you've probably noticed security popups when you run certain applications (Instant Messenger, ActiveSync and others) - this morning when I booted my laptop I got a security message about an application called backweb...
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    Halo 2: Gone Gold ! - Roll on November 9th !

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    from the Bungie Web Site - They said it couldn't be done! Actually, they didn't say that, but if they had, we'd have proved them all (the fake people who didn't say anything) wrong! Halo 2 has gone gold. We finished every line of code, every pixel of...
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    Halo2 - Release Date Nov 9th - How close is the game ?

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    Halo 2 is perhaps one of the most anticipated game releases this century (ok, so we're only 4 years into the century, but you know what I mean!) - November 9th is the scheduled release date, but how ready is the game ? - take a look at this interview...
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    The future of Windows XP Media Center Edition - Intel Announces the EPC.

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    I've had a Media Center PC for just over a year now, this is running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 (thanks to the Windows XP SP2 update), I initially intended to use the Media Center PC as both a Media Center and a general purpose PC, during the...
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    Consiparcy Theory: Technology - Great Advances or Big Brother ?

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    I was reading some articles in Time Magazine on the flight from Seattle to San Jose about the American Elections, it's amazing to see how both sides are using technology to build monster databases that provide intelligence on potential voters, this includes...
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    Weekend, what weekend... (or, Laptop H/D Meltdown)

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    So, how does this start... oh yes, a call to the IT helpdesk mid-week Me - "Hi, my Toshiba M200 Tablet PC Hard Drive is making very loud knocking sounds" Helpdesk - "We will send a Tech over to take a look" (or have a listen!) A few of your earth minutes...
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    Holy Old Laptop Multimon Batman !

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    I've been reading Charlie Kindels blog, keeping up to date with his home server projects (boy, CEJ sure does have a ton of data for a home user). My "dev" PC has three monitors hooked up, excellent for coding, debugging, etc... - but I also use a Tablet...
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    Head up display - Laser directly into your eye... hmmm...

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    Check this out, on the engadget site. Looks like some science nerds at the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory have hooked up a screenless heads-up display they call the virtual retinal display (VRD), which, unpleasurable...
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    You know you've been coding too long when...

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    I've just been up to Google, take a look at the snapshot of the page below, I had to do a double take - first time I looked below the "Google Search" button I was convinced this said (bool)
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - WinTV-PVR 250

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    I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and had some problems with my existing Tuner Card - so I replaced the existing card with a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 250 card - The Media Center has been working reasonably well, but once in a while the Cable...
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    More thoughts on PC Upgrade.

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    I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 on an HP 864 PC - Media Center 2005 is awesome, each release of the Media Center software is better than the last, the 2005 release really is the best yet, really well thought out UI, all the most commonly...
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    Scott Horn doing Karaoke.

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    So, here it is, the moment we've all been waiting for, Scott Horn, Director of Marketing for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Group (MED) singing (after a fashion) "If you think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart. CAUTION: This content is for Adult Audiences only...
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    Media Center PC 2005 - Extender - Bathroom?

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    found this on Steve Makofsky's WebLog - a Media Center Extender for the bathroom How very cool is that! - I may have to build one of these... - Mike
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    Tweet, Ping, Bleep...

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    I must have a meeting in 15 minutes, my smartphone has just tweeted, my SPOT watch has just bleeped, and Outlook has just played a WAV file and thrown a meeting request up on the screen - wouldn't it be great for all my devices to 'vote' on who's going...
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    Teriyaki and Star Wars...

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    Today I had lunch at a teriyaki place just behind building 118, I was amazed to see Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker sitting on the table next to me, Obi-Wan (being a Jedi) was very adapt with using chopsticks, Luke appeared to be struggling somewhat...
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