Thursday, August 31, 2006

RadioShack lays off 403 via e-mail

Imagine getting your pink slip via email. Radioshack lays off their employees online, that has to suck.

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Yet another reason to not like RadioShack. I mean I have never understood who shops there. I go in from time to time, but I don't get it.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Wow Post Number 100 - Saddam's Cartoon Capers

Check this story out in the UK. "Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said US Marines guarding the former dictator during his trial for genocide were making him watch the movie "repeatedly". " The entire story can be found here: Saddam's cartoon capers.

Good stuff. I don't mind my tax money being used for that.

How to Boost Your Cell Signal

If your calls end every time you cross the dining room, you need a cellular amplifier kit. These little DC-powered devices extend service from the outdoors inside by taking even a faint signal from the closest tower and sending it around your home through an indoor antenna.

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Interesting technology. I've always said, "we can send 2 golf carts to Mars and drive them remotely but I can't keep a cell signal when driving my the airport". Now, having dealt with a good bit of wireless network over the years, I understand a lot of what goes on. But that still doesn't stop me from complaining.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

The Hiroshima Bomb - Computer Generated Remake

Very well made CGI footage of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb blowing up.

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The scary thing about this moving, beside being a survivor (trust me evaporated by the blast would be the way to go), is that the bomb(s) where dropped their are fire crackers compared to the stuff we have now.

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Segways Banned From British Streets, Sidewalks, Roads

It was supposed to launch a revolution in personal transport but has been stopped in its tracks by a strict interpretation of a 170-year-old law.

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I will have some additional comments on this later.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Check out this blog...

Just found this blog when I was reading an industry rag. Anway, the blog is called The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. Very funny stuff.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

University of Texas is No. 1... in partying

The University of Texas at Austin was named America's best party school in a new ranking out Monday.

The school beat Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and last year's winner, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Princeton Review survey of 115,000
students at campuses around the United States.

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This one is for you JKW. Looks like your safe this year ;-)

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Hey Kensington! What's the deal?

I recently purchased the Kensington Bluetooth USB adapter (model# 33348) from good ol' Best Buy. I went to install this on a laptop but didn't have the driver CD with me. I went to the website and looked for support. I didn't find it. So, I googled it (of course) and found several posts regarding the status of the support. Well guess what? Kensington does not have a download set of drivers for it. So my question is, What's the Deal?

I know I only paid like $30.00 for the adapter but come on. You never plan to update your drivers for this thing? I mean, Linksys pretty much supports every bizarre WiFi card they ever created. I thought maybe Kensington was a real player here but I guess not. If you can't pull off support for a $30 item, why would I want to spend more with you.

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So after posting this I did some more google digging and found this message thread: http://www.tonyspencer.com/mt/archives/2004/11/bluetooth_usb_a.htm . In short, if you go to ftp://ftp.kensington.com/BT/ you will see several decent size zip files. These are the drivers you need. If you need drivers for the adapter I bought you pick KensingtonBTW_4.0.1.2400.zip.

Here is the kicker, if you go to just ftp://ftp.kensington.com/ you don't see the BT (Bluetooth) directory. It's hidden....nice!

I downloaded the driver, unzipped it and ran the install. A quick reboot and all is right with the world.

Thanks Kensington for being such tools. Thanks to my fellow netizens for helping a brother out and thanks Google for being....well Google.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We've gone back to the days of simplicity. You can get more complicated, but why bother?" Snoddy said.

NASA Borrows Ideas From Apollo Program - Great article about how the current day Nasa Engineers are reviewing the ways and technology of the past. And it makes sense. Why re-invent the wheel. The Apollo program got us to the moon and back several times. Why not just improve on what they have already done and not repeat the failures of the past.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Looking for a way to setup DNS caching for your wireless network?

Look no further than this article: DNS for a wireless network

Pretty good read and it does a decent job of explaining record types, etc.

A new way to test your bandwidth (and it looks pretty cool too!)

The site allows you to select servers to ping from around the country on an interactive map and graphically displays connections as they travel with varying speeds along the way. It also lets you store results of tests for your computer and sort them by date, time, speed and distance.

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OK, I will give them this. It's pretty cool. But if you work for a large corportation, please don't run this and then complain to the IT department that the companies internet connection is slow. In large corporations there are a lot of other things at work and ping packets get the lowest of the low in priority when it comes to traffic.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

446 Million Watching TV on Their Cell Phones By 2011

From the "Take it or leave it" network: IMS Research forecasts that by the end of 2011, nearly half a billion people will be watching TV on their cellular handsets. Driven primarily by the adoption of broadcast-based services such as DVB-H, mobile digital TV will experience 50% year-on-year growth through 2010.

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Wow is all I can say here. I mean, crappy programming on crapping little screens with crappy sound. I can understand the iPod deal. But TV on your cell phone? Let me also ask this. If watching TV on your cell phone is such a good idea, then why hasn't anyone really gotten the Dick Tracy wrist watch video phone thing working? You get me a wrist watch video phone that works, works longer than ten minutes and doesn't give me wrist cancer then I will think about downloading the lastest edition of "Flava of Love" to watch on my cell phone.

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Found a good blog out there

Well, I'm on PTO (potential time off) and so far so good. Tonight while surfing around, I found a great Blog call the Consumerist - Shoppers Bite Back . Some great stuff on this site. If you got some time and aren't at work (warning content is PG-13 due to language) you need to check it out. If you don't care about your companies content filtering software or just want to see if it searchs for stuff like language, take a look at the office. I don't care.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Segway Human Transporter HT-V1A passes FCC

No one's quite ready to tell us what it is or what it's for; but the FCC approved a Bluetooth transmitter for Segway. Maybe it's so Segways can communicate with each other and travel in formation.
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How in the world has this company stayed in business? How many Segways have you seen in the wild (excluding California)? I have seen maybe 3 in the St. Louis area those where at tourist attractions. I mean, more power to them if they can stay in business, but I don't see the wide spread adoption of these things that they where hoping for. The price tag is still way to high.

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So how do you code an AJAX Web page?

See hands-on examples for creating lighter, faster interactive sites

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

FreeBSD and what have they been up to these days...

I just read this article about BSD Projects and what they been up to:

http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn080206-story01.html

Very good article. I'm currently running several machine on 6.1 and still have a few on the 5.x stuff. I've been using FreeBSD since the 2.1 days. It has helped me make a living and is rock solid.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Letterman's tribute to Bill Gates and Microsoft

Turn down sound if at work. Direct YouTube link.

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Bloggers to Microsoft: Take your time with Vista

Given that the next version of Windows is more than two years late, you'd expect that people would be calling for Microsoft to get its act together and release it soon as possible. Not so.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

YouTube vs My Space....My take

I've watched a good bit of video off YouTube. Now, that doesn't mean that I've watched "good" video. But here is the difference between YouTube and MySpace.

  • YouTube is striaght forward. Content is easy to find. Basic rating system seems to work.
  • MySpace is annoying. Can't find anything or anybody on Myspace without joining. Reminds me of the old web days where everyone was trying to use every "feature" in html for the sake of using it. Big (i.e. Large) wallpapers. Annoying music and every possible flashing/blinking light known to the web.

I think YouTube is doing the google thing by keeping it simple.

Here is an article which discusses that YouTube has now taken over the lead in community building websites. Pretty good read:

YouTube overtakes MySpace - The rise and rise of YouTube.

Attention, IBM remembers being kicked in the teeth....

IBM researchers predicted PC disruption by ZDNet's Tom Foremski -- It is the 25 year anniversary of the PC and I have long wondered if the industry standard technologies that resulted from the PC revolution were accidental because the computer industry always favored proprietary technologies.It was good to discuss this subject when I recently met with IBM's top strategist, Irving Wladawsky-Berger. We talked about the [...]

And who says people don't learn from History? That doesn't mean that we aren't going to repeat history again.