Friday, December 30, 2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

StaxRip - Introduction

Maybe a good way to finally get my DVD-RW content into an editable format (easily)?

Monday, December 26, 2005

C Sharp tutorial

I'll have to see if there's anything in here worth mentioning...

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Linux screensaver for Windows

I'm going to do this someday...just because.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

This is not a photograph.

True, there's no shadow on the forehead from the hairs at the front of his scalp, but if I just glanced at this, I'd have thought it was a photograph. Amazing stuff.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Fedora Myth(TV)ology :: HOWTO (printer-friendly)

C'mon...build a MythTV video recorder...how hard could it be?

Wikipedia Class Action :: Lawsuit [www.wikipediaclassaction.org]

Nothing like pointless litigation to get your blood going.


For those of you unfamiliar with wiki's, Wikipedia is a wiki (a rapid collaborative documentation website) that is geared towards providing encyclopedia-type information. Anyone can contribute, edit, or create articles about any subject...including those people or organizations that a given article may mention.


Oh, and you can also request that an article be removed or corrected (yes, I do in fact think that those bringing the lawsuit are first-class jackasses. They may not be, I don't know...that's just my current impression).

Friday, December 09, 2005

Damn Interesting - Color Photos From the World War I Era

Title says it all...(note that theree was no color film when these were taken)...intrigued yet?

Are Black Holes And Dark Matter The Same?

Interesting stuff...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Rory Blyth - Neopoleon.com

This guy owes me a new keyboard for his explanation of the debate over 720p vs. 1080i HD images. (Oh, and the "i" in 1080i stands for "interlaced", not "interpolatedishness").

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Scaryideas

Pretty much everybody who reads this blog is one of my friends and/or previous coworkers...I doubt I'll need to explain what's so hilarious about it...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

NumberSpiral.com -- Home Page

Okay...this is just cool. Maybe it's easy to predict where to find prime numbers after all?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The 11-Year Quest to Create Disappearing Colored Bubbles - Popular Science

This guy is going to be rich.

Saving the Net: How to Keep the Carriers from Flushing the Net Down the Tubes | Linux Journal

Hands down, the most important article I've seen on the net this year. Do you ever use the internet? Read this, or else (yes, all of it)!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Type Manager

Interesting general concept...I wonder if it will gain any momentum.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

MORFIK - WEB APPLICATIONS UNPLUGGED

Note to self: see if this is cool or just over-hyped...

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ever dreamed of a subwoofer with flat frequency response down to 1 Hz?

I want one of these. A lot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

MUTE: Simple, Anonymous File Sharing

Title says quite a bit. This is what happens when you think about how ants find food and how the RIAA is a pain in the ass at the same time. Much like a peanut butter cup, they go great together...

Konspire

Sounds interesting...it's the "syndication meets distributed download" idea that I heard about before, except it actually exists. I'm gonna have to check this one out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Stop the MPAA from breaking your TV

Well, they're at it again. Last time around, people got wind of what was going on and the courts smacked it down.


Do your part...write a letter (all you have to do is fill in your name and use the form letter, if you're lazy) and beat 'em down again.

Monday, October 10, 2005

MOSIX, anyone?

Make a supercomputer out of all that old crap.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Uncyclopedia.org

Yeah, wikipedia is a great place to find out about many things, but this is a lot more interesting...

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Anti-Telemarketer counterscript

So, a telemarketer calls you on the phone and prepares to start in on some spiel...do unto them before they have a chance to do unto you. Looks entertaining to me :)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Get 30% better mileage with acetone added?

Yeah, I was worried about it screwing things up under the hood, too. Read this. I might just give it a try, myself.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


So I was looking through pictures of Hawaii and its volcanoes, and I see an evil-looking rock.


To me, it looks like something from the heart of Mordor...Peter Jackson missed this shooting location, unfortunately.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Building a $1,000 Gaming PC


So, you're a cheap-ass beeyatch, but you want a solid rig to play Doom III on? Check this out...


Hmm...just remembered what I said about wanting to upgrade to play that game from Offset...perhaps the time is right...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

New Scientist Breaking News - Y-shaped nanotubes are ready-made transistors

Granted, this technology is in its infant stages, but at 100 times smaller than current silicon transistors...Moore's Law still has legs.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Offset - Game Design


Three guys working out of their apartment...absolutely incredible. This is the first game (well, not a game yet) I've seen since Leisure Suit Larry that has made me consider upgrading to decent PC hardware (AMD Duron 1.3 GHz, and an old nVidia geforce 256 is my home rig, at present) so I can play it.


If you like games, and think Unreal and Doom are awesome, you might want to put on a chin strap before watching their demo so your jaw doesn't hit the floor...it's that impressive.


If you *don't* like games, but think that the computerized stuff they do in movies today is cool, you'll still be saying "wow".


Check it out. These are three talented guys.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

DRIVEY: a road slightly less travelled

Pretty cool for only being a 325KB download...press [F1] after you start it up for some "tinkering".

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Lagoona Nebula

In all it's glory...pretty cool space pic.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

eChalk colour perception: This is the most amazing optical effect in the world

I thought this was a trick at first...It's really amazing how our brains deal with percieving colors. Check it out.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Slashdot | Russia's Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered: " He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

A humorous take on the death of Russia's top spammer from Slashdot.org...


From a hidden microphone at the scene of the murder:


'You are receiving *WHAM* this blow to the head *WHAM* because you are part of a *WHAM* specially-selected list of *WHAM* people who agreed to receive *WHAM* blows to the head *WHAM*.


To stop *WHAM* receiving these *WHAM* blows to the head, please *WHAM* email us at no-more-please@optout.blowtothehead. com and *WHAM* we will remove you from our list of *WHAM* blow-to-the-head-club members *WHAM* (heh, we said 'club'!) *WHAM* within 24 to 48 hours.'

Friday, July 15, 2005

News: Fujitsu Debuts Bendable Electronic Paper

Scroll down a bit for pictures...evidently Fujutsu has hired Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead, if you didn't already know) to draw them Samurai images.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Optimus keyboard

OLED keys...no ink...completely reconfigurable. This is a thing of beauty.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The NSA gives sage advice on how to secure your network in 60 minutes.

Of course, this probably doesn't mean that it will be secure from the NSA itself, but it's still a good start.

DIY Projector - Overview

Want hi-def TV at a bargain price? Can you cut plywood into rectangular shapes and find an overhead projector for sale? This project is for you.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

script.aculo.us - web 2.0 javascript demos

All right. This is enough for me to seriously revisit Ruby on Rails. If you're a web programmer, you definitely need to check this out (no, not a web designer...a web programmer...if you don't know what the difference is, don't look).

Monday, June 27, 2005

Zombie dogs, attack!

Well, they didn't say anything about them being attack dogs, actually. Dead and near frozen with saline instead of blood for three hours, then brought back to life with no apparent damage...interesting science.

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Code of the Geeks v3.12

Ahh...the sweet smell of nostalgia.


What's that? What's *my* code?


GATd+s:aC+++UL++>P+++L++E---W+++Nw++O-MV--PS+++(---)PE+Y+PGPt+5+X+Rtv+b+DI+++DGeh----r+++y++++

Monday, June 20, 2005

Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Have a tivo or DVR? Like being able to watch shows even if they're not on when you're home? Let congress know that you don't want the broadcast flag to keep you from it.

Engineers implant viable, vascularized 3D muscles | Science Blog

A while back I posted about a rat cell on a stick...this is a bit more interesting than that.


They've taken human stem cells (3 types) and managed not only to grow muscle tissue with blood vessels throughout it, but they've managed to get it implanted with nearly half of the vessels connecting to the blood vessels of the implantees (mice) and further vessel growth occurring.


There'll be a long line of shark-bite victims gearing up for new calves someday...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

ACTLab TV

Note to self: Come back to this site in a week and start my own internet TV station...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real | csmonitor.com

So, cold fusion is no longer a pipe dream...still doesn't reach the break-even point, but it's a start. Cool science, indeed.

Monday, June 06, 2005

How to build your own Linux distribution

Link says it all. Don't want to install a particular distro? Roll your own, my friend...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Nexuiz

Like Quake? Like GPL-licensed software? Try Nexuiz

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux. (Official site of the table)

Heard of Linux? Messed around with it, but couldn't figure out what program to use to scan pictures, etc? This list will help.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Python Challenge

Not strictly for people who use Python, but fun, if you like puzzles...

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Hatch to Head Senate Panel on Copyright (washingtonpost.com)

This. Is not. A. Good. Thing.


It's bad enough that disney can fight to get mickey mouse permanetntly out of the public domain...now they'll have help from the inside.


Thank goodness for the creative commons license and the FSF

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

New Scientist Breaking News - Arm wrestling robots beaten by a teenaged girl

Yet another step closer to Steve Austin...need work on the "we can make him stronger" part.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Kerry Garrison - Building your own PBX

I absolutely have to play with this at home. Looks like it's not only free and useful, but potentially entertaining...voicemail, intercom, who knows...

Friday, February 25, 2005

Adware maker joins federal privacy board | CNET News.com

Oh, yeah! Gator would be a great company to advise the federal government about privacy issues.


Come to think of it, Charles Manson could be a shoo-in for advising the government about law enforcement/psycopath relations.


Somebody please tell me that this is a joke...please.

Friday, February 18, 2005

RSA: Microsoft on 'rootkits': Be afraid, be very afraid - Computerworld

So, how about making it very, very difficult to modify the kernel. I'm *really* not feeling good about this news.

RSA: Microsoft on 'rootkits': Be afraid, be very afraid - Computerworld

So, how about making it very, very difficult to modify the kernel. I'm *really* not feeling good about this news.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Friday, February 04, 2005

Friday, January 28, 2005

Autoclave - Secure Disk Deletion

Been using this for a while. If ever you need to make sure that a hard drive is securely erased (decomissioning any old PC's, anyone?), this is free, thorough, and functional software that will do the trick.


Write all zeroes? Sure.


One random pass? No problem.


25 passes of structured data? Yep...and by the way, you're paranoid.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Cell Architecture Explained: Introduction

If you're a computer geek, read this...these things are going to cause a major shift in the CPU market, if they're close to the description...

Monday, January 17, 2005

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Living' robots powered by muscle

Meet what appears to be the world's first working cyborg...even if it's basically just a couple of rat cells on a stick.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005

'Morse Code' Used by Human Cells?

Sometimes, scientific discoveries are interesting *and* useful. This seems to be one of those times. Heck, with all of the new discoveries this year (HIV-resistance gene, nascent cancer vaccine, etc), I'm expecting that within 20 years, we'll be able to cure just about anything.

Monday, January 10, 2005

SecurityFocus HOME Columnists: Microsoft Anti-Spyware?

This would be comic genius, if he didn't seem to be serious:

What if they start charging a subscription fee for the updates? It only makes sense. This is a lucrative market and a potential recurring revenue stream worth billions of dollars, which might be too sweet to pass up. The anti-virus companies in comparison are already making billions of dollars by charging for subscriptions for their own weekly updates. Why shouldn't Microsoft jump on the bandwagon? A subscription model seems to be the holy grail of software licensing, as we've seen from so many products already.


  • Step 1: create security holes that can be exploited

  • Step 2: create subscription-based paid service to uninstall stuff that exploits said holes

  • Step 3: Profit


It's funny, in a surreal kind of way. Apparently, Microsoft is going to take Windows' greatest weakness and turn it into a revenue stream. Yay for that (not).


Actually, here's how I see this shaping up. Having downloaded and installed said software, I noticed that MS asks if you want to validate your copy of windows. They also mention that you may be required to do so in the future to use this or other Microsoft software.


That tidbit says a lot about their future plans (to me, at least). If you're running an illegal copy, you can expect not to be able to benefit from this program, but why stop there? How hard would it be to tuck a validation requirement into windows update? I think what Microsoft has stumbled upon here is a good way to nip piracy in the bud. You want protection? You want updates? You better be running a copy of (insert product here) that you paid for.


Additionally, now Microsoft has a way to forcibly uninstall software that they don't want you using, or in slightly less paranoid terms, they can scare people into only using MS-sanctioned products by casting the ones they don't like as Spyware.


WARNING: Microsoft AntiSpyware has detected OpenOffice.org spyware on your PC. Do you want to remove it now? [yes] [no] [ignore always]


Maybe that's an extreme example, and then again, maybe not (WinPcap and WinVNC were both flagged as malicious software on my initial scan, as was Remote Administrator). It works well enough to be adopted by many, and IMHO, that's just what Microsoft is betting on.