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CPU Reviews September 12, 2006

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Here are some overviews of the new Core 2 units from Intel (both Duo and Quadro) and a head on comparison of the Duos with the AM2.

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Hitachi-Maxell to Ship Holographic Storage this Year August 5, 2006

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DailyTech – Hitachi-Maxell to Ship Holographic Storage this Year

This has been sooooo long in coming.  I remember reading about this idea years ago.  Hopefully demand will bring the prices into the consumer range fast.

Another cool thing from Microsoft Research July 31, 2006

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Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth

This is a pretty neat idea.  I’ve seen a few apps that do similar things but this seems to move beyond simple stitching by introducing geophysical data and a community concept with the idea of sharing these and merging them online.

I’m not sure that I understand the attraction, but I think I must have this! July 25, 2006

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CONNECT2CAR: 3RD GENERATION CAR CONTROL SYSTEMS

I’ve always liked the idea of being able to remotely control parts of my car – this certainly looks like a cool way to do that given that my smartphone is always within reach these days.  I don’t know… maybe it’s just the Homer in me dreaming of adventures like James Bond always has. 

Pretty much the final say on Ted Stevens’ imaginary internet July 20, 2006

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YouTube – DJ Ted Stevens Techno Remix: “A Series of Tubes”

I had so much fun watching Kevin last night on YouTube I went to look for more today and stumbled across this great tribute to the Senator from AK without a brain.  A little known fact about Alaska is that the state bird there is in fact a Tube.   I did not know that… 🙂

Google-Earthing the North Korean Military July 19, 2006

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Open Source

Check out these Google Earth links from our North Korean friends!  Get your cold-war nostalgia on right here.

Now this is innovation! July 18, 2006

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Self Destruct Button

Forget that new NVidia or ATI card this summer!  This is the new essential that everyone needs.  The perfect cure for that pesky blue screen that keeps popping up…

Meerkats are way cool July 17, 2006

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Science Friday – Meerkat Teaching & Learning

One of my all time favorite shows on NPR is Science Friday.  Last week they covered some new research results being reported on another one of my favorites: Meerkats (Podcast is here).  These incredible tiny animals – related to the mongoose – are super smart and have extremely interesting social behavior.  These little guys are well documented in a recent additional to Animal Planet called Meerkat Manor which follows a decade-long university study that is focused on a single family unit.

Why I won’t be returning to Verizon in the near future July 16, 2006

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Verizon Cripples New RAZRs

While I’m on the subject of phones, I partially funded my pricey smartphone with $350 from a class action suit filed against the good folks at Verizon for crippling their first BT enabled phone in much the same way.  Since the suit of course they include a load of fine print to cover their asses.  What a greedy load of bastards these guys are.  Can you hear me now!?

What I’ve been looking at for the last three days… July 16, 2006

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Sleepy Nurse
Last Wednesday something I ate decided to turn the table and try and eat me, so I’ve gotten to spend the last three really nice Seattle summer days in bed unable to move, surrounded by four purring mounds of fluff.  My only link to the outside world has been my smartphone – I continue to really like this phone and I think I like this form factor best as well.  I have an i-Mate K-Jam (HTC Wizard) that has a slide out keyboard, leaving room for a large pda-style screen on the front.  With all the built in connectivity and huge battery life it kept me somewhat online and available even when I couldn’t get out of bed.  Really an amazing device.  Of course I’m already starting to drool over the second gen versions of this phone, but I really want built in GPS – the only missing feature really.