February 20, 2006

Keep Track of Olympic Medals

A neat way to keep track of the Olympic Medals: Google them.

Flying Car

Yep, I still hang on to the dream of getting the flying car I was promised in the 1960s and '70's. MIT is keeping that dream alive, although it might be akin to simply dangling a nonexistant carrot in front of me.

February 11, 2006

WiPoq

A new PDA has surfaced, and this one has the old clamshell design that I love so much. Similar to an old Sharp Wizard, this one's got a two-piece, hinged design, a keyboard on the lower panel and a color screen on the top. Nice. Like a Wizard on steroids. About time, I say. No mention yet if it has a SD card slot so wireless can be added, but depending on cost, it might be a nice replacement for my Tungsten E. Something's gotta replace it...I've had it for 2 years now, (maybe more?) and it seems to be lacking in a few areas, most notably voice recording and good battery life.
Check out this new one, made by Sanyo, called the WiPOQ.

February 09, 2006

Write Your Story. Create a Book.

There's plenty of software out there from the likes of Adobe, Yahoo, and others that let you create a hardcover book of your photos. Now there's a new entry into this market, where your digital creations can be professionally published. It's called Blurb, and it looks pretty good. I'd have to run the prices of each of the other services again, but this one looks like one of the best deals.

February 08, 2006

Secret Notes

A way to fold up a secret note.

What? Not topical enough? Have some fun. It's Wednesday.

Palm + Apple?

Speculation that Apple might want another try at buying Palm.
This comes hot on the heels of a major stockholder (hey....since when is an 8% shareholder "major"?) calling for Palm to sell the company.

Watch this space. It may be rumor, or something may be in the works. Since I haven't been too impressed by the things Palm's been doing lately, I think the Apple takeover could be a real shot in the arm. Apple definitely knows how to execute; something Palm seems to have forgotten.

February 03, 2006

Winter Weather - Fun While It Lasted

The story from Yahoo News, titled Warm Winter Weather Not Likely to Last, says that the abnormally warm temperatures the northern part of the country has been experiencing will probably go away, maybe as soon as next week, when the jet stream's pattern returns to normal. Apparently, instead of a west-east line which normally keeps the south warm and north cold, we've had a straight line, which kept temperatures warmer in the east as air moved in this area from the warm Pacific ocean. Sounds like the northern part of the country had it's own personal climate control system going on for a while -- very cool.

February 02, 2006

Yahoo's Web Beacons

I got a note today from a friend about yahoo's use of web beacons to track your surfing habits. The rumor is that if you belong to ANY Yahoo groups, a piece of code similar to a cookie will be downloaded and activated on your PC, tracking you wherever you surf -- even if you surf outside Yahoo's groups. Kinda scary stuff privacy-wise, but there's some info here on how to opt out.

"If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups, be aware that
Yahoo is now using "Web Beacons" to track every Yahoo Group user. It's
similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every
group you visit, even when you're not connected to Yahoo.

http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy/us/beacons/details.html


In that section find a little "Click Here to Opt Out" a link that will
let you "opt-out" of their snooping. Be careful NOT to click on the
next button shown. It is an "Opt Back In" button that, if clicked, will
UNDO the opt-out.

Note that Yahoo's invasion of your privacy - and your ability to opt-
out of it - is not user-specific. It is MACHINE specific. That means
you will have to opt-out on every computer (and browser) you use. "

Now, an opinion regarding this. It seems very much like a doom and gloom story, which usually doesn't turn out to be true. Most of the time, stories like this turn out to be false, and the actions they recommend are either inane or downright harmful -- i.e., by taking the action to "protect" yourself, you're enabling the harmful actions itself.

So, be on the lookout for anything suspicious regarding this. If anyone hears that this is a hoax, please use the "comments" link and let us all know about it.

Damn...six more weeks of winter

Yeah well, it's been a warm winter anyway. Thanks to Punxsutawney Phil for making the effort, going through the motions, coming out and seeing his shadow.

See his official site, groundhog.org (dude, that's just scary that he has his own site) for more info.

February 01, 2006

New Windows Mobile Device

For all the techheads out there obsessed with mobile gear (me), there's a new Windows mobile device coming out, and it looks real good. It's produced by iMate, and has the usual Windows Mobile applications, wi-fi, bluetooth, handles various media like pictures and movies well...AND it gets 5 to 8 hours of active processing time? And more in standby mode?

Nice.

Don't Read Porn and Drive

In what I can assume is not the first occurrence of this, a man in Tennessee was ticketed for driving recklessly due to his attention being focused on porn. Upon pulling him over, the officer saw magazines on the seat.

I found this interesting. While unsafe driving is a problem no matter what the reason, I'm not sure how the magazines will play into any court proceedings that may ensue. "Well your honor, he had this magazine with him at the time...".