Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FireFox Gone Wild

Screenshot of the venerable Firefox browser when inundated with all possible extensions and add-ons.
Since some of my favorite FF extensions are not updated by the author when I had upgraded to FF 1.0.x to FF 1.5.x to FF 2.0.x Along the way for me, FF will lose some extra baggage from incompatible exts. So this keep FF of becoming bloatware on my systems.

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Allofmp3 to be closed

The US and Russia have agreed on actions that Russia will take to address piracy, i.e. shutting down AllofMP3.com (on page 2 on top).

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Radio Shack Catalog featuring 16MHz PC for only $2599

Good stuff here, including "OS/2 Ready" and "3 1/4 inch disk drive stores 1.4 million characters per disk"
What really sad I Still have this Radio Shack Catalog from 1987 somewhere in the back of my closet. I have a full create of old Radio Shack Flyers and Catalogs since 1984 from the Technology Store!!

But then again, everything at Radio Shack is overpriced..And cheap (quality).

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Hack To Prevent Traffic Jams!

This amateur scientist has devised a way to singlehandely reduce traffic jams during your commute. It is golden advice for dealing with holiday traffic. Still This hack will never work on the 405 Freeway in LA Regardless time of day.

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1987 computer serving a site from floppy!

This old 286 computer running at 8 MHz, with 1 MiB ram and no hard drive (the OS, all software and the site is on a single floppy!) still serves a purpose by acting as a fully functional web server running DR-DOS. Also includes a description of how to build your own server on an 8088 or newer, and links to all software required!

Next I want to see this preformed on Atari an 2600!!

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1987 computer serving a site from floppy!

This old 286 computer running at 8 MHz, with 1 MiB ram and no hard drive (the OS, all software and the site is on a single floppy!) still serves a purpose by acting as a fully functional web server running DR-DOS. Also includes a description of how to build your own server on an 8088 or newer, and links to all software required!

Next I want to see this preformed on Atari 2600!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Wii Disassembled

"There are two ways to take apart the Wii. The first, as demonstrated by Popular Science, involves breaking the Wii open due to a lack of tools. The second method is a more formal Wii disassembly guide, which is provided by InformIT.com. Either way, you can see some detailed pictures of the internals of the Wii and how the parts are laid out. The InformIT.com version also includes an eight minute teardown video."

From /.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Fox Cancels O.J. 'If I Did It' Book, TV Special

News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."
Common decency: 1
Asshole: 1

(he's still got the book)

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Linux Mint 2.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java, and other components. Linux Mint 2.0, code name "Barbara", was released yesterday: This release is based on Ubuntu 6.10 and uses the Ubuntu installer...

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Will Web 3.0 Be In The Green?".

Web 3.0. The recently coined term that has many in the blogosphere screaming "Stop the keyword hype!" and others waxing hopeful that the next wave of Internet progress is finally starting to percolate. Before the seed has even sprouted roots, already bloggers are asking "but will it make any money?". Donna Bogatin asks this very question in her blog post "Will Web 3.0 Be In The Green?".

Crowds gather to buy Nintendo's Wii

Nintendo's new Wii video game console debuted on Sunday as thousands of die-hard fans, some of whom camped out for several days, welcomed the final entrant in the three-way scramble for dominance in the $30 billion global game market.

At the Times Square Toys "R" Us store in New York, a line snaked around the block, with more than 1,000 gamers vying for first rights to take the new machine home, while more than 900 enthusiasts gathered for the West Coast release at the GameStop store at Hollywood's Universal City Walk.

At midnight, Isaiah "Triforce" Johnson, 29, purchased the first Wii as Toys "R" Us employees cheered and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime helped ring up the sale.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Examples of Microsoft stealing source code

With all of the FUD around Microsoft and SCO making wild and unsubstantiated claims regarding Linux, I thought I'd look up how much code Microsoft has stolen themselves. With a simple Google search, I was able to turn up eight different instances in just a few minutes where Microsoft has lost court battles from their code theft.

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Try out 10 free operating systems - in your browser!

If you've got Java-support in your browser, you can try out several free operating systems at Free OS Zoo. This is an experimental feature, using a system called FLOZ. The response-times are not too hot, but it's cool, none the less.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Its Not Suse Linux Its Microsoft owns intellectual property that is in Linux!!!

A lot of people were initially surprised by Microsoft's deal with Novell that effectively admitted that some companies might actually want to use Linux. However, in the days following the deal, as more people dissected it, they began to realize that perhaps it was a trojan horse. While it "protected" users of Suse Linux, many people pointed out that suggested that Microsoft might believe that users of any other Linux were open to a lawsuit. Of course, it didn't take long for Steve Ballmer to confirm this for everyone. In a recent talk, he clearly stated that he believes Microsoft owns intellectual property that is in Linux. Microsoft has hinted at this in the past, so it's really not a huge surprise -- but if he's going to say such things, he ought to back it up by actually showing what's infringing or filing a lawsuit. Otherwise it's idle talk. And, paying someone else to make the same claims doesn't really count. Either way, for a news story that originally came out as Microsoft becoming more friendly with Linux, it's certainly turned 180 degrees pretty fast.

Member Folks Its Blog, But when they start making Money. Its still a Blog!!

"It's been a bad week for transparency and disclosure in the blogosphere, demonstrating that once blogging starts making money, the rules change. Nick Douglas was dismissed from ValleyWag, Jason Calacanis bolts from AOL, and co-founder Duncan Riley abruptly departs from b5media. Where do we get the real story? From The New York Times, or not at all. If we've come to expect honesty and straight talk from blogging icons, it's because so many blogospheric leaders have told us we should. And now suddenly we're getting the snarky insider accounts of blogospheric dirt from The New York Times?"

PCWorld: The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments

The Internet is the most efficient information distribution system ever known. But if you're not careful, it's also the perfect way to embarrass yourself in front of the entire world.

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The $99,999,999.00 PS3

Last night's eBay auctions were filled with arrogant twerps like this trying to sell their PS3's for Dr. Evil-like sums. Look at the screenshot, there were 135 bids on it. It's not the seller who pushed the price this high, it's the buyers being silly. As others have said, buyers post fake bids all the time, Remember folks all if you are the winnings bids are legal binding.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Microsoft’s Zune Suffering Awful First Day Sales

Two boxed Zune players sat ignored on the top shelf of a Plexiglas showcase packed with iPod accessories in a Virgin Megastore and by mid-afternoon, the store had sold one Zune player and one other person had inquired about them.

I am Glad to see General Public finally waking up to the fact DRM is Simply an bad Ideas for Both Consumer and Music Business .

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Internet Only 1% Pron?? What Pron I want some quality Pron!!

"In what surely comes as a complete and utter surprise to everyone here, a new calculation shows that only one percent of web pages contain pornography. While the calculations were performed using data forced from Google's and Microsoft's search indices by the government, they will help the American Civil Liberties Union to keep enforcement of the Children's Online Protection Act of 1998 banned. A loss for business privacy has become a victory for free speech, even though netizens lose a beloved old proverb."

But in Contrast Over 95 % of Todays College Kids acting like True 'Dumb Ass' can be easily found on Webshots, Myspace, Gootube and other Social networking sites.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dvorak: If anything is doomed to failure, it is the Microsoft Zune.

I have no idea who is marketing this device within the company, but from what I can tell, this is going to become a major turkey in the product mix. As far as I can tell, Microsoft should simply turn over all its marketing to the Xbox 360 folks
—at least some of the people in that group have marketing skills

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TiVo to add peer-to-peer video sharing

TiVo has several announcements planned for tomorrow. First, you'll be able to use the TiVo Desktop software to convert and transfer Internet video to your TiVo. Second, TiVo will be setting up "channels" so you can broad cast TiVo-to-TiVo. Third, CBS is adding video downloads to 'TiVoCast.' Sweet!

No word of Comcast DVR powered by Tivo Software will have access to this feature.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Google Earth In 4D

Google skipped right past the third dimension and landed directly in the fourth (time) by offering historical maps on Google Earth. Now you can travel back in time — for example, I am looking at the globe of 1790. Don't expect detailed high resolution photography from days gone by, but it's still interesting to see old maps overlaid on the satellite imagery of today."

Linus Torvalds Officially a Hero

"The European edition of the Time magazine has selected Linus Torvalds as one of the heroes of the past 60 years. From the main article: 'In the 60 years that Time has been publishing an Atlantic edition, extraordinary people have emerged from the churn and turmoil, creativity and chaos of a period that witnessed the aftermath of world war, the toppling of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the vanquishing of apartheid in South Africa, the advance of women, the failure of old certainties and the rise of new fears. These people are our heroes, and in this special anniversary issue, we celebrate them and their many achievements.' The article on Linus is titled 'By giving away his software, the Finnish programmer earned a place in history.' Linus is cited in the 'Rebels & Leaders' category along with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and others."

TOP500 Supercomputer Sites For 2006

"The IBM BlueGene/L system, installed at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, retains the No. 1 spot with a Linpack performance of 280.6 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second, or Tflop/s). The new No. 2 systems is Sandia National Laboratories' Cray Red Storm supercomputer, only the second system ever to be recorded to exceed the 100 Tflops/s mark with 101.4 Tflops/s... Slipping to No. 3 is the IBM eServer Blue Gene Solution system, installed at IBM's Thomas Watson Research Center, with 91.20 Tflops/s Linpack performance." You need over 6.6 Tflop/s to make it into the top 100.

28th TOP500 List

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Apple unveils upgraded MacBook line

pple Computer is upgrading its MacBook line of consumer laptop computers. Each of the three MacBook models will now have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor inside it, with the entry model having a 1.83 GHz version of the chip and the two other models having the 2.0 GHz version. Previously, the MacBook line contained Intel's original Core Duo processors.

On the top two models, Apple is also doubling the memory to 1 gigabyte of SDRAM and upping the hard drive space. The top model, which comes in black, will now have a 120 gigabyte hard drive, while the midline model will have an 80 gigabyte one. Apple is maintaining its prices on all three models: $1,499 for the high-end version, $1,299 for the mid-tier one and $1,099 for the entry-level model.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

10 Coolest Lego Creations

From a LEGO vending machine to a LEGO USB drive

Test Ref Links

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Utube Sues YouTube

From The Age article: Universal Tube, which sells used machines that make tubes, has said it has lost business because customers have had trouble accessing its site." So now Utube is suing YouTube seeking a cease and desist on the youtube domain. (I wonder if they think Google's pockets might be deeper that the previous owners'.) This again raises the problems of domain names colliding across different industries and countries, and reminds me of the etoys/etoy tussle a few years back. Should domain name simply be exempt from trademark legislation in all countries or is it a legit thing to fight for?"
Utube Sues YouTube

Microsoft backtracks on Vista transfer limits

However, the new restriction prompted an outcry among hardware enthusiasts and others. Microsoft is returning the licensing terms to basically what they were in Windows XP--users can transfer their license to a new PC an unlimited number of times, provided they uninstall and stop using it on the prior machine.

The software maker said it paid attention to the response both directly to the company and on blogs and decided to reverse course. Microsoft had hoped to use the change to aid its ongoing efforts to thwart piracy.
Microsoft backtracks on Vista transfer limits

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

ThePirateBay Grows

ThePirateBay Grows
It appears that ThePirateBay is continuing to iron out many of its remaining technical glitches. As of this writing, ThePirateBay is host to over 400,000 torrents and serves more than 5 million peers. Additionally, ThePirateBay crew reports their tracker has grown substantially over the last several months.

"...some updates. You might have noticed the increase in peers and number of new torrents everyday. This is very nice to see! We've grown like 30% the past two months

The Internet Now has Over 100 Million Web Sites

There are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet, according to Netcraft, whose monthly web server survey has reached 101.4 million sites. From the article: 'The 100 million site milestone caps an extraordinary year in which the Internet has already added 27.4 million sites, easily topping the previous full-year growth record of 17 million from 2005. The Internet has doubled in size since May 2004, when the survey hit 50 million.'" This is a far cry from the August 1995 results that just cleared 18,000.