Thursday, December 29, 2005
This is the Berkeley lower-extremity exoskeleton (Bleex). The Bleex 1 has been in the works for a while and it seems they have begun work on the 2nd prototype, the Bleex 2. The exoskeleton system has two hydraulic leg braces that include 40 electronic sensors, a monitoring computer and an internal-combustion engine. The exoskeleton is attached to the legs of the soldier and allows for backpack loads upwards of 220 lb. to be carried with ease.
Made from REAL circuitboard and not painted on, these coasters are the epitome of geekdom. Now I know this is not the first time you've seen a circuit board used as a coaster. But all hues of the PCBoard rainbow are represented here - amber, green, blue, and others. You can net a set of six coasters for only $20.
Remember the decade where people wanted to cram all sorts of devices onto their watches? Well here's a device that would have been a big hit back then. Indian company Telson has introduced the TWC 1150 camera watch phone.
Yep, its a wrist watch first then a phone second, and a digital camera third. This GSM handset includes lots of standard features including an infrared wireless earpiece, 256 color LCD, plug in camera, photo caller ID, a speaker phone, and support for polyphonic tones and voice recognition.
What's the best gadget of the last 50 years? The iPod? The mobile phone? The USB flash drive? The TiVo? No, no, it’s none of these, according to PC World magazine - the best gadget of the last 50 years is in fact the Sony Walkman.
As the magazine notes, no one had quite seen anything like the Sony Walkman when it first appeared. The battery powered blue and silver cassette player changed the social landscape, with people suddenly listening to music on the move, whilst they walked down the street or sat on the train or bus.
Its interesting to note that now, some 26 years after the Walkman appeared, Sony is updating the little device. Reincarnated as an MP3 player, the new Walkman will be available in two capacity sizes - 20GB (NW-A3000) and 6GB (NW-A1000).
The work load is bad enough without having to compete with viruses.
Is it Friday yet??
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Just ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I have a fascination with flashights (could be because they are shiny), I really love LED flashlights. The problem with most is that the light just doesn't carry very far. Well a few days ago while doing some last minute Christmas shopping, I stopped and looked at possibly getting my dad a new flashlight and I found a LED conversion kit for the "AA" Maglite for $5 (Wal-Mart) and since I keep one in my car I picked one up. I love it! Then I found this article today.
Maglite, makers of all things police and security guards use, is venturing out into the world of LEDs. Seems a brighter, better MAG is in the works, as the company's website is saying that in early 2006, MAG will start introducing MAG-LED products with LED technology. Made for both professional and consumer use, the new MAGs will be stylish, brighter, and are designed to last a lifetime.
MAG Product Page
Specs and pricing for Maglite LED converter Amazon
When will the RIAA crusades ever end? In their latest move, the association is putting pressure on the US Senate to help deal with the piracy situation in Russia. According to a letter the RIAA has managed to get a bill sponsored in the Senate that will get Russia thrown out of the World Trade Organisation if it doesn't take action to purge the nation of its piracy antics. The RIAA wants Russia to know that unless it submits to its demands to stop acting as a safe haven for pirates then there is no chance of it getting decent trading conditions with the US.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
This hasn't been the best of years for me. Don't get me wrong, I have been blessed with a good job and a wonderful family, but I feel like there is more awaiting for me somewhere. As I sit out on my front porch, I often look to the heavens and gaze at the stars (a habit I developed while out in the field in the Army), and I feel as if there is a peace up there that guides me to my decisions. Over the past few days I have seen two shooting stars and to me that is amazing. I can't remember ever seeing one here other than when I was a child only 6 years old, hopping off of the school bus to find my neighbor with a telescope, telling me to come see this. It was 1986 and for the first time in my life I saw a shooting star, but it wasn't just any star, it was in fact Haley's Comet. Imagine know being 25 years old and realizing that the next time I get a chance to see that comet will be when I am 82 years old. Seeing Haley's Comet twice in one lifetime is an amazing opportunity and maybe I'll get lucky. However seeing two comets so close together here recently has really been awesome. You have to be looking at just the right spot at just the right time to see one.
This speaks to me. It means something, what, I do not know, but there is a wave of change surrounding me now. I have to make some difficult decisions in the months to come and I have prayed about these matters and in my mind it all seems so clear. There is a chance to start all over with my life and progress in my career.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Looking for the perfect gift. Well for the low low cost of $314,159.26 (with free Shipping and handling), you can buy this Xbox 360 Package from Ebay.
Xbox 360 Premium Game Console - (includes Hard Drive, Wireless Controller, Free Xbox Live Silver Membership, Xbox Live Headset, Ethernet Cable, Component HD AV Cable (for crisp picture on regular and HD TVs)
Madden NFL 06 - New in Plastic
Call of Duty 2 - Tested For Three Hours On System, Awesome Game
Need For Speed Most Wanted - New in Plastic
64 MB Memory Unit for Xbox Live Play - New in Plastic Case
Headset for Xbox Live Play - New in Plastic Case
Media Player Remote Control - New in Plastic Case
Three Extra Wireless Controllers For a Total of Four - New in Plastic Case
Play & Charge Kit (Recharge Wireless Controllers While Playing) - New in Plastic Case
But hey, 90% of Sale goes to Habitat for Humanity
Some folks who have been busy hacking apart the new Xbox 360 console from Microsoft claim to have worked out how to dump the contents of game discs for the system, allowing them to be copied and examined. However, the hackers have yet to work out how to get these copies to play. Team PI Coder - a Dutch hacker group - has posted details of the file system for the game discs, along with a program to extract files from them and example source code. Should Microsoft be worried? Well, not too much, according to Gamesindustry.biz.
At present, there is no way to run copied games or any form of unauthorised code on the Xbox 360, and the cracking of the disc format is a relatively simple move - since the Xbox 360 merely uses a modified version of the discs used by the original Xbox, whose format is widely understood.
In fact, although several teams around the world are known to be working on breaking the security of the Xbox 360, so far little progress has been made in this regard. The original Xbox was one of the most widely hacked consoles ever, thanks to its PC-style architecture and weak security - both things that have changed on the Xbox 360.
World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game has surpassed 5 million customers worldwide, according to its creators Blizzard. Seemingly the world's most popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft continues to exceed the expectations of Blizzard, who claim it has a strong presence across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. The game has an add-on pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, set for release next year.
Lexar Media Inc. is to add Google applications, including a toolbar and search function, to its USB flash drives. The new drives will be available starting in January 2006. The company claims the move will make it easier for customers to find data on their drives.
"While these popular applications have traditionally been available on the Web directly from Google and other Web affiliates, offering them on a Lexar JumpDrive provides a new channel to reach customers," said Steffen Hellmold, vice president of USB flash drives at Lexar.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Jan 18, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "Mad Catz", the world's leading third party video game accessory provider, announced that it has signed a license agreement with the National Basketball Association to produce customized NBA team controllers for the PlayStation(R)2 and the Xbox(R) gaming systems.
Mad Catz will produce a unique and stylish video game controller for all 30 NBA teams, each featuring the team's colors and logos. The NBA licensed accessories, expected to be available in March 2005, will feature rubber grips, poly-carbonate finish, analog joysticks and an action d-pad.
"Basketball fans show support for their favorite NBA teams and players when they wear their jerseys to the game," said Darren Richardson, President and CEO of Mad Catz. "Now they can show the same pride when they play as those same teams and athletes at home."
"The new Mad Catz controller continues to capture the enthusiasm of basketball and videogame fans," said Greg Lassen, Senior Director of Electronic & Interactive Licensing, NBA. "With a controller for every NBA team, sports videogame fans can now play NBA videogames with their favorite team and matching controller."
This marks the second such announcement to date by Mad Catz; the company recently formed a similar partnership with the NFL.
For more information on the Mad Catz line of NBA licensed controllers, or for high definition photos of the controllers, please visit the Mad Catz website at www.madcatz.com.
So you want to dabble with HDTV but aren't too keen on spending the money for a new television? This HDTV Tuner will turn your laptop or PC into an HDTV and will let you record HDTV shows directly to your computer! Pause, fast forward, and rewind live HDTV and setup scheduled recordings with the electronic program guide. You can even backup your favorite episodes to DVD and watch your recorded shows over your home network. If it works as well as it sounds, this could be the perfect solution HDTV solution for those who want HDTV but don't want to shell out several grand for an HDTV set.
USB HDTV Tuner with Remote :: ThinkGeek.com
Thanks to a UK company, you can now fancy up your iPod to match you when you don't feel like dressing up. These mini hoodies are gray, and could protect your iPod from droppage. The regular iPod model will cost you $20 with the iPod mini version running a couple bucks cheaper.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Drink one for me!
Thursday, December 15, 2005
This pic is for Lex
What a hell of a week it's been. Two finals in college and work has been too damn busy. Today we had our Christmas Lunch. It was pretty good actually. Steak and Potatoes, can't complain there. I won a "door prize" got a coffee travel cup, ball cap and this cool little snowman (which Angus already molested).
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
This little all-rubber radio from Lexon is water-resistant and you can browse through stations by turning the antenna that pokes out from the top, adjust the volume or band on the front, and turn it on or off on top. That's it. No equalizers, LCD displays, or tape decks. Just good old-fashioned radio fun for when you're in the shower or on the beach. It runs on four AA batteries and is available now for $69.00.
Lexon Rubber Radio
"The closer you get to the theatrical release date the more complicated the negotiations with the movie studios," MSpot CEO Daren Tsui said. "We'll eventually get to the point where we'll be able to get movies soon after theatrical release."
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I'm serious, we pay their wages and we should get credit on effort!
Appian Corp., a Vienna, Va.-based BPM provider, offers software that helps agencies manage their procurements. The product, which is similar to other business process management offerings, features a "dashboard" that tells users where requests and tasks stand and includes potentially useful information, such as a pie chart identifying funding sources. Managers have access to a customized workflow map, which visually shows the steps in the process, from opening a new acquisition request to validating funding and notifying vendors. "The tools we provide . . . connect people and data systems, and measure how well they work together and optimize them," says Michael Beckley, vice president of Appian's product strategy.
If there's a delay, the manager can call the person responsible, or reassign tasks if an employee is overburdened; they also can check that the rules are being followed. Some steps, such as the submission of information to FedBizOpps, the government Web site for posting bid solicitations, are automated. Business process management programs usually are Web-based and interact with applications already on clients' computers, such as e-mail and spreadsheets.
Monday, December 12, 2005
I took my final for this semester in the computer class tonight and if I didn't score perfect, I'll demand a recount. It was a cakewalk of a class about the internet and was a new requirement for my degree, so I went ahead and took it.
My math final is Wednesday night and it will take nothing short of a miracle for me to pass it. I suck at math and hate it for the most part.
Next semester I think I'll only take one class to give myself a little break. I should have stayed in college the first time. Kids, let this be a lesson to you. GO TO COLLEGE FIRST, then get a job!
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Eliminate the need for a traditional sound card with this USB to Audio adapter. Real USB plug & play to upgrade any on-board soundcard to 5.1 Digital Surround Sound without any hardware installation. Connect a speaker or headphone directly to the adapter and enjoy 3D positional sound and virtual 5.1ch sound track. Use the USB port power directly.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Well I guess we all have been there before. Waking up in a strange place surrounded by beer bottles, with a weird fucking hat on. Ok so I may be all alone there, but dammit at least I admit it!
It reminds me of the time (times) I would start out partying in the barracks and then just realize that I'm sitting on someones porch chatting away still drinking, then awake to find myself in a strange _______ (fill in the blank, Bed, Car, Ditch).
Ahh, good times.
Friday, December 09, 2005
I never thought I'd see the day. Denny's no longer has a smoking section. My once favorite place for the late night snack has took away one of my only pleasures.
It's time for a boycott. Since I do not cook, I used to spend more money here than anyone, hell I paid the damn wages around here.
This is the last time I darken their doorstep!
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Thursday, December 08, 2005
The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will be taking legal action against anyone discovered telling friends, acquaintances, or associates about new songs, artists, or albums. "We are merely exercising our right to defend our intellectual properties from unauthorized peer-to-peer notification of the existence of copyrighted material," a press release signed by RIAA anti-piracy director Brad Buckles read. "We will aggressively prosecute those individuals who attempt to pirate our property by generating 'buzz' about any proprietary music, movies, or software, or enjoy same in the company of anyone other than themselves." RIAA attorneys said they were also looking into the legality of word-of-mouth "favorites-sharing" sites, such as coffee shops, universities, and living rooms.
Looks like I may have killed a few kittens in my time.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
How cool are these!!! USB Powered Air Darts. Aim and fire with your mouse. I have this grand vision of a "Cubicle Defense System", use three of these turrets strategically placed with motion censors and protect your desk with an invisible perimeter alarm system with these lazer trip wires
Go ahead....step into my cube!
"We typically quarantine about 50 million virus-infected emails in a month. This Sober virus generated close to a 1,500-percent increase in virus-infected email traffic in the past week," said Scott Petry, Postini founder and vice president of products and engineering.
Runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:
bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp. poultry, that is transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)
ICE (an entry stored in one's cellular phone that provides emergency contact information)
IDP (internally displaced person; someone forced to relocate within a country because of a natural disaster or civil unrest)
IED (improvised explosive device, such as a car bomb)
lifehack (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday task: "I found a great lifehack for getting a cheap hotel room.")
persistent vegetative state (a condition in which a patient recovering from a coma retains reflex responses and may appear wakeful, but has no cognitive functions or other evidence of cerebral cortical activity)
reggaeton (a Latin American dance music which combines elements of reggae music with hip-hop and rap.)
rootkit (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner, intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)
squick (cause immediate and thorough revulsion: "was anyone else squicked by our waiter's piercings?")
sudoku (a logic-based puzzle consisting of squares that form grids within a grid. Into each smaller grid, the numerals 1 through 9 are entered but not repeated, and they may not be repeated in any row or column of the larger grid.)
trans fat (fat containing trans-fatty acids, considered unhealthier than other dietary fats.)
Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said: "Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it's a completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of the iPod phenomenon."
"Choosing the word of the year is incredibly difficult," said McKean. "Not just because of the enormous amount of data we look at-everything from blogs to technical journals to suggestions sent to email@example.com because everyone has such strong opinions about what makes a word Word of the Year material. You'd be amazed at how hard our editors campaign for their favorites. I'm surprised nobody tried to bribe me -- except that the only thing I really want is more cool new words!"
Katie and Matt watched with their eyes wide open as she dumped 4 cups each of four different types of alcohol into her homemade egg nog and she even said that is was great for entertaining, just serve this to anyone over the age of 18 as they come in for the party and they will be having a great time.....NO SHIT, they would be drunk off their asses after 1 glass, and she even seemed to encourage that. A few moments later she realized what she said about the drinking age and corrected herself.
The funny part was when Anne and Al tried her egg nog and nearly spit it out because of all the alcohol. Al even said, please do not drink this near an open flame.
I think the jailbird may be off her rocker just a little and if I was a betting man I would say she had already had a few glasses before the show, she just kept rambling on and on and they had to keep interupting her. I guess you had to see it, but it was funny.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The only downfall is having to remember to go out and start your car before you leave for work or else you're left shaking violently halfway to work until the engine warms up.
Verizon today announced they will use Qualcomm's Media FLO (forward link only) technology to bring TV to their EV-DO networks. FLO is a streaming protocol that allows a carrier to broadcast to many subscribers simultaneously by letting the subscriber grab a stream that is already in progress and any user can instantly start viewing. Verizon will launch the service using a 700 MHz network owned by Qualcomm, the final specs and standards of which were only recently ratified. They will begin by launching FLO broadcasts in about half of their EV-DO markets and then slowly expand the network to cover all EV-DO areas. The initial launches should begin sometime next year.
(REUTERS) - Global cybercrime generated a higher payback than drug trafficking in 2004 and is set to grow even further as the use of technology expands in developing countries, a security expert said today.
No country is immune from cybercrime, which includes corporate espionage, child pornography, stock manipulation, extortion and piracy, said Valerie McNiven, who advises the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the problem. “Last year was the first year that proceeds from cybercrime were greater than proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, and that was, I believe, over $105 billion,” McNiven said. “Cybercrime is moving at such a high speed that law enforcement cannot catch up with it.”
For example, Web sites used by fraudsters for “phishing” -- the practice of tricking computer users into revealing their bank details and other personal data -- only stay on the Internet for a maximum of 48 hours, she said.
Asked if there is any evidence of links between the funding of terrorism and cybercrime, McNiven said, “There is evidence of links between them. But what’s more important is our refusal or failure to create secure systems. We can do it, but it’s an issue of costs.”
McNiven, a former electronic finance and security specialist for the World Bank, was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at a conference on information security in the banking sector. Developing countries that lack the virtual financial systems available elsewhere are easier prey for cybercriminals looking for quick gain.
“When you have identity thefts or corruption and manipulation of information [in developing countries], it becomes almost more important because ... their systems start getting compromised from the get-go,” McNiven said. “Another area that begins to expand is human trafficking and pornography, because both of these become so much available once you have a communication ability.”
The following CDs from Sony/BMG could infect your computer and should not be played. (They can be safely played on audio systems such as in a car or stereo system).
Do not play the following CDs on PCs. Check both the name of the album and the item number (found on spine of CD). If you have one of these CDs, see http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/ for how to exchange it.
ARTIST / ALBUM / ITEM NUMBER(S) / UPC(S)
1. A Static Lullaby / Faso Latido / CK92772 / 827969277225
2. Acceptance / Phantoms / CK89016 / 696998901629
3. Amerie / Touch / CK90763 / 827969076320
4. Art Blakey / Drum Suit / CK93637 /827969363720
5. The Bad Plus / Suspicious Activity? / CK94740 / 827969474020
6. Bette Midler / Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook / CK95107 / 827969510728/ CK74815 / 828767481524
7. Billie Holiday / The Great American Songbook / CK94294 / 827969429426
8. Bob Brookmeyer / Bob Brookmeyer & Friends / CK94292 / 827969429228
9. Buddy Jewell / Times Like These / CK92873 / 827969287323
10. Burt Bacharach / At This Time / CK97734 / 827969773420
11. Celine Dion / On Ne Change Pas / E2K97736 / 827969773628
12. Chayanne / Cautivo / LAK96819 / 037629681921/ LAK96818 / 037629681822/ LAK95886 / 037629588626
13. Chris Botti / To Love Again / CK94823 / 827969482322
14. The Coral / The Invisible Invasion / CK94747 / 827969474723
15. Cyndi Lauper / The Body Acoustic / EK94569 / 827969456927
16. The Dead 60's / The Dead 60's / EK94453 / 827969445327
17. Deniece Williams / This Is Niecy / CK93814 / 827969381427
18. Dextor Gordon / Manhattan Symphonie / CK93581 / 827969358122
19. Dion / The Essential Dion / CK92670 / 827969267028
20. Earl Scruggs / I Saw The Light With Some Help From My Friends / CK92793 / 827969279328
21. Elkland / Golden / CK92036 / 827969203620
22. Emma Roberts / Unfabulous And More: Emma Roberts / CK93950 / 827969395028/ CK97684 / 827969768426
23. Flatt & Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / CK92801 / 827969280126
24. Frank Sinatra / The Great American Songbook / CK94291 / 827969429129
25. G3 / Live In Tokyo / E2K97685 / 827969768525
26. George Jones / My Very Special Guests / E2K92562 / 827969256220
27. Gerry Mulligan / Jeru / CK65498 / 074646549827
28. Horace Silver / Silver's Blue / CK93856 / 827969385623
29. Jane Monheit / The Season / EK97721 / 827969772126
30. Jon Randall / Walking Among The Living / EK92083 / 827969208328
31. Life Of Agony / Broken Valley / EK93515 / 827969351529
32. Louis Armstrong / The Great American Songbook / CK94295 / 827969429525
33. Mary Mary / Mary Mary / CK94812 / 000768353721/ CK92948 / 827969294826
34. Montgomery Gentry / Something To Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 / CK75324 / 828767532424/ CK94982 / 827969498224
35. Natasha Bedingfield / Unwritten / EK93988 / 827969398821
36. Neil Diamond / 12 Songs / CK94776 / 827969477625/ CK97811 / 827969781128
37. Nivea / Complicated / 82876671562 / 828766715620
38. Our Lady Peace / Healthy In Paranoid Times / CK94777 / 827969477724
39. Patty Loveless / Dreamin' My Dreams / EK94481 / 827969448120
40. Pete Seeger / The Essential Pete Seeger / CK92835 / 827969283523
41. Ray Charles / Friendship / CK94564 / 827969456422
42. Rosanne Cash / Interiors / CK93655 / 827969365526
43. Rosanne Cash / King's Record Shop / CK86994 / 696998699427
44. Rosanne Cash / Seven Year Ache / CK86997 / 696998699724
45. Shel Silverstein / The Best Of Shel Silverstein / CK94722 / 827969472224
46. Shelly Fairchild / Ride / CK90355 / 827969035528
47. Susie Suh / Susie Suh / EK92443 / 827969244326
48. Switchfoot / Nothing Is Sound / CK96534 / 827969653425/ CK96437 / 827969643723/ CK94581 / 827969458129
49. Teena Marie / Robbery / EK93817 / 827969381724
50. Trey Anastasio / Shine / CK96428 / 827969642825
51. Van Zant / Get Right With The Man / CK93500 / 827969350027
52. Vivian Green / Vivian / CK90761 / 827969076125
I smell a lawsuit brewing!
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Sunday, December 04, 2005
Have you ever noticed that on almost every automobile commercial, the fine print says "professional driver, closed course". I want that job. Even when the car is just driving down the road, nothing special, no high speeds, just cruising down the road. I wonder how much they get paid?
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Celebrating their 15th anniversary. She spent the whole day away from home and had no idea. When she came home and seen all the cars outside, she started to cry. As she came into the house Darian asked her to marry him again.
It was a good party and it meant the world to her. I'm very proud of them both and thanks Darian, for taking care of my little big sis.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
I'll have some pictures from the party, but I do want to say congradulations to my sister and my brother in law. It will be there 15th wedding anniversary. My sister is my best friend and as we grow older we also grow closer.
Love ya Sis!