Fly cheaper and stay longer with Farecast….

Ajax, Travel
If you're travelling in the near future you really should take a look at Farecast.com. It's a little bit like kayak.com in that it queries multiple other travel sites and presents a ajaxy interface to you to narrow your search down. Unique to farecast is their new Hotels search that is basically a web2.0 app with a mapping interface. Farecast also has a neat utility that can roughly tell you when to fly (in the next 30 days), so you can get the lowest fares. It's free so give it a try and bookmark it now.
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Google Flight Sim…..

Google
Well google has done it again. It turns out that there is a "hidden" flight sim built right into google earth client. You'll need version 4.0+ for this to work. Here is the info on how to activate it and a listing of navigation keys. The short of it:To enter the flight simulator mode, press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A on the Mac). Once you have entered flight simulator mode for the first time, you can re-enter the mode by choosing Tools > Enter Flight Simulator. To leave flight simulator mode, click Exit Flight Simulator in the top right corner or press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key+ Option + A on the Mac).The following keystrokes control navigation and other aspects…
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A trip to Bodensee, Germany

Bodensee, Photography
So following Amsterdam, we went to Stuttgart, Germany for some project meetings. You might have noticed some posts at some ungodly hour of the morning....Well they were probably made during a refreshment session at the bar. Once our official work was done we took off to see Bodensee for the weekend (Aug. 25-26, 2007). We grabbed Hwy.81 and drove through Eigeltingen, Nenzingen, Stockach, Ludwigshafen, Sipplingen, Ueberlingen, Nuessdorf, Uhldingen, Meersburg, Kippenhausen and ended up staying in Lippertsreute for the night. The next day we drove through Ueberlingen, Nuessdorf, Uhlingen, Meersburg. Took the ferry in Meersburg and visited Insel Mainau and drove back to Stuttgart. All in all a fantastic trip, if a bit short. I definitely have to keep Bodensee on my "Gotta come back" list. Here are some of the…
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Image Slicing LIVE…..

Photography, Research, Siggraph07
Hot on the heels of our coverage of Image Slicing and Stretching paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing (Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir), here is a fully working prototype of the shrinking part of the paper by Patrick Swieskowski. So how long do you think it will take for Adobe to snag these guys up?......
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Diagram editor right in your browser…..

Ajax, Javascript, Technology
So today I had a choice to make. You see I had to draw a small diagram and needed a editor. Now I know visio is the end-all-be-all of editors, but I needed something fast and simple. Oh and I really didn't want to go down to the office to pick up the install disks for visio (on vacation). That's where web2.0 came to rescue again. After a short google search I found two online services that allow you to edit/share Diagrams right in your browser:Gliffy Online: Gliffy allows you to create many types of diagrams such as Flowcharts, UI wireframes, Floor plans, Network diagrams, UML diagrams, or any other simple drawing or diagram. Gliffy Online brings you a familiar desktop application feel in a web browser. Features such as…
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Amsterdam anyone?….

Amsterdam, Photography
Follow this link and check out pictures from my recent trip to Amsterdam. I was there for 3 very short days (August 18-20) and I can't wait to go back. If you ever get a chance to go there, DO IT. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I'm comparing it to Nice, Salzburg, Prague and Paris. You'll need atleast two full days (ie: none Jet lagged days) to get a appreciation of what it has to offer, a week would be fantastic. One piece of advice, take your most comfortable shoes and practice your bike riding and when you get there watch out for those bicycles :-). And don't forget to check out the rest of my photo gallery.
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Scan, copy and fax with your camera phone or digicam

Research
Well I'm not sure how long these guys will run their service for free, but I really like the service and if you're a researcher or student it might even be worth a subscription fee. The service is called scanR and as long as you send them semi-decent photographs (2+ megapixel) of either your Whiteboard or Documents, they will generate and email you the PDF versions of those. I particularly like their Business Card scanR. Photo goes in, vCard information comes out. Check out their examples of Whiteboards, Documents and Business Cards. BTW, Qipit is another online service that does the same stuff (less the Business Card scanning). Personally I like (and use) scanR's Business card scanning since I'm too lazy to type all the info into my addressbook, your…
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is TV freed?

bittorrent, Linux, OSX, rss, Windows
Well, I'll leave this one to you. You can decide on it's Kosherness. The application is called TED and it can find all sorts of TV episodes you might have missed. From the homepage:ted can find episodes of any TV show you like to watch. Just add your favorite shows to ted and he will search for the newest episodes and downloads them for you. ted uses bittorrent and RSS technology to get you the newest episodes as fast as possible! ted comes with a huge list of shows, all waiting for you to be watched. ted even displays a summary of each show, to help you choose shows you like.ted requires Java 5 and a bittorrent client and is available for all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). Download here.
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Free your Office….

Apple, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX
While we're on the subject of saving you some money. NeoOffice, the OSX native version of Open Office, has just released their latest. This release includes support for the Mac OS X Spellchecker and Address Book and experimental support for Office 2007 Excel and PowerPoint files. From the overview page:NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.Released as free, open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small…
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Manage your Projects FREE….

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Windows
You all know my dislike for Microsoft and their products. Whenever possible I've tried to get away from having to use their software. Here is another opensource product that allows us to do our thing without them. From their overview page:OpenProj is a free, open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. The OpenProj solution is ideal for desktop project Click to enlarge in a new windowmanagement and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. OpenProj is a complete desktop replacement of Microsoft Project and even opens existing native Project files. OpenProj shares the most advanced scheduling engine in the industry with Project-ON-Demand. The OpenProj solution has Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.You can get more detailed information on OpenProj or…
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