NAB2008 – Trip to Arizona and New Mexico

Flickr, Photography
Well this trip was by far the longest one we've (the three amigos) have taken. The Flickr set is here if you don't want to read about the details below. It all started about a year ago when I found out about the Black Hole company in Los Alamos, a recycler of "nuclear waste" that has the world's most diverse stock of used scientific equipment, electronics, lab supplies, nuclear by-products, surplus items and manterials. Basically one of the largest most well stocked surplus stores I've ever visited. The Black Hole became our final destination and we build the trip around it.We left Las Vegas and NAB2008 around 14:00 on Thursday April 17 and drove like crazy on I-40 East through Kingman, Flagstaff, Winslow and stayed the night in Holbrook. This…
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Expo Galore……

Art, Flickr, Photography
Browsing through Flickr sets I came across ninecormorants sets from Montreal Expo 1967 and New York Expo 1964. Believe it or not these photos were found on the street in Cambridge, MA. They were originally glued onto scrapbook sheets. They are all originals and as far as he can tell were taken by Lillian Seymour. Very vintage and a great visual story.
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Picture book on the web

Art, Photography
Well earlier today I "found" ffffound.com and I have to say, it's imagery heaven. FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!FFFFOUND! has an almost analog feel that tends to suck you in, so be careful, FFFFOUND! will pretty much take over your browsing life with mind-altering art and design images.
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Hardy Heron is out…..

Linux, Opensource, Ubuntu, Unix
Heha.....Ubuntu's newest release 8.04 LTS (aka. Hardy Heron) is out and ready for your consumption. This release is major in that it's LTS. For those of you who don't know LTS versions of Ubuntu are supported for 3 years for the desktop version and 5 years for server version. ALL FREE....so what are you waiting for.....head over to Ubuntu Land for more info or alternatively just go to the download page.
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OLPC dreams shattered?

rant, Technology
According to a slashdot story:Many participants in OLPC's 'Give 1 Get 1' program of last November are now encountering what has come to be known as the 'stuck key' problem, in which one or more of the keys on their XO-1 laptop's built-in keyboard become stuck in an activated position, or are activated when adjacent keys are pressed. More.....Now I'm all for giving and sharing and all that, but what the heck are these guys thinking. First they sell us on the idea that these laptops will help kids in third world learn about computers -- forgetting the fact that 90% of these kids can't read/write. Now it turns out that because they were sourcing the cheapest material in the universe -- from those same third world countries "slave-like" labour…
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And the battle continue….

Opensource, rant, Technology
Remember CDDB, the old database of CD's that people built for people's use. Well that dream got shot and killed when Gracenote, the company behind it, decided to close the platform and sell the data. It looks like private sector strikes again, big time. Sony has just announced that they bought Gracenote and their Database -- remember the one that me, you and millions of others helped build -- for $260m. Nice work S, now I wonder if there is a international law against buying/selling something that does not belong to you. Well ponder on that and start using freedb at freedb.org where things are protected by GPL and will always remain FREE.
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DIY Century Compact Flash to SATA adapter

Uncategorized
This little guy supports 3 CF cards and can be used to make a relatively cheap SSD card out of everyday CF cards. That's a quickie 96GB SSD for about $450 (plus $192.57 for the adapter plus shipping) given current on-line prices. That's a heck of a lot cheaper than a 64GB SSD card for around $1000. So go grab a couple of these and make your laptop run like lightning.
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Opps I did it again…..

Microsoft, rant, Technology
I think I will declare today (April 23rd, 2008) as the day of SUCKERS....hehehe. This is fantastic and continues to show how damaging proprietory technologies are to your life. If the Sony ATRAC debacle didn't serve as a warning there's always this: Microsoft just announced that it will no longer supply authorization keys for songs purchased from the defunct MSN Music service. According to the News Desk over at Ars Technica:Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for. Why? Because Microsoft has decided that it's done supporting the service and will be turning off the MSN Music…
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Proprietary Sucks big

Microsoft, rant, Technology
Proprietary technologies suck, no matter how good/neat they sound at the time. Case in point is the Microsoft SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) technology. At a sneak preview of the watches given by Microsoft at COMDEX 2003, Microsoft began referring to the SPOT watches as "Smart Watches with MSN Direct." The purpose of MSN Direct, a new Microsoft service to be offered through a monthly or annual subscription, was to use FM radio subcarriers to feed data to the watches, such as weather, traffic, and other information. Watch owners could choose between two subscription plans: $9.95 a month with the first month at no charge; or $59 for a full year.I still remember sitting in my chair at the 2003 comdex keynote and asking myself why? I mean Bill kept…
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