QNX RTOS is now Open Source….

embedded OS, Unix
Here is some fantastic news for all you embedded developers. QNX OS is now open source. For those who don't know QNX is a commercial POSIX-compliant Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market.As a microkernel-based OS, QNX is based on the idea of running most of the OS in the form of a number of small tasks, known as servers. This differs from the more traditional monolithic kernel, in which the operating system is a single very large program composed of a huge number of "parts" with special abilities. In the case of QNX, the use of a microkernel allows users (developers) to turn off any functionality they do not require without having to change the OS itself; instead, those servers are simply not run.The system…
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Make your browser faster (safer) with OpenDNS

DNS, Reference
Okay, so this worked for me. I don't promise that it will do the same for you. Let me explain, my ISP (who shall remain nameless) is very good (good uptime, unlimited, good throughput), but for some reason has horrible DNS servers. I normally try not to use their servers and instead use either my own from work or the University's upstream provider servers. They are okay, but not blazing. Recently I was told about OpenDNS and I meant to look at it sooner, but didn't, until the servers I was pointing to went down last night. Well, I have to admit, aside from being safer (because they filter fishing sites at DNS level), OpenDNS kicks butt. It is fast as hell and seems to even have enough smarts to…
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Computer Monitor Calibration….online!!!

Flash, Reference
I came across these two sites last friday while trying to setup a projector. If you're stuck in the field and need to get a monitor/projector calibrated fairly quick these two sites are for you. First is displaycalibration.com which has been around for a while. It's simple and works well for setting up your devices contrast/brightness settings and doing simple colour setup. The second site is tft.vanity.dk. These guys are pro's when it comes to tools for LCD setup. They do the standard contrast/brightness stuff (using a very cool flash app may I add). On top of that they do ghosting tests and colour bleed tests (using their flash app). This could be really useful if you want to compare a couple of monitors in the store or if you…
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Photoshop Webapp

Flash, Photography
Looks like Adobe is getting ready to "expose" their Photoshop webapp. Following the release of Premier Express (AKA Youtube Remixer) earlier, Adobe Sr. VP John Loiacono unveiled Photoshop express at Photoshop World. Now don't go crazy trying to find out the link. It's not live yet and this image is pretty much all that seems to be out there (Source: John Nack on Adobe Blog). Now I like to see what the MS camp will come up with using their flash competitor Silverlight.....PaintOnline?
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Jott rocks!!!

Now I haven't tried it myself (yet), so maybe the title should read "Jott (should) rock, if it works as advertised!!!", but that just wasn't cool. You all know that you can send email to certain blogging services and services like twitter (you can also txt twitter) with new content and/or comments. But can you type as fast as you talk? I bet not:Jott capitalizes on that efficiency and allows you to quickly blog, Tweet or get a “Zestimate™” from wherever you are. You have more time to get on with whatever you were doing in the first place.With Jott Links, users can now call Jott and leave voice-to-text messages on the following services: * WordPress (both .com and on local installs) * Twitter * Jaiku * TypePad * Zillow…
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Silverlight is here….MS joins the 21 Century?

Ajax, Flash, silverlight
Today Microsoft finally released their flash competitor, Silverlight. I have to admit that they actually have a catchy name, but that's not really why you're reading this....right? I downloaded and installed the app on my MBP and it installed flawlessly under OSX 10.4.10. So far so good, next I restarted safari and visited the silverlight site. First impressions are good, it loads relatively fast and looks decent. Then I proceded to hsn.tv (one of the featured sites) and that's where my gripes start. You see I (along with many other geeks) have this theory that MS has never really gotten a product right until at least version 3. Silverlight 1.o, at this point really feels like a rushed product. I admit that it works (at least the install and simple…
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