My family took a two week trip to Korea in June of 2000. We visited several locations around the country including Seoul, the DMZ, Puson, and Kyong-Ju. This is a collection of the best photos from the trip.
This is a brief compilation of photos highlighting the Aurora series (1 thru 4) of solar cars built by the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project. A more detailed history can be found at the Project's website.
I've been following Keith Tanner's build of a Caterham Seven replica from CMC that uses a Miata drivetrain. He has an interesting build diary and series of photos documenting progress. If you have any interest in kit cars or cars in general, you owe yourself a visit.
This technology is the next stage of portable device evolution allowing devices that expand when being used and collapse for portability. I've often bemoaned the choice of flip vs. candybar phone because of the button size/screen size tradeoff. Having a screen that unfurled from inside of the phone would be simply magical.
Sorry about the last 24 hours of sluggishness. Six Apart's TypePad service had some hardware problems that they have now remedied. Kudos to them for the 3 day service credit for the slowdown, though I would prefer it just not happen to begin with.
Frequently at work when I'm writing or researching I like to listen to music. When I'm at home I have an extensive archive of my music on my desktop mac, but it is too large to fit nicely onto my powerbook anymore and I don't want to copy it onto my work PC. I'd like to have an iPod, but that isn't in the budget right now.I'd been hearing snippets about software that allowed users to broadcast music over a broadband connection. The main issue with this is I wanted to broadcast the music, but also have control over what was being played remotely.
I did some experimenting with NiceCast and iTunes webRemote, but the controllers were clunky and the radio broadcast had to be started from the base machine. Then I found SlimServer from SlimDevices. This company makes the really cool SqueezeBox hardware that can control and stream your music library to a remote position on your network -perhaps your stereo system, for example. Well, SlimServer is open source (something I love), of course free, and will also allow you to stream over the internet as well as to a SqueezeBox. It also has password protection so random people can't latch onto the stream. Furthermore, it offers powerful web based control over what is playing.
So, I'm happy now. When I want music at work or the coffee shop (wireless internet) I just fire up iTunes and open the SlimServer stream then launch the control webpage and my entire library is at my fingertips. You can download SlimServer here there is a version for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
An australian inventor has constructed a Palm based tattooing robot. Tattoos are free, but the designs are random! He says the development process was "painful but a good incentive to get it right as soon as possible." I can only imagine.
Google searches have become quite possibly the most commonplace occurrence during internet surfing. I know I probably visit Google on average about every 10 minutes when I'm surfing. The search market is one that is tremendously fickle and users are always looking for the "next big thing". This Technology Review article looks at searching "Beyond Google."
Perhaps, more intriguing is one of the sites mentioned in the article: Google Watch The site has several interesting pages that raise serious questions about Google's behavior and methods. I found particularly interesting:
1. Why we Target Google - a neat summary of the major issues with the Google machine and why it is potentially harmful and certainly why it's conduct and policies are of general concern.
3.Is Google Broken? - a discussion of how Google has quite possibly run out of numbers to assign to web pages due to the initial programming of its software and why not telling its users is a serious problem.
A MacMinute report by Peter Glaskowsky, analyst with Instat/MDR, says that all critical components are ready for the Powerbook G5. I hope he is right, my Titanium Powerbook is looking a bit long in tooth after 2.5 years.
Greg Koenig has already taken apart his iPod Mini, not two days after they went on sale. He has posted the instructions and photos at iPodLounge. Two things were interesting:
1. He destroyed his iPod, but given the lessons learned they can be taken apart safely.
2. The 4Gb Microdrive has a CompactFlash interface.
Greg says he tried the Microdrive in his compactflash card reader and camera without success, but didn't mention if he tried to reformat the card. There has been discussion at dpreview.com about using the Hitachi microdrive out of the Creative MuVo2 4Gb in cameras. The reason for this almost bizarre destructiveness is that the 4Gb drives alone are retailing at $500+, whereas 4Gb mp3 players using the same drives can be had for as little as $190.