Showing posts from November, 2008

Nokia Quake III gains cool features

I think I've just found my next new smartphone! :)
The N82 supports Nokia Quake III. W00t And it now even supports bluetooth mice and keyboard! And an on-phone server, for those on-train in-transit LAN parties! ROFLMAO genius!

USB 3.0 Spec Finished

The specs for USB 3.0. It will features speeds upto 5 Gb/s, rivaling current Fibre Channel (FC) devices typically used to connect servers to SAN storage. It will introduce a new cable but keep the current connector. "The USB 3.0 Promoter Group anticipates that SuperSpeed USB discrete controllers will hit the market in the second half 2009, with the first consumer products appearing in 2010."

Gravatar - Globally Recognized Avatars

"WordPress adds Gravatar support." WTF? I thought. Yet another plugin that someone made. Then I read that Automattic bought Gravatar. WTF? I thought again.
Then more and more blogs, Web2.0 sites and services announced support for Gravatar, so I had to check it out: Gravatar is simply a Globally Recognized Avatars. A little avatar with a picture, a symbol, a character or image that you choose to identify you. Much like the pictures that MSN adds to you in Messenger. Gravatar simply is a global version of that, that will appear next to your posts or comments on any blog, site or in any forum that supports it. Duuh!

Kitchen Chemistry

Just logging this here, because I was crazy about it when appeared in Discovery Channel: Kitchen Chemistry.

It's actually a self-taught chef with 2 Michelin stars :respect: who was simply curious about Chemistry, Physics and had the right group of friends to help combine the two. Genius! There is also a real "Moleculair Cooking" out there, where chemical characteristics are used to create amazing effects with food. My dad mentioned a Dutch book: "Cook & Kitchen"

T3: Blu-ray players review

My favo gadget magazine reviews 6 Blu-ray players. If you are thinking of buying a PS3, check this too.

Update: I bought the PS3 ;)

Magnetic highway to the Sun

Roughly every 8 minutes, the Sun and Earth form a magnetic highway. When they do, particles flow from the Sun to Earth. The highway is known as a "Flux Transfer Event" (FTE) and is as wide as Earth itself. There are still many unanswered questions, such as "There are many unanswered questions: Why do the portals form every 8 minutes? How do magnetic fields inside the cylinder twist and coil?"

Impressions Of Iceland

Financial crisis or not, I had been meaning to go to Iceland for a vacation sometime but seeing Impressions Of Iceland means I just Really REALLY want to go. Maybe the crisis made it slightly less expensive or perhaps more, I'm not sure. Either way, I'd really like to go there.

I left beachclub Doen! in October and started working for, a small privately owner cooking studio in The Hague. They needed people capable of entertaining people while they prepare their own (3-4 course) meals. :) So I wanted to try it. It's fun! A bit stressy from time to time, especially when I am not that familiar with the menus yet, but making sure everything goes right and people don't get stuck is fun.

What's also fun, is they have a new website! :) No, no involvement from me whatsoever. But I've already spotted a few minor things. I like the new site a lot though! Very snappy responds, nice design, warm colors.

Doen! reunion

On Monday, Zamen invited the staff of Doen! from this Summer over to Square for a reunion and thank-you dinner. I tried to make a picture of everyone, as we were (mostly) glad to see everyone again after 2 months of Fall/Winter. Sadly, I had to leave before midnight because I'd turn into a pumpkin I had locked myself out and Petra was not gonna open the door at 4am or so. So I missed all the drunk, gory photos. ;) Hope someone else took those. :)

Apple's New MacBooks Have Built-In Copy Protection

Seems Apple, while denouncing DRM publicly and boldly going where no one dared to go, it restored some form of Built-In Copy Protection in the new MacBooks. Both AppleInsider and Arstechnica are reporting it.

"The Intel-developed technology is called High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) and aims to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across a variety of display connectors, even if such copying is not in violation of fair use laws.

Among the connectors supported by the technology are the Mini DisplayPort found on Apple's latest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, in addition to others such as Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), and Unified Display Interface (UDI)."

Funeral Maria Peper-Vis

After being separated from my grandfather for one month, my grandmother rejoined him today at her funeral in "Oud Kralingen", Rotterdam. They were married for 67 years on September 11th and have spend almost 80 years together in live. Now they'll be together forever. Rest in peace.

A little LED show

What could you do with 4.5 million LEDs? Check out what they did at the Japan Winter Light Show in the Nabana no Sato theme park that connects a mall, an amusement park and outlet store and more people venues... Wow!

New Top 500 Supercomputer List

There is a New Top 500 Supercomputer List. IBM's "Roadrunner" did some last minute upgrading :) and managed to retain it's #1 position over HP's Cray XT5 "Jaguar"... Incidentally, both systems break the petaflop barrier. I remember running a benchmark on my 386DX@25 that got me a whopping 3.5 MFLOP or so. :)

Google Earth rebuilds ancient Rome

Scientists have worked with Google Earth to recreate ancient Rome inside Google Earth. Coool! How come I didn't think of that?! O_o

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for ARM processor

Canonical announced their plans to carry on the Ubuntu platform ARM microprocessor RISC, very popular among manufacturers of mobile devices. "The addition of this new operating system will allow computers and netbooks offer a hybrid computing experience rich, always connected and mobile without compromising battery life, "said the announcement.

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Google Flu Trends

If the number of people searching for information on Flu, allergies or sun-burns is indicative for the spread of a certain illness, you should have a look at Google Flu Trends. It is interesting to see who CDC data 2 weeks later closely matches what Google's search index shows.


Kibi, Mebi, Gibi, Tebi... WTF? Ah, OK, it's the discussion whether or not a mega byte is 1000x1000 or 1024x1024 bytes... Finally, we can clear in our documentation. :) :nerd:

Circumhorizon arcs are infrequent

Dug a little further to discover just how infrequent those "fire rainbows" circumhorizontal arcs are. The German Halo Researh Group collected data from 10 years and concluded that for every 1000 ordinary rainbows, there could be one single "fire rainbow". O_o

Note that due to the requirement of 58° sunlight, some parts of the world may see it more often than others. That simply due to the latitude on Earth where you are and the relative position of the Sun to Earth depending on your location. :)

Nature: Fire Rainbow

There seems to be a little hype going with some natural phenomenon (insert Muppet's tune here). Photos of a rainbow "painted" over high altitude feather-like clouds (called "Cirrus clouds"). Gorgeous, that's for sure.

I did a little digging and discovered the photo is real, at least for as far I can determine. The phenomenon is called a fire-rainbow or "circum-horizontal arc". It is one of the rarest events in nature. "In general, a circumhorizontal arc (or "fire rainbow") appears when the sun is high in the sky (i.e., higher than 58° above the horizon), and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals. Sunlight entering the crystals' vertical side faces and leaving through their bottom faces is refracted (as through a prism) and separated into an array of visible colors. When the plate crystals in cirrus clouds are aligned optimally (i.e., with their faces parallel to the …

Knowliz: 50 Firefox Add-ons

You may still use IE "because it's so familiar" or "because it just works" or "because why should I change?". Well, one reason is Firefox adheres better to web standards and shows you when you've made bad (X)HTML code. But that's only relevant if you develop or design websites. Firefox also has tabs for browsing, but Opera and IE7+ have that too. IE has ActiveX plugins, but they're a big security risk due to the nature of Windows and IE. Firefox has extensions... and that's where the difference comes in!!!

I have a few extensions (now called add-ons) that I can't live without. But Knowliz has a list of 50 Firefox Add-ons you should DEFINITELY use. It's a bit much, I agree and it'll slow Firefox down and increase it's RAM consumption, so beware what you add. That being said, there are some genius add-ons in his list that even I didn't know about yet... Coool!

NASA - The Sun Shows Signs of Life

The sun is Back to Life! yeah! After two years of dead silence on the sun, no sun spots and no solar flares, Halloween sparked two clusters of dark -Earth-sized- spots again. Early November then showed two more.

A dead sun usually means extreme earth weather, hot, warm , cold, dry. wet... all in extremes. Though big solar flares disrupt radio, TV and satellite signals, no flares means bad weather. I'm curious what it'll do to our winter. I could go for a bit of extreme cold in Holland! Snow, ice, skating... nice.

Using geotags to shape things

Flickr has 90 million geotagged photos. What if you combine the images that have nearby tags and see if you can get the shape of a continent close to what it's like in reality? Or a neighborhood or town or so?
That what Flickr's project The Shape of Alpha has done. :) And it creates surprisingly accurate shapes of a town or city. Of course, you need dense geotagging of photos but 90,000,000 is a lot!

10 Awesome Online Photo Editors

Not everyone has Photoshop, not everyone needs and most people really don't want to pay for it. GIMP is a great alternative but may also be too much or too complicated. Then you definitely should check out 10 Awesome Online Photo Editors.

Freedom of Religion does not mean "no god"

MrVanes sent me a picture of a letter to the editor in an American newspaper, where a reader wants all atheists to be banned from America. Freedom of Speech does not include the option to have no God, he reasons. God in on the money and the loss of God is responsible for all the bad in the US...

ROFLMAO (BTW, there is a chart of religious distribution in the US.)

Dilbert for the geeks

No fuss, no muss, no hype, no thrills. Just exactly what you'd expect to see: for Geeks. :respect:

Google Apps get 99.9% SLA

Turns out Google's platform is very reliable. So much so, they are setting a 99.9% uptime SLA for Google Apps. That is GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Talk. Of course, that does not include you and me, because we run the free services, but the Premier Edition customers get 99.9% uptime guarantee.

On the Google Android G1 phone

Speaking of the Android, here's what Jason Chen from Gizmodo has to say about the Android... It's not done yet. Duuh. iPhone 1.0 was also bad, 1.x was better. 2.0 had major improvements and finally at v2.2 it is getting near what it should have been at launch. Rumor has it the iPhone III (March/April 2009) is what we want. :) But I love an open platform, no matter how incomplete. It means you can do all kinds of things that a finished platform wouldn't let you do. ;)

You know you're getting old when... remember the first Internet worm, 20 years ago!

I was at Pitt then, sophomore in college doing a double major Chemistry and Computer Science. I read it on usenet and we had to laugh at the mistake, clearly recognizing the skill of the guy but also finding the mistake a bit too likely to happen to ourselves. :) Cheers Morris!

PdaNet - your iPhone as a WiFi Router for your PC/Mac

Read about this app for the iPhone that can turn the phone into a WiFi AP so your PC, laptop or netbook can use it to access the net! Genius!PdaNet would be a must-have for me, if I'd have an iPhone. And for some reason, am leaning towards the Android instead...