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Concerts from Paradiso

I have been to a couple of concerts in Paradiso in November. I uploaded the pictures last weekend: Music- powered by SmugMug. Check them out if you like.
I also edited lots of videos had clogged up my disk, exported mp4 movies using iMovie on my MacMini and uploaded those, after which I deleted the 500 MB+ avi files. Check out the concerts of de Dijk and Kraak 'n Smaak. Both are from The Hague Jazz in May this year.

Sealife Scheveningen

A short while ago, I went to Sealife in Scheveningen with Isa and Elise (Vincent had high fever so stayed at home) and Jason, Sharon and their kids: posted a few photos.

Numark TTi unpacking

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I received and unpacked my Numark TTi USB phono aka record player last Saturday. I recorded a test LP but clicked a wrong button and deleted the file. :) LOL Need to get a female2headphone audio cable anyway so I can listen to the LPs while they digitize. Using Audacity (bundled), you can record at 45rpm and convert the track to normal speed. Cool

Wanted to test the iPod feature but sadly I think I have lost my iPod somewhere. I hope it at Square and that someone found it. Otherwise my bday present is gone and I have to get a new Ipod Nano. I kinda liked the old form factor better than the new.

Acer Liquid A1 coming to Netherlands

Yay! The Tweakers forum gave a link to a pre-order site for the Acer Liquid A1: only €350 in this config, using Android 1.6. It should arrive Dec 10th...
Update: gsminfo.nl also has it in pre-order

Pogoplug - an easy NAS from your USB disks

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Have a few external USB disks laying around you'd like to make them available to everyone in the house without leaving your computer on all the time? It's easy!

You need a NAS server, instead of abusing your computer as such, and give people rights to share files, place backups, create photo albums and so on. The NAS server manages your existing USB disks and handles access control. Pogoplug has a small cute (Pink! So the wife factor approves too) box for $130 with a 1 GB network port and room for 2 USB disks. It integrates with facebook, twitter and myspace too, so you can easily share photos or music if you like or choose not to. ;) Apple Mac users will also like the ability to backup iTunes and iPhoto libraries and get shared access to them. The whole thing is managed thru your browser. And, of course, Linux works too. The only thing I miss is some form of access control, security or encryption, but the specs don't mention anything. Personally, I'm gonna go with the …

How Last.fm works

On Slashdot I read a brief about an interview that CNET did with the guys behind last.fm. The interview shows some of the ways that power last.fm, i.e. a 'behind the scenes' of last.fm.

They run Linux (yay!) and use MogileFS, a distributed file system much like a software RAID system for reliability and redundancy. (Which, BTW, Hyves and Marktplaats also use.) They also use SSD drives abundantly, for speed obviously.

Aquarium - the Making of

I put together a little movie of making my Aquarium. I had more video but I accidentally deleted my videos before I exported the movie, so they are gone. :( Oh well. It's still ok.

Canon EOS 7D Review

Speaking of expensive digicams, I want the EOS 7D now. Also about €1500 but now for 18 Mpx. Read the Canon EOS 7D Review by DPreview.

Hasselblad H3DII-50 - 50 Mpx

When Petra first started her photo course back in 2003, they said that for all practical purposes 5 Mpx was enough resolution because at that amount you can fill a 10x15cm (aka 5x7") card with the same amount of pixels as an analogue print. We both bought an EOS 10D at that time, for € 1500. A4 prints would be fine too, albeit at a greater distance. For bigger A3 prints you'd have to get the unbelievable high resolution of 50 Mpx... Well, it's here: Hasselblad H3DII-50 Multishot. This baby will go for &euro 23,000, BTW.

How A Virus Invades Your Body

NPR has a cool visualization of a Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body.

TEDxAmsterdam

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Last week, a local version of the US TED conference has held in Amsterdam: TEDxAmsterdam was just as inspiring as the other. Sadly was I was not given an invite this year. My plan for next year is to be begged to come and talk! :) KPN was a sponsor so perhaps I can find a way or I could always sign up with a catering company that delivers food there! :D

Check their YouTube channel for videos as they are made available...

CouchDB

Read that a new website would launch, macworld.nl, and that it would be built using CouchDB. As I'd previously read that CouchDB was a new upcoming, open source database project with very high performance under certain conditions, I was intrigued.

CouchDB is an Apache incubation since Feb 2008. It was written in the Erlang language. Don't worry, I've never heard of it either AFAIK. It stores data as a collection of (JSON) documents. These are indexed continuously and retrievable through Views. Read more its uses.

Google Maps Navigation hits Android 1.6

After luring people for while with free turn-by-turn navigation on Android 2.0, Google announced it has released the same for any Android 1.6 device. So eat that TomTom, VDO, Garmin et al with your $$$ local DVDs!

For now it's only officially available in the US, but hackers have shown it can also work in the UK/EU. :)

Bloodhound SSC world's fastest car

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I remember the "Blue Flame" from when I was young. It sparked my imagination that a car could be powered by a jet engine. A plane without wings. O_o

The Bloodhound SSC is trying to smash the world landspeed record again. 763 mph (1220km/h) is not enough. Although several have died in their attempts, as minute deviations with the steering wheel literally tore the car apart, the Bloodhound is set on breaking the 1000 mph barrier (1600km/h!). FYI: speed of sound is only 1200 km/h...

Okay I Love you Bye Bye

Ah good memories! The Animaniacs! ROFL
Okay I Love you Bye Bye I should try and find all those episodes on DVD somewhere... I love cartoons!

Jason Mraz – Absolutely Zero

Jason Mraz – Absolutely Zero (Eagles Ballroom Live Version)

You. You were a friend. You were a friend of mine, I let you spend the night.
You see, it was my fault. Of course it was mine.
I'm too hard at work. Have you ever heard of anything so absurd, ever in your life.
I'm sorry for wasting your time.

Who am I to say that this situation isn't great when it's my job to make the most of it?
How could I ever know that it would happen to me. Not that easy.

Hey, what's that you say? You're not blaming me for anything, well that's great.
My heart don't break that easy. Does it fade away?
So that's why I'm apologizing now, for telling you I thought that we could make it,
I just don't get enough to believe that we've both changed.

Who am I to say this situation isn't great? It's my time to make the most of it,
How would I ever know that this would happen to me, not that easy, no, no, no

If all along the fault is up for grabs why can't you have i…

Be A Martian with NASA

I've always wanted to visit Mars and explore. Now I can! NASA and Microsoft launched Be A Martian.
The idea is that you could let 50 researchers investigate and document all the material from Mars for the next 24517 years, or open up the information to the general public and use the fact that most people don't have a life but are perfectly capable of discovering cool facts while surfing the net! :)

Which friends have an Android phone?

The Google blog showed a cool new feature Google Labs has built: Green robot icon. The icon in GMail or Gtalk shows which friends or contacts have an Android phone or device. :) Cool! I can't wait to the Liquid A1 once it comes out! My Nokia 6500C is seriously getting on my nerves. It can't do ANYTHING!

Status.net - your own private in-house Twitter server

Twitter is great for status updates from friends, vague contacts, celebs and more. But you can also use Twitter for something useful.
The low threshold to post a quick note on what you're doing, a problem, an issue, a joke or a solution enables geographically separated groups to keep in touch in a fun way without getting in the way of real work to be done. Developers, consultants, producers, bands, fans, people sharing a disease in hospitals over the world, teens with the same problem or large families spread over the globe, can all keep in touch. Using the web, mail or a mobile phone everyone is informed almost instantly of what is currently going on with anyone interested.
But what if you'd like to keep the updates private? Sure, you can shield your profile and approve each follower but perhaps you'd like to keep sensitive information off of the Internet. For instance client information, configuration details or personal illness tales and emotions. Then you need a priva…

Numark TT USB

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I bit the bullet! After years of swaying yes and no, I just ordered the Numark TT USB digital phono. An oldskool record player to digitize old LPs. My parents still have a ton that I can't find anywhere and would like to preserve. I have a few cool 12" extended versions that I'd like to share on piratebay and Marianne has a ton of rare, old LPs that are priceless. So there I go... :)

PS3 Firmware v3.10: Facebook integration

The latest update to the PS3 game console brings Facebook integration to the world's most advance gaming platform! On a side note, the Dutch public broadcaster NOS also presents their news reruns on the PS3 now. Handy if you'd like to stay in touch with current events in between gaming non-stop. ;)

PS3 to integrate Facebook into next firmware update

With the PS3 heavily focused on gorgeous HD single player mayhem, the addition of Facebook to the PS3 may lift hard-core gamers out of their isolation. Now they can let everyone how long and what they've actually been playing. Great! No everyone has proof you have no life! :)
Of course, Sony had to do something after Microsoft stole the limelight with their Xbox360 announcements.

YouTube enabling 1080p streaming videos

T3 reports that YouTube will enable 1080p streaming videos! O_o So everyone get HD camcorders ready and start spamming the shit out of everyone with crispy, detailed, high-res videos of useless acts! ROFL

Using Google Android for...

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What could you use a compact, capable, Internet-aware and -enabled OS for besides netbook :yawn: and smartphones :bored:?
Well, smart devices that can benefit from easy connectivity. Such as the Parrot Grand Specchio photo frame. :) Or what about an easy 7" touch screen on your HD DVR? Internet radio station tuner? Car board computer for climate control, music selection and "in-flight" movie selections to the back seat? Smart in-house climate control systems? Anyone else...?

Google Movies

This is what I've been waiting for, for the last 10 years: Google Movie Showtimes. Go to it and it uses your location to get movie listings nearby. Go to it on your mobile and it is near your current location. Type a title or genre and get related listings. Brilliant! Now where is that Android I've been waiting for?

Dream job

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Today, I found my dream job (sorry, in Dutch only): chef in château Les Merles. *sigh*
15 points on GaultMillau scale (out of 20), dependable 35-45 guests year-around with peak to 55-80 in Summer. Situated in the Sud-Ouest of France (best culinary region according to the French) and near my parents. The place has a restaurant, a bistro, hotel, beds, sunny terras, country-side, golf, wellness, in short: the works. Now about my resumé, did I mention I've worked in a kitchen for, uhm, 3 years...?

Coffee Gadgets

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If you love coffee, and I know many of you do ;), you most likely also like various (exotic) coffee gadgets. Well... feast your eyes on this dream-machine Slayer or any of the other coffee gadgets (by SpecialBite)

Nokia N900 mobile computer

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Oh and speaking of Internet, should the Android Liquid A1 fail (available early december), then I can always change over to the fabulous Nokia N900 mobile computer. It runs Maemo5 Linux, has 32 GB of RAM, 1 GHz ARM processor (underclocked to 600 Mhz) and all the connectivity options anyone could want need. The specs are simply mouthwatering! A-GPS, 3D OpenGL support, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, microSD slot for up to 16 (!) GB.

Update: T3 has pricing info
Update2: T3 also has a review.

Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

Slashdot: "Go, the new programming language Google has released as open source under a BSD license. The official Go site characterizes the language as simple, fast, safe, concurrent, and fun. A video illustrates just how fast compilation is: the entire language, 120K lines, compiles in under 10 sec. on a laptop. Ars Technica's writeup lays the stress on how C-like Go is in its roots, though it has plenty of modern ideas mixed in."

I know this is YAPL (yet another programming language), but with all of Google's effort in trying to transform the way we interact with the Internet (Google's search, Google Android for smart phones, Android OS for netbooks/laptops, Google Wave for Web3.0 communications, and all of Google's applications such as Froogle, Docs, Books, Mail, Calendar, Maps, Sync, Earth, YouTube, Picasa, AdSense, Analytics and many more), knowing or learning the language that can tie it all together may make good sense...

HOWTO: Hackintosh on your PC

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Lifehacker has a guided howto for installing OS X Snow Leopard on your PC, without needing the RebelEFI I reported on earlier.

They even claim you can update OS X to the latest 10.6.2 update and it will keep working!

Update: Tom's Hardware has confirmed that developers who've updated their netbooks running Hackintosh are now unable to boot. However, PC's running non-Atom Intel chips are unaffected. So Psystar computers will update without a problem.

Digitally pimping a home network

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While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's fr…

Hurricanes on weather.com

Weather.com has a good site about Hurricane Ida and hurricanes in general. Great is also the information and tracks about all the hurricanes so far this "season". Funny to see the different tracks they took across the Northern hemisphere.

CoPress: open source College newspaper CMS

Just heard about CoPress, an open source CMS for student newspapers where hosting is taken care of, based on the popular WordPress by Matt Mullenweg.

CoPress came from the frustration of a student editor (Daniel Bachhuber) unhappy with his current CMS hosted by an outside company. He looked around to other CMSs (Drupal, Django, WordPress) and finally founded a new company (CoPress) to give him what he needed: an open platform for anyone wanting to run a College newspaper of sorts.

LuminoGlow - Lingerie that Glows in the Dark

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And now for something completely different: LuminoGlow, Lingerie that Glows in the Dark. ROFL But it is true. The lingerie is actually not bad at all, reminds me of basic Chantelle or Hunkemöller lines. Basic but nice and feminine. And no, I do not need any help finding a female body in the dark. But the thought is appreciated!

Intel Atom CE4100 chip for STB

With Full-HD TVs and Blu-ray soundly established on the consumer market these days, Intel announces the Atom CE4100 for insanely powerful cable boxes and Blu-ray players. Dual 1080p streams can be decoded, MPEG4 and 3D graphics capability, as well as raw uncompressed 1080p capturing!

Sony Ericsson on Android: Xperiax10

And Sony's is coming with an Android phone too: the Xperiax10 will hit stores early 2010. Engadget has an extensive hands-on and pretty pictures... uuuuuuh
My opinion? I think it looks stunning and I think I'll like the screen, I'm not too fond of the buttons. If they'd be soft-press, though, it might be good enough.

Google Wave App Store official

Google has confirmed that its Google Wave tool will come bundled with its own application store. The online real-time collaborating tool will allow developers to market their own apps within the store, while Google will (happily) take a share of the revenue.

Currently only available in beta, and with only 600,000 testers worldwide, Wave is a mash-up of online documents, instant messaging and plug-ins for things like Google Maps and Weather that can all be displayed publicly in a "wave".
Source: T3 magazine

Update: BTW, I'm on Google Wave. Look me up!

Apple to block OSX installation on Intel Atom netbooks

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Admit it: it was too good to be true. If you can install OSX on a cheap netbook and get a working Apple-like device, Steve (Jobs) is going to have something to say about this! And the more popular it gets, the more wide-spread, the more likely he'll hear about it. Duuh!

Still it's sad that Snow Leopard Update 10.6.2 Blocks Kills Hackintoshes. Of course you can still use an older 10.5.8 or 10.6.1 OS version, if you can get a hold of it (quick: rip your ISOs now while they last! I have one at home, BTW). But the EULA clearly states that you can't install the OS on any hardware not obtained through Apple. Hence the problem with Psystar and their attempts to simply offer consumers the possibility to make their own choice: accept the Apple lock-in or not and use the Rebel EFI tool to do what they wish to. Freedom of speech and freedom of choice!

Psst, here is an OSX netbook compatibility chart.

ZFS gets inline deduplication

One of the file systems out there, IMHO, is ZFS by Sun for Solaris. Sadly, they can't open source it easily because there are portions that can't be licensed under the GPL license. And if they take them out, there isn't much left of the strength of ZFS. Oh well...

Anyway, ZFS gets inline deduplication! This means, that ZFS can decide -on the fly- if a data block was already written by another process at another time and know where that was. It then merely needs to store a pointer to that particular block elsewhere on the disk (an inode) and it's done.
Expensive data center storage solutions such as NetApp and EMC use this technology too, but these boxes cost $100,000+. ZFS is the file system that you use when you format your disks! Any disks! :)

USB turntables & Audacity

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My parents have a respectable LP collection and recently organized their attic, seeing how many they really have. I've always been planning on digitizing the collection - or at least a part of it - to guard them from disappearing and regain some of my childhood memories. USB-based turntables are perfect for this. There even some which have an iPod port built-in too.

A recent search for brands that make USB phono players aka turntables brought up the USB turntables - Audacity Wiki. Not only does it list decent brands that make the turntables, but it also lists how to record the LPs. Pay especially attention to their instruction on recording old 78 rpm records. If your recordings sound dull, chances are you need to post-process the recording to remove "RIAA playback equalization". :) Good to know!

HTC confirmed to be cooking up Android 2.0 update for Hero

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With Motorola's DROID coming, HTC is a bit jealous and confirmed to be cooking up an Android 2.0 update for Hero. I had a Hero in my fingers while in Singapore, but didn't like the feel and the form-factor. However, if you just bought one and are happy with, it would be a shame to have to buy a whole new phone just to get Android 2.0. So I'm glad HTC will release an upgrade.

Nintendo Wii 2 specs leaked

Cool, the rumor machine is predicting that the Wii 2 will get Blu-ray and 1080p playback support. ETA is Q3 2010 and everywhere at the same time, none of this Japan-first shit, then US en then EU. Hurray to Nintendo!

Latest Adobe Flash Player crashes all my browsers

OK this is weird...
Last week, when Firefox was updated to 3.5.4, the welcome screen told me I was using an outdated Flash player version and I upgraded to version 10.0.32.18. Since then, each page transition to a page containing a Flash object of any kind freezes my browser.
I'm at work where I have this problem on Windows XP SP2. I tried Firefox 3.5.4, then IE6 and finally the latest Chrome browser. All browsers crash at exactly the same thing: page transitions. Chrome is actually very nice! It informs me the tab crashed and if I'd like to kill it. Then it informs me the Flash plug-in is causing the problem and if I'd like to stop it.

Has anybody had this problem too or heard about it? I've uninstalled Flash for now because I cannot get a hold of an older version