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Armin van Buuren feat. Susana - If You Should Go

Isn't it ironic?
When I was at Armin Only! in Ahoy in December 2006, and Susana performed If You Should Go live on stage, I got chills and really enjoyed the song. I imagined what I would do if she really would go and leave me. Two years later, around the same time of the year as when I was at the party, she did just that. Isn't that ironic? Song still gives me chills though. Love it!

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

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Here is a cool idea and invention I could have put to great use about 15 years ago: the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. Never miss a word. Great! Now they tell me!

Basically it is a normal pen full with high-tech electronics to record what you right with an IR camera and what you say (or those around you) with a sensitive mic. You can download what it filmed and recorded later to your computer and create a so-called "pencast". Brilliant! If only I still used a pen to actually write things down. I rarely use pens. I typ waay faster than I can write and holding a ballpen now cramps my hands.

Anyway, the pen is for sale everywhere. I found it cheapest to get in Germany, through amazon.de. Only €120 for the 2 GB version.

Infra-red (IR) cameras

When I took my first photography course at Pitt, back in 1986, I was easily amazed by photos taken using Infra-Red light (IR). It never occurred to me that IR just like light could be used to expose a "silver molecule" and thus record an image just as easily. And it fascinated me that there was a whole world underneath our eyes we couldn't see. Bees and birds use IR and more importantly UV light to see, navigate and orientate themselves, so why couldn't we?

Anyway, when digicams came out and I bought my first D-SLR (the Canon EOS 10D), I quickly concluded that any CCD/CMOS sensor will record IR light but somehow discard it as there is too much information otherwise, or because it only went for visible light. However, to a piece of electronics it is all the same. Later I learned that manufacturers filter out the IR because they don't want to make a peep-cam. That where perverts use the IR to glance underneath the clothes of pretty women (or men) and see them in th…

How to Change User Profiles Location in Windows 7

I've been reinstalling a few Windows computers recently, as well as my own OSX, and it still amazes me why these modern OSes still do not offer the user a choice of putting his/her files onto a separate partition. Linux has been making it easy for years and so much hassle could easily be avoided - when your computer breaks down or gets mangled by a virus - by simply not installing OS and your data on the same partition... *sigh*

So here is a really simple way by LifeHacker to make that happen in Windows 7/Vista: How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7: "Open Registry Editor by type regedit from command line, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList". You can create two separate partitions in win7/vista upon installation using the GUI. Simply create a 64GB partition for the OS and use the rest in a second partition. When asked to create your first user in Windows, create a 'sys'op or 'admin…