It’s about FRIGGEN time!
MS and Washington State University are supposedly making a replacement for the laughably bad and nearly useless MS Paintbrush that’s been in Windows and nearly unchanged since like Windows 3.0. Hopefully they will actually put it in shipping Windows and put Paintbrush where it belongs, in the recycle bin.
Even above that, it’s open source. Maybe some linux fans could make a Mono version and actually have an usable app to replace the Gimp.
Panasonic is pushing their newest MP3 Player
It’s a got profile a few mm smaller than an iPod shuffle but almost twice as thick and it includes FM tuner and display but it’s nearly twice as expensive for the 1gig model. What are they thinking?
If you haven’t seen NASA World Wind you’ve GOT to check it out.
It’s program very much like Google’s Keyhole but Keyhole costs $29 a year to use. NASA World Wind is free and in many ways has more features.
It’s a 3D globe viewing program where you can zoom in to the under a meter range. Here’s me zooming into the old Naughty Dog building on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
1 of the reasons I haven’t been updating my website as much as before is I’ve been spending nearly all my free time writing this software.
You know you need a USB Ghost Radar
Why is it that anytime someone writes a piece of code and puts it on the net people say “you should open source it” and yet with nearly any other endevor people don’t say “you should give it away”? Examples:
“Check out this house I just built”. “Hey, that’s awesome, have you considered giving it away to charity?”
“Check out this desk I just made on my own”. “Wow, cool, have you considered giving it away?”
“I just finished writing my novel, it took 9 months. I’m so thankful my wife could support me”…. “I just read it and it’s great, have you considered make it availabe for free?”
Did that title grab your attention? Well, it was mostly meant as a joke but read on.
I think open source is great (well, except I think GPL is evil but that’s another topic). But, lately I’ve been trying to figure out a way to fix the comment spam problem. Comment spam is generally when someone writes a script to automatically scan the web, find blogs and post ads for crap. Various ways have been tried to stop it but like e-mail, the spam still gets through.
Via Slashdot.jp, according to some poll the Japanese get the least sleep of any country. More than 31% of Australians get more than 9 hours of sleep a day.
If you’ve not been following it, Google recently released a new beta toolbar that has a new feature called Autolink. Currently it’s mostly harmless but it’s also very scary in its potential. If you click it it will scan the page you are reading and attempt to make any ISBN number, US Street Address, package tracking number or VIN number link to a book, map, tracking info or car info. A minor change and that feature could be used to make any word on the page link to something. Reading an article about Iraq? Click the Autolink button and every word on the page would link to other pages about Iraq, Oil, Saddam, etc..
Paper constructions seem a lot bigger in Japan. You can find all kinds of sites around the net with free patterns to print out and build. Recently I ran across this fairly intricate one being promoted by Misia. Build it!