One Step toward Star Trek viewers?

Okay, I suppose given a little thought it’s not that close yet but check it out.  Yesteday Slashdot linked to an article about a way to see things it seems like you should not be able to see.

Basically there is some method which says that if you have a light coming from a projector and you take a picture of something that light is lighting up from digital camera you can compute what the object looks like FROM THE PROJECTOR’s point of view.

Here’s an example.  They setup a camera, a card, a book and a projector like this


FlickrDown has decided to ban Flickrdown. Their position is that Flickrdown can be used to download copyrighted images and is therefore bad. Of course this is ridiculous. Every browser can also be used to download copyrighted images and yet they don’t ban the browsers. Please complain and complain loudly to that Flickrdown should not be banned.

Recently a friend started using Flickr which is a great service.  I personally like to save pictures locally and selecting them one at a time to download was too much of a hassle so I whipped up this program so I could download them more easily.


Rhapsody Upgrades

Rhapsody upgraded their service today.  It’s mostly great news.  They added local downloading of songs so you can listen offline (*) and they added uploading songs to your portable music player.  They also added playing all your local music files (mp3, wma, aac, cda, etc) so that you can play all your music in one place.  But, they also made a few things less usable, at least for me.

The old interface looked something like this:


Games vs Reading in an Alternate Reality

A new book came out, the current headlines are “Watching TV makes you smarter” but I guess, according to the author of the book, the book focuses more on games rather than TV. It’s just that more people watch TV so making a issue out of that he hopes will get more people interested in the book.


Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond

I’ve been looking for one of these animations since I was a kid with little hope of finding it.  I caught part of one on the Disney Channel a few years ago just buy luck on video once but of course I couldn’t get the VCR started quick enough so I only got the last 1/2 and even then they were only showing part of the original.


Demo Time

Looking for inspriation I checked out the for the latest demos. This time there were a few that really stuck out for me as something new.

My favorite new group has got to be Traction.  They had two awesome demos.  One is called Traction, the other is called I am.


Cell Phone Tivo

Last time it was using your cell phone as a remote to program your VCR/HDD recorder.  This time the recorder is in the phone.  Sharp’s newest phone, the V603sh has a TV tuner built in AND has a recording function.  It only records 3.5 minutes at a time at 320×240 and you can store about 60 minutes on a 256 meg SD card.

It’s also got a motion sensor and of course all the usual stuff.


GMail goes Japanese

Kind of….I’m sure most people think gmail is the bomb but until today it didn’t work in Japanese as it only supported Unicode. Only supporting unicode sounds like a great idea since that handles all languages but people that are not using a unicode capable email client will not be able to read your non-English mail.  While you might think that would not be common in 2005 it’s actually very common in Japan.  It’s the 200 million cell phones where most Japanese email happens that only support Japanese encodings.



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.


DSnap SV-MP730V

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?