nullstream weblog - September 2007

Last Lecture

Something Cool

September 28, 2007 12:34 AM PST

Here's a lecture from a Computer Science professor at Carnegie Mellon that you won't want to miss:


Dr. Randy Pausch has only a few more months to live, and tells an amazing story about his life. It's 1 hour and 44 minutes long, but worth it.

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September 23, 2007 01:12 AM PST

Looks like I'll be taking a little road trip. Maybe while I'm gone one of those other two slackers will post something?

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Lina Press Release


September 19, 2007 10:27 AM PST

Lina posts a new press release.

I've looked at these guys before. They claim "LINA enables Linux binaries to run with native look and feel on Windows, Mac, and Linux, without recompiling." The next paragraph indicates that they are "Linux command line and server applications". Wow, command apps with the native look and feel... Count me unimpressed.

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Sun and Microsoft sitting in a tree...


September 12, 2007 10:46 PM PST

Ok so by now this should not be new to anyone. Sun is now a MS gold partner and will be selling Windows server on their x86 line. Some more info here. The end of the article is worth the effort. They have a list of McNealy's top ten quotes on Microsoft. It's all very funny. Especially when you consider that if the tables were turned and Sun was on top they would no doubt be even more evil. We'd all be running proprietary Solaris on a proprietary SPARC architecture paying through the nose to run CDE. I'd take Gates over McNealy any day as my evil dictator of choice.

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John buys another bluetooth device

Mobile Tech

September 7, 2007 02:05 AM PST

Seems I can't get enough bluetooth these days. So I set out to find a suitable replacement for those Logitech bluetooth headphones I picked up on Woot awhile back. I still like and use them mind you, but I wanted a solution that was more portable so I could use it when hotspot hopping. I was looking for something that would fold up so I could carry it in my nerd bag with all my other mobile gear. It also wouldn't hurt to find something a bit more comfortable and that wouldn't make me look like a Lowtard. Also while I was at it, I decided that I also needed my new headphones to function as a headset (with Mic) so that I could easily switch from listening to music to answering the phone, or making a skype call.

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HP fails to bring it

Mobile Tech

September 7, 2007 12:28 AM PST

Introducing the HP Ipaq 200 Enterprise Handheld. From the specs this is nothing more than the 3 year old Ipaq 4700 in a new case. Same processor speed, same screen, same RAM, same expansion cards and wireless features. All it seems to bring is more ROM (as required by WM6), a standard USB connector, and more battery capacity. The device is actually a bit thicker and heavier than the 4700, and seems to lack the ATI Imageon graphics chip.

Nothing to see here, move along.

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New MCE extender boxes


September 5, 2007 10:05 PM PST

Microsoft is gearing up another round of MCE extender hardware via 3rd parties like Dlink, Linksys etc. The first attempt fell flat on its face. In fact the only successful extender so far has been the 360 (which totally rocks BTW). This time around they will be looking to more faithfully represent the MCE and Vista MC UIs. And to entice you further... they will include native Xvid and Divx support!

No mention yet if the 360 will be blessed with Xvid as well. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

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Apple's New iPod Lineup


September 5, 2007 09:23 PM PST

Apple's New iPod Lineup

So in case you missed it Jobs got on stage and announced the latest round of changes to the music side of the business. Here's what we know:

  1. Now you can buy Ring tones!!! Seriously, and they are only an additional .99 over the price you already paid for the song. Oh and you can only make ring tones from some of the songs, not all.
  2. The shuffle is now available in new colors - yawn.
  3. The nano has been replaced by the nano fatty(tm). It supports Qvga res movies on a two in screen. It has a new interface with coverflow. Batt life is 24 hours music, 5 hours video. 4G is 149 in silver only, 8G in many colors for 199.
  4. The current regular iPods are now called the iPod classic (kinda like coke classic?) and have a new metal case. They are thinner than previous and available up to 160GB. They also have a new interface with coverflow etc. 80G is 249 with batt life of 25 hours music, 5 hours video. 160G is 349 with 40 hours music and 7 hours video.
  5. New 3rd party games are available for iPods and for sell on iTunes.
  6. And the item everyone has been waiting for - an Apple PocketPC, err, iPod Touch. This new iPod is basically an iphone minus the phone and camera and shiny chrome bezel. They are a little shorter and only .315" thick. They only come in flash based versions of 8G or 16G. The big surprise was that they went ahead and included WIFI. (Review my predictions on that). It has the same screen as the iPhone, and most of the same apps and features, including Safari and the awesome web development model. No need to re-mention all the features here. 8G is 299, 16G is 399. Batt life is 22 hours music, 5 hours video.
  7. Itunes Wi-Fi music store. -Of course. Can buy music from the iPod Touch or iPhone and download direct to the device. When you sync it copies the tunes back to your computer.
  8. Partnership with Starbucks. Eventually (and I do mean eventually) you will be able to access the iTunes Wi-Fi store for free from any S-Bucks. You will also be able to see and purchase the song currently playing in the store as well as the last 10 tracks.
  9. And the big whopper: 4G iPhone is out, and 8G has been price reduced to 399! - Ouch to those that bought early.

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Self Defense


September 3, 2007 11:13 PM PST

When you live in a neighbourhood as rough and tumble as mine, you need to know how to defend yourself against muggers:

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