Saturday, December 15, 2007

BZ's '07 San Francisco Fleetweek Photo Gallery

wow! Some really incredible Blue Angel photographs from Fleet Week, which is this week in San Francisco. Thanks
to the BadAstronomer for pointing them out.

BZ's '07 San Francisco Fleetweek Photo Gallery

my shared google reader items.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Here's something to do on those cold winter nights; make your own operating system!

In the words of the web site;

MikeOS is a 16-bit operating system for x86 PCs, written in assembly language, which boots from a floppy disk or CD-ROM. It features a text-based dialog-driven user interface, a command-line, support for FAT12 (DOS) floppies and PC speaker sound. It can load external programs and has over 30 system calls. Basic DOS .COM program support is also included.

It isn't supposed to be a "general purpose" operating system. Rather, it is a teaching tool with basic functionalities. I think it is cool. It has a good reputation, too. I've downloaded a copy to fool with here at some point in the future.

I think some of you might like this.


PlayForSure becomes "Certified for Windows Vista"

Huh? Does this make as little sense to you as it does to me? Frankly, it is time go to one of the legit stores that sell non DRM'd MP3s ( for example). If you want whole CDs you can always rip them, too. But this MS incompatible changing target stuff is pretty lame. I feel very sorry for the MS partners who are trying to sell their hardware and trying to compete with the iPod and the Zune using PlaysForS^H^H^H, er, Certified for Vista?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Rogers accused of hijacking other web pages

Canadian web surfers have been subjected to modified content as their ISP injects it's own content into http pages they have requested. This is outrageous and to be sure Canadians are duly outraged.

I'm only surprised that a US ISP hasn't done this yet (that I know of). We usually have the lead in this kind of baloney.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Amateur Time Hackers Play With Atomic Clocks at Home

This is just too darned cool!! Folks who have acquired surplus precision timekeeping stuff on eBay or elsewhere and play with it. I especially liked the home demonstration of relativity. I know you're going to enjoy this one.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Asus allows memory upgrades to EEE

The link is to a news blurb at The Inquirer rather than the Asustek web page, which seems to have been slashdotted by the rush to look at the new warranty terms. Even so, this has all the relevant details unless you're an EeePC owner who needs to print out a page for future reference.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 12-09-07

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 12-09-07. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Links from the Gregg Zone!

1) This is one of those “Covers it all sites”, just plain interesting reading on world oddities covering nature, people, technologies, media, and much more actually fifty-seven different subjects, a great read.

2) Next up another car of the future, but not to distant you can order one today. This car looks more like an airplane than a car; in fact, its name Aptera means wingless flight in Greek. Very cool car either all electric, or hybrid, 0 to 60 in ten seconds, 85 mph cruising speed, up to 300 MPG.

3) This is one of those above my pay grade sites, and I think a lot of this audience is familiar with it. But, it is new to me and I thought I should put it up just in case some of you may have missed it, and for those novice types, like me who may be listening. A device called the Bug, which is an open source modular, mobile device, kind of like a electronic Lego concept. A base unit which is a fully programmable and “hackable” Linux computer, equipped with a fast CPU, 128 MB Ram, built-in WiFi, rechargeable battery, USB, Ethernet, and a small LCD with button controls. Each Bug base houses four connections, for users to combine any assortment of BUG modules to create their individualized ultimate gadget.

Microsoft publishes detailed Vista SP1 “changelog”

Here it is, folks. The list of "stuff" they've put into Service Pack 1 for Vista. The reading is dry, dry, dry, but nowhere near so dry as the "official" Microsoft post. Though this one is rather long, it does fit on one page, where the MS one seemed to go on for eternity.

SP1 is going to be interesting. It seems to me MS has concentrated on a different set of enhancements than I would have chosen, but then I don't have all the feedback they have to help me choose stuff.

Anyway; have a look. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. SP1 is not the simple security rollup we were told it would be at first. Far from it, in fact.