Sunday, October 19, 2008

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 10-19-08

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 10-19-08. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 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.
We will be at the Wiping Off Ceremony for Jack in Ft Worth on next Saturday. see you there.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Okay this sounds a little weird at first blush, but this is a great example of what I was talking about regarding a total movement in the area of green concepts. The concepts offered here could well be one of those great places to stick a small investment just in case it goes big. If it works as well as presented I do not see how it can miss. I am referring to artificial trees and shrubs, not new you say, well these generate electricity from, heat, solar and wind. They claim one artificial tree can power your house, this is a must read.
2) This is a link to what I am thinking of as the ultimate anti-green situation. A slight push to the political here when it comes to voting all I can say is educate yourself and think. When they talk about nuclear anything being clean, think about Hanford Washington and the day you read this report. Please at least glance over it, this is extremely important for the future of life on Earth as we know it. When you think about your vote do a short comparison. Just for starters, how much do you think it will cost us to clean it up, assuming we can even come close? Then think how much it cost to build one plant, the cost to run it, this fuel is not cheap, add in the cost of dealing with the waste, retrofitting, and the risk of a incident. How many solar fields, windmills, tidal turbines, not to mention how much research into other alternatives we can do instead.

3) Geek-link here! Another of those that gets close to my pay grade. But, I think not by much. Basically what they are suggesting here is to replace the current wireless technology with a new and improved system using light. Sounds very cool to me, I have been considering trying one of those led light bulbs, now I might have to buy on just to check it out. What they are proposing is using the room lighting to transmit the network signals. Will not go through walls so you get increased security, among other advantages.
4) Now for some encouraging news regarding nano-tech, I remember seeing a paper dress on the Antique Road Show, which reminded me of the paper clothes fad. Well this is the new millennium, so how about paper cars, and airplanes. Seems there is a new product just a few years away using nano-tubes, and bucky-balls to make something called bucky-paper. Ten times lighter, but 500 times stronger than steel, it also transmits electricity. Does anyone remember my links about the space elevator, if not google is your friend. This sure sounds like the missing link to me.
5) Last up the dream of cab drivers everywhere, and most likely everyone else. Sounds like a description of Utopia, a world of green lights only, how stress relieving. Where were these when I was driving a catering truck? Yes a German company has a device that gives you only, or at least mostly green lights. That may even save you enough gas in a year or two to pay for it. Thought your GPS was the ultimate gadget for your car, if you live in the city this might have it beat.