Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Seagate to Unveil 750-Gigabyte Hard Drive

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Seagate to Unveil 750-Gigabyte Hard Drives - Yahoo! News
The drive Seagate will introduce Wednesday, the Barracuda 7200.10, is the first computer desktop disk drive to hit the 750-gigabyte mark and represents a 50 percent increase from the previous industry maximum of 500 gigabytes.

Seagate, the world's largest disk-drive maker, is first releasing the product as an internal drive for PC makers. Next week, it plans to introduce external hard drives — add-ons that consumers can use to supplement their existing computer setups — with a suggested retail price of $559.

Yeah baby. Terabyte drives here we come.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Logitech MX610 laser mouse takes a jump to the left - Engadget

Logitech MX610 laser mouse takes a jump to the left - Engadget
Southpaws looking for the latest in mousing tech no longer have to switch hit or endure wrist-twisting contortions, now that Logitech has announced a left-handed version of the company's MX610 laser mouse. The lefty mouse, due out in April, matches the features of its right-handed sibling, including dedicated buttons for e-mail and IM, volume controls, and four-direction scrolling. And, remarkably, Logitech is pricing the new version at $59.99, the same price the company charges for the righty mouse.

This one is for Baa and all the other left handed freaks out there. Finally a good mouse that addresses your behavioral aberration.

It's official: Distracted drivers are dangerous

cell_phone - It's official: Distracted drivers are dangerous - Apr 20, 2006
A new study lends scientific credence to what many already suspect: Drivers dabbing on makeup, chatting on cell phones or eating breakfast are three times as likely to be involved in a crash as more attentive motorists.

Almost 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes happen within three seconds of some form of driver distraction, according to the report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

No shit? So cell phones are distracting when you're driving? Who would have thought? I hope nobody wasted my tax dollars on this bullshit. Next time go ask a 10 year old and save the 3 million bucks for something useful. Like hippy internment camps.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Firefox Memory leak fix

MILITANTPLATYPUS - Firefox Memory leak fix
1. Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.

2. Right Click in the page and select New -> Boolean.

3. In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.

4. Now select True and then press Enter.

5. Restart Firefox.

Wow. Just tried this hack on my laptop and took it took Firefox's memory usage from 60MB to 2MB. Excellent. Keep in mind it only trims memory when you minimize. Excellent hack.

Clerks 2 Trailer

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YouTube - Clerks 2 Trailer
Picking up ten years after "Clerks" left off, "Clerks II" looks in on Dante and Randal's semi-new life (or lack thereof). Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran star, along with Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman and Jennifer Schwalbach. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith return as Jay and Silent Bob.

W00t! The new Clerks 2 trailer is out. Check it out. In theaters August 18th. Snootch to the Nootch!

Xenu is my Homeboy - T-shirt

xenu is my homeboy
T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: XENU IS MY HOMEBOY
Hehehe. Xenu. That scientology shit just cracks me up. I wonder if I can wear this to work for casual Friday?

Going Nuclear

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Going Nuclear
Patrick Moore - Founder of Greenpeace

Look at it this way: More than 600 coal-fired electric plants in the United States produce 36 percent of U.S. emissions -- or nearly 10 percent of global emissions -- of CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce these emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power. And these days it can do so safely.

Oh the horror! I actually agree with the founder of Greenpeace?!?! It cannot be! Why God? Why must you taunt me so?!? Goddamn, sneaky, dirty, hippy communists. There's no place like the electric chair. There's no place like the electric chair. There's no place like the electric chair.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Google Calendar

google calendar Google launch Google calendar to organise your life news story in Online
Available to all with a Google account, users will be able to schedule events and share them with others via the browser-based application.

Google Calendar, available at, offers a number of easy to use features including a drag and drop interface and the ability to see you diary, 1 day, 4 days, a week and a month at a time.

Sweet. More fun from Google. Pretty cool so far. Allows you to import a .csv from your existing calendar and notify you of appointments via email, SMS, and pop-ups.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Happy 80th Birthay Hugh Hefner!

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Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926, the older son of conservative Protestant parents, Glenn and Grace Hefner, and a direct descendent of distinguished Massachusetts Puritan patriarchs William Bradford and John Winthrop. He attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High on the West Side of Chicago, where he was no more than an average student, despite a genius IQ (152), distinguishing himself instead with his extracurricular activities, founding a school paper, writing, cartooning and serving as president of the student council, where he championed student causes.

A few days late, but I had to give some props out to my boy Hef. Quite possibly the coolest Mo-fo on the planet. Go Hef!

Coinstar - Now with iTunes

Coinstar turns loose change into iTunes songs - Yahoo! News
Peter Cohen - Playlist

Self-service coin counting company Coinstar has announced an expansion of its Coin to Card program. Now your loose change can be used for iTunes Music Store songs.

Coinstar machines — popular in grocery stores, drug stores and other retail locations — let you turn your loose change into paper currency. You dump in your change, the machine counts it up and typically feeds you a paper receipt which you can redeem for cash at a nearby cashier or register.

Coinstar’s machines impose an 8.9 percent processing fee for their Coin to Cash program, but the Coin to Card program exacts no such fee — so you get the full value of your loose change.

The machine will either spit out a gift card or a paper “eCertificate” instead. The eCertificate can then be used to buy products online. In addition to iTunes Music Store, Coinstar has redemption programs established with Virgin Digital, Borders, Hollywood Video, and other mass-market retailers.

Participation varies, so make sure to visit the Web site to find a Coinstar machine in your area that can redeem eCertificates for use at the iTunes Music Store.

Sorry about the long clip. Yahoo News clips tend to disappear very quickly and I'm waaay too lazy to set up a page host somewhere.

Anyway, I mentioned the Coinstar thing a while back. Since the last post I actually tried out the eCertificate thing for and it gets a surprsing two thumbs up. Dump your change in and it prints out a code. enter the code at amazon and voila. You get phat l00t for nothing but a bunch of loose change.

You can use the change for iTunes if you want. I personally ain't giving iTunes a dime until I can do what I want with the music I buy.

Greater Grater

Greater Grater | Kitchen
This grater doesn't look very flashy or modern, but it seems very practical. It has six sides, including one side that is see-through measuring tool. The grater holds up to 4 1/2 cups of grated goodness, and the bottom removes for easy emptying.

Not exactly earth shattering, but kinda cool. Looks a lot more efficient than the standard open bottom metal ones.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

K-Fed: Blinded with Sampling?

K-Fed: Blinded with Sampling? - Yahoo! News
This one is from the Schramm-man:
New wave pioneer Thomas Dolby says he's contemplating legal action against Britney's other half for allegedly sampling Dolby's 1983 hit "She Blinded Me with Science" without permission.

Federline's latest song, "America's Most Hated," was recently released through the aspiring rapper's MySpace page and seems to sample Mobb Deep's "Got It Twisted," which in turn had (legally) sampled a riff from Dolby's smash single.

Aside from the extemely egomaniacal "america's most hated" crap (seriously, has anyone wasted a single thought on this dork?), this falls under the kinda funny but not that intresting category.

But wait it gets better...oh yes, much better. Brace yourself for one of the most awesome smack downs ever.
"It's like what Vanilla Ice did with 'Ice, Ice Baby,' " Dolby said, "although I think Vanilla Ice is a superstar compared to this guy."

Now that has gotta hurt.

P.s. For those who don't know, K-Fed is his "rap" name. Really.

Ummm...yeah. Another fine example of when keepin' it real goes wrong.

Whistle-Blower Outs NSA/AT&T Spy Room

Wired News: Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room
AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company.

He of atrocious music taste (ie the Schramm-man) was just telling me the other day that the NSA didn't have this capability. Maybe the NSA doesn't, but when you have AT&T do all the work for you I guess it gets a tad easier. Here is the link for the full whistle blower statement.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

Free 32MB Flash Drive

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Request a new vehicle brochure
† This 32MB USB drive contains an interactive all-new A3 brochure that can be played at any standard USB port. More than what's new, it's what's next.

Sweet. Submit a request for an Audi brochure and they will send it to you on a 32 MB flash drive. Sweet. I wouldn't use my regular email account for it, but it is worth the 5 minutes to set up a spam catching Gmail account.

Don't have a Gmail account? Send am email to coherent.light666 at and I'll hook you up.

via Digg

Friday, April 07, 2006

BigDog military experiment

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BigDog military experiment - Google Video
Our resident hot web babe Marz sayz:!

The newest military transporter that can carry up to 120lbs and walk at speeds up to 3.3 miles an hour

One step closer to robot domination. Check out the video. Very cool\bizarre.

515 Gigabits Per Square Inch Data Density

InPhase Technologies Demonstrates 515 Gigabits Per Square Inch Data Density
InPhase Technologies, the world’s leader in holographic data storage, announced today that it has demonstrated the highest data density of any commercial technology by recording 515 gigabits of data per square inch.

Holographic storage is a revolutionary departure from all existing recording methods because it takes advantage of volumetric efficiencies rather than only recording on the surface of the material. InPhase will deliver the industry’s first holographic drive and media later this year. The first generation drive has a capacity of 300 gigabytes on a single disk with a 20 megabyte per second transfer rate. The first product will be followed by a family ranging from 800GB to 1.6 terabyte (TB) capacity.

I just love that holographic storage stuff. I've mentioned it a few times before. For reference magnetic media stores about 300 gigabits an inch. I don't know if that includes the new perpendicular technology or not. Anyway, its holographic so it must be better. Right?

PowerLabs Cannon Research

PowerLabs Cannon Research
I knew that if I was to outdo my oxygen-propane/butane tennis ball cannon this time I would need to go for a solid propellant. Gabriel already had the idea for a projectile; a golf ball (he is a golfer), so now all we had to do was find the appropriate pipe.

How to make your own gun cotton, golf ball shooting, cannon. With video, natch.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

56K Modem Emulator

56K Modem Emulator
A.K.A. Sounds Broadband Users Never Hear

Since we are on the topic of bandwidth I thought I would throw out an old school flashback. No, seriously, you should follow the link. Trust me. What? Why does everyone get all squirrelly eyed when I say that?

Oh, just follow the link.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

If you can’t beat ‘em, bribe their users

MILITANTPLATYPUS - If you can’t beat ‘em, bribe their users
Yahoo is losing. You know how I can tell? It would be the attempt to bribe people into using their search engine…

Yeowch. I didn't realize Google was putting the smackdown that hard on the other search engines.

Gmail Server?

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This is of those things that may be too good to be true, but I am keeping my fingers crossed anyway. Buried deep in the Gmail Javascript is a bit of code that is leading some to believe that Gmail may eventually be available to domain owners.

Now this is very interesting. Gmail hosting for your domain. This would be an awesome solution for small businesses. Probably wouldn't fly to well for larger companies because of confidentiality problems. Well, and the computer geeks not wanting to put themselves out of a job.

No info on pricing. But, knowing Google, it will probably be free and ad sponsored. Maybe with some sort of pay for premium service option.

New data transmission record -- 2.56 terabits a second

New record set for fastest data transmission -- 2.56 terabits a second - Engadget
Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications has teamed with Fujitsu to see how much data they could squeeze through one of those glass pipes. The results sure look good; by pumping light at various wavelengths they managed to squeeze 60 DVDs worth of data a second over a 100 mile link. The new 2.56tbps records smashes the old 1.28tbps record

That is just insane. Damn you Verizon! Hurry up with my FIOS!

Gmail Manager - Firefox

gmail manager
Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- Gmail Manager
Allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

My apologies in advance. Waaaaay behind on my posting. Lets see if we can kick a few outta the way.

Gmail Manager is da bomb! Seriously. It lets you manage all of your gmail accounts (you do have more than one right? All the cool people do). Also forces Gmail to use encryption for your entire session, not just the log on process. Very cool. Check it out.