Sites that I found interesting for September 25th 2009 through September 27th 2009:
It’s Official: Water Found on the Moon – New observations from three different spacecraft return what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon. via @Macht_Nichts on Twitter.
Install Picasa 3.5 In Linux – Want the same kind of facial recognition, name tagging and easy geo-location of Picasa 3.5 for Windows and Mac on your Linux desktop? There’s no official release, but you can fairly easily plug Picasa into your system.
Microsoft’s Chiller-less Data Center – Microsoft today announced that its huge facility in Dublin, Ireland is running without any chillers. Outside air is drawn into the facility to cool the thousands of servers powering the company’s “Live” suite of online services for users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Sites that I found interesting for September 17th 2009 through September 21st 2009:
AT&T to Let You Patch the Dead Zone in Your House for $20 per Month – The telco has started offering the 3G MicroCell, a wireless network extender the company claims acts like a mini cellular tower in your home. With it, users can expect enhanced coverage for both voice and data for up to 5,000 square feet, with support for up to four users at any given time
Media Center Studio – Media Center Studio is a free application for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that enables you to customise Windows Media Center. It is the successor of MC Menu Mender, bringing it up to date for Windows 7 and adding support for theme application and editing.
Sites that I found interesting for September 16th 2009
Repair Damaged Drives With Linux – Has your OS installation gone bad? Grab a Live CD and follow our guide to rescuing rogue partitions. Via @paulpuri on Twitter
Seagate FreeAgent dockStar network adapter unveiled – The DockStar network adapter gives access to the data on the FreeAgent Go external hard drive from anywhere outside or inside the home and allows the user to selectively choose the files that are shared online. Seagate also offers an iPhone app to allow access to the drive.
Trojan Hides Its Brain in Google Groups – Recently, security vendor Symantec spotted a Trojan horse program that's been programmed to visit a private Google Groups newsgroup, called escape2sun, where it can download encrypted instructions or even software updates.
I was thinking last night that it might be interesting to take your Tweets and put them on a calendar. Kind of a life stream with calendar integration. I do crazy stuff like this because it helps me learn.
I figured since Twitter outputs to RSS I could take that and morph it into an iCal feed. As it turns out, this isn’t that hard with Yahoo! Pipes. However, it isn’t really doesn’t work all that well. The problem is that Yahoo Pipes only polls the RSS every 30 minutes or so. So if you tweet a lot things will get missed. Also, it will only hold the last 20 tweets at the time of polling. And then there is the calendar the polls iCal. I have no idea how often that happens.
So, this is just a proof of concept kind of thing. I thought since I got this bit figured out I’d release it and see if anyone else comes up with something better.
Google Developing New Mirror for Low-cost Solar Power – Google is working on new mirror technology that could make solar thermal energy more affordable. Its current efforts are focused on the development of radical materials for the mirrors – both for the reflective surface and the substrate – used in the generation of solar thermal energy.
This evening at the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) trade show, Microsoft’s big announce was support for CableCARD in non-OEM Windows 7 systems. This is big news for enthusiasts as the only way to get it before was through a new purchase or a hack that wasn’t quite on the up and up.
Microsoft now supports Switched Digital Video (SDV) in Windows Media Center for Windows 7. In conjunction with a device known as a tuning adapter, supplied by a customer’s cable provider, Windows Media Center and a digital cable tuner with CableCARD will be able to tune to SDV channels. Customers can enjoy SDV broadcasts on PCs running Windows Media Center in Windows 7 and a digital cable tuner with CableCARD.
A new tool will be provided by Microsoft that assesses the a Windows 7 PC’s ability to support CableCARD. This tool will analyze the PC and enable digital cable support if the PC meets requirements, opening digital cable options to Windows Media Center customers across the country.
The other interesting thing announced was a technology preview of the new Multi-Channel Cable TV Card from Ceton Corp., which enables PCs with Windows Media Center to play or record multiple live channels of premium HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple TV sets throughout the home, all with a single CableCARD. One card recording up to 6 HD channels simultaneously. Seems like huge news to me!
Still on the hunt for extender news but none announced.
Monopoly City Streets: Google Launching Online Version of Monopoly – This could be very addictive: Google is teaming up with board game maker Hasbro to launch a Google Maps version of Monopoly City Streets, which launches Wednesday, allows users to compete in a live, worldwide version of the popular game, creating the biggest Monopoly tournament ever played.