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 21st 2009 through September 23rd 2009:

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
  • Batch Converting a Directory Tree of Videos Recursively with Handbrake for Streaming to an Xbox360 – This script takes every *.avi file in the current (.) folder, and all folders underneath it (-R), and for each of this files, creates a new filename with the word "-convert" inside. It then calls the HandBrake command line (yours may be in "C:\Program Files" so you might need to change that. It uses the Xbox360 preset.
  • 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.
  • Don’t buy the Beatles remasters, unless… – They're good, but do the remastered Beatles CDs offer a big enough sonic improvement over the 1987 CDs to make them essential?

Sites that I found interesting for September 12th 2009 through September 14th 2009:

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.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to: http://pipes.yahoo.com/techlifeweb/twitterical
  • Enter your twitter name (public accounts only, sorry) in the box provided imageand click Run Pipe
  • When the results com back, click More options and right click on Get as iCal then click “Copy Link Location” in your browser.

You now have the link to the iCal version of your Tweet. How you set this up in your calendar varies on calendar application.  Here, we’ll use Google calendar.

  • Open your Google Calendar
  • In the lower left click ‘add’ 
  • and then ‘Add by URL’
  • When the dialog box pops up, past in the iCal URL you copied in the steps above and click Add Calendar.

It will take a few seconds to a minute and they you will see your last 20 tweets in your calendar. You can change the colors if you want.

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So, developers out there, if you do something cool with this, please let me know.

Sites that I found interesting for September 10th 2009 through September 11th 2009:

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.

Sites that I found interesting for September 2nd 2009 through September 8th 2009:

Last month, at Gnomedex 9, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith gave the keynote speech: Attention Wars and the Rise of the Trust Agent.  The theme was pulled from their recent book: Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

Unfortunately I had to break it up to get it onto YouTube but it should flow fairly well. The audience is a bit distracting at first so try to focus on the content.

This was shot with my Kodak Zi6 from the audience.

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