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I think the dream of a friend of mine just materialised itself in front of us: the dual-screen portable computer:
“Estari’s 2-VU™ dual-screen computers are two touch screen, full-page, full-color, multimedia electronic computing devices. The 2-VU™ uses dual-screen technology specified in the U.S. patent awarded in 1998. The 2-VU™ operates using the Microsoft Windows® XP Professional operating system and has the capability to attach an external keyboard and mouse with integrated USB ports or through the use of wireless devices. Estari’s new 2-VU™ is easy to use and does not require users to learn different operating systems or software applications.”
Be ready to put down $ 4350 for it. Ouch.
Thank god there’s a small device available that informs you when gamma or x-ray radiation is currently killing you.
Good to know that after you got killed by the radiation someone else (probably doing the job you did previously) can use your NukAlert for another 3 months-years…
That’s what I call a repair:
“A while ago, a 700 MHz iBook was given to me with an infamous video-problem. An iBook which boots, but gives no output, neither to it’s own display nor to a hooked up external monitor.”
Oh dear that was an enormous crash. On December the 27th schrankmonsters hardware failed. And since I was in Berlin and no one was in the server rooms I had to wait.
The problem is fixed and it should be up and running for another year.
We’re well on track achieving our high goals and today the Promise m500i storage array arrived. We are using it, equipped with 15x 400 Gbyte harddisks, to store all the downloadable recordings and the raw-material.
That’s the complete encoding and storage compartment
P.S.: I want to personally thank Promise for updating their in-Firmware SSL certificate to a be valid after 2005. Thank you very much!
For the upcoming 23. Chaos Communication Congress and for Virtual Machine testing purposes FeM bought a brand new DELL 2950 Server with impressive specs: 2x Dual Core Xeon 2.0 Ghz (5130) + 8 GB RAM + 2x 73 GB 10k upm + 4x 300 GB 10k upm (all SAS).
I spent the last day installing Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 on the machine which leads to the well known hardware driver issues. But everything solved, the RAID is up’n’running and the machine seems to be a seriously fast one.
Since it’s a DELL machine it’s tidy, which is great since I’ve seen enough machines from other manufacturers where something must have been seriously gone wrong in production phase.
Oh yeah, there’s actually something one can do to play with fusion… the downside of this is the needed time and the electricity bill…
“In the basement of his parents’ Oakland Township home, tucked away in an area most aren’t privy to see, Thiago is exhausting his love of physics on a project that has taken him more than two years and 1,000 hours to research and build — a large, intricate machine that , on a small scale, creates nuclear fusion.
Nuclear fusion — when atoms are combined to create energy — is “kind of like the holy grail of physics,” he said.
In fact, on www.fusor.net, the Stoney Creek senior is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create nuclear fusion. So, how does he do it?”
The kid built a Farnsworth Fusor, which, beside of the manufacturing skills is said to be doable by almost everyone. In fact: It’s quite an achievement to be in the “Neutron Club”.
Source 1: http://fusor.net/
Source 2: http://www.fusor.net/board/index.php?site=fusor
Source 3: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061119/NEWS03/611190639
It’s exactly one year since the XBOX 360 launched and I got mine from amazon. And since it’s birthday-party time, I bought another accessory:
8 kilograms of pure joy and racing fun. It’s the “XBOX 360 Wireless Racing Wheel”.
I just had time to drive for about 15 minutes with the wheel and all I can say is: PERFECT!. It’s one of the best wheels I’ve ever used and the force feedback is the best I ever had on a console and on PC. Currently only Project Gotham Racing 3 (comes with the wheel) and the upcoming Forza 2 support the wheel (…and one or two other games that don’t count), but well: Forza 2 and GTR (should also support the wheel, not announced yet) will be my favourite games in 2007…
If you’re playing racing games on the 360, I encourage you to get one of those wheels!!
“What do you get when you take 38,240 PixelBlocks, excessive amounts of free time, and a love of built-in Windows time wasters? A six foot tall recreation of Minesweeper! You’re looking at dozens of hours of work and over $900 worth of colored pegs.”
Do you remember the landing of the two mars exploration vehicles calles Spirit and Opportunity in 2004? Well I think you do. They were built to last 90 days. But it’s now more than 1000 days – more than 10 times the timespan.
Well well, the two sneaky space travellers are kind of tattered – ones wheel isn’t working anymore and the other one had to get his brain “reformated” several times…but all over all they are in good shape for very old fellas.
Everybody will need one of these when the guardians attack zion…
“In 1990, we started to develop a Wearable Power Assist Suit, and in 1991 we fabricated a Powered Arm constructing the master and slave system in one unit by utilizing a rubber tube air actuator and sensing cuff, [ref. 1]. In 1994, we developed a Wearable Powered Suit constructed with powered arms, a powered waist, and powered legs [ref. 2], and finally in 2002, we developed a Stand Alone Type Wearable Power Assist Suit [ref. 3]. This suit was composed of newly developed air bag actuators driven by micro air pumps, newly developed muscle hardness sensors, and an embedded micro computer. The muscle hardness sensor was developed for detecting the muscle force driving joints. The micro computer was for calculation of the necessary joints torques to lift heavy objects. The calculation equations was derived by body mechanics. This suit could run continuously 20 minutes with 12 volts Ni-Cd portable batteries. The latest power assist suit can generate higher assist power, and is composed of compact body, a compact embedded micro computer, small and flat rotary sensors, and has newly designed muscle sensors which are embedded in 3-D mesh [ref. 4].”
“Our flagship product, the Disco Dance Floor Controller Board is capable of controlling up to 192 LEDs (with 4-bit intensity control) and 64 binary switches via a USB interface. Using the included source code, a refresh rate of 17 frames per second is easily achieved. With some environment specific modifications to the software, rates in excess of 30 frames per second may be achieved. Multiple boards may be connected together using USB hubs to control additional LEDs and switches.”
“an ungodly abomination, a EF 90-300 mm lens which is male to male filter coupled to a EF-S 18-55 lens …potential magnification is around 300 / 18 = ~16x (not taking into account non-full frame sensor, for which i am not sure how it would affect the result in the end)! granted at this mag the lens would be well over a foot long and need the subject to almost be almost _in_ the lens…total cost for me: $9 adaptor from e-bay (as i already had the lenses)”
I always wanted to build one myself…though I don’t have a PIC programmer at the moment…
…build yourself a “just-like-the-original” power consuming flight simulator. I am not sure what would be more expensive. This setup or the ultra-light aircraft which is currently simulated…
Follow the link and see other home-cockpit-setups.
I knew that there are some serious protection techniques inside those thinkpads…but I didn’t imagine they are this sophisticated:
Somedays you wake up and think: Well…what to do with this day? Oh, I know! Let’s build a full size 747 flight simulator…
I don’t know if that’s how it all got started for Matthew Sheil, but:
“In 1998 I began the design and constuction of my 747-400 simulator. The approximate size of the simulator is 13ft wide x 11ft long and 9ft high. It will include every switch and panel in the 747-400. The Simulator has been built to accept full motion and visuals at a later date.”
If you think the inside looks impressive…look at the outside:
I am running into several Do-it-yourself websites these days; and one of them is zedomax.com. This website tells you very interesting electronic tales, like this one:
Once upon a time, I wanted to get me a segway. But since I didn’t want to bite the bullet I just made one myself…
“The author says, “The current software, now in C running in an onboard 8-bit microcontroller, is only 500 lines of code.””
The iRex iLiad e-ink e-book reader is such a fantastic device, a friend of mine is willing to put the >600 euro down to get one. And if he reads this, he’ll be even more motivated to bite the bullet:
“From the factory, the Iliad only uses and maintains Internet connectivity for a very short time and for one specific purpose; to connect to the Rex site. Some enterprising device owners put a little hack together with a PDF file and some http for an address bar and they’re now surfing the web as long they like on the Iliad.”
Well it’s just a great looking USB hub that plays a sound on your PC when you press the big red button…
Source: buy it…or not
Wait until the case modding scene finds out about that… color changing heatsinks…omg!
“Eclipse is a single event heat reactive basecoat that changes from Black to White or from Blue to White. Eclipse can be sprayed through any standard paint equipment.”
The americans managed to crack…well they call it different but the fact remains that they cracked the PRN codes of the european global non-military positioning system called “Galileo”
“Because GPS satellites, which were put into orbit by the Department of Defense, are funded by U.S. taxpayers, the signal is free — consumers need only purchase a receiver. Galileo, on the other hand, must make money to reimburse its investors — presumably by charging a fee for PRN codes.”
Have you ever seen the Jetsons? If so, you might remember the vacuum elevators. Well. If you ever wanted to have one of those, you can now:
“It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminium and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next Floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down.
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators are easier to install, maintain, and operate than traditional elevators. They are especially ideal for existing homes due to their compact design because excavating a pit, and hoistway are not required. Air pressure above and beneath the elevator cab are the key to transporting.
The reliability and safety of these vacuum elevators are unsurpassed due to the physics behind the design; it is virtually impossible to get stuck between floors, or freefall.”
Hmm…did you ever wonder why your network access is so slow? Have you ever experienced some kind of “network-hickup”? Did your pc ever smell strange? Well you would like to check the cableing:
UPDATE: I added the full resolution versions of the HDR pictures.
During FIWAK I had the chance to play a bit with a Canon EOS 20D. It’s proper DSLR and you can do many great things with it. All the pictures below where done without a tripod. As you can see there are a few ghost pictures but less than I expected in that mode. Nevertheless my Canon PowerShot A400 is better for panoramic views – the EOS is way to big and heavy, you surely need a tripod to do proper panoramic views whereas you can do quite good panoramic views with the A400 without a tripod.
And now I can present my new neighbour: Kathrein 742215 UMTS Antenna! With 300 W it
BrightSide is the name of the company that announced their High Dynamic Range display recently.
“BrightSide introduces the DR37-P, a pectacular breakthrough in display technology that uses an array of LED backlights to deliver 10 times the brightness and 100 times the contrast of existing televisions and computer monitors. BrightSide’s Extreme Dynamic Range displays deliver more vibrant images and allow you to see your data in
- Extreme Dynamic Range
- Over 3000 cd/m2 Brightness
- Contrast Ratio > 200,000:1
- High Definition 1920×1080
- 37” Screen
- 16 bits per color
- IMLED – Individually Modulated Array of LED backlights
There are some movies available where you can get an impression what HDR really means. It’s a bit heavy…”less than 72 kg” says the spec. But it looks cooool:
A portable N64…looks really really nice. But…the Nintendo DS does the same job and is smaller..::
“Windows Mobile Starter Kits are fully functional sample applications. Each sample is complete and contains its documentation, so you can get started right away.”
And the Starter Kits for Windows Mobile 5 is available for download. Featureing this three samples:
digital display (computer screen), 12 feet tall and 12 feet in diameter. Vertical
columns of multi-color LED (light emitting diode) clusters spin around a vertical
axis at 90 revolutions per minute. At a radius of 6 feet, they move at 41 miles
per hour. 2880 LEDs are turned on and off by a computer in precise synchronization
with the rotation of the columns, creating the illusion of a cylindrical digital
display. Spin has a vertical resolution of 16 pixels (picture elements), each
of which can display one of 8 colors. As horizontal position is determined by
time in Spin, the horizontal resolution is theoretically infinite, but for the
sake of data manipulation efficiency it is be limited to 360 pixels all the
way around the cylinder.”
- 400 Mhz
- Windows Mobile 5
- GSM/UMTS/GPRS/802.11b/g/Bluetooth 2.0
- 64 MB RAM and 128 MB FLASH
- microSD slot
- keypad and real wheel jogdial
- QVGA screen (I wish it was a VGA…)
We like surveilance cameras, don’t we? Well sort of: Only if we can use them for fun purposes. Dalini sent me the link to this great piece of having-fun-technology:
- Full range frequency scanning from 900-2520MHz
- 2.5 Color TFT high resolution monitor
- Full range video protocol auto switching for PAL/NTSC, CCIR/EIA
- Dual internal power (4 x AA batteries not included)
- External power supply
- Auto and manual scanning mode
- LCM indicator shows the frequency allocation and setting details
- Alarm signal out put for more extended applications
“This bike mounted POV is unique, there have been quite a few floating around recently but I have never seen one that calculated and displayed the RPM of the device. Based on wheel diameter the current speed would also be easy to calculate and display.”
Wow this looks awesome compared to any holographic display technology I could take a look on to this date. Now I do know what 50 Gbytes of storage space could be useful for…
“Invented by Tibor Balogh, these flat panel “holo TVs” are capable of displaying images in 3-D — or so it seems.”
Virtually silent and vibration free, quietrevolution is ideally suited to both urban sites and exposed locations.
The simple and robust design (patent pending) has just one moving part, maximising reliability and minimising maintenance requirements.”
Vertical-axis wind turbines not only look very sci-fi, but when you add LEDs to the border of the turbine you can use them as a display:
So I leave you with a patent pending revolution which produces power and is virtually silent…whatever that means.
So our test-drive 6509 is setup-and-going in the local
junk server room. As you can see the room is obviously used for two different purposes. On the one hand it’s a windowless central network service point…and on the other it’s… oh dear…take a look for yourself:
When you come closer…you see…:
And to raise some pulses -a module listing:
Mod Ports Card Type Model Serial No.
— —– ————————————– —————— ———–
3 48 CEF720 48 port 10/100/1000mb Ethernet WS-X6748-GE-TX xxxxxxxxxxx
4 24 CEF720 24 port 1000mb SFP WS-X6724-SFP xxxxxxxxxxx
5 2 Supervisor Engine 720 (Active) WS-SUP720-3B xxxxxxxxxxx
7 6 Firewall Module WS-SVC-FWM-1 xxxxxxxxxxx
Mod MAC addresses Hw Fw Sw Status
— ———————————- —— ———— ———— ——-
3 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 1.0 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
4 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 2.3 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
5 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 4.4 8.1(3) 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
7 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 3.0 7.2(1) 2.3(4) Ok
Mod Sub-Module Model Serial Hw Status
— ————————— —————— ———— ——- ——-
3 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
4 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
5 Policy Feature Card 3 WS-F6K-PFC3B xxxxxxxxxxx 2.1 Ok
5 MSFC3 Daughterboard WS-SUP720 xxxxxxxxxxx 2.3 Ok
Oh…something that raised our pulses… a 6513 in one of the other Network Service Points…yummi:
At the moment the ahzf and cosrahn are playing with the machine…so more stuff is definitly to come soon.
I have to quote:
“You end up with a console with half the triangle setup rate of the 360, a crippled CPU that is a bitch to program, and tools that are atrocious compared to the 360. To make matters worse, you have an arrogant set of execs telling us that twice the price is worth it for half the power, a year late. If it isn’t already too late, Sony had better do something about this recto-cranial inversion or it may very well sink the console.”
Source 1: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=32171
Source 2: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=200449#200449
Ralf of videobasics.de created a great time-lapse movie of a house demolition. See how things end:
Music by 2-RD. (I added this)
You can get the movie iPod-compatible via the muckefuck podcast feed.
Once again I reorganised my desktop. One display less now, but much more working space on the left-hand.
So someone created a comparison picture of all the current available non-handheld consoles. Damn this Nintendo Wii is small.
The major graphic card manufacturers ATI and NVIDIA decided to release new drivers for Windows Vista Beta 2. So if you can grab them. In my case there was an improvement in speed…
Today the 6509 + the Firewall Service Module arrived at our office. Quite a heavy machine but we’re really excited to play with it 🙂
more pictures and infos to come…
Oh… just in case you are searching for the Promise m500i…. it is VTrak not VTrack. So try this search.
German CISCO Expo 2006 is finally over and from our point of view it was truly a great success.
There were very interessting sometimes cool presentations and demos, a lot of food & snacks and
very colorful light at the party. Over all it was a much better event than all those cisco
CeBit exhibitions I’ve been to before… the new (cisco) economy seem to be back on stage 😉
CISCO’s new vision for next generation networking got a new name: “Intelligent Information Network”!
Now all the routers and switches should become more intelligent, be aware of the users actual location
and connection type (ethernet, wlan, UMTS, …) and voice, data, video are integrated services of
IIN. Doesn’t sound this familiar? Yes! In the days of web 2.0 I think German Telekom would call
this reinvention of the wheel just ISDN 2.0… let’s hope that it will work better this time 😉
BTW: During the T-Systems keynote they showed us a _real hacker_ *huu-hoo* and demonstrated
the unbelievable security risks of unencrypted VoIP by using ARP Spoofing *hu-hoho*. So don’t
ask T-Systems if you have a _real_ security problem.
There were several talks about eLearning, eEducation, about the CISCO networking academy, and
the Scottish Schools Digital Network. If we belive in the given facts and figures people with
deep knowledge in networking will have a great time to earn a lot of money during the next years.
But from our point of view there is still no real funding of university research (URP is not that
great). The NetAcad program might be good for people willing to learn how to configure cisco
switches, but not when you are more interessted in building next generation routers, switches, and
networking concepts. So for us this program is more or less just marketing…
Technology power sessions
WLAN is still a lot of fun… Much more interessing was the talk about the modular IOS, EEM, and
Gold. CISCO is rewritting their os from ground and the new one will have some really nice features…
For example a real filesystem with virtual files like /sys (*hu-hoo* think about this twice ;),
embedded event management, processes for more or less every protocol in use and best: an TCL
scripting environment! If you send enough emails to the dev team embedded perl could also
become available. You can win a box of sparkling wine when you implement tetris within TCL *g*
RFID sponsored by German Telekom… great… :/
Burn venture capital, burn!
The party was really a great! Thanks to the orga team… but I still don’t like this “booooming”…
To give you an brief impression of the equipment that is necessary to stream and broadcast such a festival, here are some pictures:
Pictures made by der Andi.
Here are some impressions of the training in Dortmund. Quite many information and hopefully a brand new e-class test setup in the next months.
Impressingly enough: the 1.8l 4 cylinder engine of this Toyota made 100km with about 25l… the display even showed 90,9l/100km from time to time…quite frightening.
Oh and some words to the Toyota itself: bad gearbox, even worse the ride. The clutch: nightmare. To be fair: everything was brand new: the car only had 57km on the clock. Oh: It’s no SIXT rental car…I never got any japanese plastic-bombers from them… THANK GOD!
And small panoramic view of the training room: