February 28, 2015

If I Had A GoPro Hero 3, 3+ or 4

I'd be all over this. A super-extended battery for those camera models. As I write this, there are still a few rewards available which will get you one of these batteries for $1 + $6 shipping! Once those are gone, you'll have to donate $35 to get one of the batteries.

This is a Kickstarter campaign and it has far exceeded its goal.

I found this video to be a little confusing. The Limefuel Epic is a battery backpack. The Limefuel Epic on its own is said to be able to power your GoPro for 7 to 12 hours. It includes a custom shell back to accommodate that big thing. It's bigger than the camera. You do not need to go around with the battery backpack plugged into a bigger separate power source. Why they put that view into the video, I don't know.

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February 27, 2015

Google Architecture

While Apple builds its giant new ivory tower in Cupertino, Google says it plans to take an entirely different approach:

You can see some images of the proposed structures here.

The lead architect, Bjarke Ingels, has a TEDx Talk here.

Apple's new campus.

Apple vs. Google vs. Amazon vs. Facebook Campus Wars.

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February 15, 2015

View-Master Gets An Update

Mattel is going to give the old View-Master a substantial update. But they've partnered with Google for this update, so the new View-Master is going to be quite different. Instead of a disc of photographs, you insert your Android phone into the viewer. There's an app, of course, and you can use either "experience reels" for data, or just download it.

There is probably very little truth to the rumor that Hasbro has teamed up with Apple to create a new fourth dimension which will be visible only by using their new viewer. The really novel thing about the Hasbro/Apple viewer is that by using the 4th dimension, they will actually be able to have Steve Jobs do the presentation when they release the viewer to the public.

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February 1, 2015

Deal On A Google Nexus 7 Tablet

2013 model, Gen 2, 16GB, $170 at Woot. This price expires when all are sold or the clock strikes 2100 hours.

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December 24, 2014

Burning Man IP Network

Burning Man 2014 network diagram
Click it to make it big.
I'm sure this will be more interesting to someone who actually understands it. I understand only the very top level where Burning Man connects to the default world, and I see it's different than I thought it was. High Desert Internet in the upper right represents the default world. The specific part of the default world is Fernley.

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November 10, 2014

Google Rents Moffett Field

Google has agreed to lease Moffett Field for 60 years for...whatever. Feel free to imagine anything. Part of the deal is that Google will restore Hangar One.

Hangar One
Hangar One these days
. Photo by Simon Tunbridge.

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October 24, 2014

The Great Word vs. WordPerfect Battle Continues To Smolder

"The word processor that most of the world uses every day, Microsoft Word, is a work of genius that’s almost always wrong as an instrument for writing prose. Almost-forgotten WordPerfect—once the most popular word-processing program, still used in a few law offices and government agencies, and here and there by some writers who remain loyal to it—is a mediocrity that’s almost always right." It's not often that the philosophy of Plato is cited in an article about word processors. John Dewey gets rolled in there too.

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October 21, 2014

Returning To The Big Screen!

The Greatest Science Fiction Film Of All Time: 2001: A Space Odyssey has been digitally remastered and will open November 28 in the UK at a British Film Institute film festival. Go back and watch the original 1977 version (or whatever version of the original you can find) of Star Wars. If you were around in 1977, you will recall that its special effects blew us away. Now they look cheezily obvious. Then go watch 2001 which was made before most of you were born: 1969 1968! It still works. It still takes your breath away when it jumps to Jupiter space. And at the end you still don't know WTF was going on*. That's good cinema!

Appropriately enough, they've brought the trailer up to the standards of 2014:

HAL is still so sorry he couldn't open that podbay door.

*it's just a lengthy attempt to direct blame away from the opposable thumb and put it on some "space aliens."

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October 19, 2014

$500

If you follow Apple announcements then you've heard the brouhaha about the iMac with 5K Retina display (5K, 5K!, which is one more K than 4, starts at $2,500) and the iPad Air 2 (thinner, lighter, more powerful, starts at $500). But there never is any brouhaha about my favorite compromise that will put a real Mac on your desk for as little as $500: the Mac mini. This is what I have, but my model is a year old. It's not as powerful as an iMac.

Processor speeds:
iMac1.4 GHz2.7GHz2.9GHz3.2GHz3.4GHz3.5GHz4.0GHz
Mac mini1.4GHz2.6GHz2.8GHz 


Graphics:
iMacIntel HD Graphics 5000Intel Iris Pro GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memoryNVIDIA GeForce GT 755M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memoryNVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memoryNVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
Mac miniIntel HD Graphics 5000Intel Iris Graphics 


Base prices:
iMac$1,099$1,299$1,499$1,799$1,999$2,149$2,499$2,749
Mac mini$499$699$999 

But I'd guess that if you don't know how much power you need, then an iMac is likely to be more than you need, unless, of course, you are modeling global weather or nuclear warfare.

Yes, the display, keyboard and mouse are extra on the Mac mini, while they are included with the iMac, so you've got to add that cost to the Mac mini. But that's actually another advantage for the Mac mini. You've got a wide range of products and prices to shop from. When you need to upgrade either your display or your CPU, those are separate purchases, but with the iMac the display and CPU are all one unit. If you need to upgrade or replace either, you've got to purchase both.

Small side benefits nobody ever mentions are that the Mac mini is more portable and more easily physically secured - unplug it, lock it in a drawer. Try that with an iMac.

Still, there is that 5K Retina display (with "organic passivation" - a new term to me that I plan to misuse as often as possible). If you're a professional photographer or if you've got the money to spend to impress friends, then get it. Here's a soft video (no real tech, but lots of gee-whiz) that I believe will play only in Safari or on an iOS device. Hey, Apple writes the rules, not me.

permalink | October 19, 2014 at 07:01 PM | Comments (1)

October 8, 2014

MIT Students Invent A Cheetah

At the moment it can't run any faster than 10 MPH, but it can jump over any barrier up to 33 cm high.

Someday this will probably be what we use to chase down zombies.

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