May 22, 2015

Pick Up An Extra K

Be prepared for the day when your neighbor tries to impress you with his 4K television or computer display. Get the new 5K iMac. Starts at only $1,999. But with that extra K, I'm sure you'll be wanting to pack on some additional GHz, am I right? An extra two-tenths of a GHz will cost you only $300, which comes out to only $1,500/GHz. Not bad at all when you consider that our parents and grandparents made it through life with only Hz, KHz, and MHz. How did they do it?

Heinrich Hertz
Herr Hertz
, or just Hz to his friends.

At the other end of the scale there is the MacBook Air which starts at only $899 and has a 1366 x 768 display. The $899 Air comes down to $377.73/lb. The base 5K iMac is $95.19/lb.

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April 13, 2015

Professional Broadcast Link For GoPro Cameras

First, you might need to know whichever version you get, it's gonna cost you $7,500. It's called Herocast and will provide a professional quality to your GoPro cameras so that you can use them live - presumably in a sporting event, but public TV might like to put one on the end of a trombone in a symphony performance.

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April 9, 2015

Apple Watch Sapphire Screen

"Following the tests, iPhonefixed found Apple's promise of a scratch-resistant display to be entirely accurate, with not a single scratch or scuff on the screen even after all of the site's attempts at leaving a mark."

The sapphire screen is not available on the Apple Watch Sport.

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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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