The Right Stuff

November 06, 2005

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Took it easy tonight and watched The Right Stuff. I had not seen it before even though it was from 83. I wish I had seen it back then. I thought it was okay, but didn't really like it that much. A lot of the film had an 80s production feel to it that I just don't like. Also, having just seen The Aviator a couple weeks ago the standard has been moved up a few rungs. I would however like to read the book someday (or listen to the audio version). The movie did get me thinking though one thing I'm putting on my list is to make it down to a shuttle launch. It really is amazing that we can put people in space. What's even more amazing is that if technology keeps accelerating the it has been recently I might even get a chance to go myself. It's fun to imagine a time when space travel is as old hat as airline travel is today. I don't think that's likely to happened for a long time since the choice of destinations is quite limited and likely to remain so for a good while.


Ad that keeps your attention

November 05, 2005

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Vonage has an ad going right now that does a great job of holding your attention. In the foreground is a guy standing outside a building talking about Vonage's service. In the background a guy in a bright red lobster suit starts passing out flyers. The lobster guy gets fed up with sometihng and then tries to go inside the building but gets stuck in a rotating door. It's hard not to watch. You might be thinking this has nothing to do with Vonage, but the fact that you are thinking about them at all is what they are looking for.


Nice Multimedia

November 04, 2005

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There is a great little peice of functionality on the daughter window player for this this mtvU peice. Take a look at the resize abilities to the left of the back|pause|forward control. You can either reduce the player, use it in the default load, double the size of the video, or make it full screen. It only works in IE and I'm guessing it will only work on windows which sucks, but it's very well done. Kudos for keeping the vidoe going during resizing. I'm not sure if this is built into Flash or not, but it's a great example of their new video abilities.


The Everlasting Light Bulb

November 04, 2005

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I've heard a rumor that the first bulb Edison made is still burning. Don't know if it's true or not but I've always thought it would nice to have an ever lasting light bulb. Of course, light bulb manufacturers probably don't like the idea. In theory, once a certain number of bulbs were made there wouldn't be a need for any more. This doesn't jive with planned obsolescence. Well it appears that someone has come up with one that's close: Forever LED Light Bulb Apparently these also use way less electricity. I've tried a few of the low energy usage florescent bulbs before but the tend to flicker and a color cast that I really don't like. It's bad enough that I still use regular incandescent bulbs. With luck, this will meet all my needs. I'm ordering one to see how well it works.


The blog is dead, long live the blog

November 04, 2005

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This is the first real post in the new blogging software. I've moved everything over from the former blogger.com account. I like the idea of having my stuff be mine and not under someone elses control. So, I've installed WordPress and am running with it. I've still got a lot to figure out about it (like how comments work for other people). Anyways, welcome to the new place.


Key Patent Idea

November 03, 2005

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If I had the money to get a patent attorney I'd go after a patent on a combination USB drive and your car alarm remote clicker and a flash light all-in-one fob.
Also, using the same USB principal, I would make it the key for the car (and your house and where ever else you needed it). No more physical keys, just digital ones.
I would also move this to the next step and setup the device so that it didn't require a physical connection thru the USB plug. Any number of short range wireless systems would suffice as well.
Of course, this all points to the future where we each have a chip implanted in our hand that is our universal key for all things we need to access. The way things keep shrinking we should be able to keep a decent amount of in storage as well. With luck, this won't be that necessary since we should have pretty ubiquitous network connections and the hand key should allow us to access anything we need from anywhere.
While you could use something like an eye scan for the key part there is a security issue in the fact that it's always the same. With the digital implant the key could be setup to change on a coordinated set interval or each time it is used. Making it much harder to crack.
Also, this would avoid a single password vulnerability. The internal chip could have 1 code for each thing it needs to access. Each code being completely independent of the others. That way, if one of the back end systems is compromised, the other assets are not lost.


Tech Cool Hunter

November 03, 2005

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I like the idea of being a "Cool Hunter". Especially when it comes to technology. I just checked and
techcoolhunter.com
is available. Add that to the list of things I might play with if I didn't have a day job. If someone is looking to start a tech blog, that would be a great domain to launch it from.


Halloween Looks

November 02, 2005

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From the amazing Austin Halloween party.
Jaime = Media
Me = Johnny Depp's character from Once Upon a Time in Mexico
One hell of a party. Literally, there were like four versions of the devil there. Not that that's surprising. The cops only came one time. I think I drank an entire bottle of Crown by myself and started to make a good dent on another one. Good times.
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At the end of the night. Someone made cookies. Somehow the plate ended up in my hand. They didn't last long.


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