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.


Public Library Access

October 31, 2005

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Sitting in the Austin Public Library right now using their free wireless. I love free wireless. There is a lot that is very cool about the internet. Having the ability to access it for free is way up there on the list of coolness.
Food for thought: one could actually run an internet based business out of a library. Here's to hoping that the big corporations don't kill off city-wide free Wi-Fi. They are certainly going to try.
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Prep your portable player

October 28, 2005

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Took a plane right out to Austin Texas yesterday. As I have done ever since I got a portable music player I charged up the batter and got it ready to go. The only problem is that when I was syncing the music only one playlist got moved over. It was "Like Green Day" from the Yahoo music service. This is supposed to be a bunch of band that play in the same vein as Green Day. The problem is that basically everything on the list sucked. All it really turned out to be is cheap imitations of Green Day. Bands that seem to exist for the soul purpose of creating an overly produced sound that is similar to them in order to try to pull in some dollars. Really not good at all.
Cookie cutter music pisses me off. It was all so sterile it felt like muzak. The moral of the story is to make sure you have a good set of music with you before you leave.
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Flying with new eyes

October 28, 2005

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Took my first flight yesterday with the new eyes. Very cool to be able to see ground detail even better than before and without the hassle of contacts drying out from the weird airplane air. Loving the new eyes.


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