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.
– Tags: tagInternet


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.
– Tags: tagMusic


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.


Repeating myself

October 26, 2005

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Please bear in mind that it's very likely that I'll repeat myself more than a few times with this blog. I was just responding to a comment by David on printers and almost wrote another entry about how much better printers have gotten. Turns out, I've already done that one.


C-Nets URLs

October 26, 2005

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This is one of the best setups for URLs that I've seen before. Take the following URL as an example:
http://news.com.com/Passport+to+get+RFID+chip+implants/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
It's easy to tell what the story is "Passport to get RFID chip implants". This makes them very friendly to the people that use computers since you don't have to go to the page to remember what the specific story is about. The thing about URLs that have text strings like those titles in them is that they are a bitch to keep up with from a content management point of view.
For example, if you publish a story and send out some links to it, but then realize you need to change the title the URL would change as well. This could mean that the original links would be broken or that both URLs would have to be actively maintained to point to the same content. Both of those are a pain in the ass.
C-Net's solution seems to have found an elegant solution for this. The text in the middle doesn't appear to matter. In fact, it doesn't have to be there at all. All three of these go to the same content. The "2100-7348_3-5913644.html" tells the server what it needs to know while allowing people to be able to use the rest of the URL for identification.
http://news.com.com/Passport+to+get+RFID+chip+implants/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
http://news.com.com/Updated+text/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
http://news.com.com/2100-7348_3-5913644.html
Nice job C-Net.
– Tags: tagHacks


Get your passport now

October 26, 2005

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Well, they have been talking about it for some time, but according to this article RFID chips will be in passports starting a year from now. So, if you are paranoid like me, go get your passport renewed now. If you don't have one, go ahead a get one. Never no when you might need to flee the country.
Favorite line: Out of the 2,335 comments on the plan that were received by the State Department this year, 98.5 percent were negative.
Good to know our law representatives are representing.
– Tags: tagParanoia


The Digital Pin Hole

October 25, 2005

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Front and back view of my pin hole body cap. The foil is taped on the inside. I should be able to use the body cap pretty much as normal. Of course, I almost never use them preferring to keep a wide lens on the body.
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And here is a shot of the outside of my office at lunch time. Shutter speed metered out to 8 seconds at ISO 100. (David had it right about needing to block out the viewfinder while metering to prevent light leak.)
If my math is right, based off the Sunny 16 Rule the pin hole works out to F/512. That's half a gig of aperture. Wait. I'm mixing analog and digital terminology again.
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(And, yes. I need to clean the sensor on my camera to get rid of the specks.)
– Tags: tagPhotography


Digital Pinhole Test One

October 25, 2005

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Mr. Nuge made himself a little pin hole out of cardboard. This got me thinking about something I tried back in the days of film. Making a lens cap into a pin hole "lens" with a piece of aluminum foil. So, here's my test shot:
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This is looking out my back porch at very close to sunset. Exposure was about 8 seconds. Needed to be a little more. I think the fact that there was no aperture may have confused the meter. I'll try a few more tomorrow with some stronger light to see what shakes out.
Definitely the cheapest "lens" I've ever shot with. For film based pin hole, I've always wanted to give one of these a try..
– Tags: tagPhotography


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