now that i've remapped my capslock key to something less annoying with ucontrol, i can afford to dispense with a few more capital letters.
so first up is NICTA, a gov + edu organisation doing some cool research. they're trying to do road sign recognition. wouldn't it be easier to stick some rfid thing on each roadsign and put a reader in a car? it is only one step away from being able to record your whole journey and make it so that cops can take that tape and use it as evidence against you!
ohh hack in the box sounds like an interesting conference. if only i was l33t enough. i would boldy claim that it is one conference i would die to get into. cool program, j2me breaking, gprs + 3g hacking, unix file system forensics. its got the lot.
face isolation photo search with fujifilm device. not so hot on the device, but really think that idea can go along way. imagine looking through someone's photos, and then seeing a hot chick, and being able to click on her face and see all the photos she was in. and then say, "hrmm .. actually it was the light playing funny tricks with me in that photo."
take a live video stream, get some bored people to click on people and add comments, and you have a research project! yipee! take a look at berkeley's demonstrate project. think of the hours of fun that can be had if such a camera was in SN17 (our room in the lab.) i suspect the successor to this is a hot-or-not interface from live camera feeds!
rfid + sd card = sdrfid card. sweet. except i don't see what compelling argument there is for putting RFID in SD cards except for "because we can."
topobo is a cool research project into building little things with memory in them. they remember the motion you teach them and then go on and replay them. here's a cute picture of one with something that looks like a mini-USB socket. videos available also!
this ridiculous quote comes from microsoft's steve ballmer. also known as monkey boy! and i assume on the contrary, you can say that users of most other music players are legit? i'd like to see a music player from MS that ONLY plays DRM protected WMA. please! even sony is acknowledging that they need to support MP3 to be of ANY use to the consumer. and are you going to not let people rip their own CDs to MP3? are you going to force your users to DRM their OWN CDs?
why doesn't someone do a version of versiontracker but with just screenshots? :) i wish there was (or i should write) something that just collects screenshots of all the apps i use and puts them up on a webpage, so i can document all the different apps i've used. it could then annotate each picture with the time i launched it, how long i used it for, what i typed into there, what the name of the app is, where to download it, whether it is in my /Applications, whether it was my first time running it, etc etc. it would make some interesting statistic collection, if nothing else. it's like mylifebits but with my mac! take that msr!
i just stumbled across 43 folders via del.icio.us. it's a cool site about some osx geek talking about cool apps like my all time favourite quicksilver. they even have an interview with one of the guys behind quicksilver and even some wicked tips on new features in ß30!
futurama in-joke! this blog's strong fundamentals makes up for it's inability to use english correctly.
here are some strong fundamentals --
spam, as read by ze frank!. 6MB quicktime of parody. i don't know whether to laugh or cry when i see this. someone needs to read the viagra adverts in this way.
mmm, new 624MHz iPaq with 640x480 display. the only problem with it is (a) it's not a palm, (b) it can't make phone calls.
del.icio.us2safari plugin! access your del.icio.us bookmarks in your safari bookmarks. has someone written a firefox plugin? or something where you can search it neatly inside a browser interface? it's licensed under GPL.
if there were ever a sexy rss reader competition, newsfire would win it. it's interface is so smooth, so apple, so sensual. i'm beginning to sound like capt. zap branigan. however, for myself, i'm still sticking to netnewswire lite until i get the hang on newsfire's interface.
want weather in your neighbourhood without having a broadband phone? use weatherdock!
want answers in your life? well, you can read other people's questions on google answers, and also their answers! they really should make a RSS feed out of it.
some blog covering some jokes made on the daily show about debate coverage on conventional news channels. its frightening now that the only way to speak the truth about anything is to wrap it around comedy and act like you're not serious.