Random Thoughts

My thoughts about life, coding, science, technology and other stuff

Inflatable spacecraft launches from Russia

An experimental inflatable spacecraft bankrolled by real estate magnate Robert Bigelow rocketed into orbit Wednesday to test technology that could be used to fulfill his dream of building a commercial space station.

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July 12, 2006 Posted by | Science, Technology | Leave a comment

Give a dog a bone – over the internet

This guys setup a feeder for his dog you can trigger over the internet.

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May 19, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Super Mario Brothers Themepark

Student Noah Shibley, one of the developers of a "Super Mario Brothers Themepark" is planning a funland where you strap into a bungee-corded parachute harness and bounce off the head of cartoonish turtles and up and down giant steps, accompanied by Super Mario Brothers boing boing noise with every step

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May 15, 2006 Posted by | Gaming, Technology | Leave a comment

Search on Microsoft main page doesn’t work in Firefox

I tried this on two different computers. I go http://www.microsoft.com and enter "office" in the search box in the upper right and click Search. In Firefox absolutely nothing comes back but it works fine in IE. However, if I search again in FF from the page it brought me to, it does work. So the question is: Is this a bug or an undocumented feature?

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May 12, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Picture of the World’s First Integrated Circuit

That along with a bunch of other pictures of innovations brought to us by Texas Instruments and others.

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April 5, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Carbon nanotube TV trials on horizon

Applied Nanotech has signed a letter of intent to enter negotiations for a trial on carbon nanotube TVs with Da Ling, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer.

Under the proposed terms, Da Ling will invest $10 million on a pilot manufacturing facility to make carbon nanotube TVs based on Applied’s technology. In these TVs, nanotubes shoot electrons at a screen to create a picture. Functionally, they are similar to traditional CRT (cathode-ray tube) televisions, which still provide the best picture, but are slim, like LCD (liquid crystal display) televisions.

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March 20, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Indoor Gardening with AeroGarden Aeroponics

“Grow vegetables, greens, herbs and the like in your kitchen (or just about anywhere indoors) by suspending plant roots in the air, rather than soil or water. The suspended plants derive their nutrients from the air; with the help of the “smart” lighting and nutrient-cycling that comes with the garden, the company claims accelerated growth and increased yields over hydroponics and traditional outdoor gardening.”

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March 20, 2006 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

14 Hour Fuel Cell for Laptops

A start-up called UltraCell is showing a 2.2-pound fuel cell prototype at the Intel Developer Forum that can power a laptop computer for 14 hours. Production models will be available in 2007 and cost less than $500…

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March 9, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Who’s Reading Your Cell’s Text Messages?

Have you ever hit “Send” on a text message on your mobile phone before addressing it? Ever wondered where all those lost SMS text messages go? If so, you might want to speak with Stan Bubrouski, whose cell phone has been channeling wayward text messages from across the country for years.

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

Berkeley lectures as podcasts

List of lectures in MP3 format

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment