Sunday, February 26, 2006

squished NIKON

Around thanksgiving 2004, probably after the killer bike ride, a Nikon compact flash card (16mb) was discovered on a bluff in the mud (boise). I remember Dan saying 'I wouldn't put that in my reader, it's not worth the risk....'
well, guess who was just too curious to leave it alone. yes, that's right - my work computer.

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Of the 26 images available on the card, i've chosen the real gems for your viewing pleasure. These were taken around 8:10pm on 5.14.2004

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Yes! Marry him!

So I learned about Travis Frey while listening to the Glenn Beck program on the radio.

Maybe Travis Frey should have thought a little more about the intelligence of creating a Contract of Wifely Expectations...

and what's up with weirdo men named Frey. Seems they've not quite got it all together

Friday, February 24, 2006

Banned Book

at the end of this article it said that the guy who is being sent to jail wrote a book that has been banned because it is fradulent commercial speech.
considering the average intelligence of americans and the blurring between lines of entertainment, commercials, and opinions of public figures, is it justified to ban a book? how far should the government go in saving people from their own stupidity?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

intel and mac
demonstrates where mac is headed with their new investment.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Poster Printing

recently we printed a poster (20x30) of a hike we did this summer. put a bunch of pictures on either side of a topo map overlaid with an aerial photo with our gps tracked route on top. uhh lets see i can figure out how to put a thumbnail of it up...
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so we went shopping online for a printer. in the past i have used which is now . for my little prints have been using costco because i can upload and then go pick them up at the store the next day. so that is where i looked primarily.
costco offers 20x30 poster prints for $10. kodakgallery for $20. so we went with costco. costco subcontracts with snapfish for the posters.

personally i find the snapfish site less than ideal in usage and in looking for information on it. finally i via e-mail i found out that there is a 10meg limit on the size of the file. so we compressed our file a little bit from 34meg to get it uploaded, both files were 20x30 at 300 dpi. it still looked pretty good though not quite as good. but for half the price we figured we could swallow that.

when we got the poster we decided that maybe $10 was too cheap to pay for a good poster print. they had resampled the picture to 100 dpi! so we ordered from kodakgallery and got a good print of our poster. below is a picture showing the differences between the snapfish/costco (left) and kodakgallery (right). each pair was taken in the same picture (so the lighting etc is the same) and i just cropped off the extra stuff for easier comparison. the top two are to compare the colors (snapfish apparently decided the picture needed to be 'warmer' and in kodakgallery i was able to select that they not crop the picture or mess up its colors) and the bottom two are to compare the resolution.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Mohammed Cartoon

Jeremy (from high school) has a very good perspective on the Mohammed Cartoon, and I suppose you would too if you lived near Kabul. (I think thats where he's at). nothing but a little concrete barrier and some barbed wire seperating your room from rioters. and not LA style rioters, rioters with grenades.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

share your wifi

it looks like FON is trying to get SKYPE to partner with Google to make a network of wifi users, read it here. The funny part is their terminology:

-- Linus members, (in deference to Linus Torvalds, the Finnish creator of Linux) share their home WiFi hotspot with the FON network and gain access to free roaming throughout the FON network.

-- Bill members, (in deference to Bill Gates of Microsoft), will share their Wi-Fi hotspot with Alien members for a fee. Bills do not benefit from free roaming. Bill subscriptions are not yet available.

-- Alien members, (who are alien to the concept of sharing), pay to connect to the FON network on an as-needed basis. Fifty-percent of revenue generated from Aliens will be shared with Bills. Currently, Alien memberships are available on a free-trial basis.

new clam?

who added the clam with the purple halo to the nerdy tales pics [up]

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

xp sp3?

search for windows xp sp3 Bootable and you get an iso image of some SERIOUS work from india. I'm positive this is not endoursed by MS, Yet the results are something to behold.
of course, i've ONLY read about it... ahem.
700mb has never done so much and looked so good. NOTE: the recovery console is missing, so don't plan on doing any recovery with this monster if your MBR is trashed.

Azureus and VLC are about the only thing missing on a clean install, and open office is as usual a click away. media player 10 has been patched, ac3 and xvid installed, and a whole host of other goodies. I am very impressed.

intel IT manager game looks like an interesting idea.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

jet something

if you haven't already run across this guys website, then stop by and have a look at all the home brew jets he has made. I guess he was even a consulant on some of the junk yard wars and scrap heap TV shows.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

hyper engine

it looks like scientests are looking into a hyper engine. check it out. The basics are you setup a high magnetic field, fold space, where you slip into a different dimension where light can travel faster, and then you shut your engine off and pop back in current space time. I can't believe someone came up with this in the 50's!!! what a bunch of nuts.... i'm not holding my breath.