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Commander the new concept interface for TVs

Thursday, May 31, 2007


Commander is a new concept user interface for television, home theaters and other audio video equipments connected to TV. The commander wand with only two buttons can detect the direction and gestures pointed towards the tv and send it as a command to the connected device. Seems this is an indirect implementation of WII's remote.

Check out the Russian link below for more information on how you could increase or decrease the sound or change channels using the new Commander wand (err... Kommander actually)









[Kommander - Translated to english using google]
[Commander Portfolio]

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Virtual barber shop on a holophonic sound

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Before you read and understand what holophonic sound means, you ought to listen to the below link on a good ear phone or a headphone. The first time i listened to it, i was wondering if there is some one behind me or what?

[Virtual BarberShop]

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World's first flexible full-color OLED display

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Sony unveiled what is billed as the world's first flexible, full-color OLED display built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology. The 2.5-inch prototype display supports 16.8 million colors at a 120 x 169 pixel resolution, is 0.3 mm thick and weighs 1.5 gram less.

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Nokia Scentsory (Concept Phone) Can Scent You

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The Nokia Scentsory (a concept phone designed by Kimberly Hu) allows users to communicate remotely on additional sensory levels. In addition to including basic audio visual features, it can detect, transmit and emit smells. It can also radiate colors, lighting, and temperature from the caller’s environment. In addition, the Scentsory will have wellness aromatherapy and owner scent identification features.













Nanotechnology plays a key role in the development of this new device. Using sensors that have a sense of smell as sophisticated as a cat or dog, the electronic nose samples odor of caller/environs and transmits to recipient electronically via airways and odor releasing device.
Using additional heat, color and light sensors, the caller’s environmental elements can be transmitted: hot/cold can be felt on the exterior shell of the phone and lighting/colors can project on an interior screen on the recipient’s end.


From [Kimmu] via IntoMobile

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Reserve Zenum Opus


Zenum Opus the much awaited Windows Mobile 6.0, GSM class 10 PDA phone shall be released very soon now. You can pre reserve the phone in advance.

Zenum Opus is powered by Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor which provides amazing features including java acceleration built right in hardware.

The PDA shall sport a 2 mega pixel camera with a 2.5 TFT touch panel screen.





[Zenum Opus]

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Free Vector Library


Vecteezy is an index of free vectors available for download. Vecteezy is updated almost daily and can be used for WPF/SVG/Visio application. You can use Vecteezy filter to search vector files based on category, license and file type. Currently ai, eps, cdr, svg file types are supported.






[Vecteezy]

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Make free phone calls


Using jaxtr you can make free phone calls to any where in the world. Currently you can make calls starting from 29 countries only. You would need the internet only for the first time to make a call and then you can use regular phone.

Here is the procedure to make phone call from US to India

1. Create a user account for someone in your country (say India) at www.jaxtr.com
2. Add India phone to this account. Before you activate, call them on another line and tell the passcode to activate the added number. They will get a call on the added number and need to enter the passcode.
3. Uncheck the box on Home page that says "Receive calls only from people I approve".
4. Logout
5. Access the url created above. i.e. if user name is abc_xyz, the url is www.jaxtr.com/abc_xyz
6. Click on Call me free. Provide your US number. It will call you first and then to India number. When the call is ended you will get a US long distance number(Chicago area code 773) that you can use for further calls. i.e. dialing a US long distance number connects you to India.

[jaxtr]

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Windows Vista has some serious refresh Issues

Sunday, May 20, 2007


We are all aware of the fact that windows Vista was released after a long delay without the components that were claimed before. I have been ranting and whining a lot about Windows Vista issues, as I am finding a new bug almost every month. The bugs that I have found can be rated non-critical and all revolve around refresh issue but it proves without saying that there are some known issues in Vista which you would LEAST expect from any other Operating System.

Following are the issues I have found in last few months.

(1) Date-Time "MAY" not update in Start Menu

Though the system clock ticks just fine and programatically you can see the right time using System API, but after 4 months of use, today I found that the system clock in the status bar has stopped updating itself. If I hover the mouse it shows me the correct time though.



(2) Windows Explorer may show File Size in negative

This is quite a bug that I see very often. As a number of users usually enable status bar I would rate this a high nagging bug.



(3) Refreshing Selected Content in Window Explorer increments it's size in Status Bar


(a) Here you see a jpeg file, note the size in the status bar



(b) Select the file and refresh the explorer window. (you wont' see the bug if you don't select the file)



(c) Now note the size in the status bar. You'd see every time the window is refreshed the file size in the status bar doubles.



(4) Broken Open File Dialog Box

(a) Open a file dialog box, for example in notepad, goto file, open menu.



(b) Rename any folder on the left pane



(c) Now look at the address bar

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FogCreek Copilot - connect remotely behind firewall

Friday, May 18, 2007


Fog Creek Copilot is a safe and secure service to remotely connect between two computers behind firewalls.

You may also want to read some SSH tunnel tips that would allow you to safely connect your home PC over firewall irrespective if you are in office or school (provided you have internet connection).

[Disclaimer] Use the above at your own risk.

[FogCreek Copilot]

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Microsoft release first WPF/E based application - PopFly


Microsoft has today released the very first alpha build of WPF/E aka Silverlight application named "Microsoft Popfly". Popfly allows users to build visual tools, web pages and mashups. As part of the application release, Microsoft has also released "Popfly Space" which is 25 MB space to create and share the above web gadgets using popfly.

As one of the examples, popfly mashup creator can make a web based flickr application that would pull all the images from flickr and show in a sphere or tiles. All this is done by linking flickr block with the presentation block (sphere or tile).

Check out the video for more details.

[PopFly]
[PopFly Screencast]

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Strange watches from Seahope


Seahope is famous for producing weird watches some of which includes binary LED, morse code and radio active watches. This month they have released a few more nerdy watches that would grab any one's attention.








Check out Seahope's website for more details.

[Seahope]

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Wibree/Zigbee the new protocol for device communication

Thursday, May 17, 2007


In 2003, more than 50 companies had formed an alliance to come up with a new wi-fi protocol that would allow wi-fi devices to draw less power and are cost affective. The new protocol was named Zigbee and uses the 802.15 wi-fi protocol. Control4 is one of the many companies that provides zigbee based solutions.

Last year in 2006, Nokia blew every one out with the new zigbee killer protocol named Wibree. Wibree offers extended battery life for low data transfer rate over "bluetooth" radio frequency. As the new protocol uses the bluetooth frequency it can work over the existing bluetooth hardware and does not require any major changes (unlike zigbee).

As both Wibree and zigbee is useful for devices that send short burst of data, who knows tomorrow you may have a wibree enabled watch that can control your mobile phone over bluetooth radio frequency. The application of Wibree/Zigbee is endless, though it would be interesting to see if the two technology can co-exist.
Nokia AEON concept phone



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OJO personal video phone finally hits the market


OJO video phone is a set of 2 personal video phone that works over the broadband/phone-line and allows video messaging. OJO has now finally hit the market and can be ordered for 400$.




[Order Via HSN]
[OJO]

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Comprehensive list of documentaries on google videos

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Google Videos hosts one of the best documentaries online and some one some where has categorized all such documentaries on one webpage. It's worth checking out if you appreciate nerdy documentaries.

[List of Documentaries on Google Videos]

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USB Memory Card Reader


There are a number of memory card readers that allow you to plug 'n' play memory cards as flash drive.

For 500 Yens (5 US$) you could buy a similar USB stick that plug in a specific memory card with the only difference that it looks more like a USB adapter.




[Donya]

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Kodak Z885 with ISO 8000

Monday, May 14, 2007


After releasing Schneider-Kreuznach lens cameras, Kodak is about to hit the market with the new Z885 camera that is capable of taking 2.2 Megapixel pictures with ISO 8000 level. Yes you read it right it's 8 and three zeros. The ISO 8000 is too much to digest ;), but well it should be good enough for small pics taken indoor or in dark areas, as ISO level 6400 and 8000 are availalbe only for 2.2 MP, 2.1 MP, and 1.2 MP setting in P/M mode.



Well a casual non-professional user does not need all the megapixels other cameras generally offer; usually 2-3 megapixels is good enough for every day shoot-n-click cameras. If you have seen those pics clicked by Mars Rover, you might be amazed to know that it was clicked with a one megapixel camera. With such a high ISO level and 5X optical zoom, Kodak Z885 can be a big hit only if the image at such high ISO levels are non-grainy and maintains decent contrast.

[Kodak Z885 Specs]

[EDIT] The new Olympus FE-250 boasts ISO 10000 at 3MP.

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Mineral oil submerged computer

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Do you know that mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum and it does not conduct electricity? Now imagine what if you put all your computer parts into an aquarium full of mineral oil?


The above video is from Pugetsystems and their website has other interesting information and statistics on the practical implementation of the same. I'd try only if there is a non electric, non corroding, always cool liquid available.

[pugetsystems]

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Top 5 firefox plugins for Twitter

Friday, May 11, 2007


1. Twitbin

Twitbin is a firefox plugin that allows twitter users to chat right from their browser.



[Twitbin]


2. TwittyTunes

TwittyTunes is a FoxyTunes companion Firefox extension - it allows you to post your currently playing songs to Twitter with a click. As a bonus, you can also post the websites you're visiting, videos you're watching and more!



[TwittyTunes]


3. Power Twitter

Power Twitter is a plugin for firefox that further enhance the twitter experience by embedding flickr/youtube videos, expanding tinyurls, and maps links to their titles.



[Power Twitter]

4. Twitter Bar

Twitter Bar allows you to post twitters messages straight from firefox address bar



[Twitter Bar]

5. Twitter Notifier

Twitter Notifier is a Firefox extension that notifies you of your friends' statuses of Twitter.

This extension adds a tiny icon on the status bar that notifies you when your friends update their statuses. Also it has a small text input field to update your status.




[Twitter Notifier]

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Burrp, an Indian city specific, lifestyle website


Burrp is an Indian lifestyle website that allows readers to write moderated reviews on the local city events, culture and lifestyle. Burrp also has a search capability that can search for restaurants, banks and other business establishments in the city (based on street address).

Burrp has slowly started catching up amongst many users in India and Indians all abroad. The alexa ranking for the same has steadily been growing.





[Burrp]

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In-depth review of OLPC (The 100$ laptop)

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Heise (The publisher of famous linux C't german magazine) got a chance to test OLPC. They have now published an in-depth review of the same on their website.

[QUOTE From the article]
The laptop will have 256 MB of DDR 266 DRAM but no hard drive, storing data instead on 1024 MB of NAND flash memory (prototype BTest- 1 has 128 MB DDR and 512 NAND flash). The XO also does without an optical drive, meaning that it has no moving parts inside. Extensions can, however, be added via USB slots and a single SD card slot.

The core of the mainboard is a 366 MHz Geode GX2-500 processor with a mere 32 KB of cache. The x86-compatible CPU is otherwise mainly found in embedded hardware. It contains an integrated graphics chip and Northbridge, but the Southbridge AMD CS5536 rides on its own chip with USB 2.0, audio, and an IDE connection with a data connection of 32 MHz. The system has its own memory controller because the one in the Geode system was too slow for the developers.
[/QUOTE From the article]


[In-Depth OLPC Review By Heise MOBIL]

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Windows Dream Scene is broken too

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Though I never intended to start this blog to whine about windows Vista errors, but as I am using it I am finding more and more bugs which are LEAST unexpected. I seriously feel that windows vista should have been released after a thorough testing.

This time the issue is with windows dream scene. I cannot start windows dream-scene as it requires aero theme which ironically is my current theme.



I'll now post my fourth bug.


[UPDATE] As answered in the comments section, the issue was with the error message that was displayed. The message was not specific of the dreamscene requirements. It should have been "dreamscene requires Aero Glass" and not just aero theme. I was running the incompatible Basic Aero theme.

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Convert your notebook to a tablet PC

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Navisis releases "laptop tablet" that converts your laptop to a tablet (digitized input with a pen/stylus) without installing any software. The "laptop tablet" is a small device that you would attach to the screen as shown in the picture below. Once attached the device could recognize 0.2 mm resolution input using the Navisis USB/Wireless Pen.



The software is compatible only with Windows as of now.

[Navisis - Laptop Tablet]

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Annoying Captchas

Monday, May 7, 2007


Captchas are used all over the web and is used to keep away spammers by differentiating between humans and computers. Most of the captchas are created using graphic library package and/or scripts that skew and convert alphanumeric characters to an image. Reading and filling captchas are not only time consuming but they are also annoying.

If you have used digg, you'd know that digg's captchas are one of the most unreadable ones.

The following ideas on captchas are pretty interesting that makes it small, readable and un-crackable by spammers


Animated Captchas

The idea behind the animated captchas is to not let show the captcha text in whole at any given time, rather use an overlay animation mechanism to expose the captcha text in parts.

Check out some of the brilliant samples at animerte captcha


Logical Captchas
Other captchas that would make more sense to implement without annoying any one could be logical captchas such as

Asking some question - '5''th character of some random string (there shall be different cases to handle, but well you got the idea)


Other Picture Captchas






Above pics from

[Neondragon]
[Hotcaptcha]

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Update to vista's refresh problem: Third bug

Sunday, May 6, 2007


Previously I had posted three bugs in windows vista, where I showed that both open file dialog and status bar in explorer does not update as desired and may lead to erroneous results.

I also had a long debate with Microsoft veterans at arstechnica where i was convinced (well kind of) to the point that this bug might have been left as it is as there were other high priority bugs OR to the point that status bar is disabled by default and therefore such a bug can be taken at a lower priority.

Today I found a third bug where the explorer did update the status bar (unlike before) but this time, well you see it for yourself



As you can see the status bar did update the file but this time it states the file size is - bytes.

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The slimmest (5mm thick) optical mouse


SlimG4 optical mouse is the skinniest mouse any notebook user would like to carry. With the PCMCIA card form factor, the mice is around 5mm thick when folded.

Check out more detailed pics at G4 Mouse

[SlimG4]

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Geekiest and funniest of all wallpapers

Friday, May 4, 2007


Heise is a famous german linux magazine publisher that interest a lot many linux geeks all over the world. Heise has the funniest and geekiest of all the wallpapers in it's collection that you can find anywhere on the web. Most of the wallpapers are based on linux and windows.

The following is the thumbnail view of some of the interesting wallpapers hosted on heise. The thumbnails are directly linked and hosted on heise.









[Heise List of Wallpaper]
[Heise]

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Netcraft now tracks google's custom web server

Thursday, May 3, 2007


Begining this month, netcraft has started tracking google's custom web server. Here is the quote from their website

[QUOTE]
With this month's survey, Netcraft has begun tracking Google's custom web server software known as GFE (Google Front End), which is currently found on 2.7 million hostnames, or 2.3% of all sites. Google customizes its web infrastructure, with in-house solutions for software and hardware, including energy-efficient servers and power supplies. GFE is the server found on Blogger sites at blogspot.com, while Google uses GWS (Google Web Server) on some other services, although none with the volume of hostnames seen at Blogger.
[/QUOTE]

This is a nifty feature that can be used to study the reliablity of google's server if one is interested in.

Netcraft on tracking google's custom web server
Netcraft

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Extensive review of clix2

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Pocketables has an extensive review of the new iriver clix 2. Iriver clix 2 has the best features for the price and looks. The following are the specifications of iriver clix 2

Capacities:
2GB, 4GB, 8GB (to come)
Supported audio:
MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, Audible
Supported video:
AVI (MPEG4-SP): 320 x 240, 2Mbps, under 30 fps
WMV: 320 x 240, 768kbps, under 30 fps
Supported photo:
Baseline JPG
Extras:
Flash games, FM radio & recorder, voice recorder, text viewer, alarm clock, removable disk
Display: 2.2” AMOLED (320 x 240, 260K colors)
Dimensions: 3.16” x 1.84” x 0.51”
Weight: 1.9 ounces (battery included)



[Full IRiver Clix 2 Review by Pocketables.net]

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Access blocked sites via Ghost Web OS


The newly released Ghost Web OS can also be used as a proxy, so if the new web os is not yet blocked, you can use it to surf any blocked sites at your organization etc.



The above pic shows that ip address of the web OS when queried using online IP tools. The IP address resolves to some mail server hosted at one of the Ghost Servers.

[Ghost Web OS]

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