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panel with a Windows XP look and feel in wxPython
fold cross validation partition, how to take a set of data and
split it up into a training set and a validation set
Mozilla's Thunderbird Mail
FAQ answers some questions about backing up and migrating email
files between versions. The format of the actual mail files and folders
has not changed in a long time, so you can quite easily bring in files
from previous versions (even old versions of Netscape) for use. Moving
address books between profiles is discussed
here. Backing up and restoring a Thunderbird profile (which
contains all the settings and data for a user) is pretty stright
forward, and is discussed
here. the idea is to find the user's profile directory and copy it
(when Thunderbird is not running) then to restore it one just needs to
put it on a convenient drive and change the profiles.ini file to point to the
flip-and-fold UMPC will have a reasonable sized keyboard, possibly
available in 2007. In early Jan'07 it appears to have shipped.
Engadget gets their hands on it
from Samsung might make for a very portable web device with a
reasonable sized folding keyboard, it is due
to appear in Dec'06.
SPH-P9200 is a little portable computer that folds up from three
Building a Folded
- Slashdot discusses how to measure
the electric consumption of single devices. ThinkGeek has the Kill-A-Watt,
which is a power meter with a digital display. There is also this power
watt meter, from Germany with a UK style plug and socket.
CanadianTire (in Canada) has the 52-8851-2, EM100
Electronic Energy Meter. The EnergyHub is another power monitoring device, this has a base station with LCD interface and monitoring modules that you plug in to track the power usage of each device of interest - probably a great deal of overkill but it looks nice.
- The Samsung SPH-9200 UMPC (the cute flip and fold split keyboard design) is getting closer, its manual has been leaked. 
- Beating brownouts: building a super UPS discusses building a large capacity UPS out of an inverter. For about the $400 price this article quotes the Noma 1800W unit from Canadian Tire is claimed to be capable of providing a 200W load with power for about 2 hours.
- IBM is researching the 60GHz band with the view to bringing a 100-fold increase in the speed of wireless communications. 
- VideoReDo is a
powerful tool for extracting and deleting scenes from MPEG1 and MPEG2
files. This has a pretty convenient batch edit function that can also
be used to split a single file into a number of smaller files (perhaps
you have a few hours of vacation tape to edit, and you want to start by
extracting the dozen or so interesting scenes into separate files so
they are easier to work with). What you do is explained
on their FAQ (its not immediatly obvious from the help file or
program's controls that you can do this). Since the FAQ is a little
vague, here's a recap:
- You will probably need to set some program options first, in the "General Parameters" select "Queue to batch clears cut list" and set the "Editing Mode" to "Scene Mode".
- enter the Batch Manager, and select a destination folder,
then enter a "_" (underscore) into the "destination modifier" field, finally
hit the "Done" button
- now pick the scenes you want in each separate file (you
can select several per file if you want), by finding the start of the
scene, clicking on the "Sel. End" button, then finding the scene's end
and clicking on the "Sel. End" button and at last clicking on the "Add
Selection" button. Repeat as needed.
- once your list of scenes is complete you hit the CTRL+B
key (or use the File / Add Edits to Batch Queue... menu item)
- a dialogue will appear that shows you the file name it
will save those scenes to, this should be in the destination directory you
selected, the file name should start with the original file's name and
then have an "_nnn" extension, where "nnn" is a number that starts with
001 and automatically increases each time you hit CTRL+B. Answer "OK"
to the dialogue if the name is correct.
- once you have finished your selections you select the
Tools / Start Batch Manager menu item again, check the "Run Silently" check box
(this doesn't seem to do much) and then press the "Save and Execute"
button and it will build the new set of scene files without needing
further user interaction.
In May'07 Toshiba announced their NC-MR
technology saying that it could bring a ten-fold increase in
storage capacity in the next few years.
One professional photographer's idea of what would make a great compact camera.
This is an interesting specification here are some thoughts about it:
- he calls for an APS-C sized sensor, which would be a very
good thing from the noise perspective (but this will make the lens
larger so he accepts a smaller zoom range). The resulting zoom
range of 28-70mm is useful for much photography (especially landscape
type work) but the 70mm end is going to be too short to appeal to a lot
of people. I have found that with the 28-210mm range of my Minolta A2 I
rarely need more zoom, and in the times I do I'm looking at something
so far away that I'd probably need a 500 or 1000mm lens to get a decent
photo anyway. Back in the late 70s and 80s when I did 35mm film
photography I typically found 135mm adequate and considered the 200mm
telephoto "exotic". The Minolta A2's lens is about the same
physical size as may 35mm camera's 50mm lens, largely because of the
film-size issue, the A2 has a smaller sensor that APS-C (but its larger
than somthing like the Canon G series), and I'm sure today that a
sensor of this size could be made with low noise up to at least
- I don't see much need for additional screw in optics (i.e
a 2x converter) as they tend to be so bulky (as big as this camera!) that
you're not going to be carrying them with you - it is better to make
the basic lens a bit bigger to get a bit more zoom range (using a
folded optical path you probably could fit a 28-150 or even 200 lens
with a bigger sensor in a pocket size camera).
- I agree with the need for standard screw-in filters, I
often make good use of a polarizing filter.
- I find his specification of only having a live-view LCD
and no optical view finder built in refreshing, he's missing two points
though, first you need the view finder to be articulated, both so you
can look down when shooting waist level and so you can look up at the
camera for an overhead shot; the second point is for you to be able to
do manual focusing the Minolta A2 shows you need at least a 900K pixel
resolution (and even then that's often not enough).
- The internal buffer should hold 10 shots in RAW, and in
motor drive mode it should pre-capture some frames (i.e. once the focus
is locked it should capture frames even before you finish pressing the
button) and save a number of these at the start of each sequence.
- The battery pack should be standard AA size (not another
custom lithium pack that needs a custom charger), using two NiMH cells
normally and regular AA cells if you get caught in a tight spot, I
wouldn't mind only getting 200-300 shots out of a single pair of NiMH
cells as they are so cheap you can always carry a few sets with you to
do something big.
- A prototype of a fold explorer, this allows one to view how the document is logically structured. Potentially useful in the context of editing program source code. 
Targus makes a folding
keyboard for the Sony Clie series (well most of them). Belkin
also makes some keyboards for a number of Palm-type devices. I have an
older keyboard for my PalmPilot-Professional (before the Palm III) and
I find it to be an essential tool - very useful for taking notes in
meetings. Logitech also makes two types of keyboards, their folding unit called the TypeAway
and a "roll-up" unit called the KeyCase.Cyrez
International also makes some PDA keyboards, possibily distributed
under the Vortek Systems label in Canada. GrandTec also makes the PocketVIK,
which is a roll-up keyboard.
While this is not a Palm device, the idea of an electronic
sketchpad (available here)
is quite interesting. One strange thing is this is intended for use
with A5 size paper (about 6"x9" in size) so the North American standard
letter paper does not fit - though one could fold it in half.
an encrypted data storage folder by MSB Software Engineering
for your Palm device, to view the contents you must enter a password,
if you switch applications or turn off your Palm it automatically locks
up. When it syncs to your PC its backup database is encrypted, a
second tool (Yaps
Viewer) is available that lets you view the database on the PC. I
highly recommend Yaps.
The very nice M31
challenge on the Digital_Astro
site a great place for digital camera astrophotography
amazing stuff, take your paper
folding into the galaxy
- PathCatcher is a Windows utility that allows one to right-click on a file or folder or selected group of files in Windows FileExplorer and save its path to the clipboard. Probably a good place to start if you want to write some simple extensions to the FileExplorer.  
- pyEggs a package to compile all the Python scripts in a folder tree into an Egg suitable for uploading to PiPi. 
- NVIDIA has released some free PhysX and CUDA software for users of GeForce 8, 9 and 200 series graphics cards. This also includes some CUDA applications like a Folding@Home client and a trial version of the Badaboom video transcoder. There is a discussion of Badaboom here. When I tried this on a 5 minute MPEG2 clip of some recorded TV I found Badaboom taking 338 seconds while a StaxRip run took 240 seconds, this was on a Q6600 machine with a GeForce 8600 GT card, so not much use for me (except that it off loads the CPU during the encode). Perhaps they will speed things up by the time it is commercially released. MaximumPC takes a look at Badaboom and compares it to Handbrake. Tom's takes a look at five applications that use the CUDA engine to speed up processing. 
- SUN is adding support for Python to NetBeans, including an editor with code folding, semantic highlighting and other goodies. 
- The YikeBike (discussed here on Slashdot) is a rather bizarre, folding electric bicycle. The short distance urban commuter market that they are trying to tap is real, lots of people would benefit from something like this (especially as you could carry the bike onto a train or bus without issue and you can take the bike into your office for storage) but this design is just too wacky (and expensive) to be of any use. Also, its an electric only solution - once its out of power you get off it and walk. Engadget gets a chance to take one for a spin, it just seems like a strange riding position! 
- The X02 Urban Transformer is an electric scooter that can be folded for storage or transport. This is to be build by XOR Motors. 
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