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- The pycrypto
Python crypto toolkit (in July 2006 this moved to Launchpad) and the ezPyCrypto wrapper
is an updated (and much higher performance) version of ezPyCrypto.
Voidspace.org has pre-compiled
binaries for PyCrypto and a number of other useful modules. An example of doing AES encryption with PyCrypto.
- People are
to figure out how to manipulate Google
attempts to provide you with a way of annotating a map with your own
content, and Google
Maps Hacking is figuring out and documenting how to do these
Maps Standalone is also looking into these issues, and has a more
detailed how to here.
Here is an application that lists houses for
sale and rent. Here's one that implements a form of traceroute.
An O'Reilly article on Google
Map Hacking with some informal Google statements on the issue. A
wiki on Google mapping,
and some samples.
Here's a general
explanation of how this works. As of July 1, 2005 Google has started to publish
their maps API, its still not final, and they expect to make
significant changes to it in the future months. Feeding GPS coordinates to
Google Maps. How
to build a Google Maps based service, this is an interactive bus
route map and is described
here, along with the source code.
cells have been used to treat spinal injuries in rats, apparently
with success. More
on this in June'06.
July'07, a method for using adult stem cells to grow
cornea stem cells
based on nicotine are being developed, including some that may help
depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD and anxiety. Sounds like a
recent (July'07) Dr. Who episode where one could buy skin patches that
deliver "happy" or "forget".
TV is getting hacked a lot, now OS
X has been made to run on it (discussed here
on Slashdot). In July'07 it was hacked to allow for storage
expansion by attaching USB drives.
has shown the Aqua 3400 unit, it
is the subject
of a Slashdot article, and is reviewed here
now. AnandTech reviews the FIC
SlateVision tablet PC. As of July-03 the SlateVision is available
for sale at Computer
July'07, the OLPC may
be sold to first world customers in time for Christmas 2007.
Production has commenced
on the OLPC.
- The Everun
UMPC from Rayon has a thumb pad style keyboard on only one side of
the screen, with the keys lettered at an angle so it can be read in
either portrait or landscape orientations. In late June'07 a preview
video of this appeared, should be available in July'07. A year later it looks like this might finally become available in Sept'08. They now want $879 for these, good luck with that. The Everun Note gets a positive review here, it is quite a bit smaller than the alternative netbooks, but it also has a more powerful CPU and graphics processor which allow it to perform a wider range of tasks. So the extra $300-400 this costs may well be worth it to some people. It looks like Raon Digital has closed up shop for good.
July'07 Tatung launces the 10.4 inch WebPad
TX-3000 in Thailand.
A note of rounding a floating point number to N significant digits using the string formatting function.  
- I wonder if anyone tried to copyright the classic Nigerian
419 scam? Here's a few more sites that exploit
the scammers for some fun. Here's another attempt at scammer
baiting, and another.
is home to an updated unclaimed lottery winnings form of this
scam. Finally someone's been arrested
garbage, oddly enough this happend in Australia. A Canadian nearly got
arrested for doing this to an American, but the charges were
dropped. Here's a site dedicated to baiting
these scammers. Sometimes someone gets
taken by these scammers. Now it looks like you don't even need to
travel to Nigeria to collect,
just head on over to Scottland... In July '04 the scammers
decided to switch to a form of extortion (almost sounds like
something from Thieves'
World). Some 419 scammers have finally be brought to justice. The state of Utah got taken for $2.5M on a classic Nigerian scam. It looks like the UK justice secretary may have been phished. After many years late 2009 saw some progress in actual attempts at shutting down some scammers.
In July'07 it looked like Canadian Copyright Board was
going to put a levey on
It looks like (July'07) that the Europeans have decided to stop looking
into software patents
July'07, the UK has decided not to extend
music copyright beyond 50 years
The Windows NTFS supports the concept of alternate data streams
within a single file. By default one always sees the primary (or
"unnamed") stream, but if one opens the file in a special way one will
be able to read or write a particular alternate stream. In July'06 the
which use these alternate data streams to hide were detected.
The Shuttle SV24
is a very compact PC case, designed to hold a few drives and a very
small form factor motherboard, such as the Shuttle
FV24. Shuttle has produced a few more of these compact designs now,
the latest is the SS51, reviewed
here on AnandTech and here on Legion
Hardware. The Shuttle SS40G
is that same concept, except supporting an AMD Athlon motherboard. I
would like to get one of these with two 5.25" front accessible bays...
Shuttle now has some competition
in this small case style, almost looks like a direct copy, except it is
based on a different motherboard.
Tom's Hardware reviews the JadeTec
micro PC, this is smaller than the Shuttle mini PC units but
a similar set of built in features, there is a good set of pictures
the various sizes of cases and how the micro PC is assembled. The IWill
XP4-G reviewed on the JEM
Report sounds like another interesting possibility (but is lacking
firewire). The Shuttle XPC
SB81P, reviewed here,
(July 2004) improves greatly (it has PCI-Express) on the earlier XPC
more on the current Intel
processor road maps (4-July-01)
insulating material, a blend of PVDF and CTFE could increase the
energy storage density of super capacitors by a factor of 7 times. This
gets mentioned here too.
- July'07, a Norwegian car company is building
a compact electric car called the Think City that may be brought to
the US in 2009. Discussed here on Slashdot. Their plans have firmed up somewhat and in Apr'08 announced the first cars would go on sale to the US public in 2009. Discussed here on Engadget.
2004 Seagate announced that they were going to increase their
warranty period to 5 years for most drives (even those for the desktop
has a comparison artical on the Plextor, Panasonic and Pioneer DVD
Burners (July 03)
MagneFlash, a diffuse source portable flash unit, apparently good
for macro work as well. In July 2004 a larger version of this became
available, reviewed here
at Steve's Digicams
In July'07 Pandigital
announced a series of digital picture frames that can be customized
by changing various modules, including WiFi, Bluetooth and battery packs.
- The DSM-330 is a new HD media player device from D-Link that will play DivX encoded media at 1080i resolutions. In Dec'07 it was in beta test. This started shipping in July'08 for $299. 
- The $2500 car from Tata India is shown here and discussed here on Slashdot. My gut feeling is this will be a disaster for India, already their roads are over crowded and converting masses of small motorbikes to hordes of small cars is only going to make the situation worse - welcome to the 24 hour grid lock India! This car is due to go on sale Monday March 23, 2009 - another small step down the world to global crisis. In mid-July the first Nano was actually sold, they had to hold a lottery to select the first 100,000 purchasers. 
In July'06 the tide
started to turn on outsourcing to other countries.
- The ASUS Eee Box B202 is another small form factor PC from ASUS. Here are some photos of it. An early pre-production version gets reviewed here and discussed here on Engadget, it appears that the 1.6GHz Atom cpu does not have enough power to do more than 720P so you are not going to be using this as a HD media display device. This is supposed to be available in July'08 for a price of $299 with 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive and Windows XP (probably Home). A review of it can be found here. Another review here clearly shows it running 720P video but not being up to the task of 1080P. 
- The Triac from Green Vehicles will launch in July - finally an affordable electric car. 
- Oilman T. Boone Pickens has seen the way the wind is blowing and is starting to invest in wind power generation. More information and discussion about this and Picken's push to get a wind power generating corridor built that would provide about 20% of the USA's electric needs. This project ran into a snag in July'09, after placing an order for $2 billion worth of wind turbines they came to realize that getting the power to the grid was going to be too difficult, so are now looking for other places to place the wind turbines when they arrive. So if you want a 400 foot tower in your back yard, give him a call! 
- Norway's StatoilHydro is building its first full scale floating wind turbine. The design of this is inspired by their experience with off-shore oil platforms, particularly the spar buoy, and it should be usable in water from 120 to 700 meters deep. The first of these got installed in July'09 by Siemens and StatoilHydro. 
- The Gigabyte M912 could add some new features to the low cost mini-laptop market with its twist and flip touch sensitive display. Here's a hands-on from Engadget, this also looks at the 7-inch M724 version (which is supposed to be only available to the education market). The M912 is expected to cost $656 while the M724 is to be $556 - which is probably a factor of 3 less than anything else that's ever had "tablet" in its name. In July'08 this got unboxed, so its shipping somewhere. It gets reviewed here and is priced at $699. 
- pycuda (home page is here, the documentation is here) provides access to Nvidia's CUDA parallel computation API. So if you really want to crunch a lot of numbers, now is your chance to do it from the comforts of Python. The July'08 meeting of ChiPy is taking a look at CUDA. An introductory presentation on using PyCuda. PyopenCL is a Python wrapper for OpenCL.   
- A current review (July'08) has found that most SSDs are not saving power when compared to the mechanical drives they replace. Tom's has redone this review and are now finding that some SSD drives are going to save you power. The Tech Report has also done a similar power consumption review. 
- The second generation Drobo box is now (July'08) appearing. It still needs an extra NAS hosting module to turn it into a proper NAS device. 
- Seagate announced the first 1.5TB hard drive in July'08 and expects them to be available in Aug'08. So will we see the first 2TB drives in 2008 or have to wait until 2009? 
- Mercurial Woes contains some observations about difficulties encountered when trying to use Mercurial. Mercurial Basics has some suggestions on how to avoid getting into trouble with Mercurial on a large project. Rebase is not the only way to deliver clean code talks about the popular but probably misguided use of rebase in distributed version control based projects. 
- It is thought that the recent Bilski decision may have rendered many software and business process type patents invalid. This decision appears to have invalidated a set of pharmaceutical patents related to improving the safety of immunization schedules. In July'09 it was used to invalidate a patent on a credit application processing system. 
- TechCrunch is building a prototype of a true webpad (see CrunchPad.com). This gets discussed on Engadget and Slashdot. This prototype is based on a 12-inch LCD. Let's hope someone actually builds this. In Apr'09 some more pictures of this CrunchPad appeared that look pretty slick. The team behind CrunchPad talk a bit about how the project is going (also here on Engadget and here on Slashdot). The CrunchPad edges closer, the first working prototype is expected in July'09. Some more videos of the CrunchPad in action have been released, the one about the unboxing has been pulled, but the one showing it in operation remains and it looks rather nice. More discussion about the CrunchPad, they are expecting to unveil it by the end of July'09. In Nov'09 more details of the CrunchPad's progress were revealed, now looks to be in the $300-$400 price range. And at the start of December it looked like the CrunchPad may never make it to market, discussed here on Slashdot. 
- The Touch Book from Always Innovating is to be an ARM powered unit with a detachable touch screen. The screen part can be used as a tablet when detached, so maybe it is more appropriate to say it has a detachable keyboard? Supposed to be available in the spring of 2009 starting at $299. A more detailed write up on this. In July'09 this started production and should ship in August, they are pricing it a $299 for the screen (with brains) and another $99 for the clip on keyboard. This appears to now be shipping (Sept'09) and can (if you dare) be magnetically stuck to your fridge door - just don't slam the door too hard! 
- A side by side comparison of Flash and Silverlight. In July'09 Silverlight 3 introduced H.264 streaming with GPU support, which probably puts it ahead of Flash in video delivery. 
- The Mvix Ultio is an HD media player which can take an internal drive and has LAN connectivity for $179. Mentioned here on PhotographyBLOG as this sort of device would be useful as a digital slide projector. 
- ATT is going live with the TerreStar sat phone service after July'09, this will cover the whole of North America and Mexico with satellite coverage and the phone will switch to an available GSM network to save costs. Might be just the ticket for an emergency phone for those who wander beyond standard GSM coverage. This satellite was successfully launched on July 1st (talk about Canada Day fireworks!) and will be activating soon, it appears that coverage will be limited because of line-of-sight from the ground to the satellite, so it might not work if you are on the wrong side of a mountain (or shielded by a nearby building). 
- The Kingston SSDNow V-Series SSD drives are starting to hit retail (July'09) at some pretty attractive prices. This review on PureOC shows they compare well to the more expensive Patriot Torqx and Intel X-25M drives, but that the Kingston still looses out when writing small files (which may be an issue when doing something like a C++ compile). 
- The Lenovo Skylight is a snapdragon powered smartbook that should be available in the summer of 2010. 
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