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a Python library that supports IPP (internet priniting protocol)
requests, and includes support for CUPS print servers. From Pykota.
Orbited, an http
daemon that can be used to write real-time web applications (such as
chat rooms) where the server pushes out updates to the browsers. There
is some discussion of this
- ArcvBack is a backup program I wrote for backing up key directories on a small LAN. It runs a very long series of incremental backups on top of an initial full backup, this makes it run very fast on most days, except when the full backup to start a new cycle is done. It has the further advantage that you can restore files from any incremental since the start of the cycle.  
up groups in Active Directory
help protect drinkers against cirrhosis, of course if you're
drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day what's probably happening is
you go to the bathroom so often that a lot of the alcohol you consume
gets eliminated by the kidneys before the liver gets to work on it.
is worry that a promising new cancer drug, dichloroacetate (DCA),
will not be approved for use because drug companies will not want to
fund the safety and effectiveness studies as the drug cannot be
patented (heck a chemistry student could probably make it in his
kitchen). However, what about non-commercial academic research?
Perhaps its time that University Research Groups stepped forward to do
the work (after all there would be the chance to write a few PhD theses
and dozens of research papers on this), and then the world could have a
much less costly solution? The University of Alberta has a
group looking at this.
for athletes, such as the Garmin 201. Here is plenty of additional
information on the Forerunner 201 and 301, including the rather
hard to find instructions on doing a hard reset (in case it locks up on
you). To do a hard reset you hold down the RESET button and while
keeping it pressed you press and hold the POWER button. Garmin's Edge
series is targeted at cyclists. There is also a Yahoo
Group for these Garmin devices. Use your Garmin to go on a geocache
run, search for targets here. If
you are using the Training Center
application with your Forerunner, then the database for this is
probably located in C:\Documents and
Settings\All Users\Application Data\GARMIN\Training Center\
inside this directory you will find a file called Users.bin (which most likely
contains the names of the users for the various garmin units you have
attached to the computer) and for each of these there is a numbered
sub-directory like: 3305683801,
in this you will find a few files which contain all your workout
data. If you have to reinstall the software, perhaps because you
are moving to a new computer, you can install the Training Center, then
shut it down and stop the "G"
icon on the tool bar, and then replace the whole "Training Center" directory tree with
a copy from your old machine. Then when you restart the Training Center
application you should have all your workouts back. If on restart you
still are seeing just the most recent few workouts (check the map data)
that were re-loaded from your Garmin's memory, then you did not shut
down all the Garmin software, look in your system tray for any Garmin
applications and shut them down and try again.
Building a small file
server into the case
of an old UPS, another great way to use a Linksys NSLU2
Nuclear power cleanups
can be very expensive.
that a promising new cancer drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), will not be
approved for use because drug companies will not want to fund the
saftey and effectiveness studies as the drug cannot be patented (heck
a chemistry student could probably make it in his kitchen).
However, what about non-commercial academic research? Perhaps its time that
University Research Groups stepped forward to do the work (after all
there would be the chance to write a few PhD theses and dozens of
research papers on this), and then the world could have a much less
Google and their
area, and now their images
area. You can easily add a google searching bar to your web page,
FreeCycle.org is a
free, online, used goods swaping service, this is their Calgary area
software useful for upscaling phtotos for large prints
is a small case design that even has a custom front panel display, its
intended for use in home entertainment type applications. It is
by Motherboards.org. One thing that bothers me about this is MSI's
statement: "Due to proprietary mechanical design, MSI only guarantees
the compatibility of the MEGA PC with MSI's own Optical Storage
Devices". Another thing that bothers me is in Motherboards.org's
review they note that the hard drive mounting bracket actually
positions the hard drive upsidedown
and suggest drilling a new set of mounting holes to correct this.
by SFF TECH, they also have a forum with some feedback about it and a knowledge
base thread on it. Technology Review has a collection of links to
other reviews of the MEGA. Apparently there will be an AMD chipset
version of this box in the fall of 2003 as well. 3DVelocity reviews it here.
group article addresses the issue of putting a mini-ITX motherboard
into a regular ATX or micro-ATX case, it concludes that this does work.
- Steve's Digicams
of industry news, new product announcements, good reviews (a
comparision table and review archive) and active discussion groups
discusses the legality of meta search engine mashups. How does
copyright apply to an aggregator type site?
released an online tool called Mash Maker that is supposed to
allow anyone to create mashups.
- 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.
this is an SD card with an integrated WiFi interface that you will be
able to put into a lot of digicams to allow them to upload their photos
by a WiFi connection, it will also work with a CompactFlash adapter to
allow it to be used in a lot of the D-SLR cameras. Engadget writes (Oct'07) that the Eye-Fi is now shipping and will include 2GB of storage. Engadget takes a first look at it here, and finds that this is a case of a tempting tech tool that doesn't really solve any problem we are interested in. Reviewed here on dpreview.com, they have a pretty good write up on how it is configured and used, along with its somewhat disappointing speed of about 10-15 seconds per photograph. The other problem with this is that you need to attach the card to a computer in order to enter access point information, so unless you have brought a computer along you can't just walk into a Starbucks and have it upload your photos when traveling. Perhaps they could provide a small keyboard device to allow you to do this while on a trip, but even then you might just be better off buying a couple of blank 4GB SD cards or bringing along a mini laptop like the ASUS Eee PC. One user of this card has written some Python software to take the place of the standard Eye-Fi server (also here on Engadget), this could be the start of making this card more useful.
Issues with XP and roaming
Problems with capitalization
in the account names during migration
how to demote
a Windows PDC to BDC, also discussed here,
- This ES 750 UPS unit from APC has an interesting feature, there is one socket you plug your computer into, and three "slave sockets" you can plug additional devices into. Then the UPS monitors the power consumption of the computer socket and when that drops to near zero (probably something below 5-10W) then the UPS automatically turns off power to the slave devices. This would be useful for saving energy on things like external speakers, monitors or external USB devices that are not needed when the computer is off or in hibernate mode. 
- In the photos that follow this Engadget CES'08 article there are some interesting things, this item appears to be the swappable GSM radio module (which looks like you put your GSM SIM card into it and then put the module into whatever device you want to activate with GSM). An e-book reader, and another view. And another of these unobtainable Korean more than a dictionary devices that might function as a small webpad (it may be something like this model: MD8500). Some sort of net TV viewer with WiFi support. The company doing this is apparently GroupSense.   
- The tabletop monopod from Sharpics mounts your camera on a small boom that is clamped to the working table for stability - probably somewhat easier to work with than a tripod when taking closeups of small objects (such as for EBay). 
- A startup company Solazyme is working on developing a process to use algae to produce fuel, this is discussed here on Engadget. The interesting thing about their approach is that they are growing algae in the dark, having found that this gets the algae to produce more oils. They can feed the algae with sugars and even cellulose which has the potential to improve the overall yield of the biofuel synthesis cycle by reducing the amount of wasted plant material. 
- The Altos easyStore NAS from Acer, is a 4 drive RAID unit that can currently hold up to 3GB. Engadget spots one at CeBIT'09. 
- Metakit is a structured database for Python (and other languages). This gets referenced here. 
- This article reviews four of the current electric energy usage monitors for the home. 
- A short article discussing approaches to project hosting. And the final outcome was to use Google code and groups behind a small web site front end. 
- A short guide to using Amazon S3 for incremental backup storage with help from boto, GnuPGInterface, librsync and duplicity. 
- A cry for a way of doing better backups that asks for a non-proprietary system that would use a NAS drive as the backup media and allow the user to browse back in time for earlier versions of files. This is something arcvback can do.  
- two_way_dict is a specialized dictionary that supports reversible lookups, so you can look up by value to find the key. 
- The Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link is a small media player that does HDMI, component and composite video output at up to 1080i. The press release makes it sound like it might not actually play HiDef media as it talks about achieving 720p and 1080i output through upscaling. 
- One Hundred Pushups a site dedicated to getting the average person from a few to over a hundred pushups in a 6-week program. They have a sister site called Two Hundred Situps, combined these form a pretty good pair for getting back into shape for cross country skiing. 
- Slashdot discusses open source hardware, in particular the Arduino controller project (which was featured in this Wired article). 
- This recipe shows how to do "dot style" dictionary look ups by using the __getitem__() special function. 
- Another case of a web site being hacked and both the server and its backups destroyed. This happened to avsim.com (discussed here on Slashdot) in May'09. Again the lesson being taught is that backups must be external to the servers. It is also important (though this might not have been the issue here) that new backups do not immediately replace old backups, otherwise a few failed backups (or a few successful backups of a corrupted server) will wipe out any useful backup data. 
- Some reviews and sample footage from the Canon VIXIA HF200 (a HiDef 1080i/p capable camcorder with SDHC flash card storage).
, this got down converted to SD. Probably about 300W of incandescent to illuminate a kitchen and dining area.
- Day and night, this was shot with the HF20 (which is the same thing as the HF200, except with some built-in flash storage), the day time shots are in a cactus garden, so there is a lot of sharp detail visible. It also gives you some idea of the depth of field on closeups. The night time views were probably shot during and after sunset. So provide a range of lighting levels. There also appears to be some use of the built-in video light to illuminate a child in the foreground of some of the shots.
- A discussion on low light performance on the AVForums.
- A positive review from infoSync. This one likes the low light performance:
Not only were video clips sharp and highly detailed, but noise levels were also minimal across the board, even in low light. In fact, there were some instances where we preferred the Vixia HF20's low light performances to the formidable Canon Vixia HF S10's.
and provides a few still samples of the low light performance.
- Camcorderinfo.com's review finds low light performance to be poor. It appears that the previous model (HF11) had a larger sensor and could reach 50 IRE in about 1/2 the illumination of the HF20.
- VAserv may have lost 100,000 web sites due to a security flaw in HyperVM. Make sure you have off-site backups! 
- Imagine a wall of electrical sockets. Now hook up your home theatre. Oh, but what to do about the UPS? 
- It looks like there are three basic human groups after all. However, it looks like the genetic changes that differentiate us are not simple as previously thought. 
- Another twist to copyright law, computer games have been found to be expressive works which allows them to include portraits of real people from things like sports. The NFL and NASCAR are going to be upset about this. 
- Now some library associations are complaining about Google's digitizing books. I guess they don't want people to be able to find all the books the libraries have been hiding all these years. 
- How to obtain More Windows System Information with Python, including the name of the workstation, logged in user (and his groups), IP and MAC addresses. 
- The Chuck Norris botnet is attacking weakly secured routers, DSL modems and even satellite TV receivers. Given that devices like DSL modems and cable modems are often only configured by the ISP there's a good chance for poor practices on the ISP's part (like using one user name and password on all of the modems it controls) to lead to massive hacks. Even though this attack is only against the router or modem, there is a nasty issue here in that a compromised router could be set to divert DNS look-ups to a bad DNS server which could serve up the wrong IPs for the some common internet services (like Facebook or some of the advertising suppliers) which could divert the user's browser to sites that try to install malware. 
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