Found via eWeek, Linux-Watch has compiled a required reading list for newcomers to Linux. It’s not just a simple list, it comes with an assessment of the content and who it’s appropriate for. Included links to other sites containing free Linux books in html.
Wow-Wee Robo Pet
Robo Pet is the perfect fusion of technology and personality. He “comes alive” with a combination of user-controlled movements and autonomous, free-roaming behaviors, some of them naughty and some of them nice. Plus, at 7″, he’s the perfect interactive pet to take anywhere.
Biomechanical movements: Robopet features realistic movements, including walking and running, sitting, lying down, getting up and rolling over.
Visual and sonic sensors: IR vision enables Robo Pet to detect and avoid obstacles and table edges. In addition, sonic sensors help it respond to sound. As a result, Robo Pet performs tricks on command. It even responds to commands from Robosapien™ V2 and can make four different doggie sounds.
Remote controllable: This robotic pet features multiple functions with an easy-to-use remote control, multiple vision systems with color recognition and fully-automated demo modes.
[Found via C|Net’s Deal of the Day]
Harrison Ford has declared himself physically fit to play Indiana Jones one more time. Ford, who is now 63, appeared at the Rome Film Festival this weekend where he also said that Sean Connery could return to play Indy’s Dad, as he did in the last movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Spielberg and Lucas are collaborating on the script which has been in the works for about a decade.
NPR has a great audio segment on the randomness of the coin toss. They also interview statistician Persi Diaconis who asked Harvard University engineers to build him a mechanical coin flipper (seen below) that can always make the perfect coin flip. It appears that the randomness in a coin toss is introduced by sloppy humans.
Sun Microsystems has developed a ‘data center in a box’ concept that may just alter the business model of computing. Here’s Sun’s Project Blackbox site.
The system is intended for computing projects that need to come to market or to scale up quickly. The datacenter looks like a simple cargo container that can be deployed anywhere. You can take a video tour to see the box inside and out using the box in Sun’s parking lot.
From the NYTimes article:
The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based on a standard 20-foot shipping container and can be deployed virtually anywhere there is electricity, chilled water and an Internet connection.
The system is planned for commercial availability in the second half of 2007, with prices beginning around $500,000.
There’s a new search engine on the scene: Ms.Dewey.
That’s her to the left. Ms. Dewey is a new, interactive, Flash based search engine. To assist you in your search, the website is hosted by smoking hot model/actress/vocalist, Janina Gavankar.
For a fun time, try entering these queries:
“fastest bittorrent client”
“Who are you?” (enter this several times for different results)
“how to fight a ninja”
“world of warcraft”
In a salute to the king of online video hosts recently selling out to Goog for 1.65B dollars, Slate is hosting a video history of Youtube.
It’s 9 Youtube clips, some controversial like Stephen Colbert’s roasting of President Bush, others are runaway hits like the two leggy Israeli girls lipsyncing to the Pixie’s. Check it out.
Apple apologized today for distributing 1% of the video iPods since Sept 12 with the RavMonE virus on it. Of course Apple took the opportunity to blame Microsoft instead of the contractor assembling them with infected hard drives on the assembly line.
Basically it’s in regards to people perceive color differently from person to person and may be based on how their brain processes the color by sometimes associating it with a common object.
Simpsons fans can take a crack at generating their own promos for The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XVI, which is airing Nov. 5 on Fox.
A Web-based editing tool at thesimpsons.com/treehouse will allow fans to customize a 30-second promo using Treehouse video clips, sounds and music; title cards and text also can be added.
A panel of judges will choose the best fan-generated promo after the deadline at 11:59pm Oct 30. The winner receives a trip for two to The Simpsons‘ 400th episode party in Los Angeles in May and a chance for the promo to air on Fox.
From the Fossil web site:
The Fossil Caller ID watch with Bluetooth technology keeps you connected in style by combining a vintage analog/digital watch design with Bluetooth Wireless technology. It notifies you when your phone rings with a discreet vibrating sensation and showing the caller’s name and/or number on the bright OLED display. When an SMS/text message is received the watch will vibrate and the text alert icon will appear. You can mute the phone’s ringer or reject a call by simply pushing a button on the watch.
- 2-hand analog time keeping
- Call notification with Caller ID
- Text message notification
- Vibrating alert
- Bright OLED display
- Simple 2-button operation
- Recharge through USB or universal AC adapter
- Fossil is taking pre-orders for them now to be delivered in time for Chirstmas.
- It’s compatible with Sony Ericsson Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and Series 60 phones using Symbian OS version 7, 8, and 8.1.
- Personal note to the wife, this is not a hint from me to get one. I’m still in love with the one i hinted for and received from Mrs.Claus for Christmas 2 years ago. 🙂
While there doesn’t appear to be any new features in these two editions, if you want something even Paris probably won’t have, then preorder yours now from the T-Mobile site.
I was heading to the msdn blogs aggregate page to peek at what the Microsoftie bloggers were up to today but decided to go through the main MSDN page first, when lo and behold, I learn that a new and improved ‘XML Notepad’ has been released!
Here is the MSDN tech article on XML Notepad, why it hasn’t been updated since 1998 and details on the new and improved version, it’s a good read.
You can download the tool here.
You may have heard on Wednesday that a single-engine plane crashed into a New York Upper East Side apartment building.
Before the sattelite van could arrive at the scene, a Fox News camerman delivered some of the first live video to viewers from the crash site using a Palm Treo 680 that could stream video. The streaming video software Fox uses is called CometVision by Comet Video Technologies. Apparently Fox News is outfitting all their affiliates with 2 or 3 of these things for just such breaking news incidents.
In 1966 a US Bomber plane collided in mid-air over Spain and crashed with several nuclear bombs on board. Looks like we missed something in the ensuing cleanup job.
Follow the interesting tale of a U.S. library researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary play detective decades ago in tracking down the antedate and etymology for the word ‘Nachos’.
As the largest city influenced by Tex-Mex trends, San Antonio might possibly yield a clue to nacho…
…how could anyone who has looked at and eaten nachos see any relationship between one of these and the adjective flat-nosed?…
[found via geekpress]