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I'm an eternal optimist, geek of many areas, entrepreneur, coder, love RVs, cats and nuclear submarines.

Free “Mobile Secretary” for Windows Mobile phones

Windows MobileBrian Cross is a developer on the Windows Mobile team and he’s sharing a really cool Windows Mobile app with us. He says that he originally developed it as a coding demo for the Mobile Embedded Developers Conference last May.


As he states on his MSDN blog:

This app allows your Windows Mobile device to automatically respond to a missed call with a custom text message and optionally with your current calendar information.  You can customize the messages for various groups of people as well. What if someone calls from their home phone number?  Well, as long as you have a contact’s various phone numbers in your contact database, the text message will always be sent to their mobile phone.

You can download and install the app from his blog linked above. Brian says in a future entry he’ll share the source code for the Secretary. Enjoy.

[found via msmobiles

Voice Recognition Beats Teen Texting Champ

18 year old Ben Cook is renowned as the “world’s fastest text messenger”. He was handed his first defeat Tuesday by voice-recognition software that beat his record time on a complicated 27-word message by 66 percent.

The exhibition was sponsored by Nuance Communications Inc., a Burlington, Massachusetts-based company that aims to have its software deployed across several wireless carriers next year.

Read more on MSNBC.

Opera Mini Browser for Mobiles

Opera released a new version of its mobile browser for use on the Palm Treo and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry (hopefully the Windows Mobile version comes out soon).

Not familiar with Opera Mini? It’s free to download and use, your mobile OS needs to support Java which should supported on all recent mobiles the last few years. When surfing with Opera Mini, Web pages are optimized and compressed before being sent to your phone. Here’s a cool simulator that shows you exactly how it operates and will behave on your mobile.

Linux powers small plane “glass cockpit”

Staying on the subject of linux, according to

FSMLabs reports that its real-time Linux distribution was used by Blue Mountain Avionics to build an electronic flight information system (EFIS) or “glass cockpit” for experimental aircraft. The EFIS/One offers dozens of solid-state instruments, digital autopilot, an air data computer, and a built-in flight recorder.

Here’s the full article with many nice pics. Click the pic below, that device goes for around $15,000. Nice gadget!

Linux Cockpit from fsmlabs

X-Mas gift idea: Wow-Wee Robo Pet

Wow-Wee Robo Pet

7″ pet: Robo Pet is the perfect fusion of technology and personality. He “comes alive” with a combination of user-controlled movements and Wow-Wee Robo Petautonomous, free-roaming behaviors, some of them naughty and some of them nice. Plus, at 7″, he’s the perfect interactive pet to take anywhere.


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 says he’s ‘fit’ to reprise ‘Indy’ role

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.

The Not So Random Coin Toss

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.

They also bring up the issue of American Football games that are started with a coin flip. Listen to the segment in Real or Windows Media formats.

Coin Tosser

Data Center in a Box

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 Sun's Project Blackboxmarket 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.

New Search Engine to Keep You Company While You Search


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
Janina Gavankar