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 LinuxDevices.com:

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

Create your own Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors promo!

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.