Pendrivelinux has some great tutorials on booting a wide array of linux distros from UFDs (USB Flash Devices), aka Pen Drives.
For instance, here’s the Ubuntu instructions to make your UFD bootable for Linux and to get the Ubuntu OS onto it. Though it’s 16 steps their fairly straight forward and detailed enough that it appears you don’t need to be a linux aficionado to understand and implement.
Disclaimer – I haven’t run through the steps yet, my UFDs are 32MB and 128MB, yeah I know I’m pathetic. Anyone want to give it a try on their 1GB+UFD and report back on how it went?
iRiver has just added a new product to its lineup by announcing the NV Player. Click the pic above to view this sexy thing. According to iRiver this audio/video device will be launching in Korea first before releasing worldwide.
This player sports a very generous 7″ LED at 840×480, several SD card slots, T-DMB television, 1.3 megapixel camera and more (including a remote!).
And oh BTW, it has GPS integrated!
If you’re not familiar with these devices they’re compatible for MP3, OGG, WMA, WMV, MPG, XviD and H.264. To top it off it also includes an FM tuner.
So what’s the price? Unknown, the manufacturer is mum on that for now.
Before you skip this article thinking it’s not geek related, it is, sort of. Interesting to mobile phone geeks and financial geeks perhaps?
Check out the Harvard Business Review’s terrific article ?Companies and the Customers Who Hate Them? that has some details on the business practices at most cellular service providers.
Here’s a choice snippet:
Sometimes all it takes to trigger a mass defection from a company-centric firm is the appearance of a customer-friendly competitor?one that puts customer satisfaction and transparency first.
Example: Virgin Mobile USA offers a pay-as-you-go pricing plan with no hidden fees, no time-of-day restrictions, no contracts, and straightforward, reasonable rates. It has nearly five million subscribers and a customer churn rate well below the industry average. Customer satisfaction hovers in the 90th percentile. And more than two-thirds of customers reported recommending Virgin to friends and family.
You’d think that was a no-brainer right? Apparently not, it’s all about the immediate gratification of revenue coming into the coffers right now, not in the long run. This is what I don’t like about working in the tech industry.
Far be it for me to provide fashion advice, especially for the girls, but If the wife was just a little geekier I’d definitely get this for her. Perhaps make a great stocking stuffer for the holidays.
It’s perfect for the fashion conscious ladies that also need a 1GB USB 2.0 drive in their handbag ‘just in case’.
Link to the product page on Monkey Nose.
And if your girl is not a geek and has no need for a pen drive, then maybe something like these cute little pink designer dog speakers for her PC or iPod?
Okay, so your surfing the web, and you come across the perfect shade of a color you haven’t been able to recreate yourself to save your life. Maybe you’ve found a special metallic turquoise blend only found in the starry eyes of David Hasselhoff, or that perfect hue of dirty orange for your virtual model of the ”General Lee” (Dukes of Hazzard).
In steps ”Color Picker“, a new offering from Ades Design. Using Color Picker, you can click anywhere on your screen, and capture any color you desire for future use on web design, templates, charts, or presentations. This powerful, yet small utility can store a database of colors you’ve captured, where you can change, convert, or even export colors in several different formats in just mere moments. This is a must have utility for the serious and casual web developer alike!
Check out some of their other cool offerings over at Adesblog.com