Sumo Paint Stomps Into Beta

I came across this beauty today in my meanderings on the net.  Sumo Paint is a Photoshop clone that works entirely from your web browser.  Now I’ve never been into the Photoshop scene, so I can’t pretend to know about all its complexities, but this web based version seems to have all the bells and whistles.  I uploaded an image and fooled around with a variety of the settings, turning a perfectly good image into something that resembles a plate of dog food.  BUT, I had fun doing it 😉

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Get it while it’s hot, friends.  Who knows how long a good thing like this will remain free?

iMovee – Virtual Big Screen TV on the Go

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iMovee is a hip product. It’s stylish glasses, aka, private entertainment video glasses, that project a virtual big screen television inches in front of your eyes. The best part is that it works with your iPhone, Zune, Xbox, Wii, lots of mobile phones and other gadgets.

This is great for dental patients, passengers on a plane or any other situation where you want to just get away, but can’t. The newest model – iMovee AIBO Mobile TV – has a sleek robotic feel to it and has an MSRP of US$349.95.

We’ll try to obtain one for testing.

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Surreal World Of Daxo

Truthfully, I don’t know what the purpose of this website is, other than being a window into the soul of a twisted or severely profound person.  I spent thirty minutes there, and still don’t know what, if anything, that I was doing.

Check it out.  I would suggest turning down the volume a bit, some of the items in this website tend to get a bit noisy.  Have fun!

Tipster Reveals Recent Kevin Mitnick Incident on Twit Live

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I received a tip from my new buddy Henk today who resides in the Netherlands. It’s regarding a couple of topics most of us are probably all familiar with: Kevin Mitnick & Privacy.

Mitnick was in the news again recently for an interesting detaining at the Atlanta airport – you gotta read what happened, talk about a bad day gone worse. Sheesh! 

Anyway, it can be understood that based on Mitnick’s past, he is probably anal about his privacy, with that in mind, here’s the message from Hank:

Yesterday I was visiting TWIT LIVE (leo Laporte) and 20 mins before episode #163 started, he had to call an AT&T service to setup a interview with Kevin Mitnick.

I and 2500 other twitters noticed that the AT&T call was setup by an automatic message, saying, ‘We are calling now (Number of Mitnick)’.  Laporte tried to mute it, but too late. He apologized to Mitnick and proposed him to pay the costs for a new number.

Five minutes earlier the Skype-nick of Veronica Belmont was revealed by accident, also nothing earth shaking, but it made me think about a basis for a small story. More and more tech guru’s use twitter, stickam etc.  and can be followed for hours each day.

Which jeopardizes their privacy and those they interview.

Thanks for the mail Henk. I wonder if Kevin shrugged it off, figuring give it a couple of days and if the phone isn’t ringing off the hook then it’s all just water under the bridge. Also, someone as scrutinized as he is probably isn’t as fazed by his number being revealed to thousands of listeners/fans/hackers.

I gave out my mobile number in a public forum once that is frequented by my customers; co-workers thought I was crazy but only one person took advantage of it to contact me for some free technical support while I was at home. I was amazed it wasn’t abused and learned that most geeks respect each other’s privacy and will probably not abuse it.

If I put my mobile number on the Geeknews sidebar, do you think it would get abused? Robert Scoble did it for quite a while and I don’t recall him being hassled via his phone #.

Titan Backup 2.3

Noone likes losing files from their computer, especially those favorite MP3’s we love to listen to, those hard to replace family photos, or perhaps special emails; all akin to virtual treasures we would solemnly mourn if lost suddenly. Thus enters the wonderful world of backup programs.

I have to tell you – I’m not a huge fan of backup programs. In fact, most times, the restore function on my Vista Ultimate X64 is usually turned off. However, after being approached by our friend Flavius Saracut from Neobyte Solutions, I was compelled to give Titan Backup a try. I managed to acquire the software with a quick download, and a clean install that only took a few minutes via a broadband connection.  The interface is user friendly and clearly shows the functions available to the user.

Titan Backup 2.3  

The features of Titan Backup include:

  • Wizard driven tasks
  • Backup to almost any storage device type
  • Sync Tasks
  • Free plugins to support your favorite applications
  • Version Control
  • Encryption 

Backup options include 256-bit AES encryption, the ability to run other programs before and after the backup, and username/password entry for backing up to protected network locations.  You can backup to a public folder, hard disk, flash stick, CD/DVD, or via FTP. Additional features include notification emails, folder sync, a scheduler, cmd line execution and some well written help files. 

I ran the backup wizard first. Like most backup programs, you have the option to select files, registry and profile related items. I chose a few files and some settings from my profile. What was interesting about my profile section was it allowing you to select program specific items that it had detected, like my photos associated with the Microsoft Office Picture Manager.  Next you select your backup options. Normal and differential increment options were there. You could also encrypt using AES as well. Alternatively you could use Zip compression and create a self extracting archive.  The destination choices are flexible, with options to backup to disk, network share, removable device, CD/DVD and remote FTP server. It covers all possible bases.  The final stage, for scheduling, is also just as flexible. The entire process was done in just a few moments. You can also have a shortcut placed on the desktop that allows you to initiate the task at any time.

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After the backup was complete, I erased some of the files I archived, and ran the Restore feature.  I selected the “individual files” option, as I only needed a few files, and not the entire backup.  A few more clicks and I was as good as new, with the erased files replaced, like they had never been gone.

In all, my experience with Titan Backup has given me pause in whether I should continue my non-archive practice up to now.  Neobyte has created a easily used, friendly software that enables you to ensure you can keep your treasures safe, and within reach at a moments notice.  Thumbs up, I say!

Flavius tells me that for a limited time you can get 30% OFF with this discount purchase link.  Pretty snazzy deal!

News Links – 10-02-08

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Fun:

Strongbad Answers His 200th Email [Homestarrunner] – Strongbad not only answers his 200th e-mail but he’s serenaded by They Might Be Giants to celebrate the occasion.

–  Tea bag of death [Blingdom of God]- Hmm, not my bag of tea, but maybe something a pirate would enjoy?

Minigeek - I'm a PC [GeekandPoke] I’m a PC!

 

Science:

NASA Challenges Students To Design Tools For Moon Rovers [NASA]- A new NASA contest challenges college-level students to design tools or instrument packages that could be used on the next generation of human-driven moon rovers.

Scientists Find Cells Coordinate Gene Activity with FM Bursts [Physorg] – How a cell achieves the coordinated control of a number of genes at the same time, a process that’s necessary for it to regulate its own behavior and development, has long puzzled scientists.

Mysterious new ‘Dark Flow’ discovered in space [LiveScience] – As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren’t vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered.

 

Computing:

Sony PS4 Will Use Existing PS3 Cell Processor [Gizmodo] – The impending PS4, which we last heard was coming in 2010, might be based on the same Cell processor that currently powers the PS3. Japanese tech site PC Watch said that Sony will forgo designing a completely new processor in a cost-saving attempt, and try to squeeze out some moderate technical advancement on its existing investment.

Engineers Aim to Solve ‘Burning’ Computer Problem [Science Blog] – “Laptops are very hot now, so hot that they are not ‘lap’ tops anymore,” said Avik Ghosh, an assistant professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The prediction is that if we continue at our current pace of miniaturization, these devices will be as hot as the sun in 10 to 20 years.”

–  Is The Original Spyware Company Finally Dead? [Techdirt] – Remember Gator? Guess what?

Flickr Mosaic: Superhero

Here’s a mosaic of photos from Flickr tagged with ‘Superhero’. My favorites from this set are #4 “Late for work” & #6 “Wonder Women”

(clicky for a closer view – 300KB)

Superhero Flickr Mosaic

1. Something about superhero’s, Muppets™, whiskey, stuffed animals and pink slippers (062/365), 2. March 30 – My Story, 3. [ S u p e r m a n ], 4. Late for Work / Tarde pa’l trabajo, 5. Lápis…, 6. Wonder Women, 7. Batgirl Barbie-A Portrait, 8. A Hero is Part Human, Part Supernatural, 9. Portrait of a SuperHero, 10. 138 Phoenix

 

[Mosaic Web Tool courtesy of BigHugeLabs]

Roleplaying City Map Generator

If you’re a gamemaster then you know how time-consuming it can be to generate city maps. The Roleplaying City Map Generator is a free utility for GMs and it does this work for you with just a couple of minutes of your time and a few mouse clicks.

Via their simple UI (check out the UI here), you just enter a few parameters or you can start with one of their templates. Parameters include the appearance of buildings, streets, parks, places, rivers and the city wall. You can also define the type of settlement such as villages, small towns, or big cities for fantasy, medieval, cthulhu or scifi campaigns. Throw in a little randomization and the tool builds the city map before you, if you don’t like it then starting over using the previous settings is simple until it meets your requirements.

The tool is remarkable from the standpoint of the details you can choose from. For instance, you don’t simply choose the number of streets and buildings and towers, but have control over things like thickness of the city wall, city gate size, distance to water, tree size, orientation of the houses to the streets and the winding of the rivers. But don’t worry about being overloaded with detailed decisions you have to make, the tool uses default settings to give you a decent stab at having a proper town right out of the gate that you can tweak from there.

You can download the small Windows utility from here.

Here’s a collection of thumbnail shots from a variety of towns (clicky).

City Maps Generator

Recharge Your Gadgets With The Solar Powered Bra

Triump International is known for its brassieres, especially its strange bras. Like its newest model from this year featuring a built-in solar panel. Triumph’s latest solar bra captures and redistributes the sun’s bounty and can generate enough energy to power a cell phone or an iPod.

Want more “interesting” bras? Check out Inventor Spot’s Best 8 bizarre bras from Triump Intl, including the No Smoking bra, the Post Office bra, the Chopsticks Bra (a feast for the eyes) and more.

Here’s a video demonstration of the eco friendly Solar Powered Bra :

Avast, ye Mateys! It Be "Talk Like A Pirate Day"!

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Thar she blows!  Alright ye scurvy dogs, listen up.  Tomorrow (Sept. 19th) be “Talk Like A Pirate Day“, and yer expected to heave to tha poop deck, and show yer colors.  This not be a request, ya scallywags!  Show yer spirit and speak to everyone with yer inner pirate 😉

Talk Like A Pirate Day is an original concept created in a moment of temporary insanity by John Baur and Mark Summers.

Let tha festivities commence!

Even Google is participating in Talk Like A Pirate Day!  Go check it out!