That ‘Cheaper’ iPhone Will Cost You In The Long Run

iPhone 3G

Think that new $199 iPhone is going to save you money over the older $399 model? Guess again.

AT&T is raising its minimum monthly service subscription for the new iPhone from $60 to $70 per month, according to the Associated Press. That’s an extra $240 over the lifetime of the two-year contract — more than the $200 initial savings on the handheld’s retail price.

Enjoy that smartphone! 🙂

Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Cuts Power Consumption by 10 Percent

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A Microsoft white paper released this week asserts that Windows Server 2008 can cut power consumption by 10% compared with Windows Server 2003 out of the box where each test machine had two dual-core procs w/ 4GB ram. 

From the comparison study WS2k8 with 20 active clients connected to it would save about $30 annually in power costs per server compared to WS2k3.

I wonder if this same power savings applies to Itaniums (mmm, me thinks IA64 is probably a power hog compared to x64)?

There’s no indication of what a similarly configured Linux boxed consumes for power.

A Healthy Dose Of Geek Links: 6/12/08

 News for Geeks

The CIA Gets Social With Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools – Spy agency discusses ‘Intellipedia’, their newest online tool for analysts

The Next Step in Space Exploration – Private space travel is the next big thing?

Patch vaccine holds off traveller’s diarrhea: study – Needle free vaccine may stop Montezuma’s Revenge

Mars lander fills test oven with pinch of soil – Shake, shake, shake that booty.

Robotic fish ace swim test — as a team – Robofish can work as a team by wirelessly communicating underwater

Chinese suspected in US hacking cases – Chinese hackers infiltrating PCs of politicians. Gov’t sponsored hacking? Naw.

Telescope launched to scout out gamma rays – Scouting out elusive, super high-energy gamma rays lurking in the universe

Sun goes longer than normal without producing sunspots – The sun has been laying low for the past couple of years, producing no sunspots and giving a break to satellites.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 to be released June 17 – The countdown begins

Citysense Uses Mobile Data To Pinpoint Night Life Hot Spots – The mobile map app takes data from mobiles to identify the ‘happening’ spots of the night

Red Hat Settles Some Infringement Lawsuits – Red Hat has been slammed with many lawsuits, this week it’s settled two of those with Firestar and DataTerm.

HP thumps the Macbook Air with its Envy 133 notebook – HP has announced a new line of ultra-thin notebooks that are actually thinner and more powerful than Apple’s Air

Geek Link Goodness – 6-10-08

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8 Types Of Annoying People You’ll Find Inside Starbucks [Holy Taco]- The 8 types of people guaranteed to annoy the sh*t out of you.

From Atari Joyboard to Wii Fit: 25 years of “exergaming” [BoingBoing] – Wii Fit is hardly the first example of an attempt to meld videogaming and exercise — it’s not even the first fitness offering from Nintendo.

Inside a Classic: The TRS-80 Model 100 [PC World] – Released in 1983, internal 300 baud modem, Instant-on, with a comfortable keyboard and 20 hours of battery life: Little wonder this Radio Shack model is one of the most popular portables of all time.

Paralyzed Man Walks in Second Life [Kotaku]- A 41-year-old Japanese man who suffers from a progressive muscle disease that has left him almost totally paralyzed, moved his Second Life character about a virtual environment using his brain wave.

PGP rolls out Whole Disk Encryption for Mac [ZDNet] – Whole Disk Encryption is already used on the Windows platform in multiple verticals, but PGP Corp., a security company focused on data encryption, plans to announce that it is offering a Mac OS X version of its product next.

Lost Cameras Phone Home to Catch Thieves [eWeek] – Equipped with a memory card and wireless Internet, a stolen camera sent home lost family photos and images of the thieves. While they were walking by an unsecured wifi network, the camera ‘discovered’ it and automatically uploaded all photos to it’s master.

Hasbro Unveils New ‘Star Wars’ Toys [Extreme Tech] – Here’s some video of the upcoming versions (larger scale) of the Millennium Falcon that can hold 18 action figures, a big AT-TE walker that can hold 20 clone troopers, and of course an army of action figures including R2, Anakin, Yoda and more.

Could It Get Any Better Than Star Trek And Zombies?

The dead are returning to life! So what are you going to do about it?
Grab a chainsaw? Barricade the windows? Start a zombie baseball team? Draw a card. Play a card. Try to kill the zombies that are keeping you from winning . . . until someone changes the rules and you might actually want zombies! It’s the Fluxx game where zombies change everything.

I picked up this card game Zombie Fluxx from Looney Labs to play with Patrick when we hit the road in a couple of months for the drive down to Vegas for the Star Trek convention. After all, what could go better with Trek stuff than zombies? 

The illustrations on these cards are marvelous, you can see some of them here at BoardGameGeek

For a great product game review check out OgreCave’s full page write up on it.

Zombie Fluxx

Million-Dollar Reward Offered for Proof Bigfoot Exists

In the It’s-about-time department, someone finally ponies up a big game bounty on Bigfoot’s head.

Binocular manufacturer Bushnell, along with Field & Stream magazine, have teamed up to offer $1 million to anyone who can “provide an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts [including a zoologist and biologist], the evidence required to prove a Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti exists.”

The contest started just a few days ago and ends in December. If you’re interested in joining the hunt, before heading out to track down Sasquatch you should read the rules’ fine print as it states that they are not liable for any injury incurred during a Bigfoot attack.

Do you believe in Bigfoot? I’m not so sure, i’d guess there’s at least an 80% chance it does not exist, about 20+ years ago when I first started paying attention to conspiracy topics like this I would have given it about a 40% chance of being real. It’s theoretically possible for a new species to exist in the vast wilderness of North America, but it’s less and less likely each decade that human’s encroach and still don’t have proof.

Andy’s tip for finding your own bigfoot – rent Harry and the Hendersons; tagline:

According to science, Bigfoot doesn’t exist. When you can’t believe your eyes, trust your heart.

Harry and the Hendersons

GOOG Tweaks Its Favicon

The top row of pics below represent some of the new favicons from Google. They’ve recently been going through the exploratory process of producing a lightweight and small symbol or letter to represent ‘GOOGLE’ in the browser’s address bar.

It’s kinda-sorta in a way like the ‘g’ favicon for Geeknews…g-favicon_g_good …only mine is better. :p

The bottom collection of pics are favicons that were considered and discarded, who knows you may still see these used in a future GOOG product.

 

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Steampunk News 6-9-08

Dad gives son a steampunk clock wedding gift. What a beautiful gift to your son and daughter in law. Word has it that dear old dad got so caught up in the steampunk work leading up to the wedding that he wanted to wear a steampunk suit to the wedding (the mother overruled him naturally)!

Steampunk wedding gift from Dad to Son

Doctor Who Parties Like It’s 1859 With Steampunk Dalek. If you’re not familiar with these buggers known as Daleks, they are the relentless enemy of the Dr. Who universe.

Steampunk Dalek
Steampunk jewelry for sale! Cufflinks, goggles, rings, watches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Oh my! Steampunk Jewelry
Steampunk tea pots, lots of them. Want some rust with that Earl Grey? Steampunk Teapot
MiniDigi AF5. OK, it’s not really steampunk but it’s a modern Twin Lens Relfex camera based on the 1920’s version of the camera, with a film advance crank lever on its side. It’s got a touch of ‘steampunk cool’ to it. Steampunk Rollei Camera

Evolta Robot Beats Out Energizer Bunny And Climbs Grand Canyon on AA batteries

Robot climbing grand canyon

In a promotional stunt, Panasonic attached a little robot to a rope and had it climb the rope…up the Grand Canyon wall.

Robot Evolta kept climbing and climbing — up a rope dangling from the cliff for nearly seven hours on a pair of AA batteries that Panasonic is billing as the world’s longest lasting. The vertical climb was 1,740 ft (about 500-metera) and took exactly 6 hours 40 minutes.

Guinness World Records certified Evolta earlier in the year as “the longest-lasting AA alkaline battery cell,” based on testing under guidelines set by the industry’s International Electrotechnical Commission this year.

Yeah, I think climbing the Grand Canyon or some very tall structure makes for a great measure of power available from a battery and that it can keep going and going and going…I’d love to see some competition like this between Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic; how cool would that be?

218 HD Resolution Desktop Wallpapers for Nerds

Nerd Business has cherry picked among all the great wallpapers to bring us the 218 best high quality and high res wallpapers around. All the pics are available in resolutions of at lest 1900×1200.

These are pretty darn good, i’ll be referring back to that page when i’m ready to change up the wallpaper again. In the meantime i’ll be enjoying this beauty ‘Neverwinter Nights’ 1920×1200 from CheatHappens.com:

Neverwinter Nights 1920x1200

Beautiful Board Game Designs

Creative Closeup takes a close look at the artwork of some very beautiful board games. The art includes the board, game pieces and cards. When you see some of these you may wonder why more people aren’t playing them and are focusing so heavily on PC and console games.

Well, it’s because artwork isn’t everything, it’s all about the game play. Take for instance Risk and Axis & Allies. Big on strategy without being too complicated but with well honed rules of play that help ensure fun competition and doing it without the beauty you’ll see in these works of art.

But don’t let that take away from some of these visually stunning pieces, do check it out.

 Kurt Miller

Fibonacci Sequence to Appear on Nanoscience Building

Fibonacci Bristol

The Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information is a monumental facility in Bristol which will attract interest from across the globe. This four-story building will be very distinctive. First, it will provide state-of-the-art specialized laboratories whose vibration and noise levels will be amongst the lowest achieved anywhere world-wide.

But even cooler is the fact that it will sport the Fibonacci mathematical pattern on the curved sail façade of the new £11 million building.

Placeholder Names

Kadigan is a term used to describe placeholder words. The ‘kadigan‘ Wikipedia page is all about placeholders.

I LOVE this page.

For instance, a few placeholders for ‘People‘:

  • Joe Blow
  • Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Joe Public
  • The Joneses
  • Buddy
  • So and So
  • John Doe
  • Frick and Frack
  • Or placeholders for ‘Numbers‘:

  • squillion buhmillion, frillion, gazillion, jillion, kajillion, hojillion, schmillion, zillion
  • eleventy-; e.g., eleventy-four
  • mumblety, used specifically to conceal one’s advanced age, as in “I shall be mumblety this year” or “mumblety-three”
  • umpteen
  • oodles
  • tons
  • scads
  • buckets
  • some-odd
  • a couple
  • a couple-few or coupla few
  • bunch
  • [expletive]-load e.g. shitload or shitloads
  • metric fuck-ton
  • Karakuri Tea Serving Robot Kit

    Karakuri Tea Servicing Robot Kit

    Here’s an interesting DIY robot kit that you might give to your significant other, it’s only US $64. You can view the entire assembly manual (PDF) in English for this kit and see all the parts required before purchasing as well.

    The history of Karakuri (“Karakuri” means the mechanism that drives a machine.) automatic dolls in Japan began in the early Edo period 1603~1867. The tea-serving doll is the most typical one and it appears in the book
    written by Ihara Saikaku, a very popular novelist in the Edo period. This Karakuri doll kit is produced according to the “Karakuri Zui”, the only existing manual of Karakuri mechanical dolls written in 1796 by Hosokawa Hanzo, popularly
    known as Karakuri Hanzo who was an engineer of Tosa domain. Karakuri dolls can be said to be one of the original foams of modern robots. Please enjoy the beauty of Japanese craftsmanship of those days by assembling this kit.

    This robotic doll has more than a few different movement types including:

    • Shuffle walk
    • Start/Stop
    • Go straight
    • Turn
    • Adjustable speed
    • Bow politely to his mistress or master