When a Photo Finish Is Just What You Need.

I was shopping the other day with my mother, who was determined to buy me a new computer chair for my upcoming birthday, and I came across this interesting gadget.


This is a Sony DPF-D70 Digital Photo Frame.  Something great to display your recent pictures on the fly for friends and family!  Here’s the specs:

  • Beautiful 7.0-inch photo quality LCD screen
  • Intelligent orientation sensor automatically rotates picture for correct viewing with frame in landscape or portrait positions
  • Multi-card slot accepts Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, SD, MMC, CompactFlash, MicroDrive or xD media
  • Easy transfer of images from connected PC to photo frame’s internal memory with no software required
  • 256MB internal memory stores up to 500 pictures: Auto size adjustment re-scales large files for increased album capacity
  • Choice of Slideshow modes or clock display
  • Comes supplied with wireless remote commander and AC power adaptor
  • Actual viewing area: 152 x 91mm

    The Sony DPF- D70 series has a 7-inch frame measured diagonally, 15: 9 aspect ratio LCD, supports memory card, and also has auto image rotation. It is designed to showcase pictures in vibrant colour in crisp detail in WVGA (800 x 400) resolution. The dimension of the Sony DPF –D70 is approximately 207 x 137 x 38.5mm without stand, and 207 x 137 x 125mm with stand. It weighs approximately 550g without the AC adaptor.

    I’d seen these advertised in several different places on the net in the past, but I found that the people over at Test Freaks have one of the best detailed descriptions for this gadget.  Go check it out!

  • Gadgets / Devices

    Google News Agg Service Screws United Airlines

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    United Airlines lost more than 75% of its value yesterday, erasing $1.2 Billion. This was due to an error in Google’s automated news gathering process that mines the newspapers of the world for breaking news or interesting stories.

    It turns out it picked up on a 6 year old story from the Florida Sun-Sentinel about UAL filing for bankruptcy, and in turn GOOG made the story available to Bloomberg financial news and from there the shit hit the fan on Wall Street. All the while no one actually read through the story to validate that it was new and relevant.

    Sounds like a bug in the news aggregator and bunch of idiots pushing the ‘I Believe Button’ when they kept picking up on the news and circulating it as new news, trusting in GOOG’s ability. A lot of folks are at fault here and incidents like this are not excusable, especially by a service that is expected to have higher quality standards than this (referring to both Google and Bloomberg). I smell a lawsuit acoming in 3, 2, ….

    Read the full story: "United’s share slide: A comedy of errors"

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    End of the World Parties to Greet the Large Hadron Collider

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    I love simple web apps. You too can monitor the Large Hadron Collider’s effect on the planet as scientists spin up the device this week: ‘Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet?

    In other LHC news:


    DOJ Hires AntiTrust Lawyer For GOOG Case?

    I guess now we know why GOOG’s stock dropped nearly 5.5% today for it’s lowest level since March and nearly 10% in value in just the last five days. Can you say "here come the lawyers"?

    From the Wall Street Journal today:

    The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation’s best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Sanford Litvack, for a possible antitrust challenge to Google Inc.’s growing power in advertising.

    Mr. Litvack’s hiring is the strongest signal yet that the U.S. is preparing to take court action against Google and its search-advertising deal with Yahoo Inc. The two companies combined would account for more than 80% of U.S. online-search ads.

    GOOG Stock

    In other GOOG news:

    - Big-money advertisers opposed to Google-Yahoo deal
    - Google browser aided by Microsoft antitrust limits
    - Google at 20: Top Five Predictions
    - Happy 10 year googly anniversary!


    President Bush & UFO Connection?

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    I ran across a short comment similar to a Letters to the Editor at the Des Moines Register online, I had to share it for it’s sheer randomness and almost irrefutable logic in defense of President Bush. The comment reads in full:

    You can say what you want about the Bush administration, but since he took office there haven’t been any UFO sightings in Iowa.
    - Northwest Iowa mystic

    There you have it folks, the Bush administration has been a success in at least one area of the world and that’s in keeping the UFOs at bay.

    We can only hope that Obama or McCaine will perform half as well battling the UFOs. My recommendation is to beef up the funding for the Stargate project.