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[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 11:59:18 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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but no.... WAP was such a better idea.

[#] Fri Nov 06 2009 13:19:10 EST from Dirk Stanley @ Uncensored

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This is why I'm pushing for LoGophOOx -

1. Part LOGO
2. Part Gopher
3. Part Unix
... in an object-oriented fashion.

[#] Sat Nov 07 2009 10:58:49 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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This is pretty cool:

Someone created a 'secret knock' door mechanism to unlock a door when it hears the secret knock.

[#] Sat Nov 07 2009 22:40:11 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Now that's some geek action there.

Perfect for clubs.. or just someone who forgets their keys a lot.

The only bad thing is if your neighbors hear that without you knowing. But how would they know that you have the knock detector?

Definately someting to look into.

[#] Sun Nov 08 2009 18:15:05 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I know they did that with port knocking, I guess somebody actually built the real thing.
I wonder which came first...

[#] Mon Nov 09 2009 12:46:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And now for the "vintage technology moment of the day."

The classic (1979) Remco "Sound FX Machine."

I had one of these. We must have spent hundreds of hours screwing around with this thing. I added a line-out jack to mine so I wouldn't have to be limited to the two inch speaker.

It was based on the Texas Instruments SN76477 chip. A few years later I bought one of those chips (back when Radio Shack was still useful for that kind of thing) and built a better quality unit. That was fun.

[#] Mon Nov 09 2009 22:05:47 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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Okay, foiled by Palm again.
Picked up a bluetooth headset. $20 at target.
Pairs up OK, I can use it for phone calls, but that's not why i bought
Can't fucking listen to music through it. That's all I want to do.

Anyone know of any tricks (preferably free) to get this to work? I've
tried a utility called "Freedom" that supposedly lets you do this, but
that only switched between speaker/handset/wired headset.

[#] Tue Nov 10 2009 09:50:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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A little Googling turns up a lot of hits for something called "Softick Audio Gateway" which appears to do what you want.

[#] Tue Nov 10 2009 10:16:09 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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softick writes awesome software for palm. they have something called card export that turns your phone into a usb drive.

[#] Wed Nov 11 2009 05:25:21 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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seems as if the US software patent might find a sudden end?

[#] Wed Nov 11 2009 08:33:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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in re Bilski? What were their findings?

[#] Wed Nov 11 2009 11:23:38 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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as far as I got heise here, they are starting to argue about how thoughts or "solutions" can be patenteable (like a modus operandi how to best do speed-dating) which obviously is the nature of most software patents.

[#] Thu Nov 12 2009 21:17:16 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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anyone else notice that firefox is starting to totally suck?

[#] Thu Nov 12 2009 22:17:14 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Thu Nov 12 2009 09:17:16 PM EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

anyone else notice that firefox is starting to totally suck?

how so?

[#] Thu Nov 12 2009 22:45:02 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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oh. hp to buy 3com:

Cool, now all 3Com products will be infused with that wonderful "HP ProCurve" technology! Oh joy, oh rapture!

[#] Thu Nov 12 2009 22:50:03 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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anyone else notice that firefox is starting to totally suck?

Clearly this was all planned by Google moles in the Mozilla organization.

I know what you mean, though, and I wouldn't classify it as "suck" *quite* yet, but it's getting there. They've got to resist the urge to keep tinkering with it. Just work on making it as light and fast and accurate as possible, and put *all* fancy features into extensions that can be unloaded. (Is there *anyone* out there who actually *likes* the "Awesome Bar" ?)

Chrome is probably the future, but I'm giving it some more time to bake before considering a switch. The good news is that miraculously, the second browser war was won by web standards rather than by any particular browser, so happily it doesn't matter any more.

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 06:22:42 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I've been using Chrome almost exclusively now for a very long time (possibly over a year).

I only switch to another browser when some other web site more-or-less forces me.

I've found Chrome to be very palatable.  You can make it look nice, and you can have it expose as little of itself (and as much of the web page) as is possible while still having UI widgets to use to manipulate the browser.  It does a very good job of rendering web pages, and it starts up quite fast... sometimes faster than IE, I suspect.

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 07:49:59 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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sometimes faster than IE, I suspect.

Not sometimes. All the time.

I use Chrome almost exclusively as well. I only use FireFox if an app requires it and i've completely remove IE from my Win7 computer because even the 64-bit version of IE sucks.

[#] Sat Nov 14 2009 10:50:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I should mention that I'm running Linux (you knew that, right? <grin>). All they've made available to us at this point is the "Chromium" subset, which is an interesting technology demonstration but not really usable as a top-shelf browser. When they make the full Chrome program available for Linux it'll be time to play.

In other news, I have my laptop out this morning. The big one with the full size keyboard and 17 inch screen. After a couple of weeks using only the netbook, this is an interesting experience. It sure is nice having all of this screen real estate available again. And even though the big keyboard is more comfortable, the keys on this machine feel a little mushy.

But with the weekend here, no plans to go anywhere, and too much rain falling to do any yard work, I suspect I may spend more than a few hours at the computer.
And today I'd rather be around my family instead of sequestering myself in the cave.

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