Sunday, August 27, 2006

View from new house.

I decided to post a picture to show the view from my porch at my new house. Since I don't have interweb right now, I had to use the mobile.

I have really enjoyed spending the night here. I am not looking forward to my last week in Baton Rouge.

Until next time,
Sent from my hw6515 PPC

Friday, August 11, 2006

How to mess with Coke Machines

A simple introduction to hacking around Coca-Cola machines.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

robo girl=funny

Robogirl is the story about a guy who buys a robot girlfriend who'll do anything he askes, except have sex with him. From the ground floor, directed by Steve DePena.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blonde riding ponny

Not your regular Walmart crowd. It sure would be funny to see at Walmart though.

In 2021, You'll Enjoy Total Recall

Humans naturally have the power to remember almost two bits of information per second, or a few hundred megabytes over a lifetime. Compared with a DVD movie, which holds up to 17 gigabytes, that's nothing. Worse, you might easily recall the 40-year-old dialogue from Hogan's Heroes yet forget your mom's birthday. Or memorize reams of sports stats while spacing out on work you completed just last week.

It's a problem that's been bothering Gordon Bell for almost as long as he can remember. In 1998 Bell, a senior researcher at Microsoft, began digitally capturing his entire life for a project he calls MyLifeBits. First, he scanned his old photographs, research documents and notes. He began recording his meetings and phone calls and cataloguing his new photos and movies he saw. Every e-mail exchange he had was digitally archived, and he started using the company's prototype SenseCam, which he wears around his neck, to automatically snap photos throughout the day.

Bell now documents about one gigabyte of information every month, all of which is stored in a searchable database on his PC. His is a highly manual process, but he expects that in as few as 15 years it will be common to carry nearly all our "memories" around with us in a single device that will automatically record the sound and video of our daily activities, creating an inventory of the conversations we have, the faces we see and the articles we read. That data would be tied to communications that are already tracked electronically, like e-mail and event calendars, as well as TV shows, movies and other media we take in. The end result: on-demand total recall.

The biggest challenge to Bell's vision is developing the software required to search your memory database effectively. So far, MyLifeBits pulls together more than 20 data types to link various memories to one another. Using a full-text search, Bell tracks down what he's looking for in no more than 30 seconds. Soon, when searching through meeting notes, for instance, photos of people attending those meetings and their contact information will appear side by side. The effort could be pushed along by Columbia University researchers who are using statistical-analysis programs to automatically sort hours of recorded audio by time and location (office, café, etcetera). Next, they'll tackle speaker recognition, which would allow for categorizing and searching conversation by who's talking.

Meanwhile, miniaturization and the falling cost of image sensors and data storage will soon allow for unobtrusive recording, as well as on-person storage, of several terabytes—which means a vast upgrade in personal processing power. "Having a surrogate memory creates a freeing and secure feeling," Bell says of his self-experiment. "It's similar to having an assistant with perfect memory."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Girl and photocopier - another day at the office presents a great clip with a girl and a photocopier, make sure this doesn't happen to you!

Microsoft Windows 1.0

the first windows! This is a funny sales pitch making fun of Windows.

Ahh seeing the old interface brings back memories.

Laptop Theft in broad daylight

Security camera footage of a laptop being stolen, in broad daylight.