Archive for June, 2009
Western Digital has announced the My Book World Edition II dual-drive storage system. One big advantage of this external hard drive is that the dual drives are shipped in a mirrored RAID 1 configuration for an extra level of protection. You can reconfigure it if you’d prefer twice the space instead. Otherwise, you can expect all the usual NAS-related features, a “cooler, quieter, eco-friendly design,” a USB port to add on an extra USB drive, and a nifty capacity gauge to let you see how much space is available at a glance. Unfortunately this 4TB storage system has a rather hefty price tag of $700; you can get a 2TB drive for around $400.
Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of “Ridiculous Fellows” from Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges” orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance from TEDx USC features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare, imported instrument specially programmed by Qi herself.
Qi Zhang is a Master’s candidate at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and an award-winning international organist.
The Israeli Army have developed a snake-like device which can cross terrains with ease. Not much is known about this device as it is not only from a foreign military but that it will be used in battlefield scenarios.
What makes this device unique in two aspects is the snake-like movements using a series of presumably hydraulic robotics, to manoeuvre the device across a plethora of terrain environments. The main “weapon” it has is an infrared enabled high-resolution camera at the very front of the snake which wirelessly transmits imagery back to the receiver when on reconnaissance missions.
BlindSearch is an online test that lets you compare Google, Yahoo and Bing search results. The test based on a simple concept, when you search for something on BlindSearch, it shows search results from 3 search engines, each in its own column, with their logos hidden. Then, you can analyze search results and vote on the best set by clicking on the “vote for this search engine” button. Clicking the button also reveals the logos exposing the engines behind each column.
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A top secret British car unveiled in London today claims to be the world’s first low cost, practical hydrogen powered vehicle.
A new type of fuel cell developed by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has resulted in a two-seater zero emissions hydrogen-electric city car with an expected fuel consumption equivalent to 360 miles per US gallon, six times better than today’s best available hybrid electricvehicles. The company is now planning to build 10 production prototypes and test them in UK cities.
The design of the car will be published on the web so that versions can be developed to suit local requirements in urban areas. The cars will be leased to users rather than sold, with owners paying for a maintenance, support and fuel package. The makers claim the all-up cost of the car could be as little as £200 ($315) a month.
The small city concept car, developed by Riversimple, has four electric motors and a 6kW fuel cell which maximizes energy efficiency by utilizing lightweight composite materials, eliminating heavy mechanical components and bynetworking fuel cells with ultra capacitors and a 60 percent efficient regenerative braking system. As a result, 240 miles (390 km) can be traveled on one small tank of hydrogen weighing only 2.2 lbs.
Top speed is 50mph and the 200 mile range vehicle accelerates from 0-30mph in 5.5 seconds. A design life of 20 years is claimed.
The networked fuel cell power-train design led to a reduction in fuel cell power requirements by a factor of six compared to other urban vehicles of similar performance and by a factor of 15 compared to other fuel cell prototype vehicles – an effort further magnified by Horizon’s ability to supply high power fuel cells at greatly reduced costs.bookmark it, RSS feed.
makeuseof.com posted the following article that lists 5 applications that help multi-taskers hide, resize, and organize the windows open on their desktop.
One of the things I absolutely adore in KDE Window Resizer is how they handle window resizing and moving. You simply hold down the ALT key, just about grab the window from anywhere and you can move the window around. No need to grab the title bar. Perfect for situations when the title bar is off screen due to change in screen resolution. To resize the window, just hold the ALT key and click and drag the right mouse button and the window starts resizing according to the movement.
Window Hider is a simple application that you can use for managing the open windows. It does two things – it can hide the window you want by simply moving your mouse cursor to the corner or it can kill the application you specify.
You can give Window Hider a list of programs and a shortcut key then when you press that shortcut key it hides only those windows in your list. You can also activate hot corners on screen which hides all the programs in your list by simply moving the mouse cursor to the hot corner. Pretty cool.
So you have a lot of open windows? And you want to access the desktop icons? You could hit Win+D, but then you wouldn’t be able to return to the windows as they were opened, you would have restore the window from the taskbar yourself. Windows7 and Aero peek does an excellent job of it. In case you are not using Windows 7 or your computer doesn’t support the slick Aero Peek, you should try Desk Topmost. Just hit Ctrl + Alt + D and it provides you with a translucent overlay of your desktop over the open windows. After you are done, just right click anywhere and its gone.
Allows you to mimic another one of the Windows 7 features, power resizer neatly fits your open windows to half screens or maximizes them as you drag them to a screen edge or to the top of the screen.
WindowTabs attaches a small tab to the top of your windows. You can then drag tabs on top of each other to group them into tabbed windows. Use Alt + Right Arrow and Alt + Left Arrow to cycle through the tabs. Clicking on the tab with your mouse cursor willl take you to the tab as well. The application has a trial and a full version. While the trial version doesn’t have any time limits or nag screens, you would be limited to 3 tabs per group, which is not so bad of a deal.
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It was only four months ago when Amazon released the Kindle 2 and now they’ve followed up with their latest version, the Kindle DX. It looks nearly identical to it’s predecessor, only larger.
While the Kindle 2 has a 6-inch (measured diagonally) e-ink screen — roughly the area of a mass-market paperback book — the DX’s 9.7-inch screen resembles a page from a typical hardback. Put another way, the DX flaunts 2.5 times more display space. More text on a page means more lines and, if you prefer, a bigger font, without having to turn the page as often. What does that mean for you? It’s easier to read via the DX.
Despite the larger size, the DX was designed to not feel big. It’s just about the same thickness as the Kindle 2 and weighs in at only 19 ounces. Its keyboard is actually a little smaller than the Kindle 2′s, so almost all of the DX’s front surface is covered by the screen. Battery life is supposedly comprable to that of the Kindle 2.
While the super-sized Kindle would seem to enhance the reader’s experience, making it the best all-around e-reader, the hefty price tag of $490 seems a bit out of line with Amazon’s philosophy of offering the best value for their customers.
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A team of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden, Germany, is working on a device which incorporates eye tracking to influence the content presented to the viewer. Without having to use any other devices to enter instructions, the wearer can display new content, scroll through a menu or shift picture elements simply by moving her eyes or fixing on certain points in the image.
“We want to make the eyeglasses bidirectional and interactive so that new areas of application can be opened up,” says Dr. Michael Scholles, business unit manager at IPMS.
According to Scholles, the bidirectional data eyeglasses will yield advantages over current head-mounted displays (HMDs) by providing information at the point of task to people who do not have their hands free to operate a keyboard or mouse. For example, mechanics could view superimposed schematic diagrams over machinery that they’re working on, and an operating surgeon can access a patients’ vital functions, MRT and x-ray images.bookmark it, RSS feed.
A RIFLE capable of firing explosive bullets that can detonate within a metre of a target could let soldiers fire on snipers hiding in trenches, behind walls or inside buildings.
The US army has developed the XM25 rifle to give its troops an alternative to calling in artillery fire or air strikes when an enemy has taken cover and can’t be targeted by direct fire. “This is the first leap-ahead technology for troops that we’ve been able to develop and deploy,” says Douglas Tamilio, the army’s project manager for new weapons for soldiers. “This gives them another tool in their kitbag.”
The rifle’s gunsight uses a laser rangefinder to calculate the exact distance to the obstruction. The soldier can then add or subtract up to 3 metres from that distance to enable the bullets to clear the barrier and explode above or beside the target (see diagram).bookmark it, RSS feed.