Neuros OSD First Impressions

The following was live-blogged on 25 Jul 2008: Got my Neuros OSD today via UPS!  w00t w00t!  I’ve been lusting after this since it was featured in Linux Format Magazine last month.  (or was it two months ago?)  I unpacked the contents and skimmed through the quick start guide.  Then I hooked it up in …

Moonlight – what’s the big deal?

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see an article on Linux Today about Moonlight and what a horrible person Miguel de Icaza is. So I thought I’d go ahead and do some exploration of what’s going on with Moonlight and Silverlight. First of all, what’s Silverlight? Check out the Silverlight article on Wikipedia. …

Happy 25th Birthday Gnu!

The GNU Software Project to provide a wholly free operating system turns 25 today! Check out this great video showing British superstar Stephen Fry .  Thanks to rms, Linus Torvalds, Aaron Siego, Miguel de Icaza and others who have worked hard to give us a free operating system that we can tweak and that no …

Micro-blogging: One Month Later

It’s been about a month since I signed up for a bunch of micro-blogging websites. So what do I think after about a month? Let me start off with Twitter. In my first look at the micro-blogs I had some pretty good feelings about Twitter. That has basically carried over for the past few weeks. …

A Macro-blog Post about Micro-blogging

I’ve known about micro-blogging for 1-2 years now – ever since I first started hearing about Twitter. Up until now I’ve been vehemently against the whole micro-blogging trend. To begin with, it requires anyone who wants to keep up with my writing to check yet another website! On top of that, I just can’t see …

The Effects of a Cornell Graduation

As I’ve mentioned before, although I think it was on It’s A Binary World 1.0, a Cornell education does something strange to you.  Like seeing vectors when speeding up and slowing down your car.  Or in the way in which you explain why Dan will be escorting two bride’s maids at Phil’s wedding: ?(09:00:29 PM) …

The Neuros OSD

The Neuros OSD is a device created by Neuros Technology.  This is a device I am REALLY excited about buying.  I first heard about it in the latest issue of Linux Format Magazine, which gave it a rating of 9/10.  What’s so awesome about this device?  It runs Linux!  “So what?” You may say, “So …

Code Monkey

This song is awesome and, best of all, it’s been released under a Creative Commons license, so I can share it with you all without fear of the RIAA breathing down my neck! I first heard Code Monkey on a recent episode of Linux Outlaws. It’s a song about a code monkey who is having …

History Meme

[emesa@mario ~]$ uname -a Linux mario.mushroomkingdom 2.6.24.5-85.fc8 #1 SMP Sat Apr 19 12:39:34 EDT 2008 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux [emesa@mario ~]$ history | awk ‘{a[$2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’ | sort -rn | head 176 ls 172 eog 81 ./makeSpiral.pl 80 cd 61 ./makefibonaccicollage.pl 58 mplayer 51 ./makePolar.pl 36 mv 28 flickr_views.py 24 …

Joost, the end of Cable TV?

Joost recently (within the last couple of weeks) came out of Invitation-only beta.  It’s a program developed by the same people who brought you Kazaa and Skype.  Like those programs it also harnesses the power of peer to peer (P2P) technology.  (Another reason for advocating net neutrality!)  Joost is meant to replace cable TV and …

My latest Procedural Art Experiment

I think that nearly everyone who has ever learned about the Fibonacci Sequence is fascinated by how quickly it grows. I wanted to illustrate that, so I created this collage with some modifications to Jim’s makeCollage.pl script. The rules were that each picture takes the place of a number on the Fibonacci Sequence and is …

Joining the Digital Television Revoultion (but not through Cable)

As you’ve no doubt heard, the US will be discontinuing Analog TV transmission in February 2009. They’ve actually already auctioned off the analog spectrum (and I’m not too happy about who ended up buying it, but that’s for another post). So, if you have cable TV you don’t need to worry about this and if …