Friday, March 31, 2006

All Things Distributed: S3 - The Amazon Simple Storage Service

All Things Distributed: S3 - The Amazon Simple Storage Service: "Go check out the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). This is’s Internet scale storage service available through a web service interface. S3 is another example of the Amazon Web Services mission: to expose all of the atomic-level pieces of the platform. Providing scalable, reliable, secure and fast storage is something that Amazon developers have already enjoyed for some time and now it is available to the developer community outside of

S3 has a simple programmatic read/write interface through REST and SOAP services, and the data can be access through different distribution protocols. HTTP and BitTorrent are provided in this first release." Amazon Web Services Store: Amazon S3 / Amazon Web Services Amazon Web Services Store: Amazon S3 / Amazon Web Services:

"Amazon S3™ - Simple Storage Service

Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers."

Top 10 Sources

Top 10 Sources: "My weblog All Things Distributed was started when I worked as a researcher at Cornell University, and focused on hard core distributed technology with the tagline, “Werner Vogels’ weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems”. Occasionally, I would mix in some more personal stuff on traveling, or books, music, and video."

The Ward-O-Matic: Ava Thursday: Plussing Faces

The Ward-O-Matic: Ava Thursday: Plussing Faces: "Walt Disney coined the term plussing as a way of making an idea even better. By telling his workers to plus it, even when they think they nailed it, gave Disney that extra edge when it came to quality animation back in the day. Pixar is a staunch believer in plussing their work. And it shows. " - Disney Fonts - Disney Fonts: "THE FONTS"


BibliOdyssey: "Books~~Illustrations~~Science~~History~~Visual Materia Obscura~~Eclectic Bookart."

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Archaeologist Links Ancient Palace, Ajax - Yahoo! News

Archaeologist Links Ancient Palace, Ajax - Yahoo! News: "ATHENS, Greece - Among the ruins of a 3,200-year-old palace near Athens, researchers are piecing together the story of legendary Greek warrior-king Ajax, hero of the Trojan War."

A Feminine Mystique All Her Own - New York Times

A Feminine Mystique All Her Own - New York Times: "RECENTLY, a biography of Phyllis Schlafly, the Missourian who traveled the country battling the equal rights amendment with a hairdo like a treble clef, arrived to make a case for its subject as one of the most influential figures in modern American political history."

Windows Database Service: Introduction to Data Modeling

Windows Database Service: Introduction to Data Modeling: "This document is an informal introduction to data modeling using the Entity-Relationship (ER) approach. It is intended for someone who is familiar with relational databases but who has no experience in data modeling. The basic techniques described are applicable to the development of microcomputer based relational database applications as well as those who use relational database servers such as MS SQL Server or Oracle."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Property Values - Office of the Assessor - Alameda County

Property Values - Office of the Assessor - Alameda County: "To review property assessment information, or parcel map, enter a parcel number, or address of the property and press the submit button."

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hitachi Storage Technology

Storage Technology: "Get Perpendicular"

Seed: Prime Numbers Get Hitched

Seed: Prime Numbers Get Hitched: "In their search for patterns, mathematicians have uncovered unlikely connections between prime numbers and quantum physics. Will the subatomic world help reveal the elusive nature of the primes?"

How To: A Complete Terabyte File Server For About $500

How To: A Complete Terabyte File Server For About $500:
A short while ago, I received a challenge from a reader who didn't believe me when I said in print that it was possible to put together a brand-new terabyte (1,000 Gbytes) file server for around $500. Well, you can, and I did. The example system I put together now resides on the far side of my office, offering up a thousand gigabytes--that's a lot of disk space!--as network storage on my office LAN.

Monday, March 27, 2006

ISUZU GEMINI TV advertisment from 1980s (video) - Auto Moto Portal

ISUZU GEMINI TV advertisment from 1980s (video) - Auto Moto Portal: "Watch the TV advertisment of ISUZU GEMINI, 'Dancing in Paris', note that all were not computer graphic, those cars were really 'flying' in the air!

The Isuzu Gemini was a compact car built by Isuzu and sold from 1974 through 2000."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The 20 Most Important Tools Ever -

The 20 Most Important Tools Ever - "In order to celebrate these devices, and so we might reflect upon the ways that we are the tools we use, decided to compile a list of the 20 most important tools of all time. These are the tools that have most impacted human civilization and helped move the course of history."

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python:
"by Allen B. Downey, Jeffrey Elkner and Chris Meyers"

Bruce Eckel's MindView, Inc: Thinking in Python

Bruce Eckel's MindView, Inc: Thinking in Python: "This is not an introductory Python book. This book assumes you've learned the basics of Python elsewhere."

Dive Into Python

Dive Into Python: "Python from novice to pro"

Chapter 11. HTTP Web Services

Chapter 11. HTTP Web Services: "You've learned about HTML processing and XML processing, and along the way you saw how to download a web page and how to parse XML from a URL, but let's dive into the more general topic of HTTP web services."

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Christie Hefner: How Playboy Protects Its Assets

Christie Hefner: How Playboy Protects Its Assets: "What content management and digital rights management technology does Playboy use?

Our content management tools are all currently designed and built in-house, but we're in the process of evaluating vendors for an enterprise system that will allow us more flexibility and shorter time to market. We use Microsoft's DRM for Windows Media files and Real's Helix Server for Real Media files [for digital rights management].

What were the challenges in deploying the technologies?

Our biggest challenge so far has been in finding qualified people to help us build the infrastructure. The kinds of projects we're taking on are relatively innovative and experts can be difficult to find, particularly with respect to distribution of content to mobile devices and the home. For example, we recently launched a subscription-based 'video podcast' offering—at the time we released it we were the only company offering this type of service, so it was a challenge to find people with that expertise."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Blog | John Brockman: The Selfish Gene: Thirty Years On | The Huffington Post

The Blog | John Brockman: The Selfish Gene: Thirty Years On | The Huffington Post: "'They are in you and me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines.'"

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

List of Crazy Patents

List of Crazy Patents: "Crazy Patents! For the USPTO to issue a patent, the invention must be novel, non-obvious, and 'useful.' The standard for usefulness is certainly the weakest of the three -- any possible utility, no matter how small, will suffice. And, useful does not necessarily mean commercially viable. In other words, you can get a patent on some crazy things that will never make it to the shelves of your local store."

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006 - Overloaded - Overloaded
Pictures of overloaded vehicles!

Data Jockey And Musician - Altoids tin can video camera mount $3-$11

Data Jockey And Musician - Altoids tin can video camera mount $3-$11: "I wanted some night-time car footage from my video camera and I'm way too cheap to buy any sort of professional mount."

Coffee Art

Coffee Art: "Coffee Art"

Can Stirling Engine

Can Stirling Engine: "The Can Stirling engine can rotate using a candle as the heat source. This engine is constructed with very simple materials. There are a can, a balloon, a wood board and others."

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing - Google Video

Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing - Google Video: "A 1972 documentary on ARPAnet, the early internet. A very interesting look at the beginnings of what is now a huge part of most of our lives."

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Inventory: 14 Exceptionally Memorable Movie Robots | The A.V. Club

Inventory: 14 Exceptionally Memorable Movie Robots | The A.V. Club: "Any list of great movie robots can only begin with Metropolis, Fritz Lang's 1927 vision of a future in which science has made Earth a paradise for the privileged"

The Magical Number Seven

The Magical Number Seven: "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information
by George A. Miller
originally published in The Psychological Review, 1956, vol. 63, pp. 81-97"

Nihilist In Golf Pants: Top 11 List Archive

Nihilist In Golf Pants: Top 11 List Archive: "NIGEL TUFNEL: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
MARTY DIBERGI: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
MARTY DIBERGI: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
NIGEL TUFNEL: Well, it's one louder, isn't it?

Nihilist In Golf Pants: Top 11 Most Obsequious Things I Will Say To Bill Gates Should We Ever Meet

Nihilist In Golf Pants: Top 11 Most Obsequious Things I Will Say To Bill Gates Should We Ever Meet: "Top 11 Most Obsequious Things I Will Say To Bill Gates Should We Ever Meet "

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

America's New Path: A March toward Personal Responsibility

America's New Path: A March toward Personal Responsibility: "In a free society, finding clarity is often as important as convincing others. Americans reap the blessings of the freedoms we have; we need to undergo the fatigue and the work of sustaining them. As we launch into this election season at full speed, it may be wise to try to establish a few ground rules for talking with instead of just talking about our political enemies!' Here are twelve tips on how to disagree without being quite so disagreeable:"

Mp3Wrap Project Homepage

Mp3Wrap Project Homepage: "Mp3Wrap is a free independent alternative to AlbumWrap. It's a command-line utility that wraps quickly two or more mp3 files in one single large playable mp3, without losing filenames and ID3 informations (and without need of decoding/encoding)."


MP3Info: "MP3Info is a little utility used to read and modify the ID3 tags of MP3 files. MP3Info can also display various techincal aspects of an MP3 file including playing time, bit-rate, sampling frequency and other attributes in a pre-defined or user-specifiable output format."

Monday, March 13, 2006

TurboDbAdmin, presented by TurboAjax Group

TurboDbAdmin, presented by TurboAjax Group: "A single-page solution for exploring and editing databases from a browser. Edit data just like you would in a desktop application, without submit buttons or page refreshes. Built using cutting-edge TurboWidgets and the Dojo Toolkit.
TurboDbAdmin is free to download and install on any standard web server. Version 0.2 is now available with new features including experimental PostgreSQL support."

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Common Good: 83 Steps to Fire a N.Y. Teacher

Common Good: 83 Steps to Fire a N.Y. Teacher: "Reports The Washington Post:

'The phrase 'in a New York minute' probably doesn't apply to the city's school bureaucracy, which serves 1 million students, says Common Good, a reform group.'

It takes 66 'bureaucratic steps' to suspend a disruptive student, and 83 to fire an incompetent teacher, the Post notes, citing Common Good's new Over Ruled study.

Harvey Robins, former deputy chancellor of the New York City public schools said, 'Control of schools is meaningless . . . unless you cut the 250-page teachers contract down to five pages.'"

Friday, March 10, 2006

Impact Lab - Amazing 3D Sidewalk Art Photos

Impact Lab - Amazing 3D Sidewalk Art Photos: "These unbelievable photos are chalk drawings done by Julian Beever. Beever uses his drawings to create an amazing 3D illusion."

FORTUNE: Trapped in cubicles - Mar. 9, 2006

FORTUNE: Trapped in cubicles - Mar. 9, 2006: "The cubicle was not born evil, or even square. It began, in fact, as a beautiful vision. The year was 1968. Nixon won the presidency. The Beatles released The White Album. And home-furnishings company Herman Miller (Research) in Zeeland, Mich., launched the Action Office. It was the brainchild of Bob Propst, a Coloradan who had joined the company as director of research."

The Polar Bear Experience - Google Video

The Polar Bear Experience - Google Video: "There should be a dress code!"

The Coldest War | Outside Online

The Coldest War | Outside Online: "High in the Karakoram, the stubborn armies of India and Pakistan have faced off for 19 years on the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battleground and a flash point in the deadly dispute over Kashmir. In this exclusive report, an American writer and photographer spend two months inside the ultimate no-man's-land, witnessing the human and environmental devastation of a conflict without end."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

O'Reilly Radar > Entrepreneurial Proverbs

O'Reilly Radar > Entrepreneurial Proverbs: "I gave a talk at ETech on Monday called 'Entrepreneuring for Geeks.' I've given this general talk a few times now -- how can the more technically minded among us move into making companies of our own? I really enjoy the talks because I really enjoy entrepreneurs; at least, I enjoy the ones who are really excited about making something fantastic through their efforts. 'Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?' Right."


DAVID STOVE'S HELPS TO YOUNG AUTHORS: "How to rewrite the sentence: Cook discovered Cook Strait."

Guardian Unlimited | Columnists | Madeline Bunting: Our culture of contempt for parenthood

Guardian Unlimited | Columnists | Madeline Bunting: Our culture of contempt for parenthood: "The painful paradox is that while women have liberated themselves from being defined by their biology - the fate of the girl in many African and Asian societies who is not truly a woman until she has given birth - mothers have ended up relegated to the status of constant abject failure in a culture driven by consumerism and workaholism. There is no kudos in being a mum, only in being other things - such as thin, or the boss - despite being a mum. Motherhood is a form of handicap."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

TechCrunch » Exclusive Screenshots: Google Calendar

"CL2 makes it easy — even effortless — to keep track of all the events in your life and compare them to what your friends and family have going on in theirs. We’ve designed a calendar that works for you — helping you add events from email, friends, and other public calendars — so you don’t have to spend all your time maintaining your schedule. CL2 even helps you discover new events you might be interested in. We think it’s a great tool for managing your daily schedule, keeping track of what everyone in your family is doing, organizing events for a club or team, or creating public events that you can promote to the world."

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The $39 Experiment: Asking Random Companies for Free Stuff

"The way I looked at it, if I took $39 and went to buy groceries, I wouldn't be able to get all that much. On the flipside, if I took $39 to a casino and lost it all, I wouldn't be all that upset. With that said, I decided I was going to try something — I was going to take my roll of stamps and send 100 letters to 100 different companies, asking for free stuff. I figured that I couldn't do any worse than blowing the $39 at a casino, and who knows... maybe a few of these places would actually send me something good."

Ship locations

"ship database updated"

Dean's Benchtop: Extreme Pinewood Derby

"In this pinewood derby, nearly all the time-honored racing rules were eliminated. The only rules were:

* No open flames.
* No human physical contact with the cars while they are on the track."

Eat Smart: Science News Online, March 4, 2006

"Foods may affect the brain as well as the body"

Modern Mechanix » The Gas That Makes You Laugh

"This is a Popular Science article from 1949 which teaches budding young chemists how to make nitrous oxide. It even helpfully explains that the gas produces “a feeling of exhilaration when inhaled”."

Unearthed Monty Python Footage From 1975

"KERA-TV in Dallas was the first PBS station to broadcast Monty Python's Flying Circus, and it was the Pythons' first stop in the US after the premier of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Los Angeles in 1975. This interview footage first aired live on KERA that year, and hasn't been seen by the public since. It was discovered on an old reel that had been saved by an engineer, and as you can see, it cuts off after about 14 minutes... the engineer taped over the rest. It's a look at the group being candidly questioned by fans at the peak of their fame and creative powers."

Saturday, March 04, 2006


"miXscope 2.0 now supports the QX3/QX3+, QX5, and MiScope USB microscopes.

miXscope enables the above microscope users to take snapshots or create time-laspe movies of the world around them. In addition to snapshots and movies, users can add time stamps, text comments, image overlays, make measurements and/or draw on the live view images."

Friday, March 03, 2006

Foundation Repair Specialists | The Crack Team

"a dry crack is a happy crack!"

Plasma Pong - Final Prototype

"PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment.

Players have several new abilities that add fun twists to the classic game. In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game."

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Spore Gameplay Video - Google Video

"Will Wright talking at the Game Developer's Conference about 'Spore', which looks like it could possibly be the best video game ever."

M.G.L. - Chapter 2, Section 51

M.G.L. - Chapter 2, Section 51: "Chapter 2: Section 51. Donut of commonwealth

Section 51. The Boston Cream Donut shall be the official donut of the commonwealth."

Tom McMahon: What I Have Learned In 15 Years

"It was 15 years ago today that our 8-year-old son Ryan suffered a severe brain injury that left him unable to walk or talk or feed himself. He was in the hospital (in two hospitals, actually) for over six months, and ever since has lived with us at home. I thought I would share some of the lessons I've learned in these past 15 years:"