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Realtime Lightning Detection Print
Friday, 29 May 2009 12:32

StrikeStar allows multiple, standalone lightning detectors to form a real-time lightning locator network with much better positional accuracy.

Liquid Cooled Desk Print
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 11:51

Neat liquid cooled desk at Popular Mechanics.

Cory Doctorow on DRM Print
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:04
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Cory Doctorow gives a talk at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in regards to DRM.


Bohemian Rhapsody Played on Classic Computer Hardware Print
Monday, 20 April 2009 06:31
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An Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound. A Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar and an 8 Inch Floppy Disk as bass. A 3.5 inch Harddrive was used as the gong with an HP ScanJet 3C used for all vocals.

Alternative To Print
Friday, 17 April 2009 12:24

I just stumbled on a neat site called AlternativeTo where you give it the name of the software that you are looking for a substitute for. I often look through lists of types of software to find alternative versions. This could prove to be faster.


Google Calendars Stops Storing Password Print
Monday, 13 April 2009 13:51

I use Google Calendar together with Google Sync on my BlackBerry. Today for no apparent reasons Google Calendar required me to type my password each time I launched the shortcut. I use the create application shortcut feature in Chrome to create a link directly to the Calendar. Having to re-type the password every time sort of ruins the conveniences.

The solution I come up with was to uninstall and reinstall Chrome. Note that un-installation alone will not correct the problem. You must uninstall Chrome and manually delete some of the stored settings. On Vista they reside in:


and on Windows XP they reside in

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome.

As Chrome is the only Google application I have installed at the moment, I just deleted the entire Google Folder.

Hope this helps someone! I'm still looking for a solution a weather syncing problem. If I have Google Sync on my BlackBerry sync the weather, which is nice, it creates the weather as an all day event. The problem is it flags it as busy, so any other additions you make to your calendar show a warning that they conflict with another event which is the weather.


Move Firefox 3 Bookmarks to Another Drive Print
Sunday, 12 April 2009 13:17

Firefox has been my browser of choice for a while. A while back, version 3 I believe, Firefox switched from storing it's booksmarks in 'bookmarks.html' to 'places.sqlite'. Unlike the flat file database 'bookmarks.html', 'places.sqlite' does not let you change the location with 'prefs.js'. You can however move 'places.sqlite' and trick Firefox into thinking the file is still there with MKLINK. The file resides in %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{your-profile-id}\places.sqlite.  AppData on Windows XP is 'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}' and on Vista it is 'C:\Users\{username}'.

For example on Vista my places.sqlite was stored in 'C:\Users\Grant\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\tp4sfudw.default\places.sqlite' and I moved it to 'D:\AppsData\Firefox\places.sqlite'. I then dropped to a command prompt and used:

mklink "C:\Users\Grant\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\tp4sfudw.default\places.sqlite"


Move VirtualBox.xml to Another Drive Print
Sunday, 12 April 2009 12:53

I switched to VirtualBox from VMware a few weeks ago. VirtualBox lets you store your virtual hard disk folders and machines in another location. I store mine on my second hard drive in my system (D:). However the index to these files is stored in C:\Users\{Username}\.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml. I often reimaging my operating system and as you can guess that wreaks havoc on my VirtualBox configurations. VirtualBox doesn't let you change the location of VirtualBox.xml but it turns out you can move it by copying it to where you want and then creating a link to the file with MKLINK.

For example, my VirtualBox.xml file was stored in C:\Users\Grant\.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml and I moved it to D:\VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml.

So I dropped to a command prompt and used:

mklink "C:\Users\Grant\.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml" "D:\VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml"


Juan Enriquez: New Science Video Print
Friday, 10 April 2009 15:37
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Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot - or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds.

Google Adds Search by Voice to Mobile App Print
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 06:16

Google recently added search by voice to their Google Mobile App for the BlackBerry. I did a couple test searches and was surprise at its accuracy. You can check out Google mobile applications at or from your mobile phone.

On a side note mobile data plans are a rip off. I pay T-Mobile $70 a month to have unlimited internet and texting on two phones. My FiOS bill is a little less than that.


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