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Friday, July 18, 2008

Check out VirtualBox from Sun.

Of course, being a Solaris junkie, I’m excited. This has been out for awhile, but it hasn’t received much press. I’m installing Windows right now on my Solaris machine at work. So far, so good. I don’t care if it’s going to be all that slow, it’ll save me time from dual-booting in the long run. Plus, I can install the various Linux distros I need to work with as well. Very nice!

Oh, yeah, and its free.

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 13:37 in General    
Friday, June 6, 2008

Web apps are really coming into their own these days, the most recent example I’ve seen being 280 Slides. It’s a web-based app that is a clone of looks a lot like Apple’s Keynote. One of the principal innovations is in the implementation:

The most amazing thing about this is happening under the hood: the developer wrote a library that abstracts browser rendering engines using Canvas, SVG and Flash (on a per-need basis) into a unified language – Objective J which is – as the name suggests – a mapping from Objective C to JavaScript.


posted by travis at 07:44 in General    
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

We had an audio problem, but we did get a new episode recorded last night! I’ll be editing it as quickly as I can to get it out to everybody!

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 04:31 in General,News    
Friday, May 2, 2008

Forget about all that 3x vs 32x data over-write crap to make sure your data is deleted. Get one of these.

The best feature… an emergency hand pump allowing for operation when the power is cut to your building and the ninjas are about to get your drives. :)

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 12:39 in News    
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Does the Web 2.0 benefit only the tech elite?

Gawker.com: Does Web 2.0 Benefit Only the Tech Elite?

Original article

This was interesting in that the blogger points out that we’re so quick to adopt new technologies and new ways to use the Internet, ie Web 2.0, that we’ve caused issues with consuming the tools we have that more tools get invented to handle the new tools. Maybe we should figure out how to fully utilize the tools we have rather than getting invested in creating yet another tool…maybe I’m just old fashioned and think getting a job done well, rather than finding a new job when life gets tough, has some merit.

In other news:

Apple Air vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Finally, someone uses Apple’s advertising against them, to their advantage…

posted by cgrant at 15:32 in General    
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hello all,
Thesis defense is completed (successfully)! I still have paper edits to do, but we’ll be starting up the podcast again shortly. I hope we still have a few fans who have stuck with us. :)

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 12:06 in General,News    
Thursday, March 20, 2008

USB to DVI Display

Okay – I want like 10 or so of these. First, I can make my Mac Mini a dual-head box. Actually, I’ll make it a triple head, since I recently upgraded my 17″ LCD to a 20″, making my triple-head setup now all 20″ displays. Then, I’ll make my other three workstations all triple head. Then I’ll make my laptop a quad-head (3 of these plus the laptop display).

Scratch all that. I want 30 or so and I want every machine I own to have six heads.

I’m gonna need more 20″ LCD displays….

Also, check out this video of a similar product in action:

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 00:46 in General    
Thursday, March 13, 2008


After a great time at this SXSW2008, I must say it is the place to be if you’re in any field of technology. I have been to many conferences, Symposiums and such, but SXSW is by far the best one in recent years. I enjoyed the Music, Film and Interactive festivals. You get to meet interesting people: musicians, filmmakers, actors, producers, geeks, creatives and human-like characters.

This year’s panels that I thought were a must and then spawn a lot of sentiment, rage, or made it to the news were:

Mark Zuckerberg interview by Sarah Lacy, twitterers from everywhere exploded badly, but don’t take my work for it, there is a great place where everything is well detailed.


and here is video from the interview, judge yourself:


I actually think the interview was to generic, it would be great for a business conference, but here you have technology people all gather together, we all know who Mark is, and we had actual technical questions and wanted to hear technical or technology related information. What I was actually glad to see is how open Mark was to talk to people, I had the opportunity to talk with him at the Facebook party. He is a very approachable person.

Also a great panel was the ‘Browser Wars: Deja Vu All Over Again’ which had Brendan Eich, who invented JavaScript and is CTO of Mozilla; Chris Wilson worked on every version of IE that you’ve used; Charles McCathieNevile is the public face of standards at Opera, hosted by Arun Ranganathan, System Architect.

What it was unfortunate is that Apple didn’t send, at Aruns request, anyone from the Safari team. This actually was a let down, but if Apple does not care to send anyone, then they cannot defend themselves, which is their own fault. Apple missed a great opportunity, and probably they thought all of these developers would had been tough on them, as it should be.


I was actually impressed by the amount of people with iPhones, and Apple Laptops, definitely the majority, I would like to set a poll or if anyone could bring some statistics back from SXSW, please do.

The Google party and the Facebook party were great, I will be posting a few photos of the events and of some sessions. Anyway, if I saw you, talked to you or anything alike at SXSW, please drop me a line.

Great events, great nightclubs, great place, Austin.

posted by Ludvik at 09:14 in General    
Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Even though there isn’t any active development on this (last update: 2005-07-09), this is still the best virtual desktop manager I’ve found for Windows. A couple quirks, but so far I’m happy with it. It lets me set up the same keys I use on Mac/Solaris for virtual desktop switching, will switch backgrounds, and even has a text popup of the desktop name when you switch. Its missing some features, but it covers the basics, which is good enough for me.

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 09:48 in General,Misc    
Friday, February 22, 2008

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Toshiba has developed a new class of micro size Nuclear Reactors that is designed to power individual apartment buildings or city blocks. The new reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet…can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.

posted by travis at 20:10 in General    
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