Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant @ 10:58
(Hat tip to a friend of mine at work.)
Well, you can’t run Windoze on this baby – but then again, maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
KPexEA writes with this excerpt from geek.com:
“[Game developer David] Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has an HDMI port on one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into an HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port, giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux.
The cost? $25.
The hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0, allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. … We can expect it to run a range of Linux distributions, but it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in.
All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.”
What gets me is that this thing still has more processing power & disk capacity than the box that ran Realm v1.0 all those years ago.
Damn. Just, damn.
Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant @ 21:30
Okay, so I’m reading about one of the Blue Angels at this air show in San Transexual (yeah, I don’t know how they managed that, either), and this neat visual effect they did…
Anyway, one of these nose-up-in-the-air snotty Brits had to chime in…
Nothing quite like the Stargighter the German Air Force nick named it the flying coffin others the widow maker. It had disconcerting habit of killing pilots and they really forgot to fit wings just a couple of stubs. It wasn’t all that really. I know you Americans think everything you do is the best but some things just don’t work out…
Last NATO flight competition I had with you guys we beat you. You had better technology pity about the lesser ability. Don’t knock we Brits especially today of all days. Late for every war and full of it.
Well, I tend to think we were sure the fuck on time in 1776 & 1812, but that’s another Brit beatdown for another day.
But then a fellow American chimed in…
Last NATO flight competition I was in you Brits had all kinds of “rules” that you wanted us to follow to ensure we didn’t wipe you off the map. Couldn’t fly half the planes off the deck of our carrier, couldn’t use our E2 Hawkeyes at all, couldn’t use our satellite links, couldn’t use our subs offensively, couldn’t use drones, and we were only allowed to fly ONE EA-6B for the whole carrier group. Couldn’t fly below 2,000 feet, nor above 50,000 feet.
You “win” these competitions because you simply will not take us on head to head.
We laugh it off as your commanders stroking your egos, making you think you’re better than you really are.
Mheh. PJ O’Rourke rides again.
Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant @ 18:00
(Hat tip: Major Geeks.)
The 7Gadgets site is trying to say that this is the ultimate geek chair.
I beg to differ.
For this to be the Ultimate Geek Chair – it would have to be an oversized chaise recliner that swivels.
Posted by David Hartung @ 23:07
Can any of you digital geniuses tell me how to post our calender to my church blog? We use WordPress, and the best I have been able to do is to link to a PDF copy. Help from the pros would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 20:57
Denizens, consider this T-Mobile commercial:
For the Uninitiated, this is a blatant rip-off of the old “Hi, I’m a Mac/(sigh) And I’m a PC” commercials that Stevie Jobs apparently – and erroneously – thought were hilarious.
Ever since T-Mobile came out with these BS spots, I’d tell anyone who’d listen – which usually amounted to Mrs. Venomous – “Dammit, it didn’t work for Apple, and it’s bloody well not gonna work for T-Mobile”.
MRS. VENOMOUS: Yes, dear.
Well, AT&T, having probably gotten a little tired of the mosquito biting it, did the appropriate thing – they smacked the mosquito into oblivion:
AT&T is planning on buying T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock. The deal must be approved by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission first.
“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people.”
Guess we can see that little cutie in blue & orange now instead of pink polka-dots.
Score another WITY for His Rudeness.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 15:22
And no sooner do I get the site running on WP 3.0.5 than WordPress comes out with version 3.1.
General? This is why I don’t like updating.
Posted by Supreme General Rayegun @ 7:31
Darth, you’ll want to pay attention to this cause I know the Titanic has a few of these.
Researchers at UC San Diego found that the normal methods we use to securely wipe magnetic drives aren’t as useful on solid-state drives. After testing twelve SSDs, they found that only four were securely erased with whole-drive erasure methods. Trying to securely wipe a single file was even less successful, and more often than not a good portion of the file was recoverable.
Hmmm, better make sure the Department of Archives adds this information to their SOPs. Wouldn’t want the dumpster divers to get any critical information from our used SSDs.
And while you’re perusing the site, you’ll also find this article that confirms that Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. Guess the intertubes are going to be running a littler slower today.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 10:30
(Hat tip to News Busters – and I know it sounds like their post, but I’m going to plead a Great Minds Think Alike moment here, mkay?)
Denizens, remember a Long Time Ago when the Demoscum and the Lame Stream Media (but I repeat myself) ripped into GHW Bush’s supposed unfamiliarity with grocery scanners? And the not-too-terribly-unexpected corollary that “He’s! Out! Of! Touch! He! Doesn’t! Even! Know! The! Cost! Of! A! Gallon! Of! Milk!!!!!”?
Fast foward twenty years: The Ayatollah doesn’t even know how to work a fucking IPod.
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter,” Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia.
You mean like all the bullshit you’re spewing at BarackObama.com? Or, perhaps, at OrganizingForAmerica.com? That sort of stuff?
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,” Obama said.
Five’ll get you five hundred that you never hear about Bambi’s IPod Impotence amongst the Leering Leftard Lapdogs of the media. They’ll sooner be covering the story about how Simon Cowell still wuvs his mummy.
He bemoaned the fact that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,” in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets.
Translation: Damn those Right-o-sphere bloggers for catching me with my pants down on the BP oil spill!!1!!ONE!!1!1ELEVENTY!!!
Somebody call ol’ Jugears a waaaaaaaahmbulance, hmmmers?
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 10:42
To amplify on what my esteemed colleague General Rayegun said yesterday, Chris Muir, not to put too fine a point on it, says it thusly:
A commenter over at Dr. Rusty’s site said yesterday:
…Shutting down the Internet is one of the things that WOULD start the rebellion/revolution that would bring the reforms which would sweep Obama and other freedom/liberty stealers from existance
…and I can’t help but agree.
If the Al-Obambi minions & sycophants thought we were “unruly mobs” before, watch what happens when you take away what has become one of our tools of Article I of the Bill of Rights. What came before will seem like a picnic in comparison.
You are One Step Closer to the Line That You Dare Not Cross, leftards – and you don’t have many steps left. You cannot possibly comprehend the backlash that awaits you, douchebags, should you cross that line – so, for your own sakes, I tell you here and now that you’d best not cross it.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Posted by Supreme General Rayegun @ 7:56
Had to lighten things up a little for Friday. Between triple-digit temps here and the humidity creeping upwards, it’s been a draining week. So here’s something from the lighter side of life.
Check out after the fold.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 8:00
[SCENE: Engineering section of ISS Pegasus. The ship has, once again, been subject to a series of wormholes from attempting to enter warp after assurances from Captain Korrioth and Lieutenant Cmdr. Ozymandias McCool that the intermix formula for the new warp core had been properly calibrated and was in perfect balance. Korrioth & McCool have just picked themselves up off the deck.
The Engineering doors slide open. Through the doorway strides a hooded figure, headed straight for the duo. Under the hood, one sees two blazing mini-stars where eyes would normally be.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 21:31
[SCENE: Realm spacedock, where ISS Pegasus floats quietly in a maintenance hangar.
Cut to interior view: Engineering. Lieutenant Cmdr. Ozymandias McCool and his engineering staff - which consist primarily of an overworked Jawa, three Ewoks and two pair of Bynars - are putting the finishing touches on installation of a new warp core.
The Engineering doors open and we see Admiral Darth Venomous and Captain Korrioth stride in, making a beeline for McCool.]
OZY MCCOOL (loudly): ADMIRAL ON DECK!!!
VENOMOUS: At ease. McCool, report.
OZY MCCOOL: Installation of warp core complete, m’lord; we’re performing the final quality checks now. We will begin testing and calibration in three hours.
VENOMOUS: Excellent, Commander, excellent. Submit a timetable for testing the new transwarp drive to the captain upon completion.
OZY MCCOOL: (nods) Aye, sir.
VENOMOUS: Korrioth, you will render whatever assistance the commander needs with fine-tuning the intermix settings. I went through enough wormholes the last time, understood?
KORRIOTH: Understood clearly, Admiral. (throwing a wolfish grin McCool’s way)
VENOMOUS: Without the painstick, Captain.
[The look of extreme disappointment & angst is written all over Korrioth's face.]
Denizens, I’ll be taking the Big Box down shortly to install a new SATA-type solid-state hard drive. Not that you guys will notice anything, but I’ll be slightly more incommunicado than usual.
Posted by Darth Venomous @ 7:00
The Department of “Gee, Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” alerts us to this future Neiman’s catalog item – a female robot.
One wonders what the feminazis at
NAG NOW would think about this.
Devoted Aiko — “in her 20s” — has a stunning 32-23-33 figure, pretty face and shiny hair.
She is always happy to clean the house for “husband” Le, help with his accounts or get him a drink.
Computer ace Le, 33, from Ontario, Canada, has spent two years and £14,000 building his dream girl.
Hey, let’s outfit her in a mink coat. Get PETA pissed off at “her”, too.
Posted by Supreme General Rayegun @ 16:33
Time to initiate a new category.
Well, seems the General here has got to enter the 21st century when it comes to staying in contact with the HQ and Battlestaff. Up until now, all I’ve ever used to stay in contact when I was off-base was your plain old simple cell phone. And for the most part I’ve stuck with Motorola RAZR phone for the past couple of years because of the big screen and small overall footprint.
But remember, your General is also a closet Linux fanboy. I still have a working Sharp ZAURUS SL-5500 that I tinker with every once and a while. Ahh, the good ol’ days of yore…….
So, when the HTC Dream was announced would use the Google Android mobile OS my interest perked up again. So much so, that today I cranked up my T-Mobile (yup, I use T-Mobile….when you get the kind of discount on the service I get, it was an easy decision) site and put my pre-order in for the G1 in lovely black. Yes, I’ve already read a bunch of the coverage on the G1, and yes I’m aware of the shortcomings the G1 has. but my opinion is that the things that the G1 is doing right is enough to outweigh the minor inconvenience of not having a headphone jack. Yes I know it also is missing Exchange/Outlook support by default, but I’m certain the developer community will have that shortcoming eliminated by the offical release date of October 22nd, prolly with a few days to spare!
As I said, to initiate the “Technology-ery” category I’m going to post about the G1 and my thoughts about it as it arrives next month. I’ll also try to cover the apps that I’ll add to the phone to make my life easier as I transition to a “smartphone” and the needs I’ll have that the phone will meet (hopefully).