Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Economic Package will be Passed When What Freezes Over?

( Mars Sunrise )


The Economic Package will be Passed
When What Freezes Over?


Note to Congress: This was spotted on Nasa's Web Page

NASA Mars lander
Sees Falling Snow on Mars.

Get the Idea?
"Time's a-wasting.."

One definition of Wasting:

"Here condemned To waste eternal days in woe and pain."

NASA link:

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Quake Catcher Network (QCN)

A couple of Laptop computer models such as the Mac Laptop (2005 or later) and
Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows have motion sensors similar to the iPhone, the iTouch and recently announced Google Phone.

Software available at QCN, the Quake Catcher Network, can "talk" to these models and read seismic activity at the laptop's location and transmit it to QCN.

From the Overview page at QCN:
Costs for this network will be low compared to traditional networks because the QCN will use 1) strong motion sensors (accelerometers) already internal to many laptops and 2) nearly identical low-cost universal serial bus (USB) accelerometers for use with desktops. The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC!) provides a free, proven paradigm for involving the public in large-scale computational research projects.
The Quake Catcher Network (QCN) is in the beta testing stage.

Link here:
Physics Today had a blog about motion sensors:
Also of note is Tech Now! TV,
broadcast on NBC channel 4 on mondays at 4:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Webpage at http://www.technowtv.com/

Today's broadcast showed how science has squeezed the stuff inside a TV and put it on One Very Small Chip that will easily fit inside your Smart Phone.

Watching the Tech Watchers

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Royal Pindom Shows Us 10 Alternative OS's for the Desktop.

So you thought the Desktop just revolved around Windows, OS 10, Linux, and maybe BeOS and Solaris. Well, wake up and smell the coffee, here are 10 alternative Operating Systems that could shake up your Desktop.

And No, they are Not Just Different Flavors of LINUX.


Royal Pindom Shows Us 10 Alternative OS's
for the Desktop.

Sneek Peek of the First One
On the List.


Yeah, it's based on the Old Amiga
9 more are pictured at the
Link above.


And while we're doing pictures, I came across this one last week
when the New gPhone (Google Android phone) was launched.



Is This the gPhone you've been waiting for?


I put it on my PSP Background.


: Top 10 reviews of the Week at Cnet.



Wingman, just looking around.

Turned the corner and another OS rears its head from the ashes:

SqueakNOS is Back.

Based on Smalltalk without an OS, hence the name NOS, the ISO is at this Link as well as the better running version that works with VMware's VMPlayer.

Link here: http://people.squeakfoundation.org/article/59.html

Okay, this time this is it.

Wingman out.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Who Wants to be President Now?

Wall Street: The WAMU hits the FAN.

What Next?


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Beware the Dark FLOW in Space

Like something Don LaFontaine would have said narrating a trailer to a bad Sc-Fi movie:

"Beware the Dark Flow that Science has recently discovered moving at an incredible speed in Space..."

This what Space.com is telling us: "Scientists have found A Dark Flow in the universe moving in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any known gravitational force in the area."

They found this Flow studying some of the largest structures in the cosmos: Giant Clusters of Galaxies.

To follow their explaination about what and how this Dark Flow was found head over to this link:


Curious stuff in space, Wingman.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Buffet Buys into the Henry Paulson's Plan

When Warren Buffet talks,
investors and CNBC listens.

Answering questions on the phone call with CNBC, Buffet explains why he's putting in 10 billion for a piece of Goldman Sachs.

After listening to congress question Henry Paulson on CNBC yesterday and come away with an even lesser opinion on the Legislative Branch of Government, it was a breath of fresh air hearing Buffet telling it how it is, and how dire the situation really is, or as Warren put it "...we are on the verge of going over the edge."

He also suggested we should talk Paulson into staying on for the next President as Secretary of the Treasury.

Wingman, concerned.

Monday, September 22, 2008

In The News: Breaking Up is Easier To Do.

Goto the Breakup Boutique
Breakup basket
Even a Wedding Ring Coffin.

First Google Android Phones Set to Release Next Week for $199.

T-Mobile to Release First Google Android Phone on September 23
Baby Stroller that unfolds itself, about $600.00
Asustek Computer Unleashes World’s First Skype Videophone.

Skype Certifies Asus AiGuru SV1 Videophone
Shuttle Begins to Ship Intel Atom-Based Nettop Barebone.

Shuttle Ships X27 Nettop Barebone



Sunday, September 21, 2008

While "Rome" Burns, Art is Fiddling Around.

Has Art Gone To Hell?

By Wingman

No matter how you look at it, last week was a Bad one for Wall Street and the World's Economy.

Damien Hirst, the Artist, on the other hand was cashing in on the whimsy of an Art Auction at Sotheby's.

After two days, the auction soared to a record breaking $200.7 million (£111 million) for the sale of 218 items.

That he made a great deal of money doesn't bother me as much as how the "value" of a piece of Art has descended from the sublime to the ridiculous.

You don't need a mob of Art Seekers with deep pockets, 30 to 40 will do very nicely thank you. But if you sprinkle a few members from an Art Museum that owns a goodly number of Hirst's early work, you come away with the idea that their bidding may be predicated on investment protection.

If Damien's Art value goes down, the value of the pieces they own goes down as well.

And as if that were not enough to question the prices paid, a glimpse of the "Art" pieces should cause most Art Critics to utter: "Oh, My!".

A british publication had their "spin" on these proceedings. Link is here:


You, of course have heard mine.

This link shows some of the Art pieces:



TV: Best of the New Season

Kool, Hip and Edgy, the Dumped Secret Agent Michael Westin is a cross between Billy Crystal and Johnny Depp.

With great character actors like Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless joining the fun.

This is not quite Miami Vice Miami

Burn Notice TV Show

Also worth a Look-See:

Fox's Fringe
Everyone keeps saying it's NOT an
X-Files Knock-Off
But it is on FOX
And the main character
is FBI.

The Mad Scientist that sounds a lot like Vincent Price, is worth the look-see.

The Sarah Conners

Wingman Is Watching...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Seinfeld Goes To "Back of The Line!!!"

Seinfeld Goes To "Back of The Line!!!"

Vista and XP

get Linux-like multiple desktops

Microsoft has quietly released a utility that allows you to create multiple desktops on Vista or XP.

Not as Kool as the Linux version above, but it is a step in the right direction.

Story at APCMAG.COM Link:

And Jerry Seinfeld stint with Bill Gates to improve the perception of Vista's quality is being shelved.


And another site: TechRepublic.com cites the 10 Reasons Linux is Better than Windows. Link Here:



Thursday, September 18, 2008

ValleyWag Reports Seinfeld Ads Cancelled!

ValleyWag Reports Seinfeld Ads Cancelled!
Now THAT'S Funny!

Maybe they should have used the puffy shirt after all.

And I was hoping for the

"Gates-Seinfeld Road Movie: The Road to Nowhere".



Didn't they (MS) realize that, in this economy, $300 million does not buy everything.

It was, after all:

A Wingman and a prayer.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canon DSLR First to Shoot Full HD Video

Canon DSLR

First to Shoot Full HD Video
Gizmodo.com had this First Report of the New Canon DSLR (drool!) DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)
Easily the most anticipated camera in the galaxy, Canon's 5D Mark II is official, and officially excellent. The full-frame, 21-megapixel DSLR is the first to shoot full HD video, and with Digic 4, Canon is promising low-light performance on par with that of Nikon's D3 and D700 thanks to improved light gathering and noise reduction, with ISO range 100-6400, extendable up to 12,800 and 25,600. Add to that its high speeds and first-in-class video capabilities, and you can tell this camera was worth the agonizing wait.
Full Specs on this baby are here:
Yeah, this is what you've been aching for, especially if it delivers the performance it promises. It'll be $2700 for the body or $3500 with the 24-105mm kit lens, out at the end of November.
Yeah, this is mostly cut and paste, but still and interesting story of the leaps and bounds affecting digital technology. 21 Megapixels.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

LHC Collider HACKED.

LHC Collider
(from Wired Story)

hackers screen

LHC Collider HACKED.

The Wired Blog Story:

Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) Hacker Infiltration Highlights Vulnerabilities
Link: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/hackers-infiltr.html

The Wired Story does not paint a pretty picture about vulnerabilities revealed by the hackers.


Interesting Software Link for Windows XP users:



Monday, September 15, 2008

The Big Drive Storage Solution from Seagate.

Why the Need for Bigger Drives?

“With the amount of content being created and consumed today, the average broadband household will soon need close to a terabyte of storage to account for their personal media collections on PCs, portable devices, and DVRs,” said Jane Shields, research analyst, Parks Associates. “With Seagate’s coupling of high-capacity, reliable and easy-to-use solutions with attractive designs, the company is helping more people enjoy the benefits that come with backup and sharing of their digital media collections.”

“The growth of the 2.5-inch form factor external hard disk drive market has been very strong – almost doubling in 2Q08 compared with 2Q07,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director, Removable Storage at IDC. “This growth is much higher than the overall market and driven by the products’ convenient size and connectivity, as well as their large storage capacity and affordability.”
Source: http://gizmodo.com/5049750/15tb-freeagent-xtreme-anchors-onslaught-of-stylish-seagate-hard-drives


Saturday, September 13, 2008

CNN: All the "news" that's Fit to Print... Or is it?

Saturday Night CNN,
the Yuks just keep on coming...

A few days ago I came across a headline in Daily Rotation about Vice-President nominee Sarah Palin.

It "raved" about Sarah's Tech Saviness because she was "Blogging", "Twittering", posting stuff on You Tube and even "Rapping". It appeared the Super Woman from Alaska was multifaceted, and multitalented.


She was out TECH-ing Obama.

Then I followed the link and found out these activities were being posted by "Fake Posters" not affilliated with Palin at all. Some were comedians trying to make a name for themselves by using Palin's new found "Media" popularity.

To make matters worse, these bogus banters were being pointed to by Media Big Boys like CNN and other supposed "News" agents.

The question is "Why?"

A lot of people feel that the network news has become a not too subtle form of entertainment.

Now it appears it wants to be Saturday Night Live.

Look out John Stewart and Colbert Report, the "news" is moving into your turf and this trend is "Not Funny".

And it definitely does NOT help viewers see the "Real", and not too entertaining Issues.

Many have bemoaned the demise of the Newspaper as a source of Real Reporters reporting the News, and the Internet as a replacement with grassroots open dialog. But the belief that group wisdom is sacrosanct is placing too much of a point on something that is really pretty dull.

That's my 2 dimes worth, what's yours?


Hello Kitties

Learning face focusing on the Canon...I need some friends... on TwitPic

Just a couple of DVD pals that I just uploaded to Twitpic.com, a photo sharing program for Twitter. I'm learning how to use my Canon Digital Camera, little by little.

My berating of CNN and False Palin boggers will have to wait until I calm down.


Friday, September 12, 2008

iPhone Snapper

You know when you press HOME on your iPhone it does something esthetically clever by squishing your screen to nothing and taking you to the Home page.

Well a hacker found out that to do that the iPhone takes a snapshot of what is on display and then does the squishing on the snapshot.

But where oh where does that snapshot go you ask? To some locked folder you can't see or open. Nice.

Then what?

Well, if the snapshot of your screen (which can contain text messages or email or maybe a website you're on) is no longer needed it's deleted....Or is it?

The Hacker that found the folder with snapshots also found the password to open it and those snaps have been used to capture baddies.

As anyone who has been in computing long enough knows, Delete does Not always Delete.

Apple has not responded to this possible flaw.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Picard to Data: "I Know that Data, But what does it Mean?"

The switch was thrown and
the world Did NOT fall into a Black Hole.

The "Known" Ideas of our Universe Did come to an End, as a new understanding is formulated by the largest and most expensive scientific instrument ever made did it's thing earlier today.

Wired tells us what it all means...


Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Link: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15433

Slashdot says Intel's X25-M solid-state drive "Blows the Doors Off the Competition".

Sounds just Great, but sober-up, a Real Review of this "baby" can be found at TechReport.com, linked above.
Anantech.com also offers up it's take on
Intel X25-M at:

Two Views are Better than One, eh?

They say that it Really Fast Too!

Wingman, solid-state.


Monday, September 08, 2008

Wired Magazine's "Top 10 Amazing Physics Videos

What's better than a little Science (Physics) and Movies?

How about Wired magazines Top 10
Amazing Physics Videos, found Here:

These Videos are just under the Wire (Pun Intended) since CERN has some Happenings this week as well.

CERN's LHC 'First Beam' to be broadcast live on Wednesday
Link: http://www.engadget.com/

Set your alarms and kiss the kids goodbye, CERN will be providing a live webcast of the Large Hadron Collider's "First Beam" maiden voyage on Wednesday. Let us know how it goes, we'll be holed-up inside grandpa's bombshelter with our canned turnips and 10th anniversary Heaven's Gate Nikes -- remember, two-knocks if it's safe else we'll assume you're a robot.

Read -- Webcast starting Wed, Sep10 at 09:00 CEST (calculated globally)
Read -- Satellite broadcast

Which brings us to the subject of SPORES...
A pretty good review of the game appears in ArsTechnica (Link below)

Note: A version of this game just came out for the iPhone.
12 years later... we're playing Spore

With Spore, Will Wright intends to make you an Intergalactic Galactic ruler who begins life as a bottom-feeding primordial soup dweller. When I first saw the game back in early 2006 I wondered, would Wright and his team over at Maxis be able to pull this off? I didn't mean "pull it off" in the technical sense, but in the gaming sense of making it fun. I've waited a long time to see if Wright succeeded, and when my review copy arrived in the mail recently I found out the answer.

Wingman....you know.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Going Behind Closed Doors...

Oh No! Here We Go Again....
The art of burying invisible malware deep inside a Linux machine is about to go mainstream, thanks to a new open-source rootkit released Thursday by Immunity Security, a firm that supplies tools for penetration testers.

Link Here:

How to Deep Fry Anything
This link came up after hearing about the Pomona Fair Grounds Fair (Coming up shortly) will be offering Fried COKE!

wingman out.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pit Bull With Lipstick Mauls OBAMA at RNC

Hockey Mom Lashes Out


A new Political Star was born last night at the RNC. All reports point to a "Grand Slam Speech" by Vice-President nominee Sarah Palin.

Most of the mauling was aimed at Obama, but the Celebrity-focused Media was also taken to the ground...



Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Browser Wars "One More Time..."

Google jumps into the Browser Wars with it's own New, Open Source, Mozilla-based Browser called: Chrome
(named after the Browser Engine Apple's Safari and Linux's Konqueror is based on). http://www.internetnews.com/webcontent/article.php/3769021/Google+Chrome+Browser+Will+Make+Money.htm www.internetnews.com gives a explaination ob what new Google browser has to offer.

Hanna Hits Haiti PIX

Hurricanes are stacked up for September, as Hanna Hits Haiti. Four hurricanes predicted for September by scientists. http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0902-hurricane_forecast.html Hanna

Apple ready to Rock Next Week. New iPod??? Most Likely..

And the Hot New PEN??? It records lectures as you write down Notes. One even has a GPS unit to find your way around campus..

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

North and South Facing COWS

According to a study on cattle grazing using Google Earth to gather some of its DATA: They have a tendency to aligned themselves along magnetic North and South. Researchers are trying to understand why?

Science sure looks at interesting things, eh?