Archive for November, 2006

Cyber Monday a myth

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According to BusinessWeek, it’s all just marketing hype created to increase sales.

Xbox Media Center

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Kind of kicking myself for not having done this early, but I soft-modded my Xbox (using MechAssault), and installed the XBMC 2.0.0 package this weekend. With a 0.0 build, it’s a bit buggy, but for the mere cost of an Action Replay 8MB memory card and a $2.29 used copy of MechAssault from Gamespot (not to mention about 3 hours to get it working…. my bad) I have a super-powerful media center PC, which can play movies PROPERLY off my NAS box, Youtubs, whatever. The interface is slick and fast, and supports FF and RW at various speeds, unlike my DSM-520.

Only 1 downside, the thing is LOUD when on (and cannot be turned on or off with the remote).

With some smart shopping on eBay, you could get this High Definition platform up and working for under
$150 + $30+$3 = $183, a bargain compared to the competition and the power of this platform.

Speedy internet

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Here’s what I’m getting out of Qwest these days for $40/month:

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It’s sweet. I suppose technically I’m paying for 7 Mbps down 1.5 Mbit/s up, but I may have been uploading a frame to my timelapse (every minute, two cameras) during this test.

Parkour – Russian Climbing

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As you may have guessed, just worked out how to embed YouTube videos in my blog. Here’s another one of my favourites, showing some Parkour (the sport).

Hard drive abuse….

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I have no connection to any of these videos, stumbled upon them at YouTube:
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Europe trip

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Here’s some pictures from our whirlwind business trip of Europe: France, England, Netherlands, Germany:
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Alkali metals on Brainiac

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Yup, that’s Richard Hammond from Top Gear….

Diet Coke & Mentos

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Just discovered not everyone had seen this…. Enjoy!

London to Brighton train time lapse

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Flight Patterns

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