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ipod mini autopsy

posted by Duncan at 8:20 am on February 27th, 2004

Taking apart the iPod mini

Apple has crammed a lot of stuff into the anodized aluminum enclosure of the new iPod mini, and taking it apart would be no easy task. his guy is an industrial designer with lots of experience pulling back the curtain and meeting the wizard in PDAs, Mp3 players, stereos, watches and all sorts of other gear. He’s usually pretty good at it, having not broken something in years (lots of bug hunts for tiny parts on the floor though). Except his brand-new iPod mini, where he screwed up big time… twice!

deep inside the k desktop environment 3.2

posted by Duncan at 8:02 am on February 24th, 2004

Deep inside the K Desktop Environment 3.2′ written by Datschge and Henrique Pinto. After introducing KDE and the project’s structure the authors present some new applications of KDE 3.2. After that they explain the key KDE technologies KParts, DCOP, KIO, Kiosk and KXMLGUI and give examples for code reusage and an overview of efforts to integrate non-KDE applications. For developers Umbrello, Cervisia and Valgrind with KCachegrind are introduced and of course KDevelop 3.0. An examination of licenses precedes the positive conclusion.


nokia: bluetooth flaw gnaws at phone security

posted by Duncan at 7:49 am on February 22nd, 2004

Nokia has confirmed that some of its Bluetooth-enabled cell phones are vulnerable to “bluesnarfing,” in which an attacker exploits a flaw to read, modify and copy a phone’s address book and calendar without leaving any trace of the intrusion.

Networking and security company AL Digital said on Monday that it had discovered a security flaw in Bluetooth, a wireless data standard, that could allow such an attack. The flaw affects a number of Sony Ericsson, Ericsson and Nokia handsets, but some models–including a handful of Nokia phones–are at greater risk because they invite attack even when in “invisible mode,” according to AL Digital.

Use link to view full story.

latest toy robot from mark tilden

posted by Duncan at 7:49 am on February 22nd, 2004

Mark Tilden has been building really cool BEAM robots for a long time. Now, he’s come up with RoboSapien, a toy that no self-respecting geek can go without. Videos of the RoboSapien at the 2004 New York City Toy Fair have been made available by Solarbotics. Mark offers some really good explanations about what makes them work.

Via Slashhdot

lin—s (lindash)

posted by Duncan at 9:12 am on February 19th, 2004

Lin—s (Lindash) Program Ensures Choice in Countries Where Microsoft is Attempting to Block Desktop Linux

Leading Desktop Linux Software Now Available on www.lin— Website and from Participating Resellers in the Netherlands

SAN DIEGO February 17, 2004 –The “Lin—s” (Lindash) program was launched today to make the leading desktop Linux available in those countries where the Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Corporation has blocked availability. Lin—s makes the affordable and robust operating system available to Dutch citizens through the website at www.lin— and from participating resellers.

“Dutch citizens deserve the same choices that are currently available to the citizens of more than one hundred countries around the world,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of “Lindash ensures that the Netherlands will have affordable, virus-free options instead of just expensive Microsoft software.”

Lin—s is a program that provides the leading desktop Linux operating system to the citizens of the Netherlands, who would otherwise be unable to attain the software. The www.lin— website enables Dutch citizens to purchase the easy-to-use, powerful software online for instant digital download. The website also offers listings of resellers in the Netherlands who are offering the software in stores and pre-loaded onto powerful, affordable computer systems. Lin—s allows the consumers in the Netherlands to take advantage of the cost-savings of the software that has enabled builders in the United States to offer $199 PCs and $799 laptops.

simpletech 8 gb type ii compactflash

posted by Duncan at 11:02 am on February 18th, 2004

Press Release:

SimpleTech Announces Industry’s Highest Capacity 8 GB CompactFlash Card With 10MB/sec Write Speed
New 8 GB Card Utilizes Company’s Patented IC Tower Stacking Technology

SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SimpleTech, Inc. (Nasdaq: STEC), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of custom and open-standard memory solutions based on Flash memory and DRAM technologies, today announced the industry’s highest capacity CompactFlash with an 8 GB Type II card using the Company’s patented stacking technology. The Company also announced 2, 4 and 5 GB Type I cards and a significant increase to the write speed of its entire ProX line of CompactFlash cards. The products will be unveiled at the PMA (Photo Marketing Association) trade show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from February 12-15, 2004. SimpleTech will exhibit in booth N-64.

“We combined the latest silicon with our patented IC Tower stacking technology and produced the highest density CompactFlash card available in the world,” said Ken Roberts, director of product marketing at SimpleTech. “This card also uses a high speed controller with 10 MB/sec write speed — the fastest on the market today.”

SimpleTech’s IC Tower(TM) stacking technology allows multiple NAND Flash components to be stacked together to provide increased memory and storage densities that provide enhanced capacity in its 5 mm Type II cards.

Delivering a breakthrough write speed of up to 10MB/second, SimpleTech’s ProX CompactFlash cards enable images to be saved faster to the CompactFlash card and significantly reduces the wait time between digital photography shots.

ProX CompactFlash cards incorporate Xcell(TM) technology, with a new advanced controller that provides an exponential increase in throughput for writing the picture file, delivering fast, accurate recording of high-resolution images and outstanding reliability.

SimpleTech customers are offered a free trial of PhotoRescue software. Customers can download the photo recovery software onto their computer, and either insert the Flash card into a reader, or dock their camera, and view thumbnail images of their pictures. If one of the images on the card is corrupted, the rescue software allows the image to be recovered.

All SimpleTech CompactFlash cards come with a lifetime warranty backed by SimpleTech’s reputation for quality and support.

navy jet ebayed – some assembly required?

posted by Duncan at 10:57 am on February 18th, 2004

T-33 aircraft complete ready to fly

The world’s only F/A-18 Hornet in private ownership, formerly a Navy Blue Angel Jet, is for sale on eBay. The initial asking price? $1 million unassembled, or $9 million assembled and certified airworthy ‘with your choice of paint’ – more info is available via a Yahoo News story. I wonder how much it would cost to fully arm it? The same person selling the F/A-18 is also selling a 1950′s T-33, and claims they’ll soon be auctioning off an F-16 and a Mig-29 as well.

Build your own air force for fun and profit!

roku network music player

posted by Duncan at 8:40 am on February 3rd, 2004

This looks fantastic. It’s on my shopping list. The Roku SoundBridge lets you play your Mac or PC digital music files anywhere in the house. All major audio formats are supported ? MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and Ogg-Vorbis ? and it’s network ready with wired Ethernet or an optional CompactFlash Wi-Fi adapter. A large, bright display and Apple RendezvousTM and native iTunes support make this player a winning part of your home entertainment system.

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