Archive for date: February 23, 2005

Apple to buy TiVo?

February 23, 2005 | Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt | By: Mark VandeWettering

Intriguing rumor that hit Wall Street today. It would be great if my favorite consumer appliance got acquired by someone who could prevent its long, slow descent into the tar pits. Of course, they’d probably change the name to iTv or something, and it would be a sterile white instead of the comforting black. Actually, […]

Double Take

February 23, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m not sure who would buy this thing, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to know them.

Minimo on Pocket PC

February 23, 2005 | Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

I had heard about the open source browser Minimo, but they just recently released their first trial build. You can download a sneak peak at this build here: http://www.meer.net/~dougt/minimo_ce/MinimoCE_0.002.zip. Keep in mind, it is basically the second build that I made that actually rendered a page successfully. When you check it out, remember I told […]

ajax: a new approach to web applications

February 23, 2005 | Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

I must admit to a certain fascination with Google Maps, and was trying to figure out how it works. AdaptivePath has a nice essay called ajax: a new approach to web applications that describes the alliance of Javascript and XML that makes it possible.

BowGo

February 23, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Those crazy guys at CMU have invented a cool gadget: the BowGo. It’s basically a regular pogostick gone high tech: instead of using a heavy but relatively inefficient steel spring, it uses a fiber-reinforced composite spring that rides on low friction rollers. The net result is high bouncing. Check out their pictures and video.

A possible brain for the brainwagon robot?

February 23, 2005 | My Projects, Robotics | By: Mark VandeWettering

Glancing around the surplus market yielded the following computer which seems like it would be entirely capable of driving my as yet unstarted robotics project. Dell Optiplex GX1 PIII 450Mhz./ 128MB/ 6GB/ CD(Desktop) I found out that tigersurplus has the same sort of systems for less money, but it’s about the same when you add […]