Archive for date: October 24, 2005

Principal says students can’t keep blogs or MySpace profiles

October 24, 2005 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Wow, it’s hard to imagine a more idiotic or wrong-headed school policy than this one. At Pope John XIII Regional High School, principal McHugh decided that students should not have blogs, and have threatened those who oppose the ban with suspension. The primary impetus behind the ban is to protect students, McHugh said. The Web […]

Cleaning up old video…

October 24, 2005 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

While I was encoding videos over the weekend, I wrote a simple little filter to average consecutive frames to produce less noisy versions of title cards. I tested it on 25 frames from the titles of The Vampire Bat. It looks a little soft because I haven’t worked out the registration, but it nicely eliminated […]

The MINIX 3 Operating System

October 24, 2005 | Operating Systems | By: Mark VandeWettering

How did I miss this? Minix, the small OS designed by professor Andrew Tanenbaum to teach operating systems concets, is now in its 3.0 revision. From their webpage: MINIX 1 and 2 were intended as teaching tools; MINIX 3 adds the new goal of being usable as a serious system on resource-limited and embedded computers […]

Reprogrammable Genesis cartridge

October 24, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Raphael Assénat created his own reprogrammable cartridge for the Sega Genesis so that he could give a try at writing his own homebrew games. I’ve seen his webpage before, in particular, his experimetns with webcams. Good stuff. Hardware-wise, the Genesis is kind of a cute computer: It’s got an 8Mhz 68000 processor, 64KB of dedicated […]