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Friday, June 22, 2007

Techno News-Brain Drives The Train

Tell you what. The Japanese do come up with some really different technology. This is a sort of brain cap from the look of it. It picks up brain waves and that, in turn, drives the train. Very strange. They call it "brain-machine interface" by Hitachi and it apparently analyzes small changes in the brain. The blood flow tells the cap and it translates the motion into electric signals.

A mapping device is connected to the cap by optical fibers. Then it's connected to the train by computer. When they asked a reporter to try it out, he did some very simple calculations in his head and the train went into motion. By doing some basic math or singing a song it can keep the train going. When the calculations or singing stops so does the train.

That is kinda weird to me but then I wasn't wanting something that could tell that I was thinking anything like that anyway. What will this do? Are we looking at the newest form of thought police in the future??? ACK!!!

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:43 PM
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

I Want A Laptop But I Need Suggestions

At the moment, I am dreaming of owning a laptop, something that is going to take a bit of time to find and saving up to buy. What I really need are some suggestions for what kind to buy, what extras to add without costing an arm and a leg. It will be my first laptop so I want it tricked out but affordable.

Have you ever gone to the websites that help you build one? I did that tonight. It's crazy. For one thing, you get all these fantastic options at only this much a month extra or this many dollars total added on. It gives you a list of things I've never heard of so I click on them. Who knows what is lurking in the hearts of those laptops. Of course, some of it is obviously optional so I didn't click on that. For instance, do you need a monitor with your laptop? Um, doesn't it COME with a monitor? Thought so. Didn't take that.

The one thing that it does not do is tell you how much you're racking up while you add this thing and that thing. Ah HA! Knew there was a rub in there somewhere. At the end of my little quest for the so-called perfect machine, I ended up with a pretty impressive laptop. Of course, the thing would cost me almost $2,400 but it sure would be good for a long time. How the heck did that happen???? It started out as a $800 laptop computer. It turned into Godzilla meets Mothra and eats Manhattan!!! Who can afford this stuff????? Oh well. Someday, there will be an affordable laptop in my possession. It's a quest.

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:29 PM
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

And The Spammer Went Down

Yesterday, one of the top spammers in this country (USA) was caught and jailed. Hats off to the law enforcement people involved in catching the guy who has been a huge problem for all of us who have email. That would be almost all of us. The non affected people would likely be those whose email is on a website instead of coming directly to the computer like mine does.

Here was a guy who took full advantage of the recent technology and used it to get people to his site. They then could sign up for him to send out thousands of emails which would then make a computer a "zombie" meaning that it would send out emails that the owner of the computer did not know anything about. The person who paid this guy, I guess, thought that it was a legitimate business option and paid out $495 for the service. The man, Robert Alan Soloway, has been a thorn in the side of thousands of people worldwide with his tactics.

Last week, a federal grand jury returned a 35-count indictment against Soloway. He is now residing in federal custody.

All I can say here is HALLELUJAH!! Thank goodness, they finally got him. According to officials at Microsoft, who believe that he was a huge problem for their customers, emails should be far less likely to have as much spam as in the past. I'm really ready for less spam.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Virtual Tour Makes It Seem Real From 2000 Years Ago

People in Cincinnati are able to take virtual tours into the Ohio River Valley, now in development, and see brillant green grasslands and beautiful sparkling blue lakes and rivers. They will see the area as it was some 2000 years ago. This is achieved by a computerized fly-over. This wonderful virtual tour is at the Cincinnati Museum Center's interactive video tour of Fort Ancient and other earthworks.

Today, museums and educators lean heavily on video with animation, graphics and technology we once only dreamed about in order to show what historical texts and maps could not.

Cincinnati is not the only place doing this. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is currently creating a recently found theater in Williamsburg which is the 18th century capital of Virginia. They plan on adding animation as well as creating a virtual tour of the whole town.

Virtual heritage tours and exhibits are getting quite popular in Asia, Europe, Japan, Italy and Germany. These were novel ideas a number of years ago, written about in science fiction but not a reality until recently. And now they are gaining interest in the United States as well.

This is extremely fascinating to me and I cannot wait until this is available to those of us who are in the boonies.

Posted by From Arkansas at 12:16 AM
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Monday, April 02, 2007

Domains For Sale!

I want you to know that there are urls for sale out there on the internet! You can find pages with the perfect domain names, put your money on it and it's YOURS! Let me give you a a couple of examples of what I am talking about.

My Pet Palace is a great name for a pet shop or somebody who is raising pets of any kind for sale. Don't you just love the name?

Blog Hunting is another good name for a url especially if you plan to have a service for helping people to find the best blogs and blog places on the net.

I think my favorite is called Snarl Paws. That one looks like it would be great for either sale of animals or maybe selling gloves or simply a great blog name. What do you think?

These and several others are available on a website called Purrfect Domains.