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This is more or less old news now, but as I've only found it recently, I thought to share this with you :)

 

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Posted by Mrmo Tarius @ 3/25/2011 07:40  |    6
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C64 gets revamped!

Featuring a new graphics card, but you can still emulate (aside from windows) the old C OS on it!
Comes with a keyboard that won´t get stuck, a DVD drive and top of the line processors.

Check it all out here: Commodore 64 ,Commodore phoenix

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Posted by Hapiel_old @ 4/3/2011 12:33  |    8
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Microsoft GIF Animator is a free GIF Animator that is compatible with MS Paint. Download the software free here.

Posted by Sjoecool322 @ 8/21/2010 07:39  |    6
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These are 3 very useful bookmarks for all PJ members. The first two were written by Hatch. The third was created by 1ucas. All 3 are must haves.
PJ Challenge Checker- PJ Spec Checker - GIF Animation Viewer

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Posted by jalonso @ 4/17/2010 12:04  |    8
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TinEye is a nifty reverse image search engine that will check images that you feed it and see if it matches any other images in its database. Pretty useful for finding RIPs on PixelJoint.  Despite it still being Beta, it works pretty well.

Check it out here.

Posted by Robinhood @ 3/31/2010 17:57  |    15
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Every tech seems to downgrade (upgrade?) to pixel art at some point. This time it's Google Maps.

Check it!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/28/2010 10:11  |    0
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Fans of late-80s-era BBS's (or hey, just nerds in general) owe it to themselves to check out Christine Love's new mystery/romance game, Digital: A Love Story, set entirely in an operating system in 1988. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Posted by HMC @ 3/20/2010 20:20  |    0
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And what does that mean? It means no blurry pixels when images get resized!

Download it here:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html

FireFox 3.5 had the unfortunate side-effect of blurrying images when they got resized (and this ruined the pixelly-goodness). 3.6 FINALLY fixes this problem.

Posted by Blackbeltdude @ 3/11/2010 23:56  |    20
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From the depths of Nifflas' Support Forum (nifflas.lpchip.nl/index.php) comes Dataflashsabot's "Patronizingly Simple Transparentizer". Just load your picture,

click the transparency color, and it's transparent. Now, nobody has any excuse to leave in a white background!

Click here to download: www.box.net/shared/spuanqlykq

Posted by Pumpkinbot @ 2/11/2010 18:33  |    11
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If you've wanted a tablet to pixel with, now is the time to add this cheap (US$70) tablet to your list.

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Posted by jalonso @ 12/9/2009 12:14  |    17
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"Google Inc., owner of the most- visited Internet search engine, is developing a computer operating system based on its Chrome Web browser, taking aim at Microsoft Corp. in its strongest market.

The system will be designed at first for low-cost laptops called netbooks, Google said in a blog post. The company is in talks with partners on the project and computers running the software will be available in the second half of 2010.

The plan escalates Google’s rivalry with Microsoft, which extends to Web search, browsers and business applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. Windows, Microsoft’s flagship product, runs about 90 percent of the world’s personal computers. Google is also trying to spur Web-ad sales after reporting its first sequential revenue drop as a public company.

“There is a possibility that the new OS can break the paradigm Microsoft and Intel created over the past 20 years,” aid Yukihiko Shimada, a computer analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co. in Tokyo. “There is plenty of business opportunity for Google in this market.”

Google said it’s working with computer makers to introduce a number of netbooks next year, without identifying any of the companies. The Chrome OS will be open-source, meaning the program code will be open to developers, Google said. The software will work on top of the Linux operating system."

 

News sourced from http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aMhGHdEO.gEw          I thought it would be nice to share it with everyone else. Hopefully this new Operating system will be able to get up high enough in the market to be as openly avaliably as Microsoft's Windows Vista/7.

Posted by JoshFTW @ 7/8/2009 17:08  |    6 | Source
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This is a follow-up to the news post below by Evilagram.

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Posted by Hapiel @ 6/15/2009 01:55  |    18
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As of the official implementation of Gecko version 1.9.2, there will be a tag implemented that chooses the resizing algorithm used on a page, allowing you to choose between Nearest Neighbor (direct resize, no blur), Bilinear Filtering (low quality blur, which is currently used), or Bicubic Blur (high quality blur, what photoshop uses). Meaning that we'll no longer have blurry pixel art when we resize.

https://developer.mozilla.org/En/CSS/image-rendering

This is the official documentation. It'll be stuck in along with HTML 5, meaning that you can probably try out the new tags in the current Firefox 3.5 beta.

The tags to be added into the CSS styles are as follows:

img[src$=".gif"] { image-rendering: -moz-crisp-edges; -ms-interpolation-mode: nearest-neighbor; }
img[src$=".png"] { image-rendering: -moz-crisp-edges; -ms-interpolation-mode: nearest-neighbor; }

For an invidual image you'd use this code (can be factored into the  BBcodes in the forum, and the display for individual images on the site):

<img style="-ms-interpolation-mode:nearest-neighbor" alt="images/WhateverAlt.jpg" src="images/Whatever.jpg"/>

The code will be fully implemented in Firefox 3.5, but as mentioned above, you can try it out now in the beta version.

Posted by Evilagram @ 6/13/2009 20:40  |    12
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Finally it come to an end: the great work made by PulkoMandy and Yrizoud, the two lead developers of grafx2, finally completed the TODO list left by the Sunsted Design team that in 1999 abandoned the project.

Grafx2 is a bitmap program born to emulate Deluxe Paint or Brilliance, now it can run under most of the operating systems available today, like Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and even Amiga OS among many others.

The program is stable and filled with a lot of tools and functions, it's shipped with a great palette editor and it's freeware and open source!

Check it out on its home page!

http://grafx2.googlecode.com

Posted by Peach @ 6/13/2009 16:11  |    9
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The first of October finally came out the 2.6 version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).
This version offers several new features, user interface improvements and finally includes GEGL, a new generic graphic library that will provide support for 32bpc over the old 8bpc and future enhancement. This library is a milestone for the GIMP that makes it closer to the professional counterpart represented by Photoshop.
The interface, that has been harshly criticized by some users, has several enhancement: the application menu has been removed from the toolbox, a document windows will always be visible even with no image opened, and the floating tools windows will always be on top of the image window and cannot be obscured. Maybe these enhancement are still minimal but all this redesign is based on inputs from users and experts.
There are more improvements even on tools and options, but you can discover them downloading the latest version or even reading the official release notes.
Have fun!
Posted by Peach @ 10/2/2008 01:54  |    7
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Photoshop Express is available to download for free from the Adobe website.  Unfortunately it only has the most basic functions available, but some may find it useful. They are making it available free in the hopes that you'll upgrade to one of the more expensive versions.

https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html
Posted by Wiredgirl @ 3/28/2008 10:43  |    6 | Source
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Who knew that technology a fair number of us have in our house
is capable of providing an absolutely massive tablet (Kind of)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s5EvhHy7eQ

Posted by Saboteur @ 3/25/2008 12:44  |    15 | Source
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Hey good people. I think I'm finally ready to move the server this weekend. Reminder: the PJ Wordpress blog will be where I'll post in case the wheels come off the wagon.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/13/2008 23:07  |    16
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Dan Didrick's X-Finger prosthesis replaces digits lost to wear and tear with fully-mobile artifical replacements. Moreover, it does so without any electrical components at all!  Find out more here.

Posted by AdamPlays @ 6/14/2007 15:19  |    0
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The software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next

Video  | Website
Posted by drZool @ 6/14/2007 07:27  |    9
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Sony have developed the thinnest television to date - only 0.3 millimeters thick!  A very short video, but totally worth the watch for this breakthrough technology.
Posted by Skull @ 5/28/2007 03:33  |    12
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Researchers are exploring new technologies that could allow cameras to use less sensors and extrapolate data as opposed to the way current cameras work by using millions of sensors and compressing data, as well as cameras that can see wavelengths outside the visible spectrum.
Posted by HMC @ 4/29/2007 12:58  |    4
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"The "extremely critical" Excel vulnerabilities are found in Microsoft Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP, as well as in Office 2004 for computers running Apple's Mac OS, according to a separate advisory from security company Secunia.

Attackers are sending e-mails with malicious Excel attachments and are hosting Web sites that house Office files that attempt to take advantage of the security flaws, according to Microsoft. Once an attacker exploits the vulnerabilities, they can gain control of a person's system remotely."

This effects EVERYONE with Excel, even Macs...  Be sure to check the security advisory from Microsoft and get all needed updates!

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/5/2007 08:57  |    6 | Source
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Miracles You'll See in the Next 50 years...  Written in 1950.  This is a really fun read.  They take the point of view of the Dobsons, a family living in Tottenville in the year 2000.

"Tottenville is illuminated by electric “suns” suspended from arms on steel towers 200 feet high. There are also lamps which are just as bright and varicolored as those that now dazzle us on every Main Street."

"By 2000, supersonic planes cover a thousand miles an hour, but the consumption of fuel is such that high fares have to be charged. In one of these supersonic planes the Atlantic is crossed in three hours. Nobody has yet circumnavigated the moon in a rocket space ship, but the idea is not laughed down."

It never fails to make me giggle a little when I read old articles like this from so long ago.  Their expectations were so high.  We did come far, and some of their old ideas have been far out done, and some we laugh at now.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/2/2007 06:00  |    6
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So here we go...  The good, then bad, and the ugly on Microsoft Windows Vista.  This is by no means an extremely in depth review, if you want one of those, go to CNET

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Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/1/2007 06:46  |    19
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Unless you lived in a cave pixeling with charcoal and eating bugs, you know there has been a lot of talk about Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista.

But, has Microsoft realized they aren't the power house that they once were?  The "Release party" was almost a complete failure.  Back during the release of Windows 95, the empire state building in New York City changed many of their lights to make the Windows logo in the logo's colors... 

However, this release, there was no huge party...    In Manhattan, NY, CompUSA was planning on staying open until 2am after the midnight release of Vista, most of the customers, all 100 of them, were gone by 12:40am (Source).

And now, combined with the news of 90% of games possibly not working on Vista, and the European Commission planning on filing anti-trust charges, has Microsoft built its own coffin? 

I will be doing a review of Vista the beginning of next week and see if it is really worth the upgrade.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/31/2007 05:31  |    19
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YouTube has announced plans to start paying users for submitting original movies. 

"We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users," Hurley said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "So in the coming months, we are going to be opening that up."

No price has been set, yet.  But perhaps this is the chance for some quick money if you are crafty with your camera.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/29/2007 17:28  |    10 | Source
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Draw stuff in 2D and watch it dance in 3D, its pretty cool!

Check it out!
Posted by Domobot @ 1/27/2007 10:12  |    19
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What says it better than the actual article?  Let the copy & pasting commence!

"First we begin with something of a history lesson. Back in the early days of the VCR there were two rival formats, VHS and Sony's technically superior Betamax.

Sony didn't want any filth appearing on Betamax, so the adult entertainment industry went with VHS and the rest is history. Betamax may have survived among professional broadcast users, but VHS won the living rooms of average consumers. "

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Take that you conservative congressmen!  Porn does have a say
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/22/2007 19:38  |    7 | Source
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So...  Is that new 500gb hard drive just not doing it for you anymore?  Want something bigger?  How about the possibility of storing thousands, if not millions of gigabytes in the space no bigger than a matchbox or smaller?

Well, scientists are getting closer.  The have found a way to store an entire image onto a single proton, slow it down for storage, then retrieve it again.

From the article: “It sort of sounds impossible, but instead of storing just ones and zeros, we're storing an entire image,” says John Howell, assistant professor of physics and leader of the team that created the device. ”It's analogous to the difference between snapping a picture with a single pixel and doing it with a camera—this is like a 6-megapixel camera.”

As it says in the comments,
Wave-particle duality FTW!

So instead of storing data like they do now, you are basically creating the human mind, in some aspects.  Terminator theorists, begin the preaching.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/22/2007 19:26  |    10 | Source
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"When you install or download a Yahoo program you are given the option to include several ‘features’ things like a tool bar for internet explorer, links added to your desktop, your bookmarks to other Yahoo portals and services. Some users are complaining that even after opting out of these extras, Yahoo changed their default searching function."

This brings back memories...  I have been a victim of this as well.  After installing the new Y! Messenger, I had icons for Yahoo mail, toolbars, etc., even after choosing NOT to install them.  The good news is that they are hurting Internet Explorer's customer base, since many of these "features" do not work on Firefox and Opera.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:55  |    5 | Source
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Jeffrey Brett Goodin has been found guilty for running a phishing site that stole people's personal information.

He is the first person in the US to be convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act (as well as 10 other counts, including wire fraud, misuse of the AOL trademark and attempted witness harassment), and faces a sentence of up to 101 years in federal prison.

Does this mean that we are coming nearer to some form of resolution to the spam epidemic?  Or does this mean scammers are going to find more sophisticated ways of deceiving their victims?

Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:47  |    13 | Source
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Yesterday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the famed Doomsday Clock ahead, from 7 minutes till midnight, to 5 minutes till midnight.  The reasoning stated was "Board members of the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine cite nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere and 25,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, including 2,000 that are ready to launch."

For those who don't know, the Doomsday Clock* is a symbolic clock that was created by the board of directors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  Midnight represents destruction via nuclear war.

The clock hasnt been this close to midnight since the late 1980's during the Arms race.  Tick...  Tock...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:35  |    18 | Source
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Maybe you saw it coming.  Apple has announced that it is making a cell phone.  A cell phone that includes a widescreen iPod, powerful internet and a touch interface.  As if Apple's stock hasn't risen enough...

http://www.apple.com/iphone/
Posted by Faktablad @ 1/9/2007 17:11  |    54
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This is fairly old, but if you haven't seen it yet it's definitely worth checking out.

Video of a guy demonstrating a new touchscreen technology that allows more than one active touch point at once.


Plus, more detailed information
Posted by Torpedoes @ 1/4/2007 09:58  |    9
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I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by "picking up" and drawing with them. I/O Brush looks like a regular physical paintbrush but has a small video camera with lights and touch sensors embedded inside. Outside of the drawing canvas, the brush can pick up color, texture, and movement of a brushed surface. On the canvas, artists can draw with the special "ink" they just picked up from their immediate environment.

Check the video out on YouTube
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/4/2007 00:05  |    2 | Source
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Having issues on your Mac playing AVIs? Really annoyed that you're lead to a page with loads of componets for QuickTime but no apparent solution for your dilemma? Worry no more!! --> http://perian.org There's Perian!

Sorry if this is repeat news to some of you but I StumbledUpon this wonderful thing and I was THRILLED to find it. Now I don't have to go through the frustration of trying to find something that works. Perian works for not just AVIs but also other file extentions. And it's free! :D:D:D
Posted by Aleiav @ 12/31/2006 10:29  |    3
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I would never normally post a geeky tweak like this here, but I tried the tips for speeding up my Firefox and it worked like a charm. Browsing is drastically faster for me for previously slow sites (Digg, Penny Arcade and ESPN).  If anyone tries the Internet Explorer 7 (thx MoD) tweaks post your results in the comments.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/31/2006 02:32  |    4 | Source
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Some big companies (Internet providers) are trying to control bandwidth connection speed and provide different services with different price. Anyone who use the internet should knows and please check and support the act!!!

http://www.savetheinternet.com
Posted by bunlee @ 12/19/2006 20:02  |    8
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Seems mozzila has decided to try and keep up with IE 7 with the release of Firefox 2. Obviously some new features have been released with the new Firefox.

If you're intrested to download the new Firefox then check their site... http://www.getfirefox.com
Posted by Souly @ 10/24/2006 20:59  |    6
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In the face of one of the worst droughts in Australian history, international pressure for a world wide cut in greenhouse gas emissions and the threat of manbearpigs, Australia is preparing to the lead the way towards a cleaner future. Preparations for the initial phases of an environmentally friendly energy system will begin shortly.

The full article can be found here.
Posted by Zombie Smash @ 10/24/2006 13:08  |    3
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New fish have been discovered over in the South Pacific! So far I've heard/read that they've found walking sharks, and shrimp that look like praying mantis'!

My mouth's watering already!

Posted by VenomousNinja @ 9/18/2006 16:29  |    3
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What would you do with a computer that can run 10,000 programs at the same time without any sign of lag?   What would you put onto a harddrive that can hold the entire Library of Congress, US Patent Office, and all the data at The Smithonian 3 times?

The world's top 500 super computers
can do all that and more.  A few of them are able to simulate an entire universe, or make an near exact model of Earth complete with AI and weather tracking.

You see, computers can still fill an entire room, but it is by choice, and a sweet one at that.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/11/2006 09:43  |    7
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Astronomers have voted to strip Pluto of its status as a planet. About 2,500 scientists meeting in Prague have adopted historic new guidelines that see the small, distant world demoted to a secondary category. The researchers said Pluto failed to dominate its orbit around the Sun in the same way as the other planets. The International Astronomical Union's (IAU) decision means textbooks will now have to describe a Solar System with just eight major planetary bodies. Pluto, which was discovered in 1930 by the American Clyde Tombaugh, will be referred to as a "dwarf planet".
Posted by Lawrence @ 8/24/2006 11:28  |    19
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A new movement is raising in the USA against possibles actions planned by the main Netservers, which threaten to regulate a web traffic based on $$$. To lead this movement for free Net, are selected three Net "stars" very-well known: Tron, Peter Pan and an odd woman who I don´t kown about. Click on "the video" to see the protest song (there are some guest stars).

http://www.wearetheweb.org

Posted by Sgrum @ 8/21/2006 13:14  |    7
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Would you have a modding like your favourite cartoon characters?. A russian guy made Leela from Futurama to be his modding in a party. You can see how made it in the photographic gallery : http://mobbit.info/item/1704
Posted by Sgrum @ 8/21/2006 02:58  |    6
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Arrays of thousands of tiny "super prisms" controlled by robotic muscles could bring real colour to TV screens for the first time, scientists say. The devices, known as electrically tunable diffraction gratings, have been built by researchers in Switzerland. They manipulate light to reproduce the full spectrum of colours on screen, impossible using existing technology.
Posted by Lawrence @ 8/21/2006 02:47  |    3
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Microsoft's Photosynth takes collections of images, analyses them for similarities, and then displays them in a reconstructed 3D space.

The technology works by scanning collections of photographs, which can be taken from different cameras at different times. It picks out distinctive features in each image and cross-references them against the other photographs, checking for similarities.

This allows it to pinpoint a feature's 3D position and to also calculate where the position of the camera would have been when the picture was taken.

Posted by Lawrence @ 8/6/2006 09:06  |    7
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A  new software called Gizmo Project now allows users to phone another person via (Cellphone/Homephone) right from your computer.

You can call long distance to 60 countries for free!

It's a pretty neat program you can call computer to computer, computer to phone, or phone to computer.

Definitely a must try. Gizmo Project website.

Posted by Souly @ 7/24/2006 19:34  |    10
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The name of the site Google is now an official English word. The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has officially placed "google" (small g) in their newest edtion.  For example:  "I've got to google that" is a correct sentence.
Posted by Opacus @ 7/10/2006 03:45  |    23
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Internet Explorer 7 - Beta Build 3 has recently been made public.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) has introduced a few new features that might lead to a better surfing, and safer searching.  Something once thought impossible with anything with the Microsoft stamp on it.  I will quickly overview some of these features, and as hard as it may be, I will do my best to be unbiased.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 7/6/2006 08:04  |    19
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Citizens of the United States would be smart to throw idiotic representatives like Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens out of office before they have a chance to destroy Net Neutrality.  

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

This moron couldn't find his ass with both hands. Please call or write your representative (especially if you live in Alaska) and let them know that this aggression will not stand.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/3/2006 10:12  |    6 | Source
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Business week has dished out awards to 108 unique product designs. Give it a look if you are interested in industrial design, neat gadgets or anything really.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/2/2006 18:27  |    2 | Source
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Incredibly freakin' huge meteor smacks the Earth. See who wins...

The video is in Japanese, but there is a translation.

Posted by eghost @ 6/26/2006 08:36  |    6
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Students are now using a special ringtone that plays in a frequency that is higher than what most adults are able to hear, allowing them to use their cellphones in class without the teacher knowing.
Posted by HMC @ 6/14/2006 08:38  |    14
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This one will make your brain hurt. Scientists make light travel so fast it actually goes backwards. Think of the military applications!
Posted by HMC @ 5/17/2006 15:27  |    8
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Scientists have made a map of the Americas from... DNA strands! They've also made other pictures, such as a smiley face and a trippy hexagon. I guess "DNA" is now a new.. genre, of art.
Posted by Lawrence @ 3/16/2006 08:46  |    5
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Great news if you are Gmail and Firefox users! Gmail Space Extension for Firefox allows you to use your 2 GB Gmail space as a storage space. But file still have a limit  size that's same as  attaching file with your Gmail account - which is 10MB. Might not be enough for you, but what can you expect when you got 2GB FREE server storage space per account!
Released Dec 05...
Posted by bunlee @ 3/14/2006 15:50  |    3
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Sounds kind of like run-of-the-mill tech gossip, but once you see the multi-touch interface in action you'll do anything you can to bring it to your home.  Anything.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/8/2006 12:47  |    8
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Some dedicated technology enthusiast in the Netherlands has nearly every freaking device in his home available for monitoring on the internet. Electricity, gas, hot water, security cams, washer/dryer, fridge -- even his toilets!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/2/2006 09:50  |    1 | Source
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I hate to ever bring up the whole Mac/Windows/Linux Pandora's box (I have used all three and don't understand a fanatical devotion to any of them), but Apple's new advertisement with Intel is so stupid on so many levels.

I'm not sure why Intel feels the need to call millions of their customers braindead sheep in the new Mac ad.  It just doesn't seem like good business sense.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/13/2006 11:32  |    17
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NASA is looking for volunteers to spend about 30,000 hours looking at minuscule particles on a web-based microscope to identify traces of interstellar dust collected by the 'Stardust' spacecraft, expected to return to Earth on Sunday.

And the best part is that if you find the right kind of dust, you can name the dust after yourself. Who needs a degree in rocket science when there's dust with your name on it?
Posted by JJ_Maxx @ 1/10/2006 20:22  |    2
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Nintendo really seems to be pushing the interactive experience with their controllers lately. Their new interactive floor tech would certainly change how we play games (assuming it's affordable enough for the average gamer). Too bad this tech isn't run by a smuttier company than Nintendo. The possibilities are endless.

Watch some peeps stomp some virtual fish

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 1/9/2006 09:47  |    2 | Source
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I saw some signs on the subway, prompting readers to visit this site. Since I always do whatever the ads tell me to, I gave it a visit. Boy was I in for a surprise! Not only can I calculate my impact on the environment, but I get to watch some isometric pixel art while I do! No matter how niche your interest be (whether it's gay porn involving midgets dressed as historical leaders or discovering your carbon footprint while watching tiny pixel people) chances are you aren't alone on the internet!

Check eeeet!

Posted by big brother @ 1/4/2006 11:26  |    4
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Robots can officially replace me at work. Those sons of bitches at Honda continue to improve that little rascal Asimo and they've got the video to prove it.  Asimo can now run at 6 km/h, push carts around, receive/carry/drop a tray and his spiffy little "turn on the spot" move is the envy of robots everywhere.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 12/14/2005 11:51  |    5 | Source
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Scientists have recently been working on trying to extend the lifespan of organisms and they claim that they have had a breakthrough. They say they can now extend an organisms lifespan to 5 times longer than normal, which means a Human could live for 500 years. See here for the full story.

Posted by Badassbill @ 11/21/2005 06:39  |    25
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I usually don't get too excited about product design, but these spiffy little flash drives really got me thinking.  Companies like Apple have pushed industrial design with elegance and we are all better off for it (those nasty beige PC cases were a blight on society).  Unfortunately, there just hasn't been much improvement in making tech products with personality. "Elegance" can sometimes just be code for "boring".

Why can't tech equipment be colorful and fun?  

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/28/2005 08:46  |    0 | Source
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Oh, the wonders of technology. For those of you looking to reenact the Princess Leia hologram messages from Star Wars there's now a spiffy heliodisplay that lets you interact with your monitor in a three dimensional fashion.  Another kicking UI that'll let you play with your hands is this tactile display (kind of like Minority Report).

If either of these technologies ever becomes widespread the smutty possibilities are endless.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/10/2005 11:23  |    2 | Source
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Blizzard might have accidentally stumbled upon the disaster modeling market. Apparently the virus unleashed on virtual players in the World of Warcraft MMORPG might have some practical applications

Hopefully Blizzard will get moving on an earthquake disaster model soon because I think we're due for a big one in California any day now.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/7/2005 09:16  |    1
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While I still don't fully understand all the nuts and bolts of the recent Wired article covering the breatkthrough in quantum computing, I can tell this is going to be big.  Possibly bigger than the recent Nick and Jessica split. That's right, I said it.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/5/2005 09:03  |    4
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I know this is probably old news, but I honestly had no idea just how elegantly the QRIO could move.  Check out this robot ballet video to see the future of exotic dancing.

There's a ton of videos of robots doing various wholesome activities at onlyrobots.com.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/22/2005 13:16  |    3
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I wonder how it compares against the other browsers. Anyways, you can download it at www.opera.com for free now.
Posted by TakeOut @ 9/22/2005 08:03  |    1
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 The first part of this article describes it better then I could:

"Star Wars fans Web hunting for a downloadable game of the sci-fi flick are unknowingly infecting their computers with a worm that gives them rogue Google results authored by hackers.

Detected in the wild last week, the P2Load.A worm lies in wait in the free version of “Knights of the Old Republic II,” and spreads through the peer-to-peer file sharing programs Shareaza and Imesh.

Security experts at Panda Software rate the potential damage of the infection at four stars, the highest level, based on the worm’s two attacking features both enabled through modifying the HOSTS file on a user’s computer."

Two words people...  VIRUS SCAN.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/20/2005 04:22  |    1
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When I log in this morning (to WordPress) I notice alot of feeds about Google Blog Search.  The first thing that comes to mind is that Google is adding another button in their searches (Like the web, feeling lucky, and image), but no, it is a whole new feature from Google.  As if Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Desktop, Google Suggest, and the other countless features weren't enough.  I don't see why Google couldn't add this as an extra feature on their search engine, why another BETA release?  Show me one feature that has gone out of BETA.

Other than that, let me tell some of you who haven't heard what it does exactly what it does.  It searches blogs, just blogs, and nothing else.  When Googlebots are crawling over the WWW, it reads your meta data and goes through your RSS and Atom feeds, if it identifies your site as a blog, it indexes the information it finds and puts it into the blog search database.  This is all done from your feed data.  That's it.  Not really an amazing feature, all it really is is a huge aggregator with a search feature.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/14/2005 15:09  |    1
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California is on its way to outlawing online hunting and fishing popularized by the live-shot.com website. The site allows people to shoot and kill live animals remotely.  Is it just me or does this seem completely sadistic?  It's sad that an actual law has to be passed to prevent knuckleheads from killing animals with their mouse during their coffee break at work.  Play some Minesweeper instead you redneck freaks.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/30/2005 08:30  |    1
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Attention all cartographers and explorers: your services will no longer be required.  

Google Earth is no ordinary map tool... you can view 3-D maps of terrain and buildings, zoom around the world with a click of the button, save points of interest and so much more.  It's a hoot.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/3/2005 11:16  |    8
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Holy flirking shnit! Graphic powerhouses  Adobe and Macromedia are joining forces.  I wonder which apps will get favor under this new arrangement. Hmmmm.

Check out Adobe's press release for more info.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 4/20/2005 14:38  |    3
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Google is now offering an alternative to MapQuest. Google Maps (beta) gives everything that MapQuest would in a better, easy-to-use interface (pretty nice design, too).

Try it out!
Posted by Dejital @ 2/8/2005 09:13  |    4
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It seems that plenty of hackers are going to try to ruin our Firefox. Yes, you heard that right. Stiennon (Vice President of Threat Research at Webroot) has spoken to the media telling us that he expects there will be spyware for Firefox by the middle of the year! While we sit comfortably with our "0 Found" Ad-aware scans, hackers are at work on a new generation of spyware.

"Firefox was written for the existing world of Internet Explorer exploits, but it has its own vulnerabilities that will be exploited," says Stiennon.
Posted by Dejital @ 2/8/2005 09:12  |    5
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Everybody's competing nowadays. AOL has started beta testing its own new stand alone web browser [link]. Anyone with an AOL or AIM screen name can use it. However, instead of basing it on Firefox, AOL has based the browser on something geeks wouldn't expect: Internet Explorer. As if IE didn't already have enough loopholes, do we need a bunch that are labeled "AOL"? From reading reviews, AOL does the usual by loading your computer with spyware and adware upon installing the web browser. Skip this and Get Firefox!
Posted by Dejital @ 2/7/2005 15:09  |    8
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The little known Redmond, WA based "Micro-soft" has officially joined the fray against Yahoo and Google with its new search engine.

Also featured in the above article...

"Moore's law in action: Challenging a basic tenet of the semiconductor industry, researchers at Hewlett-Packard have demonstrated a technology that could replace the transistor as the fundamental building block of all computers."

Neato.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 2/1/2005 11:35  |    5
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Beta be gone. You can now download the first official release of Firefox. Firefox improves on Internet Explorer in several ways including the incredibly useful tabbed browsing feature and it's free!

One issue I have with using multiple browsers is Favorites/Bookmarks have no real portability. There is a tedious import process available, but when switching between browsers frequently your Favorites/Bookmarks will quickly become out of sync.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 11/11/2004 07:49  |    0
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I was just tooling around with the new My Yahoo! search features and there are definitely some cool features (like saving sites to "My Web"). The only bad part of the whole deal is that you obviously have to use Yahoo! as your search engine.

I've got nothing against Yahoo!, but Google seems to fetch more relevant results for me.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/5/2004 12:50  |    0
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So you're sick of Internet Explorer's vulnerabilities and Netscape's slow clunker isn't doing it for you anymore? Give Firefox Preview Release a shot... tabbed browsing, built-in popup blocker and nifty extensions make it a winner.

I've been using Firefox off and on for the last year or so and I haven't had any performance or stability issues. The main reason I still use Internet Explorer is because I'm too lazy to configure proxy settings at work.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 9/16/2004 09:54  |    0
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Two high capacity disc formats, Blu-ray and HD DVD, are getting ready for primetime. The Blu-ray format was approved by a group of consumer electronics manufacturers yesterday. Microsoft is already on board with HD DVD for its next gen OS, but hasn't announced any plans for Blu-ray support.

Oh goodie, another confusing format war. Duck and cover.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 8/12/2004 15:30  |    0
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Video-conferencing is headed in a funky new direction. Using a transparent desktop to "see" what another person is doing is a fantastic and logical next step for online collaboration... and porn.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/9/2004 13:12  |    0
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Another competitor has entered the fray against Gmail - Walla Mail. The Israeli company is offering the same 1 GB inbox right now if you're too impatient to wait for a Gmail account.

Not that I'm paranoid, but Google's targeted marketing strategy creeps me out a bit.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/8/2004 16:08  |    0

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