Monthly Archives: August 2004

Plan for the day

1. Get a cup of really good coffee, and a good technical book or two I should have read a while back. The question is: Something applicable or something theoretic, or both? Basically comes down to a choice between reading … Continue reading

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Home Defib

EDN has an article on how home defibrillators work. “Clear!” In twenty years, probably sooner (with all the baby boomers), these are going to be as required in homes as smoke detectors are today. The calm voice of Peter Thomas … Continue reading

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Great banana bread recipes

Some more banana bread recipes here. Had the “chocolate swirl” banana bread the other day, and it was very good; I want to mess with the recipe a bit, and definitely want to try the one with cardamom….

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Another 9-11 rarity…

How to make an instant collector’s item. Is your kid’s 9-11 tower-plane toy in its original packaging? 50 years from now, these things will be ultra-rare and fetching record prices for toys at Sotheby’s.

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Elron again

In the laugh-or-cry department, Anne McCaffrey has won the L. Ron Hubbard award for Lifetime Achievment. No word on whether she had to convert or not. (Well, it’s a serious award, with folks like Niven and Pournell and Tim Powers … Continue reading

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The Old Guard (1)

Once upon a time there was a young programmer named Zeke. Zeke had grown up on large mainframes, the size of a dozen refrigerators sitting side by side, where every byte was chiseled carefully out of the finest magnetic ores … Continue reading

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Spacegobbler

This free preview makes E.E. “Doc” Smith look like Shakespear.

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Cheap entertainment

Man, is this a security hole. Plug in some number, like 804846. Yes, Rajeev Walavalkar moved from Maryland to Arizona in early August. He owns a Toyota Camry. I imagine that you could plug other form names into the query … Continue reading

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Another DMCA target

Watch for the DMCA lawsuits on this $20 “rental” digital camera. If it hasn’t been hacked, it’s darned close to it. This is an amazingly stupid business to be in.

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RPOW

Reusable proofs of work. Tokens, kind of like cash (based on HashCash, actually). Interesting.

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