Posts Tagged ‘Computers’


Friday, October 15th, 2004

Wow. Apparently my camera runs DOS.

“FACTOID: Did you know your 10D and 300D run DOS? That’s right. Embedded in the camera is DataLight’s ROM-DOS. In fact, if you use the right tool such as s10sh you can see that inside the camera is an A: and B: drive. On the A: drive reside and autoexec.bat, and most interestingly, camera.exe.”

(The 300D is the “Digital Rebel”. It, the 20D, and the 10D have all descended from the D60, which was based on the 30D…)


GNOME Summit

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

This past week has been interesting. Both Tuomas and Jimmac have been around, so it has been great hanging out with them. Also, the GNOME Summit was great!

There were a ton of interesting talks at the conference. Of note, the Celestia (check out the screenshots) and Gnoetry speedsessions were both amazing and had everyone captivated. The seeminly never-ending GNOME marketing talk kept going on and on because everyone was interested and there was so many things to discuss. Also, I think part of the appeal was because Luis did such a great job with his note taking; using Tomboy (a really neat note app) was such a great way to keep track of everything.

While at the crazy Stata Center, I met Steven Garrity in person; we hung out a good bit at the show, had lunch, and talked about good things like Firefox, F-Spot, the GNOME desktop, and a bit specifically about Firefox’s widgets.

A whole bunch of us roamed around the wacky building where the summit was being held and took lots of pictures too.

The incredibly durable memory cards

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

From Ripley’s Believe it or Not:

“The memory cards in most digital cameras are virtually indestructable. They can be trampled, dunked in soda, or boiled and will still retain the digitally stored pictures!”

Good to know… And all this time I was treating my compact flash cards with care. Smartmedia cards, on the other hand, would stop working if you simply looked at them slightly wrong.

Not-so-floppy anymore

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

It’s about time. I’m glad floppies are finally going the way of the dodo (too bad about those dodos though).

Dick Van Dyke, the computer animation geek

Friday, August 20th, 2004

It’s the very same Dick Van Dyke that starred in Marry Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, My Three Sons, Diagnosis Murder, and many other movies and TV shows — he’s mostly retired now, but enjoys computer animation, especially making his own.

I agree with the writer of the article; he is a genuinely nice guy. I once met him years ago (shook his hand, talked to him one-on-one for a bit, and watched a parade at Disneyland with him and my dad).

It’s really cool to know that he’s into computer animation now.

Public service announcement on spam

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004


"Iím begging you, before I have to delete another thousand (yes, thousand) bogus emails ó please either update your antivirus and Windows systems, or stop running Windows, or get off the internet. For the good of the internet, before we have to change email so much that it doesnít work anymore, please fix this now. There is no technological solution; the only solution is for you to take charge of your internet connection and computer as an individual. I already told you how; itís not hard."

I could simply restate everything Charles Sebold said in his public service announcement post, but he put it so well that I’m simply linking to it.

“Every OS Sucks”

Thursday, January 15th, 2004

Every OS Sucks is a funny music video (well, funny if you’re a computer geek). Mac OS, Windows, and Linux are all mentioned. As seen on Scoble’s web log.