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We did a brief write-up on BitTorrent Sync yesterday, which only really touched on some of its potential. After pondering things a little longer, I came up with a couple of usage scenarios that might be both useful and fun to put into place.
Within 30 minutes of finding BitTorrent Sync yesterday, I realized that I had a permanent solution to my DropBox space problems. Given that I work in an academic institution, I am not really confident in putting anything with BitTorrent branding on my work desktop – at least until the tech becomes a little more mainstream and torrents become associated with more than piracy. For the time being, I’ll continue to allow DropBox to handle that part of the syncing. As the folder fills up, I will shuffle stuff across – it isn’t really a big deal. At any rate, keeping one’s personal files is the tip of the iceberg as far as Sync functionality goes.
Perhaps the biggest potential application, in my line of work at least, is for collaboration. I live in rural Japan but I collaborate on different projects with people elsewhere in Japan and as far afield as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. My method of issuing editing assignments has always been to email a copy with a carefully formatted subject heading so that I can pull up relevant details when I need them via a search of my work-related Gmail account. This has a lot of advantages – but then the type of editing work that I do does not require a lot of back-and-forth collaboration. For that sort of thing, people tend to use Microsoft SharePoint – which is pricey and complicated. How much better would it be to have a well-organized folder for each of my editors? Set the due date as the folder name in a YYYYMMDD format load the files on and ping the relevant editor with an IM about the job details. No more losing attachments in long conversation threads. With an always-on computer and some remote access voodoo such a system could be managed easily from a smartphone.
That led me to think about secure communications. Let’s say you are a dissident who is stuck behind a ridiculous national firewall – at best Gmail and Twitter are blocked, at worst they are being monitored so that your communications can be used against you in a court of “law.” In such situations Sync, or a system like it, would provide a discreet way to communicate with the outside world – especially when coupled with something like Tor. Rather than send an email, you could save an encrypted document in a shared folder – way more discreet than a webmail account. I can’t help but think that if this had been around a couple of years ago then David Petraeus might not be looking for a job. Granted, this is all stuff you would be able to do if you had your own mail server, but ISPs have a nasty habit of blocking port 25, which makes mail server setup a more complicated affair.
BitTorrent Sync might still be in Alpha, but it already offers quite a few interesting possibilities. It will take a while to iron out some of the kinks and improve the functionality, but we are talking about truly private sharing, without expensive storage space or shady, obnoxious middlemen. When it all comes together it will be truly awesome.
Nike has a invested a great deal into Lunarlon as their future material for comfortable shoes that require maximum cushioning over repetitive motions. In fact, Lunarlon draws its inspiration from the NASA lunar walks – thus the name – and the weightless motions and the implicit cushioning necessary.
History lesson aside… or rather not, the Nike Pre-Montreal Vintage pairs a faded suede upper with a modern, yet past inspired by past events (see above) for a rather unique look that will satisfy any sneakerhead.
Nike’s VNTG Lunar + Collection utilizes classic styles with aged colors to ensure a retro look. The Pre Montreal features a faded suede and nylon upper with a white leather swoosh, white lining, and a white mudguard. The Pre Montreal is updated by using a blue Lunarlon sole with the ability to use Nike+ technology.
For ordering information, head over to Kith NYC and be prepared to shell out $125.00 USD.
[ Links: Nike Pre Montreal VNTG Lunar+ ]
Lytro, the world’s first commercial light field camera, now has finally been updated to 2.0 and with it comes a whole slew of neat updates and abilities to the camera including:
Perspective Shift – interactively change the point of view in a picture
Living Filters – dynamically change the colors and textures of your pictures
Windows 8 64-bit Support
While the processing on the perspective shift pictures seem to take a longer time to process, the output will make even the most jaded person go “ooh” the first time. But it’s a gimmick that’s invariably going to be boring sooner than later unless you tap the prior update that included the manual controls as well.
The Living Filters feature is analogous with many Instagram filters, but some add the ability to desaturate background colors while keeping the main focused item or area black and white, then click the background and the foreground goes black and white while the background goes to full color. There’s a few others artistic filters – line art, glass (refraction), blur, film effects and many others – that actually make it cool to test them out but once the novelty goes away, the star of the show will still be the perspective shift. And maybe the Carnival filter – it really plays havoc on your eyesight but in a fun mirror type of way.
Per usual, the recommendation of taking Lytro pictures in a good amount of light, natural or artificial – still remains the case. Lower light pictures will still bring with them a lot of noise. But I’m still loving my Lytro. Just need to get out more and take more pictures with it! Here’s a sample of the new perspective shift by moi.
You’re probably wondering why I think I’m qualified enough to tell you not to purchase the Apple iPad Mini. It’s new, it’s shiny, it’s from Apple. Of course, you should want it, right? It’s what people do whenever Apple releases anything, they should flock to it, right?
Nevermind that Steve Jobs laughed about making a 7 inch tablet not too long ago.
Okay, let me check my sarcastic tone for a moment and state that most people already have the Apple iPad. 100 million in total and counting, over 90% of the tablet market belongs to the Apple iPad and all they’ve sold so far was the 9.7″ version that now carries (3rd generation) their Retina Display technology on their display effectively displaying 2048 by 1536, doubling what the iPad 2 offered when it was released in early 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
The one thing I love about Otter Box, they secure the ever-living daylights out of your gadgets without adding a prohibitive amount of bulk to combat typical clumsiness. Just announced this morning, the Apple iPad Mini won’t go for long without a case to secure your gadget safely.
Despite its size, the Apple® iPad® mini promises to have a big impact on mobile computing. As pre-orders are tallied and the newest tablet is shipped, records will likely be set by the trailblazing company. Once again, OtterBox® will deliver PROTECTION for what’s next from Apple with the new Defender Series® case for iPad mini, available for pre-order today.
With the Apple iPad Mini due to ship on November 2nd and the Otter Box iPad Mini Defender series case set to ship on November 6th, your Apple iPad Mini will be secure in no time for $69.95 USD.
The iLP is a fully functioning record player features a dock that accommodates an iAnything, allowing for digital conversion of all your favorite albums. Want to use it as an old school turntable as well? No problemo. The machine is equipped with RCA jacks that let you connect it to your old stereo like you’ve always done. If converting to a computer is your preference, there are also USB ports for just that. What’s better – it only costs 100 beans. Get yourself one here.
If you ever wanted to feel like you suck at parenting, check out what this guy did: he turned a bunch of PVC pipes, some pressure treated lumber and some concrete into a roller coaster with a 12-foot drop. It certainly beats the half-assed DIY planetarium that only worked when it was a foot from the wall that my son got for his last birthday.
Hackers. Builders. Inventors. All are being called together while probably suffering from caffeine induced hyper-craziness via Red Bull for their 2nd year of the Red Bull Creation competition. I’m so there!
Red Bull Creation, the 72-hour themed innovation competition, is returning for its second year with a new digital format, upgraded technology and higher stakes. Last year’s marathon brought the best groups of four to Brooklyn to create side-by-side. This year, the competition goes TO the top makers, individually or in teams across the country…taking place in their own domain, using their own tools. The possibilities are endless.
Red Bull Creation will predominately live online starting with any interested possible competitors registering after June 15 and receiving a “Bullduino”, our version of an Arduino—an open-sourced single board wiring platform. Show us your skills by making something using the Bullduino and upload a video by July 3. No specific topic this round, just a maker and his or her thoughts. Twelve teams or individuals will be selected by a panel of experts by July 5 to participate in the 72-hour live build.
The real action takes place while the dozen “chosen ones” work simultaneously around the country in their own workshops, hackerspaces or homes to innovate around a common theme. That theme will be announced at the beginning of the 72-hour build set to begin on July 19 – 22.
Mark it down on your calendars. Participate. Hit up the Red Bull Creation website for more information for a chance to win $10,000.00. Live it.
And if you win it, don’t forget to share your winnings
Microsoft released what everybody thought they were going to, but with a few twists… a new tablet. The Microsoft Surface was announced at 6:30pm EST on June 18th to an online and rather intimate crowd in Los Angeles with a few turns and twists that most people did not expect. First off, the inclusion of Nvidia and their Tegra line was rather surprising for the Windows 8 RT version that should be available shortly after the release of Microsoft Windows 8. That version will include a 32GB and 64GB version that will be competitive with current generation tablets.
One of the twists was that there was a higher screen resolution, Intel version that will basically be an Intel i5 inside of a slightly deeper enclosure and with a higher capacity internal capacity for storage. This higher spec and invariably higher cost version will come out later in the year.
The other twist, the announced “smart cover” that includes a keyboard and touchpad in a 3mm or so form factor. Take that Apple!
Windows RT (version)
- 676 g
- 9.3 mm thick
- 10.6” ClearType HD Display
- microSD, (full-sized) USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
- Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
- VaporMg Case & Stand
- 32 GB, 64 GB Capacity
Unlike Apple which usually announces at the end of the conference that their new hardware/software is shipping and for what price, Microsoft decided to disclose no real delivery dates and/or prices which means we will all have to wait until Windows 8 is released before we know the final specs. I can’t wait… I’m already digging the new Touch Cover.
[ Links: Microsoft Surface ]
Apple just had their
rather boring WWDC where iOS 6.0 and dropping Google Maps finally announced as well as the updates to their MacBook Pro line. The worst kept secret was the 15.4 inch Retina Display enabled MacBook Pro that’s been rumored for months was also finally announced.
- Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
- Supported resolutions: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina); scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels
- 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor or 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6MB shared L3 cache
- 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory (configurable up to 16GB)
- 256GB – 768GB flash based storage (SSD)
- 720p FaceTime HD camera
- MagSafe 2 power port
- Two Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
- Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
- HDMI port
- Headphone port
- SDXC card slot
- Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
- Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately, available July)
- 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking
- Up to 7 hours wireless web
With many upcoming apps, like Mail, Messaging and Aperture being updated for the Retina Display, I’m going to need a loan to afford all that I’m going to buy. The price? All starting at $2199 to $2799.
Not unless you’re triskaidekaphobic, that’s the phobia of the number 13, you have no real reason not to update to Firefox 13.0.
Memory usage seems to be the same as versions 11.0 and 12.0 (which I totally skipped), but developer tools, speed via SPDY, extra CSS3 code support and other performance enhancements make 13.0 that much better than the prior versions.
My take… worth the download. Go get it.
As much as I dislike printers
I think printers dislike me more actually, I totally dislike watches with batteries. You have to replace them usually at the worst moment and they tend to not last a while in a chronograph watch; thus my love for automatic watches.
Well, Girard-Perreqaux will be releasing a very limited watch very soon…
Limited edition of 25 pieces for USA only
The case, in black ceramic and rubber, measures 43mm. The crystal is sapphire, as is the display back, and it is water resistant to 100 meters.
Movement is the Swiss automatic GP in-house caliber GP03387 with 63 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 46 hours. The movement was designed specifically for this model, and it displays the time in twenty-four time zones with day and night indicator, date and flyback chronograph.
No comment on price or exact venues where you can purchase this killer watch yet. To be unveiled at the 2012 JCK Show in Las Vegas.
[ Links: Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Night Watch ]
It wasn’t too long ago that I was talking about Mozilla Firefox updating to version 10.0. Yet here we are, not even two months later and Firefox has turned up the volume past 10 and landed on 11… 11.0 that is.
The update brings along some new developer tools and an add-on Sync. Here’s a comprehensive list of what’s new, added and updated.
So far this update has been a good one. Go get it if you haven’t already.
[ Links: Mozilla Firefox 11.0 ]
It’s springtime and that means it’s time to drink newer, lighter cocktails. So why not add a Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin Basil Collins to the mix this year? Here’s a killer idea from John McCarthy:
Nolet’s Secret Garden and discover the unique botanicals of Turkish Rose, Peach, and Raspberry in Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin. A modern take on gin, the individually-distilled floral and fruity botanicals in Nolet’s Silver make it the perfect spirit for avid gin drinkers, those new to the spirit, and even those who shy away from the typical juniper-forward gins.
Refreshing and ideal for the warmer weather, seasonal cocktails such as the Nolet’s Silver Basil Collins complement your favorite springtime activities perfectly.
Nolet’s Silver Basil Collins
- 1.5 oz. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
- 3 Muddled Lemon Wedges
- .5 oz. Honey Syrup
- .5 oz. Lemon Juice
- 3 Basil Leaves
Shake and pour all contents into Collins glass, fill with soda.
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin can be found from around $49.99 for a 750ml bottle.
[ Links: Nolet's Silver Dry Gin ]
The Internet has come a long way since its inception. There are now several different ways to get an internet connection. One can do this by inserting wireless internet card in computer or can use DSL. Apart from this, internet phones and ip phones are there as well to help people connect internet through phones. Internet telephony is not the last option available, wireless internet providers are there as well to offer internet connectivity.