Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MacBook: Greenest Notebook?

Apple Green Macbook
Yet another company using the "Green" bandwagon to sell their products. Have a look at this.

Apple: When we redesigned the new Macbook, our designers and engineers set a goal of making not only the greenest notebook Apple ever produced, but the greenest family of notebooks. So every new Macbook has been built using materials that are highly recyclable and free of many harmful substances present in other computers. Apple engineers also designed the software and hardware to work together, in order to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint of the MacBook. Even the packaging was reconsidered and reduced, so there would be smaller boxes to ship and less material to recycle. The result is exactly what we hoped for: the greenest family of notebooks ever made.

As for the "eco friendly aluminum cases: Refining Aluminum is not the most "eco friendly" process. It tends to result in lots of "carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride gases and particulates, fluorides, alumina, sulfur dioxide and volatile organics are produced ..." which by the eco people are not "environmentally nice".

Want to be green? Don't buy a new computer!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life is an online collaborative effort by scientist, which encompasses an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all known species on Earth, make accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

"Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth, available everywhere by single access on command." - Edward O. Wilson

Encylopedia of Life will be a great tool for teaching and learning, for students, scientists and the public.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Free File Compression Utilities

Here are a few free compression utilities as an alternative to WinRAR and WinZip.

1. jZip supports multiple popular archive formats such as Zip, RAR, 7z, ISO, TAR and GZip. It is fully compatible with archives created by other utilities such as WinZip, WinRar and 7-Zip. It is based on the open source 7-Zip with high speed and compression ratios but features superior user interface. [Windows]

jZip Compression Utility

2. TugZip is a powerful, full-featured freeware archiving utility for Windows that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files formats.


TugZip Features Overview:

  • Create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.
  • Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.
  • Encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).
  • Create self-extracting encrypted archives.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Play Any Video with The KMPlayer

The KMPlayer is all in one media player covering various formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime etc. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.

The player provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders, audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the DirectShow merit system. Internal filters are not registered to user's system to keep it from being messed up with system filters.

Key Features:

  • Low memory footprint
  • Playback of Incomplete/Damaged AVI file (Skip Damaged Frames)
  • Playback of Locked Media Files while downloading or sharing (with realtime index rebuilding under certain condition: AVI downloading in consecutive order)
  • Directshow playback
  • Incoming Stream delivered via HTTP
  • Flexible Skin change depending on Playback Status of media
  • Various audio, video and screenshots Capture Function
  • Full Unicode Support
  • Multiple Language Support
KMPlayer ScreenShot

The KMPlayer includes almost all the essential decoders required for media playback. Furthermore, to get beyond the limitation of internal decoders, the external ones such as commercial h.264 decoders or cyberlink/intervideo audio decoders can be specified, so that KMP works optimally by the users' own customization. Even though the KMP is based upon directshow structure, it supports Winamp, Realmedia and Quicktime by the internal logic. Thus, it is possible to specify where to try to connect firstly the media in preferences.

In short, the player provides a strong hybrid structure efficient for interconnecting various directshow filters, winamp input&dsp plugin, and internal filters. The most outstanding feature is that the player has the full control of filter connections to prevent a media playback from being messed.

The player can set multifarious audio and video effects, slow down or increase playback speed with regular tone, select parts of a video as favorites, do an exceptionally powerful A-B repeat, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing, and many more. It is completely customizable thanks to a wide selection of skins and color schemes, and the configuration options are extremely extensive.

I discovered The KMPlayer some time ago, and now it's my default video player.

Get your free copy of The KMPlayer here and other skin mods here.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Google Master Plan

Interesting short movie directed by Ozan Halici & J├╝rgen Mayer from the University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany titled "Master Plan, about the power of Google".

The graphics are awesome. Watch it and decide whether any conspiracy involved.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Web 2.0 and Beyond

An excellent presentation by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University entitled The Machine is Us/ing Us.

It says it all regarding how Web 2.0 works. And as Wesch put it:

Web 2.0 is no longer just connecting text, but it is linking people to share, trade and collaborate. We will now have to rethink on copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves.

Here is the final version of the video.

This does make us to think differently that "we are the web" and not just simply consumer of knowledge and information.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Future Mobile: The Morph Concept

Here are some slick concept from Nokia utilizing nanotechnologies. It's featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind” exhibition.

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices.
  • Newly-enabled flexible and transparent materials blend more seamlessly with the way we live
  • Devices become self-cleaning and self-preserving
  • Transparent electronics offering an entirely new aesthetic dimension
  • Built-in solar absorption might charge a device, whilst batteries become smaller, longer lasting and faster to charge
  • Integrated sensors might allow us to learn more about the environment around us, empowering us to make better choices

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