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Better Hard Drive Enclosures. - 14/07/2006 Public

Hard drive enclosures are cool in that you can buy cheaper internal hard drives put them into an enclosure and then connect them to any computer you like via USB. They are great for transporting bulky files like videos. Some have built in wireless so you can make them network drives. All my Mac's have wireless 802.11G cards which in my opinion is still too slow for video so this wireless feature is not so great. I can think of two features which would be reasonably cheap which should be added to enclosure: (1) Enclosures should be made to hold two drives and then have a single button which backs up drive A to drive B. This implements the dumbest kind of RAID but it also makes it easy for people to transfer there data as hard-drive capacities grow without needing a computer. (2) Enclosures should support have enough brains in them to run media software at the equivalent level to Front Row (maybe slightly more configurable) based on the hard drive contents. The enclosure should also have video and sound outputs and support some standard IrDA commands. This would obviate the need to have a computer at your TV all to see your media.

Last Edited: 09/04/2016
Hard drive enclosures are cool in that you can buy cheaper internal hard drives put them into an enclosure and then connect them to any computer you like via USB. They are great for transporting bulky files like videos. Some have built in wireless so you can make them network drives. All my Mac's have wireless 802.11G cards which in my opinion is still too slow for video so this wireless feature is not so great. I can think of two features which would be reasonably cheap which should be added to enclosure: (1) Enclosures should be made to hold two drives and then have a single button which backs up drive A to drive B. This implements the dumbest kind of RAID but it also makes it easy for people to transfer there data as hard-drive capacities grow without needing a computer. (2) Enclosures should support have enough brains in them to run media software at the equivalent level to Front Row (maybe slightly more configurable) based on the hard drive contents. The enclosure should also have video and sound outputs and support some standard IrDA commands. This would obviate the need to have a computer at your TV all to see your media.
 

Having a massive decentralized distribution of net.... - 29/06/2006 Public

Originally Posted By: Jake Thompson
Having a massive decentralized distribution of networked electronic mood rings opens up the door for some interesting applications--you could tabulate a geographic area's "average mood," and display it with color coding on a map. You could use hot colors for good feelings and cold colors for bad feelings, to make happy areas feel more alive and vibrant. You could watch it all turn blue and green after each election. Once Mardi Gras gets back in full swing, N'Awlins will shine like a star once a year.

Last Edited: 09/04/2016
'''Originally Posted By: Jake Thompson''' Having a massive decentralized distribution of networked electronic mood rings opens up the door for some interesting applications--you could tabulate a geographic area's "average mood," and display it with color coding on a map. You could use hot colors for good feelings and cold colors for bad feelings, to make happy areas feel more alive and vibrant. You could watch it all turn blue and green after each election. Once Mardi Gras gets back in full swing, N'Awlins will shine like a star once a year.
 

Escape to witch mountain. - 23/06/2006 Public

As a kid I remember seeing the Disney movie Espace to Witch Mountain. It was about orphaned kids with psychic powers. One of their remarkable powers was to be able to get traffic lights to automatically change for them. At the time I thought this was great. Nowadays, police have a strobe device on their cars which works with some lights which can do the same thing. Actually. I wonder whether these kids psychic powers would require more effort than the police solution? It seems like there should be a science of effort needed to get what you want. MRI's can be used to "see" people intending to do things. From this I suppose you could get a lower bound estimate on the amount of energy needed to consciously want to do something. Presumably, mankind will have arrived when the upper bound on the energy needed to get something that we want matches this lower bound.

Last Edited: 09/04/2016
As a kid I remember seeing the Disney movie Espace to Witch Mountain. It was about orphaned kids with psychic powers. One of their remarkable powers was to be able to get traffic lights to automatically change for them. At the time I thought this was great. Nowadays, police have a strobe device on their cars which works with some lights which can do the same thing. Actually. I wonder whether these kids psychic powers would require more effort than the police solution? It seems like there should be a science of effort needed to get what you want. MRI's can be used to "see" people intending to do things. From this I suppose you could get a lower bound estimate on the amount of energy needed to consciously want to do something. Presumably, mankind will have arrived when the upper bound on the energy needed to get something that we want matches this lower bound.
 

My Old Blogger Posts (circa 2005-2006). - 21/06/2006 Public

RFID Mood Rings
Today, I was thinking it would be cool to know someone's frame of mind before giving them a cell phone call. For instance, it's not too hard to tell someone's disposition -- happy, sad,angry, etc -- if you can see their face, and based on this decide whether you want to talk or whatever. This got me to thinking about hooking up something like a 60's mood ring to your cell phone. The ring based on heat, skin sweat, etc could monitor your mood. When a cell phone call comes in the cell phone could read these settings from the ring and send a few bits back to the caller's cell phone before the phone actually started ringing. The caller would see the caller's mood and then could decide whether or not to proceed with the call and actually ring the caller. I am not sure what would be the best technology for the ring. Nowadays, Bluetooth is in everything but I was not sure whether this could be put in something as small as a ring. I was thinking it might be advantageous to have a passive technology like rfid -- that way, you wouldn't have to worry about batteries or anything.

Last Edited: 09/04/2016
'''RFID Mood Rings''' Today, I was thinking it would be cool to know someone's frame of mind before giving them a cell phone call. For instance, it's not too hard to tell someone's disposition -- happy, sad,angry, etc -- if you can see their face, and based on this decide whether you want to talk or whatever. This got me to thinking about hooking up something like a 60's mood ring to your cell phone. The ring based on heat, skin sweat, etc could monitor your mood. When a cell phone call comes in the cell phone could read these settings from the ring and send a few bits back to the caller's cell phone before the phone actually started ringing. The caller would see the caller's mood and then could decide whether or not to proceed with the call and actually ring the caller. I am not sure what would be the best technology for the ring. Nowadays, Bluetooth is in everything but I was not sure whether this could be put in something as small as a ring. I was thinking it might be advantageous to have a passive technology like rfid -- that way, you wouldn't have to worry about batteries or anything.
 
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