hardware

Pigeon-Guided Missile

good tv (bbc 2) evening. first we start of with //rough science. must see (and //kate is good to see too :-) )

then //crafty tricks of war. (//pdf) where 2 guys build weird weapons from ww I and ww II. excellent stuff. did you ever hear about the pigeon guided missle? (//sitenote) it's for //real!

This experimental device was developed during
World War II by behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who experimented
with harnessing pigeons' pecking movements to steer missiles. Skinner
divided this nose cone into three compartments, and proposed strapping
a pigeon in each one. As a bomb headed towards earth, each pigeon would
see the target on its screen. By pecking at the image, the birds would
activate a guidance system that would keep the bomb on the right path
until impact. Skinner's idea received initial support, but the U.S.
military finally dismissed it as impractical.

during the show they continuously blow up all kinds of stuff in a most spectacular way with the weirdest weapons ever (dead rats, rocket powered wheels etc)

and the third show? think about it. if you could choose to see a rerun of a program about cars, what would be the only show worth watching? even if it was dated 3 years ago? exactly! //topgear. no rerun, but a new serie.

i want my M(yth)TV

i always wonderd why the //tivo wasnt launched in europe (apart from the uk which is in fact part of the USoA and where the tivo has already been discontinued)

  • i *want* timeshifting tv,
  • i *want* to record on harddisk instead of forward/backward media,
  • i *want* xmltv newsfeeds integrated in my telly,
  • i *want* to schedule all tv programs on every possible channel x years in advance,
  • i *want*... i *want* my tivo MythTV!
the answer is... //MythTV! When i buy a new pc (next couple of month) i will use it for watching TV.

see the //features, the howto //install and some //themes. //ster and ap, eat your heart out!

dutch yearzone

while it has been nearly a year since my home is //wifi powerd, the dutch seem to lack behind regarding this "breakthrough". a year to be exact.

look at the //news.com page to see what the bigest trends were during 2003 and you will see (apart from IP and OSS)... wifi.

look at the dutch equiv page //nu.nl to see what will be the trend for 2004 and you will see ... wifi.

FrodoPalm

I wish I had a more up-to-date Palm, for this is just so cool:

Frodo for PalmOS, the free Commodore 64 emulator for your Palm

Imagine AMC or WotEF on my handheld...

chop chop...

chopchop

Japan's electronics giant Seiko Epson believes its Micro Flying Robot is the world's lightest and smallest robot helicopter.

Weighing
only 8.9 grams, the four-legged mini-copter is equipped with four micro
actuators to drive two rotors and stabilising units that make it fly
and balance in the air.

The prototype version unveiled at the
International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo relies on an external power
source but flies by remote control.

see //anonova

eat your heart out //ac!

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