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Discounted Nokia N810

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Grab it while you can. In the US and UK nokia stores you can get 15% off the listed price by entering the code found on Adam Curry’s website.

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February 28th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

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Canola2 Windowed Mode

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A little secret has been let out of the bag :)

Canola2 can be run in windowed mode rather than taking over the whole screen. Whilst this may not be for everyone and its not guaranteed to be there in the final version it is indeed present in beta5.

To do this you need to drop to an xterm and type:

canola – n

Windowed mode shows nicely that the icon’s can rearrange themselves to fit the available screen real-estate. Everything else that I’ve played around with seems to work too.

I’ll be sticking with full screen mode though, why have it windowed when you can have it full screen and just switch windows with the home hardware key?

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February 28th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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1-Wire Gadgets

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The missing piece of my 1-wire adventures arrived today, a usb to rj11 adapter. A very speedy delivery from <a href="http://www.homecip.comhomechip.com meant that I had the adapter in less than 2 days. This device allows my DS1402D Blue Dot Receptor to connect to the pc where I can read the ibuttons. I currently have 8 ibuttons; 2 real time clocks, 2 with 64kb NV ram, 2 just identity, and 2 temperature thermochrons.

Above you can see the output of OneWireViewer (downloadable from the maxim site) when a thermochron ibutton is read. There’s lots of potential with the ibutton stuff and I hope to have more of a play with the thermochron’s and the rest of the ibuttons soon.

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February 28th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

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A Trip to Wells

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Another trip out with the kids, this time back to Wells. There were some great photo opportunities so I took my trusty Nikon D40x with me. Above are just a few of the many shots I took, nothing special but its nice to document a day in photo’s.

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February 25th, 2008 at 11:26 am

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New Site

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Welcome to the new site.

May Drupal and I be happy married for the foreseeable future.

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February 14th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

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Podcasting the Right Way

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I’m still looking for the holy grail of podcasting; software that will fetch my daily audio podcasts and put them in a sync directory. On top of this I want it to be able to download video podcasts and automatically convert them to the correct format ready to be synced with the Nokia N800. And to make matters worse, I want the N800 to ‘wake up’ at a predetermined time and sync with this said directory!

Is this too much to ask?

The first part of the equation is fulfilled with gpodder. A cron job to fetch all my feeds is set up for 4am with a:

gpodder –run

From here I’m unsure. Maybe tablet-encode could be run via a cron job but I’m not sure it would work with the file and directory structure that gpodder creates and how would it distinguish between audio only and video podcasts? The other problem is Canola, my player of choice. How do we inform Canola that new material is available to listen to/view? The video part should be trivial but how does the podcast section update itself to show newly available shows?

Lots of questions and we are far from the answers at the moment.

To give you a little background, I commute to work 3 hours a day; audio podcasts are essential! (I’m driving so audio only!). I also spend some time in gym where the mundane treadmill session can be made a little more interesting with something like the Totally Rad Show video podcast (vidcast?). These things are as essential as email to me. I can grab my email on the tablet before I leave in the morning, why not my daily entertainment?

Rest assured, I’m on the case! I WILL find a way of doing this, even if I have to program it myself. There, I said it, shame me if it never happens!

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February 12th, 2008 at 11:47 am

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Embedding a Flickr Stream

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pictobrowser allows you to embed a Flickr stream directly into any website. You can produce images such as the one below:

Pretty cool and something I will be using a whole lot more soon.

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February 1st, 2008 at 2:38 pm

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