Optical Illusion

Look at the Picture #1. Are Squares A and B the same color? It doesn’t look like it, but apparently they are exactly the same. Your eyes are telling you they’re not, but in reality, they are the same color. You want proof? Take a look at Picture #2, it shows two vertical strips of gray which turns out to be same color and shade as Squares A and B. Funky! Here’s the explanation. I’ve read it twice and I’m still scratching my head. It makes sense now. At first, I thought the checkerboard would be all of the same color, but after further investigation, it reveals 3 shades of gray.

Apple iPod

When the iPod was invented, it was designed to play music. Then came podcasting. So, what’s next with the the world’s most popular music player? Music videos? Rumors are swirling that Apple is looking into releasing a new iPod capable of playing music videos. Well, well, well. Wouldn’t that be nice. We’ll just have to wait.

Man Arrested for Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

Benjamin Smith III of St. Petersburg, Florida has been arrested for stealing Richard Dinon’s wireless signal. Dinon saw Smith sitting in his SUV outside his house with his laptop open. The arrest is a new criminal case involving a fairly common practice called wardriving. Wardriving is common in areas where there is a large concentration of wireless signals. It’s not clear what Smith was doing on Dinon’s network. Checking his email? Was there any criminal activity involved? There are not enough details at the moment. This arrest is one of the first criminal cases in the United States involving stealing wireless signals.

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July 4th Fireworks

This is not your typical July 4th fireworks. A neighbor’s car mysteriously goes on fire prompting firefighters to extinguised the flame. Just prior to the firefighters arrival, a neighbor prevented the flame from spreading by using a waterhose. Firefighters couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the fire. I assuming one of three things: someone threw fireworks into the car, the owner set the his car on fire, or it was an electrical fire. You can view the pics my brother took. Here are the same pics using postcardviewer.

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Wireless Networks

While sipping coffee at a local Starbucks, customers armed with laptops can browse the internet or work remotely. It’s all made possible because of wireless networks. Wireless networks uses radio, an old technology that has been around for more than 100 years. Computer packets called TCP/IP are passed between an access point (transmitter) to a client (receiver) and vice versa using radio waves. Radio technology is used in many wireless devices such as remote controls, garage openers, walkie talkies, cellphones, radars, shortwave and AM/FM radios, albeit they all use different radio frequencies.

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Linux Phones

Motorola plans to use Linux on its mid-range phones. Motorola began selling high-end Linux powered phones back in 2003. The E895 will be the first mid-range Motorola phone to use the open source operating system. The lightweight Linux operating system is used to manage the phone’s basic software, lower level management, power and memory management. For the phone’s application, Motorola uses Java software licensed from Sun. Linux phones have many competitions mainly from Motorola’s own P2K, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile as well as Symbian. Experts are expecting Linux phones to reach mass-market in late 2006 to 2007. Read the article here.

Strummin the Guitar

Are you looking to play the latest tune you heard on the radio on your guitar? I found an excellent website called Ultimate Guitar. The site contains thousands of songs with chords, riffs, solo and bass parts. The website is categorized by the artists’ name and then sorted by songs. You can find practically any artists on the website. It’s a must for guitar players.

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Fedora Core 4

Fedora Core 4 has been released to the general public. What’s new? Desktop enhancements with Gnome 2.10 and KDE 3.4 and the Clearlooks default theme. It also added Evince, a document viewer and OpenOffice 2.0, the office productivity suite. Also present are Eclipse 3, support for Power PC architecture, improved security and improved clustering technology with GFS or Global File System.

Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2 bring gamers to the modern day era of warfare. Choose your team: the United States, China or the Middle East Coalition. Take control of over 30+ land, sea and air vehicles. Play against 64 players online. It also features enhanced team play which allow players to be part of squad in the front lines or act behind the scenes in commander mode. It also has an auto-mapping feature which adjust the map size based on number of players online.

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