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March 19th, 2005

LiveJournal RSS 2.0 enclosures @ 02:27 pm

Looks like LiveJournal is jumping into the game of podcasting as well. Posted on Brad Fitzpatrick's blog, LJ now supports RSS 2.0 enclosures. Still has some work to go but this now ties in the largest single member of the blogosphere into podcasting.

Only thing left is for him to set it so users can do this without doing a phone post, and also get it out of the .ogg format so ipod users can download podcasts from LJ.

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March 17th, 2005

March 15th, 2005

(no subject) @ 02:18 pm

Well, the article on Podcasting is in today's Plain Dealer, ON THE FRONT PAGE!!!!!!!!!!

They didn't mention me (the bastards!) but they did mention tomorrow's meetup @ rock bottom brewery...

Thanks to jawbone radio for the pic!

Oh, and if you're interested in the meetup, follow this link and join!

February 24th, 2005

Hey All You Cleveland Blogging/Podcasting Nerds... @ 01:46 pm

The details for next month's Weblogger/Podcasting joint Meetup have been pretty much finalized:

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 @ 7:00 PM

Rock Bottom Brewery
2000 Sycamore Street
Cleveland, OH 44101

Get more info and RSVP here!

Cleveland.com will be covering this, and I'm trying to get some podcasters out here as well, so come on out...it should be a good time!

February 23rd, 2005

Cleveland Podcasters? @ 05:26 pm

If there are any Cleveland podcasters out there, I run the Cleveland Podcasting Meetup group. Next month's meetup will be a joint event with the Weblogger Meetup group and will be covered by cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer.

More info here: http://podcasting.meetup.com/7/


December 29th, 2004


Science News as seen on http://www.smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=8521

In the past year or so, organic light-emitting diodes have appeared in a handful of products, such as the tiny screens in some cell phones and digital cameras. However, manufacturing large and long-lasting flexible displays for computer screens and flat-panel televisions is expected to require new and improved organic materials.

To create displays that are more efficient and more luminescent than existing technologies based on organic substances, researchers are turning to organic molecules that self-assemble into cell membrane-like structures. Samuel Stupp and his colleagues at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have now devised a way to enhance the electronic and optical properties of a polymer that is widely used for making organic light-emitting diodes.

In standard polymer films, molecules are randomly oriented. To avoid that, the researchers engineered the polymer molecules to automatically assume an organized liquid-crystal structure when mixed in water. The group attached different small appendages to the ends of the polymer molecules. They put a water-repelling molecule at one end and a water-attracting molecule on the other.

When mixed with water and poured onto a glass surface, the modified polymer molecules assembled into sheets that resembled cell membranes. Also, the sheets stacked on top of each to create a film hundreds of nanometers thick.

"By controlling the orientation of the molecules within the film, we can control the material's conductivity and luminescence," said James Hulvat, research assistant professor. For example, because the film's molecules are packed tightly and aligned, electrical charges in the resulting structure move through the material more efficiently than they do through disordered polymer films. At the same time, the highly ordered assemblies harbor fewer defects that can quench the material's luminescence.

The researchers also found that varying the length of the water-attracting appendages caused the resulting films to produce different colors. Shorter chains resulted in films that glowed green, while longer chains made the films appear blue.

Scott Watkins of the University of Melbourne in Australia said that this is an important strategy for maximizing the efficiencies and lifetimes of organic light-emitting materials. "Without self-assembly, you'd have to go through multiple processing steps" to get the same result, he said.

The next step, said Hulvat, will be to produce an actual organic light-emitting diode, which glows when stimulated electrically. The Northwestern group is also working to make solar cells out of its new materials. By coating the hydrophilic segments of the film with a semiconductor, the researchers plan to create alternating layers of organic and inorganic materials.

Cross Posted on computergeeks and techblog

November 30th, 2004

Help available for 'drunken diallers' @ 09:23 am

National Nine News is reporting a mobile phone company has launched a unique new service to stop people from making phone calls they may later regret.

Virgin mobile says it’s “dialing under the influence” service will prevent incoherent calls to ex-partners, current partners or bosses.

A recent survey by the company of more than 400 people found that 95 percent made phone calls after a drinking session, with 30 percent of calls going to exes and 19 percent to current partners.

The survey also found that the morning after more people will first reach for their mobile phone to check who they had dialled (55%) instead of reaching for painkillers (8%). More than half those surveyed also said they made up to three calls per night.

Virgin says with the new service, people will simply dial a number followed by the phone number they don’t want to call, effectively blacklisting it until six o’clock the following morning.

The new service begins on December 1, just in time for the silly season

November 14th, 2004

First Aftermarket Windows Automotive System? @ 06:08 pm

Windows Automotive SystemGizmodo is reporting that Kenwood has unveiled the "HDM-777" on Friday, which is what, I believe, the first aftermarket navigation system to use Windows Automotive. At least, it's the first one I've seen. All Blue Screen of Death jokes aside, Windows Automotive is a key component of Microsoft's "Connected Car Initiative"- the company's leap into the automotive industry.

Though Kenwood hasn't clarified whether or not this new unit takes advantage of Windows Automotive's entire feature-set (Bluetooth, driver distration control, high quality graphics, audio and video playback), the specifications do list a 7" thouchscreen monitor, 20GB hard drive, DVD/CD MP3 and Windows Media Video playback, and even an internet connection "for connection to a home server." It sounds nice, but the best we can do for now is guess; Kenwood's press release isn't specific at all. I'm hoping this means you can stream MP3s and video from your home PC to your car but don't count on it. (The HDM-777 is at 193,000 yen, or about $1,800 USD)

November 10th, 2004

PodLock @ 05:17 pm

The Unofficial Apple Weblog posts: Psssst! Hey, you! Have something to hide? PodLock, the new iPod utility from Micromat, allows you to create a secret, ‘invisible’ partition on your iPod to hold important data files. The enemy won’t be able to see your data; only you can access the files by entering your password.

Features of the PodLock software include:

Create a hidden partition, or area, on the iPod allowing the user to hide important files from prying eyes.
Unfragment file data on the iPod, improving file retrieval and music access speed.
Backup and restore data on the primary iPod volume.
Manages pictures and voice recordings for an easy and convenient way to access data.
Display important and interesting technical information about the iPod, like where a specific iPod was manufactured.

With the holiday season just around the corner, PodLock would make the perfect gift for all the Enron executive-types in your life.

November 9th, 2004

Microsoft getting nervous about Firefox? @ 08:00 pm

I appologize for the amount of time since the last post, hopefully with more members, posting will become more frequent, anyway, on to the news.

C|net news.com is reporting Microsoft may be back into the browser wars again, and there is some proof this time...

The proof? After years of neglecting Internet Explorer, killing its standalone version and satisfying reporters' requests for interviews with terse, prepared statements, Microsoft representatives on Monday took the unusual step of placing an unsolicited call to News.com in anticipation of the Firefox 1.0 release.

Gary Schare, Microsoft's director of product management for Windows who never writes or calls, told News.com that he and his team were "sharpening pencils" in efforts to get the word out about IE's new security features in the Windows XP Service Pack 2 release.

He also drew attention to the new Windows Marketplace stall for IE add-ons, which provide tabbed browsing and other features that come preloaded with Firefox, Opera, Safari and other non-IE browsers.

Schare professed to be unconcerned about Firefox's apparent popularity and promised to keep in touch.