Reading Ebooks Underwater

Yes, there is a desire to read even while scuba diving! If you dive deep enough, then you have to ascend in stages slowly so you don’t get the bends.

These 2 divers wanted to do something constructive with their ascent time, so each purchased a Sony Reader and had specialized cases created for them so they could manipulate it while under water. Take a look:


Video Explains Viruses, Worms, Trojans

Common Craft has, once again, created an excellent video that explains, in simple terms, a subject that isn’t so simple. This time, they’ve tackled “Computer Viruses and Threats,” specifically discussing the differences between viruses, worms, and trojans. Watch for yourself:

Buy the New Commodore 64

The original Commodore 64 computer was available for over a decade starting in 1982 and was a best-selling computer during that time. The “all-in-one” idea was very popular:

The company will soon come out with a new version of the Commodore 64. The outside will look as similar as possible to the original, but the inside will be updated to the latest and greatest technologies. From the New York Times:

 . . . 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.

If you buy one, let me know – I have questions! 🙂

Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon has just announced a new music service – Amazon Cloud Player. It works like this:

  • Using your Amazon account, buy music from Amazon MP3 and save it to your Amazon Cloud Drive. No cap on the amount of music stored if you purchase it from the Amazon MP3 service.
  • Download and install the Amazon Cloud Player (for Android or web); play your music using this app.
  • Add any music you already have to the Cloud Drive. First 5 GB of storage are free; 20 GB are free if you purchase an album from the MP3 service.

Sounds great, right? It’s your music and you are storing it in the cloud instead of a hard drive. If you have an Android device, you have access to it pretty much wherever your are; have access to the web, same thing.

Unfortunately, the music industry thinks that Amazon needs licenses for the music before they can launch this type of service and they have none.

From Amazon:

Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It’s like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available.

Makes sense to me, but I’m sure we’ll see more on this.

[from ars technica]

The Rolltop Laptop

A concept for a new type of laptop from Orkin Design in Germany. What do you think?

[from Slashdot]

Mobile Phones Decrease Bone

A small study done at the National University of Cuyo in Argentina tested the bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content of men (BMC). Half wore cell phones on their hips and half did not.

The results stated that men who wear cell phones on their hips showed a reduction in both BMD and BMC over a 12-month period. This could have far-reaching consequences for both men and women; more research is being done.

[from thinq]
[from Journal of Craniofacial Surgery]

OED Adds New Words to 2011 Edition

More techy-type words are entering the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Take a look:

  • LOL (laughing out loud; although it meant little old lady in the 1960s)
  • OMG (oh, my God; dating from 1917)
  • dot-bomb (a twist on the phrase “dot com”)

[from Wired]
[from Oxford English Dictionary]

Multitasking Difficult for Older People

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, are finding that multitasking, or the ability to easily and quickly switch between tasks, becomes more difficult as you age.

They set up a study using two groups, e.g., one with an average age of 24.5 and another with an average age of 69.1. They asked each participant to view a natural scene and maintain it in the mind for 14.4 seconds. Halfway through the 14.4 seconds, they were interrupted with an image of a face and asked to give its sex and age, then asked to recall the original image.

Everyone was easily able to switch between the natural scene and the face. However, the older group had a much more difficult time releasing the image of the face and reconnecting with the image of the natural scene. Researchers are now looking into software that will train the brain to be able to release tasks and return to the previous one.

[from UCSF]

YouTube Live

In addition to streaming hosted video, YouTube is starting to stream live events. They’ve created a page where you can find what live events are currently streaming and those on the horizon. For example, it looks like they’ll be streaming the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, as well as an Indian cricket match and Movie Math. As I look now, YouTube is live streaming 10 events, from a Paris fashion show to a live feed from the Vatican.

[from beSpacific]

HTML5 Logo

I don’t remember earlier versions of HTML having their own logos, but HTML5 is different. It is hoped to be a way to finally standardize the web pages we create and can be used on pages that are using parts of the standard.

One more thing to note — it is “HTML5,” not “HTML 5.” There is no space; it is a string.

[from W3C News]