Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Programmable Thermostats: Do they work?

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Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am.

Natalie recently found this article explaining why programmable thermostats save you money, and I thought I would share it because it is so useful. It’s apparently a confusing topic to most, and I’ve already gotten into several arguments about it. Actually, I remember thinking as a child that keeping the temperature constant in a house was more efficient than having it fluctuate a lot by turning the heat down when you left or went to sleep. After taking classes in heat transfer and control systems in college, it’s obvious to me that I was wrong, but most people have no reason to take such classes. Here’s a good article summarizing it in layman’s terms instead:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2970/does-turning-down-the-thermostat-at-night-save-energy

Space Chair

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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 5:19 pm.

This is just sweet.

Geocities Closing

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Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 12:20 pm.

http://xkcd.com/

For those of you who have been online since the late 90s (if you’re like me, around junior high), you may remember how primitive the websites were back then.  Strange to think how much things have changed in 10 years.

XKCD is doing a tribute to GeoCities, as they are closing today.  I’m assuming they’ll have their layout like that for just today.  GeoCities was one of my first hosts, in addition to tripod, angelfire, lycos, and some other less-memorable domains.  Really makes me realize how long My Fake Site has been around.

10GUI

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Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm.

10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

An innovative idea, with a video that pinpoints some of the shortcomings of our current system. A plausible solution to a current issue, unlike the Minority Report style control schemes (which, while cool, are not very practical in a common desktop setting).

the future is still now

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Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 4:01 am.

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videos:

– a 1967 Philco-Ford production entitled “Year 1999 A.D”;
– an ’81 news clip (KRON, San Francisco).

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iPod Mini Upgrade Guide

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Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 1:26 pm.

Just a notice: I’ve started a *Guide section on the site, where I’ll be posting walkthroughs for various projects I complete.  The link is located on the navigation column on the right of this website, along with the other standalone pages.

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I put up the first one, showing how *I upgraded the battery life and storage capacity of my iPod Mini.

E3: Natal

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Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 am.

Feel free to disregard this, I am posting this mainly for my own amusement.

This is a clip from the Microsoft Natal demonstration from today’s Microsoft E3 press conference. Natal is a motion sensing camera/controller that was unveiled today; unfortunately for MS the beginning of the demo started out with something goofy like this.