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  • Microsoft cool gadget, is it not time to fire some gadget designer?

    No monkey has been hurt during the process...

    developer developer developer (more famous as the
    monkey dance)


  • kmel_nano_quads

    The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, located at the University of Pennsylvania, is already well known for its work with quad rotors. And now they can fly autonomously.

    Experiments performed with a team of nano quad rotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics.

  • Experience HD video as professional skydivers leap from breath-taking heights. These daring souls share the adrenaline Rush.


  • I just discovered that video on you tube 3 week ago, I was never impressed by such
    a voice (except by Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera) but He she's only 11 years old...

    Bianca Ryan from America's Got Talent



  • A great video with really funny lyrics


    This is a story from not long ago
    about a boy and a girl who fell in love like whoa
    but there was a problem I didn't count on
    the fact I was a Canon and she was a Nikon
    The photo community was too far gone
    they couldn't appreciate what we had going' on
    we had similar features, made similar pictures
    we really weren't that different but they still couldn't see
    I auto focused on her sexy body
    buttons to push didn't know where to get started
    I never thought I'd fall for a D200
    but she was so hot, she was all that I wanted
    My 1DS mark III
    felt more complete
    when we were together she said my shots were so unique
    But soon you'll see
    we could never be
    like Romeo and Juliette
    our families disagreed
    Ohh Ahh Polish my lens girl
    oooahh polish my lens girl
    ohh-ahh polish my lens girl
    dont leave a thumb print on that lens girl
    The two sides always at war
    all across the message boards
    Dpchallenge what the fuck yo
    they could never let go
    of the hate no that's for 'sho
    the Nikon gang whooped my ass and made me go
    The 70-200 in my pants wouldn't fit inside her Nikon body
    made me wear a UV-filter, which I'm against, but she's my shawtay
    Mount her on my tripod and screw her on and off and on again
    make her take my picture and say I'm the best thats ever been
    Cause I'm a Canon gangsta and your a Nikon shawtay
    I wanna take a picture of that rockin bootay
    We couldn't keep the act up we just had to face the facts
    but hey look on the bright side at least we're not a Pentax


  • I've seen these add before...but were?

    I know last time was the Vista Sad Song :-)

  • This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to the code or documents and transfers them into the central project repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies towards that developer. Files are colored according to their purpose, such as whether they are source code or a document. If files or developers have not been active for a while, they will fade away. A histogram at the bottom keeps a reminder of what has come before.

    this is how it look like with eclipse from


    code_swarm - Eclipse (short ver.) from Michael Ogawa on Vimeo.


     An experiment in organic software visualization.

  • Don't underestimate a woman's poker skills
  • smugmugvideo.example Another small module, highly customizable to display video from your Smugmug gallery is ready for prime time!

    This module displays Smugmug videos using flash and Smugmug API.

    Download Now

    This extension has been submitted to the JED (Joomla! extensions) and can be found also under the category photo-channels.

    You can see all my extensions live running at

    It has the following settings


  • Technology, society has only come this far by building on the work of the people before you! the patent system is broken and useless: UPSTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) don't even check if something was invented by another person or company. Just so long as no one has patent you can do it even if you are NOT the inventor!!!

    Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform. Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where "everything is a remix."

    Said in the video:

    • Apple need 28 pages to explain how to unlock your device using your finger…
    • Steve Job famous quote should be extended with “Great artists steal but not from me”!

  • Apple TV  is a set-top box manufactured by Apple. The Apple TV name and start of online sales was announced by Steve Jobs during the keynote speech at the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. The Apple TV is enabled to stream digital content from any computer running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television.
    Offical Site Apple TV

  • Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows. In order to fully appreciate this new service, You will have to install a free Google viewer (Firefox and IE are supported)
  • I particularly like the missile launched from a tube An impressive video...

  • sony_playstation_ps3

    With the latest PS3 firmware 1.80 released on 24th May, it is now possible to enjoy streaming and turn the PS3 in a real media center hub. I am starting this howto for all people wanting to enjoy their MP3, pictures and video as fast as possible :-)
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today availability of the latest version of the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) firmware. Version 1.80 features upscaling of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to full 1080p HD resolution when viewed on a compatible HD TV set.

    The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HD TV set1. Not only can DVD movies be enhanced to full 1080p HD quality but so too will PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games be upscaled to provide much improved gaming pleasure.
    In a comprehensive update to PS3's already impressive capabilities, Version 1.80 also allows users to enjoy Remote Play on their PSP across the internet, allowing them to access their PS3 anywhere in the world where a broadband internet connection is available2.
    Version 1.80 also allows users on a home network to seamlessly view and play rich media content such as images, music and video on their PS3, that is stored on their DLNA3 enabled devices such as PCs and laptops elsewhere in the house, reinforcing PS3's credentials as a home entertainment hub that truly deserves pride of place in the Living Room.
    A host of other enhancements include the ability to print photo images stored on PS3's hard disk or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers.
    PS3 owners will be able to upgrade their PS3 with the latest Version 1.80 firmware from 24th May 2007.

    (From the press release)

      Why choosing a PS3 as a media center HUB?

    • It has the best blu-ray player till today,
    • It is a game machine as added value
    • You can stream data from any UPNP source (Mac, Linux, Windows, embeded network disk)
    • I is upscaling DVD, game like no hardware scaler on the market 
    • You can boot linux
    • It require no particular/proprietary peripherals (bluetooth)

    AVS forums review concerning the quality of the blu-ray player
    Excellent/Amazing 1080p upscaling of DVDs
    • For those with 720p only sets it now does 720P downscaling for BD along with upscaling for DVD
    • 1080p24 support (film is native 24 fps, no more 3:2 pulldown)
    • Blacker-than-Black (BTB) and Whiter-than-White (WTW) support with (full range/limited) the BTB has been confirmed by DVE
    • HQV DVD test and the PS3 1.80 firmware passes ALL tests!! Cadence, interlacing, artifacting, you name it, it passed!!!

    Why not choosing the Xbox360?

    • Crippled with Digital Right management DRM
    • Noisy so noisy
    • Streaming only from and to Microsoft centric world
    • Proprietary peripherals


    UPNP open source streaming protocol ?


    UPnP technology is a distributed, open networking architecture that employs TCP/IP and other Internet technologies to enable seamless proximity networking, in addition to control and data transfer among networked devices in the home, office, and public spaces.  The UPnP architecture allows peer-to-peer networking of PCs, networked appliances, and wireless devices. It is a distributed, open architecture based on TCP/IP, UDP and HTTP.
    UPnP enables communication between any two devices under the command of any control device on the network (LAN). Among its features are:
    • Media and device independence. UPnP technology can run on many media including phone lines, power lines (PLC), Ethernet, IR (IrDA), RF (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), and FireWire. No device drivers are used; common protocols are used instead.
    • User interface (UI) Control. UPnP architecture enables vendor control over device user interface and interaction using the web browser.
    • Operating system and programming language independence. Any operating system and any programming language can be used to build UPnP products. UPnP does not specify or constrain the design of an API for applications running on control points; OS vendors may create APIs that suit their customer's needs. UPnP enables vendor control over device UI and interaction using the browser as well as conventional application programmatic control.
    • Internet-based technologies. UPnP technology is built upon IP, TCP, UDP, HTTP, and XML, among others.
    • Programmatic control. UPnP architecture also enables conventional application programmatic control.
    • Extensibility. Each UPnP product can have device-specific services layered on top of the basic architecture.
    The UPnP architecture supports zero-configuration, "invisible networking" and automatic discovery for many device categories from a range of vendors; any device can dynamically join a network, obtain an IP address, announce its name, convey its capabilities upon request, and learn about the presence and capabilities of other devices. DHCP and DNS servers are optional and are only used if they are available on the network. Devices can leave the network automatically without leaving any unwanted state information behind.

    The Sony PS3 is registering as a UPNP client client as soon as it will be connected to the network

    The PS3 is either able to use Wireless or Ethernet but not both technology at the same time. Do not try to connect the PS3 to a router while the Wireless is active in the XMB workbench!

    Preparing your local network" />Preparing your local network

    You must check if your router has "UPnP enabled for automatic device configuration". Connect to the router  administrator panel (only for Netgear, consult the notice for the correct admin adress if you are unsure)

    Here my PS3 is at

    Turn UPnP On Advertisement Period

    UPnP can be enabled or disabled for automatic device configuration. The default setting for UPnP is disabled. If disabled, the router will not allow any device to automatically control the resources, such as port forwarding (mapping), of the router.

    The Advertisement Period is how often the router will advertise (broadcast) its UPnP information. This value can range from 1 to 1440 minutes. The default period is for 30 minutes. Shorter durations will ensure that control points have current device status at the expense of additional network traffic. Longer durations may compromise the freshness of the device status but can significantly reduce network traffic.
    Advertisement Time To Live UPnP Portmap Table
    The time to live for the advertisement is measured in hops (steps) for each UPnP packet sent. A hop is the number of steps allowed to propagate for each UPnP advertisement before it disappears. The number of hops can range from 1 to 255. The default value for the advertisement time to live is 4 hops, which should be fine for most home networks. If you notice that some devices are not being updated or reached correctly, then it may be necessary to increase this value a little. The UPnP Portmap Table displays the IP address of each UPnP device that is currently accessing the router and which ports (Internal and External) that device has opened. The UPnP Portmap Table also displays what type of port is opened and if that port is still active for each IP address.

    Installing a UPNP server" />Installing a UPNP server

    The challenge is now to find a server UPNP implementation for your operating system.


    You MUST install 4.4 beta 2 at least or the PS3 wont find the mediaserver. Download HERE
    TVersity with the latest PS3 patch (,
    • Free
    • You can transcode XVID,WMV, OGM, DIVX
    • You can play itunes music and RealMedia

    Philips Media Manager

    • Free
    • 27Mb
    • Easy assistant to share file
    • Windows look and feel



    Windows only &title= Windows only" />Windows only



    Windows Media Player 11 Not recommended as it install a hell of DRM, links, zune or napster shops. While a normal user wont see it, it is more than innaceptable. You say do not assign Media player to your  media, but it do it anyway. Clippled graphical user interface. it do not play all kind of exotic format, but download missing codecs (and even after some file do not work)
    Install it only if you want to view video on your PC, but you may be better served with Videolan (VLC) as it open nearly anything and do to support DRM.

    1. Download and install Windows Media Player 11
    2. Click on the Library tab
    3. On the left you'll see a tree structure. Right click on Library in the tree structure.
    4. Click Media Sharing
    5. Enable your options, what folders, devices, etc.
    6. When your PS3 turns on and scans, Windows will pop up and ask if it's ok to allow the device. Allow it.


    Windows Media Connect (Now ZUNE connect)
    Not recommended as it install a hell of DRM, links, zune or napster shops. While a normal user wont see it, it is more than innaceptable. You say do not assign Media player to your  media, but it do it anyway. Clippled graphical user interface. Install it only if you want to view video on your PC, but you may be better served with Winamp

    1. Click on the Library tab
    2. On the left you'll see a tree structure. Right click on Library in the tree structure.
    3. Click Media Sharing
    4. Enable your options, what folders, devices, etc.
    5. When your PS3 turns on and scans, Windows will pop up and ask if it's ok to allow the device. Allow it.

    Windows Vista Has a native UPNP server, switch the PS3 on, try to locate the PS3 in the network range and start sharing drive like you are use to.
    On2Share Pro

    On2Share Pro  is an UPnP enabling suite for your favourite Media Player. With On2Share comes the On2Share UPnP AV Media Server, Renderer and control point. With On2Share Pro you can share your Windows Media Player  and Winamp playlists or local media folders to UPnP devices in your local network. On2Share also integrates an UPnP control point, so you can access other UPnP Media Servers in your local network. You will find the shared playlists in the Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center or Winamp Media Library. Internet Streaming addresses in your WMP or Winamp Library are shared, too. Version 4.3 supports Windows Media Center and is Windows Vista compatible.

    I do not like their GUI colors and capabilities but it work

    Results" />Results

    2 UPNP server found

    mp3 albums fund
    pictures browsing


  • I did have the chance to try a HTC Desire (non HD with Android 2.1) 3 week end in a row, and I did really like what i was seeing compare to my iPhone 3GS.


    HTC desire HD

    Made of a solid block of aluminum, a 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Dolby Mobile, and HSPA+ data with 802.11n WiFi and enhanced HTC Sense experience with services (backup, erasing/locating device remotely)

    But&160; I will wait a bit more till Android Gingerbread (3.0) and Dual Core CPU at 1.5GHz (crazy) appears in Smartphone

  • It seems that in the graphical and overall user experience, Android is catching fast the iPhone (even if HTC add a layer call HTC Sense UI on top of android). Non Android handset, aka all windows mobile 6.1, should also get this new UI as an update soon.

    HTC Hero

    HTC Hero Trailer

    HTC Sense UI


    • Processor Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
    • Operating System Android™
    • Memory&160; ROM: 512 MB RAM: 288 MB
    • Dimensions (LxWxT) 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm ( 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
    • Weight 135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery
    • Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320x480 HVGA resolution
    • More..
  • Are popping up on the Internet. This great phone is also now available in Switzerland as well :-)


  • With a nice comparison with the Apple IPhone side by side




    For me a real Apple IPhone killer would be a HTC Touch HD bundled with Google Android

    Key Touch HD product specifications:
    • Size: 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm
    • Weight: 146.4 grams/5.164 oz with battery
    • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
    • Software/Operating system: HTC Touch FLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
    • Display: 3.8 inch Wide Screen VGA screen (480 x 800 WVGA)
    • Camera: 5.0MP with auto focus – Second Camera: VGA
    • Internal memory: 512 MB flash; 288 MB RAM
    • Memory card: micro SD™ memory card (SDHC™ capable)
    • WLAN: 802.11b/g
    • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
    • Interface: HTC Ext USB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
    • Battery: 1350 mAh
    • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 390 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 310 minutes***
    • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 390 hours***
    • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ 528 MHz


    Size comparison:


  • alien.anthology.box01 I’ve always been a BIG FAN of Aliens (and Predator)

    20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated Alien Anthology Blu-ray set will be released on October 27th 2010 !!!!

    • 710 minutes of horror!
    • 10 blu-ray!

    For now you can pre-order at

    Limited box content



    * 1979 Theatrical Version
    * 2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
    * Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
    * Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
    * Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
    * Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
    * Deleted and Extended Scenes
    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


    * 1986 Theatrical Version
    * 1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
    * Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
    * Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
    * Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner
    * Deleted and Extended Scenes
    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


    * 1992 Theatrical Version
    * 2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
    * Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
    * Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
    * Deleted and Extended Scenes
    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


    * 1997 Theatrical Version
    * 2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction
    * Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
    * Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
    * Deleted and Extended Scenes
    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream


    In addition to over 12 hours of candid, in-depth documentaries, you now have the ability to go even deeper into Alien Anthology history with nearly five hours of additional video Enhancement Pods created exclusively for this collection, presenting behind-the-scenes footage, raw dailies and interview outtakes from all four films. At topical points in the documentaries, you may access these pods to enhance your experience, or watch them on their own from the separate Enhancement Pod index.

    The Beast Within: Making ALIEN

    o The Visualists: Direction and Design
    o Truckers in Space: Casting
    o Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978
    o The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet
    o The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design
    o Future Tense: Editing and Music
    o Outward Bound: Visual Effects
    o A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film
    * Enhancement Pods

    Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

    o 57 Years Later: Continuing the Story
    o Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction
    o Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization
    o This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985
    o The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action
    o Bug Hunt: Creature Design
    o Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien
    o Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn
    o The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound
    o The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects
    o Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film

    * Enhancement Pods

    Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3

    o Development Hell: Concluding the Story
    o Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision
    o Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision
    o Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign
    o The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991
    o Adaptive Organism: Creature Design
    o The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences
    o Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992
    o Optical Fury: Visual Effects
    o Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound
    o Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film

    * Enhancement Pods

    One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

    o From the Ashes: Reviving the Story
    o French Twist: Direction and Design
    o Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization
    o Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996
    o In the Zone: The Basketball Scene
    o Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design
    o Genetic Composition: Music
    o Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery
    o A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography
    o Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film

    * Enhancement Pods

    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods



    * Pre-Production
    o First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
    o Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes
    o Storyboard Archive
    o The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio
    o Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary
    o Cast Portrait Gallery
    * Production
    o The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary
    o Video Graphics Gallery
    o Production Image Galleries
    o Continuity Polaroids
    o The Sets of Alien
    o H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery
    * Pre-Production and Aftermath
    o Additional Deleted Scenes
    o Image & Poster Galleries
    * Experience in Terror
    * Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
    * The Alien Legacy
    * American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A
    * Trailers & TV Spots


    * Pre-Production
    o Original Treatment by James Cameron
    o Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
    o Storyboard Archive
    o The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
    o Cast Portrait Gallery
    * Production
    o Production Image Galleries
    o Continuity Polaroids
    o Weapons and Vehicles
    o Stan Winston’s Workshop
    o Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
    o Video Graphics Gallery
    o Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers
    * Pre-Production and Aftermath
    o Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned
    o Deleted Scene Montage
    o Image Galleries
    o Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
    o Main Title Exploration
    o Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright
    o Trailers & TV Spots


    * Pre-Production
    o Storyboard Archive
    o The Art of Arceon
    o The Art of Fiorina
    * Production
    o Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence
    o EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary
    o Production Image Galleries
    o A.D.I.’s Workshop
    * Pre-Production and Aftermath
    o Visual Effects Gallery
    o Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
    * Alien3 Advance Featurette
    * The Making of Alien3 Promotional Featurette
    * Trailers & TV Spots


    * Pre-Production
    o First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon
    o Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary
    o Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
    o Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals
    o Storyboard Archive
    o The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs
    o The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries
    * Production
    o Production Image Galleries
    o A.D.I.’s Workshop
    * Pre-Production and Aftermath
    o Visual Effects Gallery
    o Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
    * HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
    * Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette
    * Trailers & TV Spots


    * Two Versions of Alien Evolution
    * The Alien Saga
    * Patches and Logos Gallery
    * Aliens 3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery
    * Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection
    * Parodies
    * Dark Horse Cover Gallery
    * Patches and Logos Gallery
    * MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience

  • I am currently trying to look for the best streaming solution (in order to unleash the power of my new Home Cinema). While there is a lot of hardware and software solutions on the
    market, it is quite difficult if not impossible to futhfillall my wishes...

    Currently I have following possibilities:
    1. Buy a dedicated embedded appliance (Hauppauge, Pinnacle, linksys others) they are cheap but firmwares update is dependent of a company, and not all movies may be correctly played on them.
    2. Mod a device, XBOX (powered by XBMC) and/or XBOX360 (soon possible with I.C.E mod chip??) and run a dedicated Linux HTPC on top of it.
    3. Buy a dedicated Media Center PC but then It is full of DRM, and I am blocked in a Microsoft world....expensive, noisy (for the least expensive model)
    4. Build a customs PC, with selected and dedicated hardware and run on top of it, Microsoft MCE 2005or Linux MythTV ( or MediaPortal  (
    5. Buy a dedicated powerful appliance, for example a Dreambox (, but I would rather wait on the Dreambox HDTV model
    My preferences would go to 5 (if available), or 2 (the XBOX360) but I may try 4.

    Anyway, I will document the build and show here the result. In between, You may be interested by these links:
    • The Linux HTPC How toThe purpose of the Linux HTPC How to is to help educate people who are interested in learning about or building their own media computer (aka HTPC).
    • MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more. You get MediaPortal for free, as Open Source software. This means anyone can help develop MediaPortal or tweak-it for their own needs
  • The Great Ball Contraption ( GBC) is a concept invented by Team Hassenplug: set up some kind of standardized interface for LEGO® based modules to enable them to interact, in this case to pass a ball. Based on this standard, LEGO® builders distributed all over the world are able to build their particular modules to take part in this special kind of LEGO Oriented Architecture (LOA).

    IMPRESSIVE work and time invested to make this working!

    And some more interesting links

  • Merlin_the_Electronic_Wizard0

    Merlin was a handheld electronic game first made by Parker Brothers in 1978. Merlin is notable as one of the earliest and most popular handheld games, selling over 5 million units during its initial run, as well as one of the most long-lived, remaining popular throughout the 1980s. It was distributed in France by Miro Meccano.

  • Funny Video

  • The MAC series of TV Ads are now cult, even if they are not all totally true. This one is priceless
      Microsoft and their ads are ridiculous compare to that....