5/31/2005

One Giant Leap for IRC Downloading

Filed under: Technology — 10:58 pm

One of the more important advancements in file-sharing over the last few years has been the introduction of torrent files and NZB (Newzbin) files. Torrent files, associated with the BitTorrent network, allow for the simplistic indexing and distribution of media content over this network. NZB files make Usenet life easier by downloading only the headers necessary to complete an archive. Now, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) has its own file system to facilitate downloading.

The coming of the electric motorcycle

Filed under: Cool,Rave,Technology — 10:56 pm

Electric motorcycles are in their infancy but there’s a realistic promise of electric motor performance that is more suited for the racetrack than that of internal combustion engines and infinitely better suited for the road. As the first electric bikes find their way onto racetracks and begin mixing it with two and four strokes, it appears you need three times the horsepower in a gas-powered motor to get a bike as fast as an electric bike.

Smart LED’s from Rensselaer will Adjust to Your Body Clock

Filed under: Cool,Technology — 10:50 pm

The LED-crazed kids at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are at it again. In a paper published in this week’s Science, they talk about how LED’s not only will save huge amounts of energy (they don’t yet but theoretically can) but can be used in much more sophisticated ways. Because different colours can be so easily mixed, they see opportunities galore:

Motorola RAZRberry Specs

Filed under: Technology — 10:49 pm

Cool PDA possibly available in the 3rd quarter. No mention of price.

Defiant.ws in the face of the MPAA

Filed under: Cool,Tools — 10:45 pm

Having tired of the problems users face with Torrent search sites, a former Torrentz.com developer has created a website he promises will provide a better customer experience, Defiant.

Big Brother Tries to Muscle ISPs

Filed under: Bush Whacked,Terrorism — 10:41 pm

This administration continues to try and take our rights to any kind of privacy away.

The Bush administration asked a federal appeals court Friday to restore its ability to compel Internet service providers to turn over information about their customers or subscribers as part of its fight against terrorism

Homebuilt Infrared Viewer Night Vision

Filed under: Cool,Free Stuff — 10:39 pm

Here I made an infrared viewer (night vision scope) from mostly crap out of the trash. I did have to buy the main component, the image intensifier tube, because I think it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll come across one in the dumper.

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