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The Google Maps Street View Camera May 31, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Interesting, NYC.
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googmapscam.jpgYour friends have undoubtedly been clogging up your in-box with funny pictures from Google Maps Street View, but do you know how those pictures were taken? You do now. Google licensed shots from Immersive Media, a company that specializes in 360-degree videos, in order to fill out their coverage in cities like NYC.

As you can see, IM mounts a 11-camera contraption on top of their vehicle as they drive in order to capture the 360-degree view you get on Google Maps. One thing to note, however, is that Google’s San Francisco shots look a lot more detailed than their NYC shots. That’s because Google took their own van out to take the SF pics.



Google Maps adds Street View May 30, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Interesting, NYC.
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googlemapsstreetview.pngGoogle Maps adds a new perspective to the urban landscape: Street View lets you navigate down the streets of big cities like New York, Denver, Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Go to Google Maps and hit the “Street View” button to check it out. (Amazon’s A9 was the first to release this kind of street-level mapping almost 2 years ago, and then Microsoft followed suit last year.)


Get Gmail in Entourage May 22, 2007

Posted by farshadf in G4 & G5 Macs, Intel Inside.
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Configuring your email client: Entourage 2004

  1. Enable POP in your Gmail account.
  2. Open Entourage 2004.
  3. Click ‘Tools,’ and select ‘Accounts’


NYC Subway maps with street overlay May 15, 2007

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The most frustrating aspect of most New York City Subway Maps is that they only show the subway lines, neglecting all but major streets. You might know where get off but then you have no idea how to get to your final destination. Alleviating the problem, OnNYTurf simply overlays the subway map on a google-style map (click on image for enlarged view). Google also recently (finally) added Subway stops to their maps so using either you can plot your trip to see what subway stops are closest to your final destination, but only OnNYTurf’s overlays the actual lines.

Import contacts from Outlook to Entourage 2004 May 14, 2007

Posted by farshadf in G4 & G5 Macs, Intel Inside.
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  • You can create groups of contacts so that you can address an e-mail message to multiple people by group name.
    1. In the Address Book, click Add Group .
    2. Name the group. This is the name you’ll enter in the To box when addressing an e-mail message to the group.
    3. Click in the list box to add e-mail addresses to the group.
    4. Click Save. The group name appears in your Address Book.


Top 5 Painless TiVo Mods May 11, 2007

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tivo_s3_tight.jpgTop of the list is that 30-second skip function, where TiVo slyly hides a capability that can only be activated with a certain combination of key presses (Select, Play, Select, 3. 0, select while you’re playing a recording), thus avoiding lawsuits but retaining one of the box’s best functions. Once you’ve entered this combination, you can blast through commercial breaks with a few presses of the ->| button. It’s is the lowest effort/highest return hack on the list.

There’s more!
Zatz also explains how you can expand your TiVo’s storage (a bit more difficult than the other hacks), transfer video to TiVo (which, alas, is not possible with our Series3 HD TiVo), removing TiVoToGo DRM (also not possible on the Series3 yet), and streaming music over your home network.

This is a useful list for those who aren’t comfortable performing major surgery but are beyond wearing TiVo ears on a blind date.

Top 5 TiVo Hacks (for non-hackers) [Zatz Not Funny]

3D printer ready for prime time May 8, 2007

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3D printers have been around for awhile, but in the next two years their prices will drop so fast that you may one day find yourself with one sitting in your home. That’s what the folks at Desktop Factory hope, they’re planning on selling the first consumer 3D printer later this year for $4,995. The printer will be like an easy-bake oven, using a halogen light bulb to melt nylon powder and “print” 3D objects instead of ink on paper. Kids would be able to print out toys they see online, designers will be able to print sculptures, and so forth. Personally I think this is cool, sure $5k is outta my budget, but if prices dip further south (and they’re bound to) I wouldn’t mind having one at home.

New iTunes visualizer May 7, 2007

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Here is this thing that does stuff in iTunes. There is magnetism, there is gravity, but on top of all of that, there is awesomeness. Watch as all the dots and ribbons go bouncy bouncy when you play music and trigger this mo-fo of a visualizer. This is the future of visuals. God help you if you smoke the reefer cause you can kiss your productivity goodbye.

By the way, don’t go crazy with the A and S keys – they add or subtract a hundred particles at a time – tap once or twice and wait for the results. If it starts acting poorly because you hit a bunch of keys, just quit and restart.

Firm uncovers evidence of iBook G4 flaw May 5, 2007

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A groundbreaking decision by the Denmark Consumer Complaints Board could have crucial consequences for Apple and thousands of Apple laptop users on a global level. The board says it has evidence of a hidden original design defect in Apple’s iBook G4 systems which the Cupertino-based company repeatedly denied. Thousands of users all over the world have tried to get Apple to acknowledge the fault and agree to take back the computers, according to the board, but all have failed. The Consumer Complaints Board now claims to have documentation proving the existence of a design fault, and decided in April that Danish consumers must be able to return computers with this fault to Apple.Affected iBooks lose power and the screen goes blank after just over one year’s use, but notebook owners were told their warranty had expired and that they would have to pay for repairs performed.

Despite this, Apple has already settled numerous cases in Denmark on the basis of the investigation report, according to the board, but it remains unclear whether the company will continue denying that the fault exists in the same type of computer outside of Denmark’s borders.

Clone Your Apple Bootcamp Partition May 4, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Intel Inside.
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If you are in charge of setting up a bunch of machines with both Mac OS X and Bootcamp, Winclone will make your job a breeze. Simply create an image as your would for a backup, and Winclone will create the Windows partition and restore the OS and data onto the new partition. Winclone now includes full Vista cloning.FEATURES

  • Clone Windows XP or Windows Vista with ease
  • Clone to your Bootcamp partition either on a separate drive or on the same that contains your Mac OS X partition
  • Creates image documents that can be stored on any media and double-clicked to open in WinClone
  • Verbose logging so you know what is going on
  • Built on the open source ntfstools, which are included in Winclone, so you don’t have to install anything else
  • Restore a 10 GB image in less than10 minutes
  • Create a Bootcamp partition from within Winclone
  • Do it all from the boot drive: You don’t need to boot from a Firewire drive to clone the Windows partition
  • Clean and uncomplicated interface