Day: May 28, 2003

  • The Sony PSX

    My friend Mike pointed me to this article at CNN, which gives some details on the PSX:

    The revamped PS2 comes with a built-in DVD recorder, a TV tuner, a 120 GB hard drive and will let owners download movies and music from the Internet.

    Most importantly, the PSX comes with ALL KINDS of connectors in the back:

    I’ll take 2.  It looks like we’ll see these in the states sometime in 2004.  Hopefully someone will port Samba to the PSX platform and we’ll be able to stream our music and video over the network.

  • Revolution 2.0

    Runtime Revolution has released Revolution 2.0.  I downloaded the demo and all I can think of is HyperCard on steroids!  It looks really easy to get things done, the scripting language seems simple enough (think AppleScriptish), and there’s even a great SOAP demo.

  • Plummeting Wi-Fi Prices


    Oversupply and low-cost entrants to the market for wireless Internet chips are causing prices to plummet as volumes grow, according to a study released by market researcher TechKnowledge Strategies Tuesday.

    The average price for a chip that enables connections for an 802.11b wireless LAN (WLAN), also known as Wi-Fi, was $16.06 in 2002, but that price will drop to $6.61 by the end of 2003, said Mike Feibus, principal analyst for TechKnowledge in Scottsdale, Arizona. Revenue from the sales of all wireless chips is expected to decline to $340.2 million in 2003, from $368.7 million in revenue last year, even as volumes soar from 22.5 million to 41.3 million chips sold.

    I hope that this is correct and that 802.11b prices drop even further.

  • Vibrator API Released

    Frank Koehntopp at Mobitopia:

    Sony Ericsson has now finally released certain attractive and important Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) for the P800 – the Camera and Vibrator API’s.

  • New Small Cameras from Sony

    Also from DPReview this morning:

    Sony has today announce two new U-series ultra-compact digital cameras. The DSC-U30 (available in three colors) is essentially an update to the DSC-U20, it has a two megapixel CCD sensor and fixed lens. The ‘new feature’ for the DSC-U30 is a convex mirror on the front of the camera so that you (or your friends) can see yourselves before taking a shot. The DSC-U60 is Sony’s first ruggedized and waterproofed model, it has a rubber body and is waterproof in up to 1.5 m (5 ft) of water. Both cameras should be available in July at $200 and $250.

    Luckily there’s nothing really new with the U30 except for the mirror on the front.  It’s still 2 megapixels.  I was worried that I was going to have to replace my DSC-U20 already.

  • RSS to Instant Messaging Bridge


    The RSS-IM Gateway allows you to let visitors read your RSS feed through an instant messgaing network such as AIM, MSN, ICQ, YIM, or Jabber. It is very easy to set up and can easily handle hundreds of users.

    It’s written in Perl.  Very cool.

  • Nikon Coolpix 5400


    Nikon has today announced the new five megapixel four times optical zoom Coolpix 5400 (the Coolpix 5000’s sucessor). The Coolpix 5400 is especially interesting because it offers a wide angle 28 mm equiv. four times zoom compared to the typical 35 or 38 mm equiv. Other noteworthy specifications include 1/1.8″ sensor (the Coolpix 5000 used a 2/3″), ISO 50 – 400 sensitivity, up to 10 minute Bulb exposures and front or rear flash sync. I can’t however see RAW format support, which is a pity. Available “Summer 2003” with a list price of $799.

    I was telling someone yesterday that with $200 in rebates, the Coolpix 5000’s days were limited.

  • Toolkit for the Truly Paranoid

    Darik’s Boot and Nuke:

    Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

    Here’s what 1.0.0 features:

    This release features a graphical user interface which lets users interactively choose the devices they wish to wipe. Also included are the DoD 5220-22.M standard wipe, the RCMP TSSIT OPS-II standard wipe, the PRNG Stream wipe, additional verification modes, and a rounds option.

    Use with extreme caution.  Don’t blame me.