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Comment: Rickshaws are fun, and not just for operators. (Score 1) 66

by AshboryBass (#43209179) Attached to: A High-Tech Pedicab Dispatch System at SXSW in Austin (Video)

I've had a personal rickshaw for about 6 years. Fun! I haul friends and family around. Good times.

The Chinese one I started with is junky, but the Colorado-built Main Street I have bought since is far more capable. At $3400 new, they also cost about 10x what the Chinese ones run. Mine was bought used, and I have about $1000 in it as it sits today (details here: http://www.rickshawseason.com/about/main-street-pedicab/ )

If you've thought about getting a rickshaw for personal use, without knowing any details I'd say to go for it.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Dissolves MSNBC.com Partnership with NBC->

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AshboryBass writes "NBC is buying Microsoft's 50% interest in MSNBC.com, and will be migrating content to NBCNews.com. The organization currently has about 170 people based from Microsoft's Redmond, WA campus. Headquarters will be migrated to New York City. It is unknown how Microsoft fared in the MSNBC.com sale, but in the last seven years, their online operations have collectively lost more than $10 billion."
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Comment: Re: Canon! (Score 1) 187

by AshboryBass (#32448476) Attached to: The Genius of the Lego Printer
> The reason the LaserJet II is still working is that the guts were built by Canon. There are plenty of LaserWriter printers that still work, too. It was a good engine.

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I'm still using a 15+ year old DECLaser 5100 which has the same Canon EX engine as the LaserJet 4 had, and it's still going strong. Those Canon engines are durable.

Cellphones

Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

Posted by timothy
from the they-drown-out-the-bark-of-my-gun dept.
__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."

Comment: Re:More than 10 years ago? (Score 1) 505

by AshboryBass (#32041982) Attached to: I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...
I used floppies for sneakerneting data to work up until 2002ish. That stated: 1. It was embedded system work. (small amounts of data) 2. I had o'plenty disks from the 1990's. I didn't need to buy anything new. Today, it's unrealistic. But, in 2002 embedded world, when email storage also had a much higher premium, the 1.44 floppy wasn't so bad. And pretty much every system had a 1.44 floppy drive installed and active.

Comment: Bad is good. (Score 1) 295

by AshboryBass (#31653840) Attached to: <em>Battlefield Earth</em> Screenwriter Accepts Razzie
You might also enjoy these gems:
  1. R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" (uncensored). Lots of people talking about feelings while having guns pointed at them. Available on DVD (including Netflix). The sequel isn't as amusing.
  2. "Fifteen": The Nickelodeon soap opera based around the lives of 15-year-olds. Here's the only video I know of that's a full episode:

The Billy character is played by Ryan Reynolds.

Comment: Yes, don't have your host as your domain registrar (Score 1) 456

by AshboryBass (#31226058) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?
The parent makes a great point. Don't have your host as your domain registrar. What if something goes wrong with your host, such as a dispute over billing? They have your domain. Use a separate registrar service. I personally have been using GKG.net (no interest in the company, just a happy customer) and I have at least one host I use with the "free" domain service, but I don't use it. Go ahead and pay the $10ish a year for the independence, even though it isn't a necessary expense. The peace of mind alone is worth the less than a dollar a month to me.

Comment: Re: MBA here too. (Score 1) 447

by AshboryBass (#29322679) Attached to: Back-to-school time means ...
I worked at a couple failed startups and at with the second one, I was trying to steer product direction from the engineer level. I had some success, but not enough to save the company. We had the money, the market, and the time. We didn't have the product or vision at the top to succeed. That is how I ended up in MBA school. I graduate in December.

Comment: Re: Cell phone as a computer (Score 1) 621

by AshboryBass (#29149375) Attached to: Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution
I haven't tried it, but I bet my Logitech bluetooth keyboard works with a phone. From there, all that's missing is:
  1. Some sort of video out
  2. Software and UI for running in computer mode.

When you think about the amount of new TVs with built-in VGA and HDMI inputs, a phone that grows into a computer could become popular.

Comment: Re:wow (Score 1) 227

by AshboryBass (#29062493) Attached to: Guitar, Studio Wizard Les Paul Dies At 94
Actually, it's Seth Lover who came up with the Humbucker design (PAF) and Ted McCarty (with some help) came up with the Tune-o-Matic. "The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy: 1915-1963" by Robb Lawrence has more info, as does Wikipedia:

All the same, Les Paul's impact on the world is remarkable.

Comment: Re: Ask Sterling Ball (Score 2, Interesting) 104

by AshboryBass (#28770767) Attached to: Canonical Fully Open-Sources the Launchpad Code
Show me any time open software has done anything like what the BSA/Microsoft did to the makers of Music Man guitars (Ernie Ball) and we'll talk: http://news.cnet.com/2008-1082_3-5065859.html Worrying about what could happen is one thing, but knowing what has happened is more significant.
Robotics

+ - Pleo dinosaur maker Ugobe files for bankruptcy->

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AshboryBassPlayer writes "Ugobe has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. According to the company, 100,000 Pleos were sold in 2008. CEO Caleb Chung is optimistic about the auction value of intellectual property held by the company.

The Pleo robotic dinosaur featured 14 servo joints, a camera, and an SD Card for storage. The final street prices were commonly between $275-$350, much higher than an earlier hoped for price point under $200."

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