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+ - How Would You Use An Arduino Compatible Flashlight?-> 1

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "After its highly successful Kickstarter project and a year of development, HexBright, claimed as the world's first open source flashlight, has reached production and will ship in time for the holidays. The device's 500 Lumen LED module is controlled by an Atmel AVR ATmega168PA microcontroller, and can be programmed to do cool stuff using standard Arduino development tools. Several sample custom programs have already been posted to the HexBright GitHub. What would you make one do?"
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Comment: How I deal with it (Score 1) 499

by wbattestilli (#37558208) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

I'm about 6 years ahead of you with the same problem. Lot's of pictures and video. Here is my current (and evolving) plan.

1. Everything is live on a NAS in my house. I don't do anything fancy like RAID. It's just a cheap harddrive. I do periodically swap out the hard-drive for a bigger one every few years and haven't had a failure yet...but that is just dumb luck.
2. I store everything in common formats, DVD images and jpeg. I figure that I'll notice if JPEGs or MPEG2 video becomes hard to decode and at that point I'll spend a weekend converting to something more "current".
3. Everything is backed up to a USB hard-drive that I keep in a fireproof media safe that is certified for media (hd, optical etc.). A standard safe won't stay cool enough.
4. Offsite backup using Crashplan. I like Crashplan but Mozy or Carbonite may work as well.

The USB HD in the safe is probably redundant as I really don't know how well it would survive a fire and is also the most likely to be out of date as the backup is a manual operation. I just can't put all of my trust into an external company that I pay $50/year to.

The Courts

Writer Peter Watts Sentenced; No Jail Time 299

Posted by timothy
from the new-spirit-of-openness dept.
shadowbearer writes "SF writer Peter Watts, a Canadian citizen, whose story we have read about before in these pages, was sentenced three days ago in a Port Huron, MI court. There's not a lot of detail in the story, and although he is still being treated like a terrorist (cannot enter or pass through the US, DNA samples) he was not ordered to do any time in jail, was freed, and has returned home to his family. The judge in the case was, I believe, as sympathetic as the legal system would allow him to be."

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 248

by wbattestilli (#28116853) Attached to: SATA 3.0 Release Paves the Way To 6Gb/sec Devices
Actually, the OCZ Vertex http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_vertex_series_sata_ii_2_5-ssd/ can sustain about 230MB/s. This is equal to about 2.3 Gb/sec. Allowing for the rate at which SSD technology seems to be changing, I'd say that this standard is just in the nick of time. Chances are that the next thing in high-end, consumer SSDs will saturate a SATA link. If this standard doesn't get pushed out soon, drive manufacturers will be doing ugly, proprietary, OS specific hacks to support multiple SATA links to a single device. In addition, lots of people are packaging multiple physical drives into a single SSD with an internal RAID-0 controller. These are definitely being(or soon going to be) held back by the 3BG/s SATA link.

Comment: Re:Our decision (Score 1) 409

by wbattestilli (#26638371) Attached to: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

Great analysis! My wife and I went through this when our kids were born. Genetic diseases were the deal breaker for us. Basically, if you need stem cells, it's unlikely that you want your own cells that likely caused the problem to begin with. Also, the chance that one's cord blood is useful to another family member isn't very likely so that option is out as well. It really remains to be seen if private banking of any bio material will be useful when compared to public banks. In the absence of a major and specific scientific breakthrough, there is just no compelling reason for private banking.

In the end we donated their cord blood and, if needed, we'll use the cord blood bank like everybody else.

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