Kodak scans for familiar faces

April 28, 2006 at 1:22 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Kodak scans your familyKodak, hardly left in the dust by digital imaging, has developed a scanner that will capture images from printed photos and serach for familiar faces.  It will also be able to identify the decade that the photo was printed based on the style of the photographic paper and other marks.  You will be able to take your shoebox full of family photos to Longs and have them scanned and cataloged.  The facial recognition software will have to be taught what Aunt Betty (and the rest of your familiy) looks like and then it is off and running.

I would like to use the same software for the over 16,000 digital pics that live on my home computer.  I am not the best and tagging every photo with the names and places.  

Read more at Wired.com

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Get to know vlog

April 28, 2006 at 1:13 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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That's right-vlogs, or video blogs, could be the next big thing:

From Business 2.0 Magazine: – Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard. This may not seem like a milestone in Internet history, but it is: The perky actress is starring in the first commercial to be aired in a brand-new medium – the video blog, or vlog. Her silly superheroics are worth $40,000.  Read the rest after the jump.

73% of US adults online

April 28, 2006 at 1:11 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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The Pew Internet and American Life has released another comprehensize survey on Internet usage.  In January of 05, 66% of Americans were online- now it's up to 73%.  Another notable fact: only 42% of those surveyed use high-speed Internet.  So, if you design some video and Flash intensive website it won't be very useful to the other 58%.

As comparison:

-97% of Americans over the age of 15 can read.
-69% of Americans own homes.
Read more on MSNBC.

Airlines solve legroom problem

April 26, 2006 at 1:20 am | Posted in travel | Leave a comment

The future of air travelFor those of you who have longed to escape the confines of a cramped airline seat, your wishes have been granted.  Airline manufacturer Airbus has suggested that airlines place their passengers on upright, supportive "jumpseats".  The normal capacity of 500 seatedpassengers on an A380 would jump to the maximum allowed 853 if everyone would just stand up.

 Imagine no longer having to worry about "remaining seated"-just strap in and hang on!  The Seattle P-I has the goods and a great diagram.

Homemade Tornado Machine

April 21, 2006 at 4:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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homemade tornado machineThe folks at make have linked to the plans for a homemade tornado machine of your very own.  Just in time for Earth Day.

Earth Day Quiz

April 21, 2006 at 3:09 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp

Convert Quicktime videos to AVI format

April 21, 2006 at 2:07 am | Posted in tech, video | Leave a comment

Free software that converts Quicktime videos to AVI format:
http://paininthetech.com/convert_quicktime_videos_to_avi_for_free

New Words to Impress Your Friends

April 19, 2006 at 3:03 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

blook– a blog that becomes a book OR a book that is released in portions, one chapter at a time, on a blog. More on Wikipedia.

wifired– thrown out of a coffee shop after using their "free" wifi hotspot for four hours even though you bought only one small latte. From Valleywag.

Windows Movie Maker Basics

April 18, 2006 at 3:31 am | Posted in tech, video | Leave a comment

supported files: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308464

download WMM 2.1 (requires XP SP2): http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

download WMM 2.0: http://xstream.nwoca.org/downloads/?path=windows/ 

WMM vs. iMovie- the results will SHOCK you: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=377090&rl=1

Flash tutorials

April 6, 2006 at 2:08 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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http://www.gotoandlearn.com/– beginner on up.

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