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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
  Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth
Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth - This is COOL with a Capital C O O L ! It's hard to describe, you really have to just check it out - Here's Microsoft's own description...

The Photosynth Technology Preview is a taste of the newest - and, we hope, most exciting - way to view photos on a computer. Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next.
In our collections, you can access gigabytes of photos in seconds, view a scene from nearly any angle, find similar photos with a single click, and zoom in to make the smallest detail as big as your monitor.
Monday, February 26, 2007
  Logitech Harmony Remote

This is my latest 'tech' purchase. The Logitech Harmony Remote H659... Designed to be a UNIVERSAL remote, and then some... The Logitech line of Harmony remotes ranges in price from about $150, that's about what mine ran me, up to over $500 for the crazy models... What seperates this from your average, $20-$30 Universal Remote?
- You plug it into your PC, it has a USB connection and Software that steps you through the configuration process, Wizard-style
- It has 'Activities' buttons, for instance 'Watch a Movie', this will automatically: Turn on your TV, Turn on your DVD Player, Turn on your A/V Receiver, set to the right inputs. Then you hit the OFF button, and it turns everything off... Like Macros sort-of... Very cool!
- It has a 'HELP' feature, that steps you through troubleshooting if things aren't working the way you expect.
- There's a lot of custom configuration you can do, so far I'm very pleased with it... No problems getting it to control my ExpressVu Set Top Box/PVR, my LiteON DVD Recorder, Toshiba TV and Technics Receiver...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
  Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Product Information
Microsoft have released Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 - Basically their version of VMWare, for free... This lets you load up multiple 'Virtual' computers and run them on your PC... Cool stuff - This is a great way to test out new or different operating systems on your PC (Like Linux) without having to worry about messing up your primary configuration....
  Google Reader
If you're reading this blog, then potentially you might be interested in this tool... As my web-reading habits begin to change, and as the concept of blogging and RSS becomes more mainstream, I find I'm reading more and more blogs and/or RSS-accessible content and therefore, I'm really in need to migrating myself from having to manually check a bunch of different web sites and look for new content, to having a central, aggregated application where I can read everything...

RSS Readers and aggregators are nothing new! Not at all, it's just that I haven't really NEEDED one until now...

Since I use so many different PC's, I'm always on the lookout for a web-based tool, something that will centralize this... A client-side application isn't going to work for me, I want something I can check out from home, from work, from wherever...

Google Reader seems to do the trick... I'm just now going to start populating it, but SUBSCRIBING to the RSS Feeds of the various blogs or RSS-accessible sites that I read, but once I've finished that process, then I can simply hit my Google Reader page and bam, read through all of the articles in one spot and avoid wasting time clicking through hitting blogs which haven't been updated (like Jason Bonney's).

You can check it out at
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