Sunday, November 19, 2006

This is a test...

...of the emergency broadcast system.

If this post arrives, the blog has been successfully moved to the new server, blogger is happy with the ftp publishing info, and there is great rejoicing moaning in the land.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Microsoft Firefox

It's not quite April Fool's Day yet, but an interesting joke none the less.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Cordless Charging


Researchers have been looking for a way to make a wireless charger for some time. One idea is to use electromagnetic induction -- passing an electric current through a coil to create a magnetic field that induces a current in a neighbouring coil.

This is the way devices like electric toothbrushes are charged, and has been proposed as the basis of a universal recharger pad before.

The snag as far as mobile devices are concerned is that the charger and device must be in close contact with each other for it to work. Alternative schemes - for instance, transmitting electromagnetic waves in all directions to reach any device in a room - would be hugely wasteful.

Instead, Marin Soljacic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to use evanescent coupling, which allows electromagnetic energy "trapped" in a charging device to be tapped by a "drain" mobile device if the two have the same resonant frequency.

"The energy is trapped at source, until I bring a device that has the same resonant frequency close to it. Only then can the energy 'tunnel through'," says Soljacic. Crucially, the "charger" only starts powering another device when a compatible gadget comes within range.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Here Ye The Word Of The Lord

vaD joH'a' vaj loved the qo', vetlh ghaH nobta' Daj wa' je neH puqloD, vetlh 'Iv HartaH Daq ghaH should ghobe' chIlqu', 'ach ghaj eternal yIn. -- John 3:16
That's in Klingon, by the way.

Friday, November 03, 2006

L.A. to NY

Time lapsed to about 5 minutes. Some parts of it look a bit edited, but cool none the less.