Detect Train and Close Window with Arduino and Webcam

[youtube] Here’s a great example of how to solve problems through automation…. The problem, living next to a set of train tracks, and the noise that they make…  The solution, automatically close the windows, when a train is passing through… Using a webcam, open-source motion detection software, and an arduino, I’ve created an automatic window […]

A Hatred of Flash?

Hatred (or hate) is a deep and emotional extreme dislike, directed against a certain object or class of objects. The objects of such hatred can vary widely, from inanimate objects or animals, to oneself or other people, entire groups of people, people in general, existence, or the whole world. Though not necessarily, hatred is often associated with […]

Debunking Misconceptions in SSD Longevity

I just noticed that Bit Micro has a web page discussing the issues of SSD Longevity… In a recent article on write endurance published in, editor Zsolt Kerekes provided theoretical computations on the longevity of solid state flash drives deployed in enterprise server applications. His test solid state drive had the following specifications: total […]

I hate bugs!

Well, I guess this just proves that I need to be a bit more careful here…. The caching software that I use for the blog, may have a new bug…  I just upgraded a day ago, and I tested the web site which seemed to be working fine, but my lack of “picture blogging” recently bit […]

One Step Forward? One Back? Site performance

Over the last couple of months, I have been dealing with some oddities that would go away and them re-appear on the web site… Several times, I have “started virtually from scratch” with this configuration or that configuration…  And I think, and hope, that I have finally solved the problems for now… The Apache (web […]

Mac OS X 10.6.5 has been released.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 out.  The releases notes mention: General fixes and improvements improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture address stability and performance of graphics applications and games resolve a delay between print jobs address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an […]

Free Mac anti-virus – Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac

Sophos is now offering free copies of it’s anti-virus software, to Macintosh users… Technical Specifications are as follows: Mac with Intel or PowerPC processor 256 MB of memory 150 MB of available disk space Mac with OSX 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Supports All Apple Mac hardware including iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro […]