Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Cars and computers

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Back in the 50s and 60s, people worked on their own cars and knew a lot about them.
I’ve heard that this was because the cars weren’t very reliable, and it would cost a fortune to take cars in for every little thing that was wrong. Now that cars are more reliable, we don’t need to […]

Trinity Library, Digital Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Trinity Library

Image courtesy of Irish Welcome Tours (CC-licensed)
Trinity Library, Digital Edition

Transfer iPhone photos to Linux

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The iPhone uses a proprietary library on Windows and Mac to transfer photos from the iPhone to the computer.  Presumably, they’re doing this to prevent playing with the phone’s other contents (files).
Someone has written a replacement driver for Linux which allows access to the photos.  It looks like he reverse-engineered the protocol.  More details are […]

iPhone applications

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I have downloaded several applications to my iPhone. These aren’t “critical” or “necessary” applications, but I thought they might be of interest.

Lightsaber — very cool, you get to use a lightsaber from one of the Star Wars movies or you can make your own.  Moving your iPhone makes lightsaber sounds.
evernote — I use this […]

Easy email deleting on iPhone

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I sometimes have fat fingers on my iPhone and end up opening messages instead of deleting them (hey, it looks like a delete swipe to me).
An easy trick, as of one of the 2.x updates, is to hit the “Edit” button in the upper right corner while viewing messages.  Then, tap the messages you want […]

Delete unsendable iPhone email

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Here is an easy way to get rid of email on your iPhone that can’t be sent.  (Why would you get unsendable email?  Well, in my case it came from having three-year-old twin boys…)
1.  Switch to Airplane mode (Settings / Airplane Mode / On)
2.  You may have to turn off the fetching of new mail […]

Game ratings explained

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Ever wonder what game ratings really mean?

10  Average
9.5  Below average
9  So awful it’s not even worth the free review copy we got

Solar-powered Palm

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Allen Wong created a Palm-in-a-book and is now working on a revised version: a solar-powered Palm device. For the book, he stuck a Palm PDA into a notebook, then added an infrared keyboard.
For the solar version, he tore everything apart and is working on making the combination solar-powered. Very cool hacking–I hope he […]


Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I needed to check our model train track for continuity, for our boys. I didn’t have a multimeter, so I improvised. I used a 9-volt battery, an LED, and a wire. I consider this absolutely basic stuff–something I learned so long ago, I’ve forgotten when I learned it.
I hope that we can teach our […]

Fry’s and family videos

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

We went to Fry’s yesterday and looked at the videos.  Fry’s put “The Adventures of Baron von Munchhausen” and “Corpse Bride” into the Family section.  While I personally agree with that choice (although they aren’t appropriate for three year olds), I was surprised that a company felt that way as well.