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Glow in the Dark Cats: Luminescent Hairballs

12.13.2007 @ 12:06 AM in Technology
 Glowing Kittehs Cloning animals that glow in the dark for sake of "medical research" is an old excuse. Just admit its frickin cool and get on with it. Scientists from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea have successfully cloned two kittens (ok four, but two died from birth via cesarean section) with a manipulated fluorescence protein gene. These Turkish Angora glowpuffs are also the first cats to be cloned with that type of gene. The scientist claim that the  kittens who are now a year old are breakthroughs because making shit glow has something to do with curing diseases, and could lead to the ability to reproduce diseases in cloned animals that humans suffer from.  Sure, so why do they glow again?  Oh yea, cause its frickin awesome.

SFW: Fark wants to trademark NSFW

12.10.2007 @ 3:50 PM in Technology
hasselhoff Not much to this story: Fark, who I completely forgot about until I was Totalfarked (no clue, its like a elite net hipster version of reddit) not too long ago, says they should own the rights to NSFW. Why? Cause they think they can. Claiming they were cool since 7 years ago, Drew Curtis and his hipster boys from FARK want to own the acronym we all come to trust and recognize as the guardian of a juicy link that's not worth losing a 401k over.
  • The act applies to: Entertainment Services namely providing a website featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring comedic captions regarding current events and online discussions and/or reviews of web materials of an adult nature; Entertainment services, namely, providing a web site featuring musical performances, musical videos, related film clips, photographs, and other multimedia materials; Entertainment services, namely, providing on-line reviews of photogrpahs and /or web postings of an adult nature
Thats it, I'm trademarking ROFLCOPTERS and LOLLERSKATES, I am teh Pwnrs of teh markz of ASCIISMZ.

CompUSA is No More

12.08.2007 @ 6:12 PM in Technology
  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 7 (Reuters) - CompUSA, the computer and gadget retailer controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has been sold to a restructuring and investment firm that will close stores and sell some company assets. The new owner is Boston-based Gordon Brothers Group, which recently helped CompUSA sell under-performing stores. The terms of the deal were not not disclosed. Dallas-based CompUSA said on Friday that active discussions are underway to sell its technical services business, CompUSA TechPro, its online sales operation,, and select stores in key markets. The chain's 103 retail stores will remain open and staffed during the holiday season, offering discounts on computer and electronics ahead of the planned store closures.
First, Liquidation of over 100 stores; this was expected as Slim has been trying to get rid of his investment in the flailing dead company for some time. I'm sure Best Buy is reveling in this news. On that note, did you notice we have almost more Best Buys than Walmarts in the Buffalo area?

Want: The Christmas Gadget List.

12.07.2007 @ 3:19 PM in Technology
I think I've been very well behaved this year. I mean, compared to 2006, i haven't:
  • Broken any ex's ribs
  • Slept with any ordained minister
  • Been to an orgy
Er, The last one is debatable on NYS statutes. Anyhoo, this is my official obligatory holiday wish list.

DEK: Designer Emulation Kits

  • The Designer Emulation Kits (DEK’s for short) are meant as the sincerest homage to some of the greatest modern designers of our time. The lamps and designers being “emulated” have a particular importance. They are represented in countless design tomes extolling the various movements, and they are held up as prime examples of “good design.” Deks are simple, and in that simplicity you have a conversation piece and a new lamp, albeit a small lamp.
  • $29.95, choose from five different designs.
  • Buy {Mike McKenna}

KidRobot: Stocking Stuffer Bundles

  • Blind Box toys give you hope, and Kidrobot makes you cool. as I heavily stress, vinyl toys are way better things to clutter your desk with than stuffy papers... makes you look more creative than you really are. Now with the Stocking Stuffer Kits from KidRobot, you can get an assortment of toys from various designers and kick start any new collection.. Of course these also rock for the avid collector since each set has either the series 4 Dunny's or some other Frank Kozik inspired awesomeness.
  • Everyone You Know Stocking Stuffers -$69.95, includes: 3 Bent World Vandals, 3 Scary Girl, 3 Smorkin' Labbit Series 3, 3 Fat Caps, 3 Dr. Ledoux Critter Splitter, 3 Dekoboko Friend Zipper Pull, 3 Sket-bots
  • Spiked Eggnog Stocking Stuffers -$99.95, includes: 5 Dunny Series 4, 5 Scary Girl, 2 Brockman Light Series 2, 3 Tofu Swing Sweets, 5 Dr. Ledoux Critter Splitter, 5 Heatherette The Empire, 5 Sket-bots
  • Buy {kidrobot}

Nabaztag/tag: The unpronounceable rabbit who reads the web

  • Don't try to pronounce it, just recognize that its the cutest feed-reading API powered gizmo to ever grace your desk, that is, if you are geek enough to adopt one.
  • Everything on the Internet spoken, sang, played, and danced by the most adorable and obliging of Rabbits
  • Blinks, moves ears, speaks, plays music
  • Reads out loud written texts in 16 languages
  • Obeys spoken commands through voice recognition
  • Detects and reacts to objects’ presence (RFID reader)
  • Feeds on the Internet. Reacts to anything happening on the web
  • Gives short news with speech & color-coded lights (weather, stock market…)
  • Reads out loud real time news from any web site (RSS)
  • Plays Podcasts and Internet radio at user defined schedule
  • Reads, sings, and dances messages and e-mails sent by friends
  • Chat with other Rabbit owners through voice, music and ear movements
  • Ability to create your own content and applications (API)
  • Easy to program
  • An ever expanding set of free content and services
  • Connects to a Wi-Fi network and works even when the computer is turned off
  • And much, much more…
  • $189.00
  • Buy {Zstore}

DIY: Neon Sign Kit

  • expensivish, but whats the price to have your name in light? $92.90, if you happen to be Buffawhat.
  • Up to 22 letters can be attached to one power supply
  • you buy the letters and numbers at $6.99 each. Power supply kit is 29.99. Extention to stack signs is 6.95.
  • A-Z, 0-9, "@",".", and space pieces.
  • Did I mention its blue neon?
  • Buy {Think Geek}

iRobot: Roomba 570

  • Ok, so I actually own an older Roomba Discovery, but the 500's were just released with a 100% improvement to every feature. That means I need to add another member to the family. One for the office and one for home, ya digg?
  • These babies really work, and the rumors are true: as soon as you get one, you will fall in love with it and treat it with love and respect, as well as getting all defensive when someone calls you out for selling your soul to a robot that will one day be your master. Just remember, denial is bliss.
  • Covers 4 rooms on a single battery charge
  • Wireless Command Center
  • On-board Scheduling
  • Self-charging Home Base™
  • 2 Virtual Wall® Lighthouses
  • 1 each Replacement Beater & Bristle Brush
  • $399.99 (you can get a cheaper model, but why would you?)
  • Buy {iRobot}

Art lebedev: Optimus Maximus Keyboard

  • To think this thing was almost vaporware. The Optimus is special because we spent two years waiting and hoping and wishing, through the OLED supplier drop out, to the price drop and raise, and now you can pre-order it if you are lucky and maybe get it by March 2008
  • Every key of the Optimus Maximus keyboard is a stand-alone OLED display showing the function it is currently associated with
  • Optimus is equally good for any keyboard layouts—Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic—and so on to infinity: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions, images etc.
  • Every button on the keyboard is easy to remove in order to clean or replace.
  • Configurator software allows for programming every button to reproduce a sequence of symbols (up to 256) and editing the image separately for each layout.
  • Price: $1564.37 for the full 113-key edition.
  • Pre-order {Art Lebedev}

Nokia: NSeries 95 8GB Black

  • Out of Everything I listed, this is the one I want the mostest. evar. This phone would be the gateaway to a lot of the blogging video projects i've been meaning to do. GPS, Wifi, 5MP camera with dvd like video capture at 30FPS..... i can go on and on, but this phone is the real deal...
  • Up to 8GB internal flash memory for multimedia content such as music, pictures, ringing tones, map data
  • Large 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with ambient light detector and up to 16 million colors
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • GPS and Wi-Fi
  • Quad-band GSM
  • Bluetooth
  • microSD/TransFlash up to 2GB / hot-swappable
  • 3D stereo
  • HSDPA and EDGE data capable
  • Version 2 of Nokia's full web browser software
  • Speakerphone
  • Price: $779.00 (unlocked)
  • Buy {Nokia}

MacHeist 2 Begins

12.07.2007 @ 9:51 AM in Technology
mh1.jpg Last year, any company that employed free software loving macheads took a 45% hit in productivity due to MacHeist, a type of internet scavenger hunt where you solve "heists" to gain access to free loot (OSX apps) and discounts on the big bundle at the end. Last year, we were sent from site to site, decrypting cyphers, and solving visual puzzles with pieces more separate from each other than the Jackson family. The loot comes from the ginormous developer community. Last year, we got Cha-ching, 1passwd, Captain FTP, and others, which all led up to a huge bundled grab bag which we applied discounts we earned to get it for next to nothing. With Heist #1 underway, the puzzle seems to be a bit more mixed media. No spoliers, but lets just say you better be on a mac for this one or you can't solve it. This poses a difficulty for me, as I won't be on a mac till christmas (I hope), but i'm following what I can on teh office PC. So, if you are on a mac, you love puzzles, and you want free stuff, get on board and don't let your boss catch you when time comes to print out a sundial on the office printer.

Lenovo Offers “Top Seller” Laptops with XP, not Vista FTW

12.06.2007 @ 1:51 PM in Technology
Lenovo Thinkpad T61 Interested in buying a business laptop, but don't want to puts your company assests and productivity in the hands of Vista just yet (or ever?). Lenovo's Thinkpad T61 "Top Seller"  Laptops, specifically these three part numbers: 6465-03U, 7658-04U, and 7664-06U , are now available today with an option to ship preloaded with XP Professional. Think Pads are the bee knees, Still. I forgot how much I loved them until I got the opportunity to refresh my co-worker's G41 model. Granted, the legacy drivers are a betch to gather up on the old ones, but the new models carry the clout of today with the bad-ass old school hacker look.  Drop some XP or win2k, and you have the perfect small business laptop, period. And thats totally biased and opinionated, and I'm staying that way. Way to go Lenovo!
  • ThinkPad T61 646503U -$1,099 (15.4-in WXGA TFT (1280 x 800), Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Bluetooth wireless technology, Intel® Core 2 Duo processor T7250, Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset, Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics, 100 GB/7200 rpm, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo, 1 GB (1 Dimm), Intel PRO/Wireless, 3945ABG, 6-cell battery, Express Card, Microsoft® Windows XP Professional)
  • ThinkPad T61 765804U - $1,099 (14.1-in WXGA TFT (1280 x 800),Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Bluetooth wireless technology, Intel® Core 2 Duo processor T7250, Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset, Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics, 100 GB/7200 rpm, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo, 1 GB (1 DIMM), Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, 4-cell battery, Express Card, Microsoft® Windows XP Professional)
  • ThinkPad T61 766404U - 1,299 (14.1-in) WXGA+ TFT (1440 x 900), Bluetooth wireless technology, Integrated Fingerprint Reader, Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7500, Mobile Intel PM965 Express Chipset, NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M, 100 GB/7200 rpm, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 1 GB (1 DIMM), Intel PRO/Wireless WiFi 4965AGN, 4-cell battery, Express Card, Microsoft Windows XP Professional)
  • List price; does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

Apple: Your House Burned Down, have an iPod

12.05.2007 @ 1:18 PM in Technology
  • More than 100 high school students in the Poway school district who lost homes in the October wildfires have received a surprise gift – iPods donated by Apple. Kari Afshari, 15, a sophomore at Rancho Bernardo High, said she was told last week to drop by a classroom for pizza and was surprised when she and fellow students were handed nano video iPods.
The kids were gifted the iPods after a member of the community sent an email to Steve Jobs asking for help. Jobs never responded, his email address is handled by super intelligent squirrels, but it ended up with  Michael Foulkes, the state and local affairs manager for Apple. Shortly after, the Nanos were delivered. Apple mentioned they didn't want any publicity for the act. Ok, so its a nice gesture, and I'm sure a bunch of the kids had iPods that were lost in the fire. But see, their old iPods just happen to be in their rooms, in the house, that also burned to the ground. No computer to dock to, and all their music, photos, and videos are gone. Hold that, Apple should have no problem letting them redownload all that music again from iTunes, given the situation. Whats that? you downloaded all your music from p2p and bittorrent?  The only thing you bought on iTunes was The Office? In that case, you are S.O.L. The point is giving a kid who just lost everything an iPod is not as good as giving them relief funds.  I don't blame Apple, I blamed the dumbass who asked apple for iPods.

XM and Sirius to announce merger at end of day?

12.03.2007 @ 12:29 PM in Technology
Even Google seems to think its all offishal, as I was looking for some graphics to mash up for this post.... xmsiriusmerger.jpg
  • Is today the day that we'll finally get a decision on the merger? Last week The Eck and the 1221 (not to mention the internets) were abuzz with rumors that approval from the Justice Department was imminent... ...Many believe that the DOJ will issue its announcement before the bell on Monday, mostly based on Bear Stearns' word that the deal will be approved as soon as last Friday or today. Of course, no one knows for sure except for the DOJ itself... but what do you think? Is today the day? {orbitcast}
Grumpybear has XM, its great. I'm always logged into the online radio page at work, the other office, etc. Sirius? eh, one friend has it, got it for Stern, and I'm not sure if he still uses it now he has an iPhone as his Lord and saviour. The big deal here isn't so much the merger. Satellite radio is so cheap and affordable, there isn't any fear of jacked up service and costs for the consumer. In fact, this is great... dual services with one device, merged services, whatever. Total win for the consumer. Finally, Sirius customer could possibly one day get their money's worth the day they hear Opie and Anthony (yes, Fuck Stern). The outcry is really from terrestrial broadcasters, who may not be able to cope with the gravitational influence of such a super radio giant. I say this is signs of change. Terrestrial anything is going the way of the CD: great as a backup, but not really the easiest way to consume. Let's see what happens. Perhaps hands will shake by the closing bell. Orbitcast via Engadget

Online Nickname Googles better than realname?

11.28.2007 @ 2:43 PM in Technology
buffawhat___Google_Image_Search1.jpg Asked a Slashdotter:
"I was recently laid off, and during several of the interviews looking for a new job as a mid level IT manager, I was asked "So, I can just Google your name and find some of your work?" The answer is "yes", but searching for my name doesn't really bring up many results compared to searching for my online nickname which I have been using for about a decade. I am very tempted just to put that nickname on my resume. Is the professional, albeit technical, world ready for this step? Where should I put it? At the top or somewhere in the body?"
I've thought about this from time to time. I hate to Google my real name because there is another Nathan Strang in the world and I don't like him or his piloting ways. Never met him and I don't care. He's all up in my search results, and he needs to quit. Google "Buffawhat" however and you get pretty much the same information, plus almost every social networking profile I participate in. Of course, minus the other Nathan Strang, because there is only one Buffawhat. Your online identity is becoming more and more unique and important as the web starts to tie up its loose ends and integration is becoming more complex. And as I let myself beknown around buffalo as "Buffawhat," I feel my name will soon become less relevant than my moniker. Any thoughts? how integral is your online identity to your real self?

Star Wars Mimobots Series 2 Pre-order

11.28.2007 @ 9:59 AM in Technology
mimobots2.jpg It's really all about the Mimobots when it comes to cutesy custom flash drives. Essentially the Dunny of portable storage, The Star Wars collection has been the most popular series ever. What better way to triumph a triumph than to add on to the series? Genius move. mimobots3.jpg $49.95 gets you 1GB of decapitable storage. The only hitch is this is a preorder; shipping is expected "January/February," which means the beginning of February. This would be, like uh, the perfect gift for, like,  your favorite buffalo geeky blogger, who ever that may be (*bats meal ticket eyes). SW2_leia.jpg