Silent Convective Water Cooled PC – Pumpless and Fanless

By , August 31, 2006 11:08 pm

Silent Convective Water Cooled PC – Pumpless and Fanless

Water cooled computer

This dude has made a REAL homebrew water cooled computer using mostly parts from Home Depot for the water cooling. Really neat stuff!

Holy Smoke: Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches: Science News Online, Aug. 19, 2006

By , August 31, 2006 6:42 pm

Holy Smoke: Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches: Science News Online, Aug. 19, 2006
Incense and candles release substantial quantities of pollutants that may harm health, a detailed new study of air quality in a Roman Catholic church suggests.

Even brief exposure to contaminated air during a religious service could be harmful to some people, says atmospheric scientist Stephan Weber of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany. A previous study in the Netherlands indicated that the pollutants in smoke from incense and candles may be more toxic than fine-particle pollution from sources such as vehicle engines.

Now are these pollutants something that has always been in candles and incense or are they the result of using oil based wax in the candles and chemical binders in the incense.  I personally suspect the latter.   As well as the tightness of the buildings now that central air and heating have become the norm (in the US anyway).

Personally I have much more trouble with the perfume and assorted deorderants, hair sprays and such that most folks wear to church and just about everywhere else.  I’d much rather smell honest sweat or even unwashed bodys than to smell the stinkums that most folks wear.  Does make me wonder what these odors contributed to the test that was done though…

Now Feedburner has quit showing updated feeds and Technorati is saying it never heard of my blog

By , August 31, 2006 6:06 pm

Title says just about all. Been trying to figure out what the problem is and still haven’t a clue. Checked my robots.txt file and corrected some things there but even that shouldn’t have blocked either of them. Must not be my week…

Street Tech Feature: Awesome Twin-Engine Solarroller Robot :: Street Tech :: hardware beyond the hype

By , August 31, 2006 4:55 pm

Street Tech Feature: Awesome Twin-Engine Solarroller Robot :: Street Tech :: hardware beyond the hype

Strange little robot(?) using 2 hard disk platters as wheels.  Interesting to hardware hackers and geeks.  Cool!

Mustard Man, Guy, Dude – We Found Him!

By , August 31, 2006 4:53 pm

Mustard Man, Guy, Dude – We Found Him!

Mustard Man

Mustard Man!  Weird stuff.   Found a link in Fark comments (again)… 😉

Techdirt: California Taking Steps To Outlaw WiFi Piggybacking?

By , August 31, 2006 4:50 pm

Techdirt: California Taking Steps To Outlaw WiFi Piggybacking?
The California legislature has passed a law requiring the manufacturers of WiFi products to put warning labels reminding users to password-protect their networks, and the state’s governor is expected to sign it. While the bill doesn’t outlaw piggybacking — the practice of simply using an available, open access point — some are wondering if this is the first step towards making it illegal, since it notes “there is disagreement as to whether it is legal for someone to use another person’s WiFi connection to browse the Internet if the owner of the WiFi connection has not put a password on it”.

I don’t have my WiFi password protected and don’t plan to.  No particular reason in the area I live in as my nearest neighbors live between 600 and 800 feet away and I don’t think any of them use wireless connections anyway.  Also as long as I leave it open I can honestly say that I have no idea who might have downloaded whatever from this ip address.

Where Babies Come From in Germany

By , August 31, 2006 4:41 pm

Where Babies Come From in Germany

This seems to be a childrens book that has been scanned and put online.  Shows just what the title says.  Actually not limited to Germany.  Probably not safe for work and most of the tight assed folks I know around here wouldn’t let their kids see it either but is an interesting look at another (non US of A) culture.

Free Software Magazine

By , August 31, 2006 4:36 pm

Free Software Magazine
Free Software Magazine is the free online magazine about free software. It is free to subscribe, free to download and free to read online. Please, feel free to read all of our issues, book reviews, newsletters, and blog entries.

Lotta good articles.  So far I haven’t found a RSS feed so link is above.

Outpost.com

By , August 31, 2006 4:33 pm

Outpost.com

Hard drive prices so low I have a hard time beleving they are new.  With free shipping on most of the ones I looked at.  This is  Fry’s Electronics online. They have a store in Georga now too.

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

By , August 31, 2006 4:28 pm

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

November 9 – 19, 2006  Venue seems to be from Mobile through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Much more info on the site.

Gulf Shores Alabama Vacation & Dining Info

By , August 31, 2006 4:24 pm

Gulf Shores Alabama Vacation & Dining Info

When they say “Everything” that’s what they mean.  Of course I haven’t found a best and worst toilet section but everything else seems to be here.  Good info.  Can’t say much for the overbusy layout. Food review are good with some rather funny bad review thrown in.

If you are going or thinking of going to Gulf Shores bookmark this site.

Make PDFs for free under the GPL | Free Software Magazine

By , August 31, 2006 2:17 pm

Make PDFs for free under the GPL | Free Software Magazine
Now that the new versions of Ghostscript are available under the free software GPL license other projects relying on Ghostscript can be fully GPL software as well. One of these projects, PDFCreator, I recently tested and I must admit I’m impressed.

PDFCreator allows you to make a PDF of anything you can print, documents, spreadsheet, presentations, anything with a print function. PDFCreator even has encryption and security features that would make it perfect for a corporate environment.

Glad to see this.  Have in the past fought for hours trying to get a pdf to work right.  Will have to check it out.

ESA Portal – SMART-1 maps its own impact site

By , August 31, 2006 2:14 pm

ESA Portal – SMART-1 maps its own impact site

Smart-1 maps its own impact site

This mosaic of images, obtained by the Advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA’s SMART-1 spacecraft, shows the SMART-1 landing site on the Moon.

Interesting article explaining a bit about how and why. Good stuff!

The Blog | Sheldon Drobny: Appeasement Of The Nazis: A History Of The Bush Family | The Huffington Post

By , August 31, 2006 2:09 pm

The Blog | Sheldon Drobny: Appeasement Of The Nazis: A History Of The Bush Family | The Huffington Post

Bush needs to use Google before opening his pie hole.  But then he IS the idiot who thinks he’s in charge…

Treehugger: Minkas: Japanese Recycled Houses

By , August 31, 2006 2:06 pm

Treehugger: Minkas: Japanese Recycled Houses
Minka houses are Japan’s equivalent of our log cabins. Until the middle of the twentieth century, most ordinary country people lived in them. They were built using local materials such as wood and paper, and techniques such as thatch and no nails, that were suited to the local climate and lifestyles. The mud-plastered walls and thatched roof structure were resistant to earthquakes and easy to rebuild. In northern Japan, they had steep roofs and small windows to cope with the long snowy winters; in the hot south, they were small and low with raised floors– well-ventilated and typhoon resistant. Today, many minkas are being demolished and the craftsmen disappearing. But people are beginning to realize that they are the ideal recycleable house, sympathetic to the environment and using local sustainable materials.

Cool!    Glad to see that they are starting to save some of them.

Main Page – Grayton Beach » Florida State Parks

By , August 31, 2006 1:32 pm

Main Page – Grayton Beach » Florida State Parks

Grayton Beach State Park

Been wanting to get away from it all and take a trip. Was here several years ago (20 or so it seems now that I think back on it) and enjoyed it quite a bit. Nothing much to do but lots of sun and sand. Camping price has gone up quite a bit. But everything else has too. Got to get the tent cleaned up and get the other stuff ready. I wanna head out sometime this coming month if we can.

Official Google Blog: Download the classics

By , August 31, 2006 12:52 pm

Official Google Blog: Download the classics

I know it has been posted elsewhere (everywhere) but I figured I would jump on the byte wagon and list this one too.  Glad to see it.  Now if they would link up with and/or help fund Project Gutenberg  I’d be a lot happier with them about this.

Treehugger: MBDC’s Pick for All-Purpose, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By , August 31, 2006 12:38 pm

Treehugger: MBDC’s Pick for All-Purpose, Non-Toxic Cleaning

Last Week, we told you that sustainable product and process design consulting firm McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) had awarded Begley’s Best All Purpose Cleaner with Cradle to Cradle Certification, one of the most prestigious sustainable honors out there. So what’s so special about this stuff? Well for starters, it is non-toxic, non-caustic, non-fuming, non-flammable, non-explosive, non-irritating, non-allergenic, and 99 percent biodegradable in seven days. Then, you have the ingredients that sound more like a gourmet party dip: Extracts of pine, palm, de-acidified citrus, maize, fermented sugar cane, and olive seeds.

This sounds good to me. I have been having health problems with all of the commercial cleansers for years mainly due to the stinkum that they put in them. We had been using Ivory liquid, but with their change to a new formulation a couple of years ago, when they added a stinkum to the new and improved version, had to quit because I couldn’t eat or drink from dishes that had been washed with it, unless they had been double or tripple rinsed, and even then most times I could still smell it. So now to see if our local (nearly 20 miles away) health food store carries Begleys Best and try it. Looks like a good for all that needs cleaning product without added stinkum. Cool! Thanks for thinking of the environment (and unknowlingly me) Ed!

TechnoPrimitive » Blog Archive » Updated and Technorati still not working right

By , August 31, 2006 12:25 pm

TechnoPrimitive » Blog Archive » Updated and Technorati still not working right

Well another day and still not working.  Have sent them mail and no response.

Decided to see if something in my old template was blocking it so put the new default template in place and modified it so as to conform with the way I had the other one set up.  After a bit of fiddling around with the header image got it to work and look right.  Still no joy.  So decided to see if they would show an update or link if I linked to a post in my own blog, which is the reason for this post.  We’ll see…

WTF: USB Injection Needle Scares Mom, Holds a Gig – Gizmodo

By , August 31, 2006 12:04 pm

WTF: USB Injection Needle Scares Mom, Holds a Gig – Gizmodo
The USB flash drive has now come full circle, where now it even looks like you can shoot up your data with the Syringe USB Flash Drive. Available in capacities from 128MB to 1GB, it’s not hardly voluminous enough to give that warez mule operation of yours a shot in the arm but it might be just big enough for Flat Top to shoot Coca-Cola. I know, I know, the whole thing makes no sense. – Charlie White

Syringe USB Flash Drive

No idea why anyone would want anything like this but here it is. A thumb drive in a clear case that looks like a syringe. Kinda. Or an ear wax removal tool. Or something medical anyway.

I’m mainly posting this because after looking at the stuff I have posted so far today it seems that political tags have been on almost all of them, so here’s one that isn’t. Of course I bet it wouldn’t make it onto a plane… 😉

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