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Pro Click here to find out more! TouchKit: the open source, multi-touch screen developer’s kit

This is a alternative to microsoft surface technology.

raises interesting possibilities…maybe for window shoppers to check out price’s in the window itself ..?

http://www.gizmag.com/touchkit-the-open-source-multi-touch-screen-developers-kit/9852/

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October 31, 2008 Posted by | embedded systems | , | Leave a comment

The De’Longhi Perfecta Living Room limited edition – Coffee-making moves to the living room

No geek will disagree that a coffee machine is essential hardware …:)

http://www.gizmag.com/the-delonghi-perfecta-living-room-limited-edition-coffee-making-moves-to-the-living-room/9873/

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Hardware | , | Leave a comment

ASUS releases enthusiast level ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard

I drool over this motherboard.

http://www.gizmag.com/asus-rog-rampage-ii-extreme-motherboard/10297/

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Hardware | , | Leave a comment

Tesla’s Wireless Energy

Maybe it’s time to look to the past to the pioneer who really conducted practical experiments and got results , maybe we need to ressurrect nikolai tesla the world is now desperately ready for his ideas..:)

http://www.teslatech.info/ttmagazine/v1n4/valone.htm

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Energy | , | Leave a comment

Would you want to use “Microsoft Azure” …?

Hi everybody,

I saw this article in infoworld about “microsoft azure” the new web services platform , the thing is would you want to trust MS / google with you business data , especially saying MS/google knows your quarterly financial data before you do by automating the data search process… ( google rocks at search ) , i am even worried that i use gmail for all my discussions and google might get a heads up on my idea’s if they wanted to …

I wouldn’t put that past our corporations … today and tomorrow .

If i was the head of a big corporation i would do it , it’s human nature …

http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/10/27/Microsoft-launches-Windows-Azure-for-the-cloud_1.html

October 28, 2008 Posted by | cloud computing | , | Leave a comment

Saving Global Markets

Everyone involved in tackling the Global Free market meltdown has been tackling different aspects of the problem. The focus is on getting the global economy back on rails, putting growth back onto the charts and preserving savings, jobs and the macro-economic infrastructure of the world as we know it today.

In my opinion, all this started in 1987 with the first increase in volumes of trading that could no longer be sustained by legacy systems. This led to the initiation of large scale electronic automation. Following NYSE would show you that the exchange almost runs itself. Here’s an open-book on the history of this automation. Almost all other exchanges were modeled after this as free float indices.

New Technology has made it possible to deal with the huge volume of trading. The current consensus is to impose more stringent regulations on free market trading. Regulations by themselves will have to be subtle and provide guidance rather than impose rules to avoid contradicting the fundamental principles of the free market.

Technology empowers volume trading at speeds no one can react to (e.g. Friday, 24-Oct-2008, Dow Jones opened and lost 400 pts within the first 5 minutes of trading.) I have witnessed numbed retail investors pulling out when the markets were sliding for no rhyme or reason thinking that they would ensue some liquidity for themselves that could be invested in Savings Bank accounts. Investors are psychologically said to follow a herd mentality [citation needed]. When some start selling, a domino effect ensues ending in a worsened market slide. Investors from either institutional, corporate or retail sector react similarly however educated they might be in financial investments.

My proposed solution to dealing with the global market slump might sound naive, but is quite plausible. With the present crisis in hand we can slow down volumes of trading using the “Automated Systems.” I propose a system of limited transaction credits and limited volume credits for trading for all types of investors. An investor involved in high volume buy-ins or sell-outs can be restricted. The same can be done for high transactions (for those who have multiple holdings.) This can be imposed globally. The end of the European-Asian summit showcases the willingness of governments across the globe to tackle this “together”, in their own words, “with teamwork.”

The main idea is to slow down the system. As humans we are adept at solving problems once they slow down to a rate of change that can be delt with. Human biological response to rapid change or speed has limitations. Road Safety norms also propose speed limits to help us react better to situations. Like “Formula 1 Racing“, high speed reaction requires entirely different technology, training, psychological preparedness to react ahead of events (even turns) and huge risk mitigation (car safety in Formula 1 today is at an all time high.) This is certainly not the case with investors of all portfolios.

In 1929 when the economic crisis ensued, we had fewer free markets and the hit was considerably bad. However, today the markets are distributed across the globe. Such a system is also prepared to share risk and reward rather than cascade effects of a single source of investors.

If we slow down the pace of trading, we would be able to choose the right regulations in the interim to stabilize economy. We know that there is a global economic slow-down, either that takes control of our decisions or we take over the slow-down.

The first thing human beings lack when tackling a looming crisis is patience. That is the first part that we need to face this crisis. Regulation of free markets to slow them down might force introspective solutions to strengthen the markets. The second think we do is to search for a scapegoat in retrospect. I am convinced that the NATO war against Iraq (mostly supported by the U.S.A. and U.K.) will be on top of the lists. There will be many such on the list. Retrospect will reel our focus away from the future forcing us to make more mistakes going forward. This is the first thing we need to avoid.

My solution, Take the very technology that allowed high volume, high speed trading and use it to slow the system down. This is the very first step to avoid a high-speed 1929 styled crisis. The worst part is, if we don’t use the technology that helped the slide, we will find ourselves moving into disguised socialist reforms in all countries. This might prove contradictory to the global free market economy that has been built over decades. Capitalism is not bad, free markets are not bad, gaming in markets is not bad; it is as close to a natural process without an illusion of control.

October 25, 2008 Posted by | Artificial Intelligence, Business, psychology, Software | , , , | 2 Comments

Rathaxes

I found this project while looking up IT-DOSE 2008 webpage in netherlands , seems to be a problem in all this who writes the .rtx file which gets converted to the driver , and if the developer has very clear specifications of the hardware for which the driver is to be written then he can go ahead and write it in C , the problem with closed hardware is nobody gives the open source developer the specs.

I think this is just a extra layer and adds more work …

http://www.rathaxes.org/

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Linux | , | 5 Comments

Contiki

Hi Guys ,

Anybody tried to use this event driven OS … seems to have very small footprint about 2KB and has network stack …

http://www.sics.se/contiki/

October 19, 2008 Posted by | embedded systems | , | 2 Comments

Dead Space

Hey anybody tried this game ..?

Supposed to be really scary …

what game engine does it use ..?

http://xbox360.gamespy.com/xbox-360/dead-space/919590p3.html

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Games | , , | 2 Comments

Is my WiFi safe…?

I use the WPA2 encryption on my WiFi and now there is this article , in a security site about how this russian company elcomsoft is using standard NVIDIA GPU hardware to increase the cracking ability of WPA cracking software from years to weeks or months … man what are we to do …?

http://securityandthe.net/2008/10/12/russian-researchers-achieve-100-fold-increase-in-wpa2-cracking-speed/

October 13, 2008 Posted by | security | , , | 2 Comments