WAZ Tempe WiFi car

WAZ Tempe WiFi Car

WAZ Tempe is on a mission to provide Wifi to 95% of Tempe, Arizona, (My old home) and they’re doing it at least in part with some cool new electric cars like the one shown here. They sport a nice antenna and communication module built into the trunk.

Picture by Tian

Most common monitor resolution

I came across an interesting statistic at OneStat.com. It says that 1024 x 768 has finially taken over as the most common minitor resolution. It’s about time! As a developer of intertactive media, this is a long awaited transition. I’m tired of having to squeeze a client’s info into 800 x 600. Although I’m not sure if I can make the switch just yet. As you can see, there are still a relatively significant number of users at 800 x 600, but it won’t be long now.

Most Common Monitor Resolutions:

1. 1024 x 768 54.02%
2. 800 x 600 24.66%
3. 1280 x 1024 14.1%
4. 1152 x 864 4%
5. 1600 x 1200 0.8%
6. 640 x 480 0.6%
7. 1152 x 870 0.1%

OQO Ultra Personal Computer

The OQO Ultra-Personal Computer

OQO has announced their Ultra Personal Computer, available later this year. It looks really cool! I just wish it was Mac based :(

from the site…
“The OQO model 01 ultra personal computer (uPC) is a fully-functional Windows XP computer. The OQO has a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, a color transflective display, and integrated wireless, as well as Fire Wire and USB ports. It is powerful enough to run your most complex applications.

Just 4.9 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, .9 inches thin, and weighing only 14 ounces, the OQO can fit in a pocket or purse and go with you anywhere. For easy typing and cursor control it has a complete thumb keyboard with TrackStik and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel. It is the much anticipated device for people who previously had to choose between the bulk and awkwardness of a laptop and the limited capability of a PDA.” more…

Caples Lake Hike

Kirkwood Hike near Caples Lake

This weekend we went up to our friend’s condo in Kirkwood. We had a good time. We went for an 8 mile hike around Caples Lake, and up to the upper lake (I can’t remember the name). Emmitt ran the entire way. He ran up and back, and side-to-side across the trail. I would bet that the hike for him was at least 32 miles, possibly up to 48 miles. He’s a tired little doggy now.

The Blue Space: A pedal-powered submarine

Blue Space Pedal Powered Submarine

The research laboratory of the Saint-Petersburg State Marine Engineering University, in Russia, has created Blue Space, a “Dry Multi-Role Underwater Vehicle with Muscle Drive” which accomodates 2 persons. I am assuming by “muscle drive” they mean pedal-powered.

The estimated marketing price of the vehicle, depending on its features is 19,000 USD.

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Visionary designs in transportation engineering

Transportation Futuristics Exhibit at Berkeley

from engadget.com…
“Flying cars, Super-Sonic Jets, Personal Underwater Transport, and Monorails – what do all these have in common besides being part of our unfulfilled childhood dreams of what our 21st century lives would be like? They’re all part of a Berkeley Exhibit at the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery installation in Doe Library, which runs until September 30th.”

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