Articles tagged Miscellaneous

Talking QR.app at Barcamp Brighton 3
Last weekend I attended Barcamp Brighton 3. For the uninitiated like me, a BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. Read more – ‘Talking QR.app at Barcamp Brighton 3’.
ColdFusion Becomes a Teenager
Today ColdFusion moved into the next stage of its life and became a teenager, hopefully not a precocious one! Read more – ‘ColdFusion Becomes a Teenager’.
Approximate Conversion from Points to Pixels
Here's a chart that converts points to pixels (and ems and %). It's an approximation, which will depend on font, browser and OS, but it's a good starting point. Read more – ‘Approximate Conversion from Points to Pixels’.
Sony DSC-N2 Digital Camera
My new toy the Sony DSC-N2 Digital Camera (10.1MP, 3x optical zoom) 3" LCD is an awesome little toy. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is an upgrade of the existing DSC-N1 model. The Sony N2 derives its higher ten mega pixel resolution from a 1/1.7" CCD imager, rather than the eight mega pixel 1/1.8" imager used in the previous camera. This is coupled with the same popup Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens, which offers a 3x optical zoom range equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera. Read more – ‘Sony DSC-N2 Digital Camera’.
Rinspeed Splash Hydrofoil Car
Swiss design company Rinspeed, makers of the Rinspeed Splash have created a true sports car which transforms into a hydrofoil speed boat capable of a very respectable 50 kph. Under the ultra-light carbon-composite skin lies much more than just an agile and lively sports car. The Rinspeed Splash is the true incarnation of a really cool and fun sports toy. At the push of a button a cleverly thought-out hydraulic mechanism transforms the sports car into an amphibious vehicle. A highly complex integrated hydrofoil system enables the Splash to fly at an altitude of about 60 cm above the water. Read more – ‘Rinspeed Splash Hydrofoil Car’.
Moller Skycar
The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL aircraft a "flying car" called a "volantor" by its inventor Paul Moller. Its proposed features would include 275 mph (442 km/h) cruise speed, 375 mph (603 km/h) maximum speed, eight redundant, low-emission Wankel engines for safety, residential garage size, fuel consumption like a big car, a parachute for the whole machine and road capability for short distances (to be driven to a vertiport). Although current plans call for use of alcohol fuel, cheap, lightweight fuel, such as liquid hydrogen, could be used as an alternative to gasoline, as in the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE, although the lower energy density will limit range. Read more – ‘Moller Skycar’.
The big three-O
Sandeep Shetty the codemeister... Read more – ‘The big three-O’.
Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde supersonic transport (SST), along with the Tupolev Tu-144, was one of only two models of supersonic passenger airliners to have seen commercial service. First flown in 1969, her service spanned from 1976 to 2003. The 1973 oil crisis, along with political opposition and environmental controversy led British Airways (BA) and Air France to be the sole buyers. She flew most regularly from London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle to New York JFK. A crash north of Paris in 2000, caused by tyre debris piercing a fuel tank, grounded the fleet whilst modifications were carried out. This, along with her age, the unwillingness of Airbus to continue maintenance, and the downturn in US demand for flights in the light of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, prompted BA and Air France to jointly decide to withdraw her from service in 2003. In retirement, Concorde remains an icon of aircraft history. Read more – ‘Concorde’.
From the creator of Wordpress, Matt Mullenweg, and developed in collaboration with Dougal Campbell, Ping-O-Matic is a service to notify different search engines that your blog has updated. Update pinging is a great way to increase your exposure, and there are so many different services that want that data, it is a daunting task to visit each site in turn and manually ping. Ping-O-Matic neatly fills this requirement. Read more – ‘Ping-O-Matic’.