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Wien | 13.12.2008 | 12:10 
Dave digs the dirt, webtips and IT-memes.

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Today's webtip
  space based geekiness, or over the top cuteness?
I couldn't decide
  So to make things easier for myself, I will just link to both.

The Cute is a short collection of high action squirell photography. Imagine if Alvin and the Chipmunks had been cast for a Matrix remake.

The Geek is a lovely video recovered from one the the Spaceshuttle boosters. Seven minutes from take-off to splashdown. Some incredible imagery that would look right at home behind a nice electro mix. If anyone wants to do that, please post the results.

Cheap Trick
  were a band you might not know. If it weren't for one particular song, I would have deleted them from my memories ages ago. The Dream Police. Interesting idea, catchy tune, and the first thing that popped into my head after reading a post on the Pink Tentacle blog about researchers who claim to be able to recreate the images people had made based on MRI scans.

It's really cool news in a sort of spooky "do we really want to go there" kind of way. News that makes paranoid Dave a bit nervous and kiddy Dave want a new toy.

So, I have my Communicator, the next best thing to a Hitchhikers Guide, and soon I might be able to have some tasty new input devices. Just give me a holiday in space and my flying car and I will be one seriously happy camper.

Scientists Extract Images Directly From Brain

Fans of Bands
  like the Avengers or the Dils, probably never expected to see their favorite band of MTV. Most of them probably would have been horified at the thought, and one or two might have taken that as a sign that it was time to find a new favorite band.

But that was then and this is now, and now it's one of life little pleasures to realize that those bygone days were indeed held fast by someones camera. Fatal Entertainment has a collection some fabulous bands you might not have seen live. Actually, it's a collection of bands you probably couldn't have seen live for simple reasons of either age or geography.

Ain't it great that things like that don't matter anymore?

  is fun. I love to swim in the sea of ideas and facts and useless bitlets of knowledge. Okay, actually it feels a bit more like I was cast adrift, but I have to admit I don't have any real desire to set foot on land.

Many people have fantasized about humanity having easy access to all of it's acquired knowledge. It's nothing new.

But it's getting to be a lot more realistic.

One of the things hardcore library fans might miss most about doing research on the web is having access to all of those lovely periodicals. Magazines. Journals. Okay, you could join some of the private online libraries and get access to a lot of them, but paying a realtively high monthly fee on top of the standard ISP monies isn't for everyone. And if it aint for everyone, it's not getting closer to the fantasy.

So when the kiddies at Google announced that they were making magazine search available, for free, and none of this silly heres a snippet or two nonsense, it felt like we had just come a step closer to some information nirvana. Quick and easy accees to history! An easier way to illustrate the fluid aspect of ideas and opinions! Yay!

Okay, I know google is evil and all of that, but sometimes, I really have to admit that I like a lot of the side effects their data mining mania is creating.

Especially since it means I have access to back issues of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. That is one of the best Magazines I havent read in years.

Search and find magazines on Google

How things have changed
  Micro computers, those things that people these days would call personal computers, PC's or just plain computer, came out when I was a child. I was lucky enough to go to a school that actually had a Commodore PET 2000 at the end of the seventies.

When the Apple II came out, my middle school had one. First a solitary example in a broom closet (that was usually stuffed with me and my
friends) and eventually a complete computer lab. There were maybe 5 of us in the school who were interested.

Most of our computing was actually done with a pencil and paper and reams of printouts. Until my dad, (who couldn't program a clock radio) decided he had to have a computer. I don't know what got into him, but I do know that I wish I could thank him again for doing it.

I only mention this because I ran across an article in Computershopper online that brought back my memories from way back when. Nerd rumors about the kid that built his own Apple, the excitment around the VIC 20, the release of the IBM PC, the disappointment with the Macintosh (it's a CLOSED SYSTEM!! Toolbox? What's an effin toolbox) and loads of sleepless nights spent wandering around the phone system looking for other computers to connect to. Some things haven't changed that much ...

Anyway, this article was an interesting read because it gave me a chance to look at those times and their developments from a different perspective. It was written by someone who was involved with Apple from a very early stage, a computer dealer who was an early distributor of Apple I's. The ones that were built in a box.

Apple Computer: The (Very) Early Years

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