Beginning Windows 7 Installs…

By now I think you’ve figured out that I’m a total geek. I have 4 machines at my disposal: a beefy oct-core Intel i7 920 with 6 gigs of RAM and 2.5 TB of hard drive space, a Shuttle designed set-top box that lets me watch Hulu and my Matroska files at the living room, my work laptop which is an aging Dell Inspiron, and my Hackintosh; a Dell Mini 9 with Mac OS X on it. We could also count the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but I count those as dev and secondary devices. Oh and that WinMo phone I have too…

Jebus. Anyway, I figured I’d start installing Windows 7 tonight on the machine that I could afford to be without for a few days which is the set-top. I’ve been running the build 7064 which was the RC candidate for free on the box for a while. I really hope they fixed the error with the Realtek HD Audio ports as I’d really like to get my TOSLINK audio connection going again at the TV. I’ve been employing a USB DSP– a Plantronics dongle that while sounds good, really makes my living room setup kinda look ugly. :)

I’m hoping to do the work laptop, and maybe the primary PC this weekend. I just hate being down machines– I keep getting freaked out that I’ll be unable to use the machines or that something extra horrible will happen.

Droid does what iDon’t (or something…)

This video for Motorola’s new supposed iPhone killer, code-named “Droid” is interesting. Not because of the many things that the iPhone can’t do (apparently), but because the word “droid” is wholly owned by Lucasfilm, Ltd.??

WTF? Are you kidding me? I guess he might’ve been one of the first authors to popularize the word but…c’mon. It’s a shortening of the word “Android”. Wow.

H1N1 PSA (MythBusters)

I really do enjoy MythBusters. I wish I had more time to watch it, but in an already jam-packed lineup I just can’t spare the brain space at the moment. Their PSA about how to prevent the spread of swine flu (H1N1 or the “heinie” as my mother in law called it (doesn’t “Heine” really mean Heineken?)) is fairly effective. Watch:

Fall Foliage

Via XKCD:

via XKDC.org

How can you not appreciate geek humor such as this? :)

Google Wave

I recently recieved an invitation to join Google Wave, their new online collaboration tool.  Problem is, they didn’t really give me anyone else to Wave to, which is a profoundly depressing feeling.  First off, I’m robert.entenman@googlewave.com if anyone wants to add me as a fellow Wave-r.

But more to the point here, Wave is actually a pretty nifty idea, but I’m not sure how useful it will be outside of the small scale project.  The system allows you to start generating material and inviting collaborators.  The idea is that there is no distinction between what we’re sending out over the Internet be it an email, text, tweet, IM or whatever.  It’s all data that could be combined into one interface.  As you’re typing into the Wave, in real-time your collaborators see the letters appearing in real time in theirs.

One of the coolest things I saw in the launch video was of 19 different people typing in different languages and the text was real-time back-end translated on the fly to my native language on my screen.  Collaboration across many boundaries and borders is very slick stuff!  Images and documents are persistent meaning you can effectively have “Track Changes” on all the time and go infinitely back into the past to see your Wave as it once was.  You can invite folks mid-Wave and depending on your privacy settings, they could be forbidden to see things in the Wave that happened before they were even invited!

And yet, I can’t seem to come up with a single creative instance of this service.  If I worked in an environment where I need to collaborate with others on a document, sure… but most of the time I’m the information holder and I’m creating the documents to send out to the team.  In that regard, I need to hold the keys to the master document, and have no collaborators.

Maybe a school project?  How about a lightweight presentation? Code?  Dunno.  Check it out for yourself here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pgxLaDdQw