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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 19, 2015, 03:33:23 PM
I was pretty interested in the Pebble for some time, but never quite enough to actually buy one.
When they announced the KickStarter campaign for the new Time, I finally decided and backed it right away.

KickStarter - Pebble Time - Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises

I like the fact that it don't try to do everything, but just few fundamentals things, and doing them right.
Plus the SDK is really well made, and can be used entirely from a browser.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_hPBhgjGQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_hPBhgjGQ</a>
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 16, 2015, 10:36:19 AM
Just finished the first 3 books of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. Non especially deep, but a nice light page turner.

Now I'm reading The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga, by Jimmy Maher.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: January 06, 2015, 07:51:37 AM
When Top Gear come in Venice to record some bits for "The Perfect Road Trip" DVD:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyBTbCG9fV4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyBTbCG9fV4</a>
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extremely simple and minimal sticky notes for windows on: December 17, 2014, 08:19:46 AM
I find myself using Google Keep a lot. It has just the right amount of features to be useful without being complex.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Elite: Dangerous on: August 21, 2014, 09:39:43 AM
Anyone here playing?

Official site: http://www.elitedangerous.com/

Comparision with the original: Elite 30 years later: Comparing screenshots from 1984 and 2014

Check this video to get a feel of some of the things that can be done:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbaLJTGHkj8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbaLJTGHkj8</a>

Elite + Voice Attack + EDTracker

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZEINHinsdc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZEINHinsdc</a>
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: July 12, 2014, 07:44:33 AM
Finally decided to ditch the neck strap and got both Leash & Cuff by Peak Design for my M43 camera.

They have an quick connect & release system, and can be configured in a variety of practical ways.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7f7ibqfVZY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7f7ibqfVZY</a>

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: June 30, 2014, 04:49:01 AM
Speaking of Bitcoin... If you don't know it already, I recommend checking out PurseIO (no referral!) / PurseIO (with referral!).

It provide two services:
  • A way to spend bitcoins on Amazon, with an incentive/discount
  • A way for who haven't bitcoins to acquire them, using a familiar environment (Amazon!), paying with a CC, for a premium

It's basically a marketplace for Amazon whishlists, and it works perfectly.
You create a wishlist on Amazon, copy&paste the link to create an offer on PurseIO, and select the markup that will be your discount, and put the corresponding bitcoins in escrow. It takes 2 minutes.
Then if/when someone find the price & markup reasonable, they'll buy the item from Amazon for you. When you'll receive it and confirm, the bitcoins will be released.

I just tried some days ago with something small (a Chromecast), with a 16% discount, and it all went perfectly.
No need to wait for Amazon to accept bitcoins!  Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3YOmXUaB88" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3YOmXUaB88</a>

P.S. PurseIO just activated a referral program, so I added a link with it as well. cheesy
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 01:09:43 PM
That's really a bizarre situation! ohmy
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: April 30, 2014, 12:04:35 PM
Not really useful, but...  cheesy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE_8Ak-mlic" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE_8Ak-mlic</a>

Just a flash of color with every new Bitcoin transaction; sort of a Blockchain activity monitor / visualization.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Motorcycles by Bimota on: April 28, 2014, 02:13:21 PM
Check Vyrus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vyrus
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: April 25, 2014, 12:12:17 PM
I got myself a LIFX!

Here's a link to the LIFX website.

It's a RGB+W LED lightbulb with WiFi connection. It's very bright at up to 1000 lumens, and can light up with basically any color, or white in various temperatures. In a multibulbs setup, a LIFX connect to the home network and then works as a gateway to a mesh network with all the other bulbs. I believe the bulb run on Contiki. So it's basically a network controlled light, and so the applications can be endless: from mood lighting to visual notification, wakeup alerts, etc.

Here's a demo I made using the LIFXtend software, to create a room wide Ambilight-like effect:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofNW-MZrZJo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofNW-MZrZJo</a>

I become intrigued with LIFX back when they run their (very successful) Kickstarter campaign, and now that it's generally available I just had to get one to play a bit.

Note that, in the mean time, other similar systems have become available. There's for example the Philips Hue line: it's the more complete & supported out of the box, and include bulbs, LED strips, accent lights / desk lamps. Another one is distributed under various brands: LimitlessLED, MiLight, EasyBulb, etc.: it's probably the one with the better price/features ratio.
Both these other systems needs and hub to connected to the home network, that in turn communicate with the lights via other RF system (ZigBee for the Philips, and probably the other also).
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A real touching movie on: March 05, 2014, 02:47:08 PM
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 22, 2014, 06:46:11 AM
A brief video that show it in action:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQAUVLpb1pU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQAUVLpb1pU</a>
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 21, 2014, 11:10:37 AM
What about this?
I admit I am not very fond of Mr. Gibson (mainly due to the tecnobabble about Spinrite and the whole personal firewall thing), but this seems interesting.

Secure Quick Reliable Login
Proposing a comprehensive, easy-to-use, high security replacement for usernames,
passwords, reminders, one-time-code authenticators . . . and everything else.
Gibson Research Corporation - Secure Quick Reliable Login

Another information site about it:
SQRL - An Illustrated Guide
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 02, 2014, 05:02:20 AM
Beware of Butterfly Labs! They have built quite a "reputation" in the last months.
Quite a bit of not brilliant feedback around, starting from reddit r/bitcoin.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 04:01:58 PM
Funny, but I in my Amateur Armchair vehemently disagree.

Yes, it was just to show that Krugman haven't exactly a good track record as a tech prophet!  Grin
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 02:25:52 PM
The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in "Metcalfe's law"--which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants--becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's. - Paul Krugman, 1998

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 11:08:53 AM
Great. Seeing how spaces on smartphones is at premium, and how the manufacturers try to come up & push with smaller and smaller SIMs format, they should embrace something like this.

Except Apple: they show no love for Bitcoin probably because they are afraid for their next iPay-system-thing...
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 10:00:07 AM
Andreas Antonopoulos on Bitcoin the technology and its social implications:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2CsJ2HMA2I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2CsJ2HMA2I</a>
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 08:12:22 AM
How could one make a site like donationcoder enabling donations with bitcoins ?
For example a download site for homebrew game developers which allowed payments / donations whenever someone downloads digital productions

The simplest way would be to just show an address, either in plain text or as a QR code. People scan the code in their wallet application, send, done: bitcoins are delivered.
Blockchain.info offer a simple donation button maker, ready to be cut & pasted on a web page, that generate a different address every time (to complicate things a bit to whom want to try to see how much bitcoins the receiver have accumulated) and display a QR code.

Or, a payment processor like BitPay can be used, to let users pay in bitcoins and receive the corresponding amount in the legal tender of choice, with a minimal fee (1% per transaction or fixed 30$ monthly, if I remember correctly).
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
Check this: https://www.btproof.com/

Trusted timestamping on the Bitcoin blockchain

What is trusted timestamping?
Trusted timestamping allows to prove you held a document, some information or a file at some specific point in time, in a way that can't be forged. Read more at Wikipedia.

More trustworthy than any notary. Not to mention cheaper!  Thmbsup
Someone just signed a marriage certificate & a photo.  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mid-range DSLR Camera Recommendations on: December 17, 2013, 10:23:42 AM
I got myself a used but in perfect condition Olympus OM-D E-M5, and I'm very happy with it. The in body stabilization is fantastic. I have done some shots with a 90mm equivalent lens, free hand, with 1" exposure, and the results are very nice.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 15, 2013, 09:20:30 AM
Continuing in the (IMHO) interesting videos...

A Mike Hearn (a Bitcoin dev) presentation that show how a simple transaction like "give 1 BTC to Bob" is just the tip of the iceberg of what can be done with Bitcoin:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA</a>

And here a bit of a leap in to an optimistic near future:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu4PAMFPo5Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu4PAMFPo5Y</a>
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 14, 2013, 11:05:03 AM
Don't know if all here have already seen it, but I personally become hooked on Bitcoin after seeing this video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx9zgZCMqXE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx9zgZCMqXE</a>

This one also is less technical but present some possible interesting outcomes:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDO7TDMlxsY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDO7TDMlxsY</a>

"On the blockchain, no one knows you are a fridge." - Richard Brown  Grin

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt Audit on: October 24, 2013, 05:08:44 PM
How I compiled TrueCrypt 7.1a for Win32 and matched the official binaries
We show in this article how to reproduce a deterministic compilation process specific to TrueCrypt 7.1a for Windows that matches the official binaries, and relieve the world from at least some concerns.
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