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Flight tracking technology

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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Of late, it has become extremely easy to track the flights. In fact, Aeroseek, a flight tracking service uses a mashup with Google Earth to provide a real time feed of where the the flight is moving as seen from the satellite.

Well, okay, this does not mean that you shall see all clouds on a cloudy day and all bright on a sunny day. The service only makes use of the picture available on Google Earth to give you an idea of where your flight is at that particular moment. You obviously cannot question your kin about the bright view he had on board who came by one particular flight you tracked!

Nice way to use technology to give real time updates....
posted by Anand, 1:40 PM | link | 0 comments |

Microsoft Narrator

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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Today I chanced upon a software that I seriously did not existed. I normally press Windows followed by U for Shut Down, and today did it in a quick succession. Instead of opening the Shut down window, it took me to the Microsoft Narrator window.

In fact, as soon as you get these windows on the screen, a text to voice converter starts reading out the options like File, Edit etc. It is basically useful for people with low vision to find out the options that they require to choose, for which this screen reader might be of utmost help.

I guess this is part of the softwares that Microsoft has created to help the disabled.
posted by Anand, 11:31 AM | link | 0 comments |

View 2D as a 3D

Monday, January 08, 2007

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In June this year, Carnegie Mellon University,USA came up with a technology to help computers comprehend 2D images much more than what they normally tend to do, thereby gaining a 3D vision of an image that is actually 2D.
Though layman techniques exist on how to see 2D images as 3D pictures, this technology was significant as this can lay the foundation for further technological advances. For example, today you can view Google Earth as it is visible from the satellite. But it is still a picture taken from the sky, that's it. Imagine yourself dropping from 30000 feet to 15 feet between two tall buildings, be able to view the walls on your both sides, then again move up to be in the sky. This is a definite possibility. Watch this video based on the university's technology.
posted by Anand, 10:16 AM | link | 0 comments |

Nice alternative way to use a webcam

Sunday, January 07, 2007

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Have a look at the following video. A nice alternative way to use a webcam to effectively use the scanner.
posted by Anand, 9:36 AM | link | 0 comments |

Is the time on your watch accurate?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

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Ok, are you confident that the answer you give to the question I asked is cent percent true?Well, Casio has just answered this and have come up with their wave ceptor watch. Now, this watch does not require manual calibration to set the time( which is the reason for the time being wrong on many occassions).

To tackle this, the Casio WVA105HA-1AV wave ceptor watch makes use of radio signals to automatically calibrate the time. This means that you can be rest assured that the time on your watch is the most accurate.

But, I don't think it will suit every person's needs. Some people have their watch intentionally calibrated five minutes fast so that they get their acts going on time. Another friend of mine in school actually had other intentions. He set his time something like 7 minutes and 15 seconds or so fast because this will get him to calculate the correct time, each time helping him improve his calculation ability.

Seriously too, I have apprehensions about factors that we cannot control. We do know of places and times where radio signals do not reach us. So, how will the watch live upto then. At such times, you will have to revert back to the traditional ways, which makes the new technology redundant.

But still, I think this is on the right track to help all people actually see the "correct" time everytime...
posted by Anand, 7:16 AM | link | 0 comments |

Stockholm metro

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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Stockholm's metro is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art exhibit in the world. Several of the stations are left with the bedrock exposed, crude and unfinished, or as part of the decorations. You should see it to get amazed.


posted by Anand, 10:53 AM | link | 0 comments |

Partitioning in Linux

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

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Partioning is kind of intuitive with the necessary softwares. I thought it goes the same way in Linux. But that was not to be. Many newcomers to Linux learn of partitions, yet don't know how to fully utilize them. Here's a short guide into the wonderful world of Linux partitions.


posted by Anand, 10:47 AM | link | 0 comments |