Category: Computing

Windows 7 — That Was Easy!

I upgraded to Windows 7 yesterday. The install from scratch option took less than one hour, and my system is humming along nicely. The move from Vista to Windows 7 may have caused a barely-noticeable performance increase. I’m not sure. I did the upgrade from XP at work last week, and the speed increase from Read More

Time to Switch?

With its 27 inch LED display, this could be the hardware that finally makes me do it. Wow! Read More

My Pipe is Bigger Than Your Pipe

After 10 months of negotiating and waiting, the fiber is finally in!   Read More

Retro Tech Design Goldmine

Fire up Cooliris and head on over to this Flickr photostream. Enjoy! Read More

A Typical Evening at thedude’s

Now that the in-laws have a 24″ iMac, life around here may never be the same. Read More

Face the Facebook

I’ll admit it – I’ve been spending time on Facebook in the last week. (OK – I’m a little slow when it comes to adopting certain technologies.) I’m conducting a little research to see why this social networking site is so popular. What’s that? 200 million active users??? I’m slowly beginning to understand its appeal. Read More

Hot Day, Cool Stuff

With temperatures more than twenty degrees above the average for this day, thedude decided to take the smartie to NASA’s 2009 Exploration and Sustainability Exposition, where we saw some pretty cool stuff, including a car I’d love to own. Well, OK just the car is just a brochure at this point, but it’s still a Read More

Where’s thedude Been?

Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately. In my defense, I’ll lay out the old “I’m so busy” excuse. Pretty lame, but there is some truth in the statement. As you know, this is not the only blog I maintain. I have been blogging a lot at work. I’ve also been wasting a lot Read More

UNIX Time Milestone

Were you there? Did you feel it? Did your Geekometer spike at 11? Mine did. From Wikipedia: On Friday, February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC), Unix time will equal ‘1234567890’. Parties and other celebrations are planned around the world among various technical subcultures, to celebrate 1234567890 day. Find a party in your neighborhood. We’ll Read More

Design Envy

Sites like this one make me want to re-design mine. So clean. A perfect showcase for his amazing work. Read More

thedude Takes a Hike

When Andrew said that he knew of a place nearby where we could see “tens of thousands of ladybugs clumped like piles of scarlet coffee beans”, I knew I had to see it. It also happens that Andrew’s better half is an entomologist known to many as the Bug Lady, AND the topic for this Read More

Affymetrix Rolls Out New Web Site!

The official launch date is Monday, but lucky readers of can take a look at the new site deign now. It’s a huge improvement over the old site, both aesthetically and performance-wise. I’m very proud to have been a part of this effort. Yay! Read More

iTunes Genius Is… Well… Genius!

iTunes is one of the main reasons I have not switched to a Mac. I really do not like it. All I want is a simple music player, and iTunes definitely does not fit into that category. And iTunes has some of the worst UI design flaws ever. (Don’t even get me started.) Well, the Read More

Running Vista and Loving It

Like many of you, I have been putting off upgrading to Vista for years due to its less-than-stellar reputation. Well, my ancient Windows XP install was seriously busted, so I finally took the plunge, and guess what. I love it. I was able to get everything I absolutely need up and running in about three Read More

Magic Camera + ImageMagick

We’ve been spending a lot of time with our neighbors Jack Tres and Olive lately. That’s a good thing. I shot this picture at Flora on Thursday night. The light was provided by a single candle on the table in front of Tres. I used my old manual-focus f1.4 Nikkor wide open, at 1/15th of Read More

Best Pano Viewer Yet!

When I first used this plugin over at xRez, I was completely blown away. HDView is a must-have plugin! Get it now! Then, click on this link to get a taste of what’s to come. Amazing!!! So much to be excited about! Read More

GigaPan Browser Embedded in a Blog Post!

It turns out it’s easy to embed a GigaPan Panorama on a web page. Hopefully, this will get more of you to check it out. Be sure to drag the the zoom slider on the left. Or, double-click on a region to zoom in on it. Looks like I have a white-balance problem in this Read More

First GigaPan Panorama!

My apologies to those of you who have seen pictures shot from the roof before, but this one is different. What makes this first pano interesting is that I broke all the rules when I made it. I used a very modest camera, and shot in fully-automatic mode. I set the Gigapan rig on a Read More

Another Weapon in My Image Arsenal

I love panoramic photography. Now, I can’t afford one of these very expensive panoramic cameras, so I’ve been creating “poor man’s pano’s” for years by stitching images together – sometimes manually and sometimes with the aid of software. Well, achieving perfect results is becoming a lot easier these days, thanks to a couple of break-through Read More

More Geo-Coolness

Inspired by my friend Jason, I decided to purchase a GPS tracker. I plan to use this device to keep track of our trip to Burma and then to geotag the images I produce while there. This will make it easy to upload images to Google Earth and have them appear in the exact location Read More

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