Posts Categorized: Technology

Face Transformer

Ever wondered what you’d look like as an ape? The Perception Laboratory’s Face Transformer is a java application where you can upload a picture of yourself and then do all kinds of cool stuff to it. You can transform your face into all sorts of different forms: baby child teenage young adult older adult afro-… Read more »

Picasa 2.0 Released

Google has just released a new version of their photo management software, Picasa 2.0. New Features include: Move and re-name pictures from inside Picasa Make a label Add a star rating Keep one picture in multiple albums Password-protect collections Improved Basic Fixes for images 12 new visual effects to improve your photos Captions that stay… Read more »

New Round of Apple Goodies

Apple released a slew of new products today at MacWorld San Francisco. iPod Shuffle This is the flash based iPod that has been rumored for a few weeks now. It’s no bigger than a pack of gum and it comes in two sizes: 512 MB ($99) and 1GB ($149). There is no screens since the… Read more »

Using Google to Find Web/Security Cameras

There have been some neat Google tricks popping up lately (first seen on boingboing) to find web/security cams on the web. Some web cams that haven’t been secured have a specific syntax in their URL that Google has indexed and are searchable. Here are a few Google searches for cams: Search 1 Search 2 (you… Read more »

Need a last minute gift idea?

With just a short while left before Christmas, there isn’t much time left for gift shopping. Luckily Google comes through yet again. You can “Give the Gift of Google” this year. They provide a download of all their software and a lovely image to print for the CD they’re burned on. They also provide a… Read more »

Flickr’s Mappr!

Flickr, the super cool photo organization/sharing/tagging/viewing/playing site has opened up a beta of their new tool called mappr. Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. What it does (or will do eventually) is take the photos from Flickr and geographically map them to a U. S. map (the… Read more »

Yahoo Maps Now Show Traffic Information

Fortunately I don’t live in a large enough city where I have to worry about traffic too much, but if I did the new Traffic on Yahoo! Maps would sure come in handy. They currently cover about 45 US cities with live traffic information that includes traffic speed on certain roads and accidents and lane… Read more »

The Alphabet According to Google

Sombody has put together The Suggested Google Alphabet based on the term that first comes up for each letter of the alphabet in Google Suggest. The best thing is… it checks each time you load the page, so if Google changes, it does too.

My Trip to the Apple Store

This past Saturday I braved the holiday crowds madness at the Jordan Creek Mall in Des Moines. I was doing a little Christmas shopping but only really stopped at three stores in the entire mall. One of those stores happened to be the new Apple Store. This is the second Apple Store that I’ve been… Read more »

Google Suggest Beta

Boy, those folks a Google keep coming up with cool stuff! They’ve added a neat twist to the regular search. It’s called Google Suggest, and it suggests (hence the name) search terms live as you enter them into the search field. Give it a try!

New Magazine from the Publishers of Wired

Wired Magazine is launching a trial edition of a new magazine called “Test” which is basically an entire magazine of the review section of Wired. I’m an avid Wired reader, and their review section being one of my favorite parts, I’m looking forward to this new mag. It is supposedly being released in a limited… Read more »

Thunderbird 1.0 Released

Mozilla Thunderbird went gold with their 1.0 release today. If you like what Firefox has done for the web browser you may want to give Thunderbird a try. I made the jump to Thunderbird around version 0.9 and really like what they have done. Previously I was using the Mozilla Suite even though I had… Read more »

Geek Gift Guides Galore

Don’t know what you want for Christmas (Hanukkah, Quanza, Winter Solstice, Festivus, Ramadan) yet? Maybe these gift guides will help you find something. Fortune Magazine “Best Products of the Year: Electronics” (thanks Kevin) Wired “Gifts to Sate Your Technolust “ Wired “Wired Tools 2004” Engadget “Gadget Gift Guide Round Up 2004” (a huge list!) What… Read more »

New Netscape Browser Beta Released

I have followed Netscape, and the browser as we know it since NCSA released the very first version of Mosaic in 1993. I watched as Netscape was born from some of the original Mosaic developers. I can honestly say that I have downloaded every version of the Netscape browser since its birth in 1994. I’ve… Read more »

Giving thanks and fixing computers

I ran across this article about how an entire generation of people also do tech support while visiting home for the holidays. The Tech-Support Generation via MSNBC Next week, millions of college students and young professionals will head home for the Thanksgiving holidays. We’ll sit with our families in warm, candle-lit dining rooms eating stuffed… Read more »