August 17, 2005

Multiple *Simultaneous* Desktops in OS X 10.4

I haven't heard of this until just now: Support for multiple simultaneous desktops in Mac OS X 10.4 using OSXVNC 1.6. This is like having multiple users logged in using X11 on a Unix workstation. As far as I know, nothing like this has existed in the Mac or Windows world besides Windows Terminal Services, which isn't exactly the same.

I just tried it out and it works fine:

Multiple iBook desktops as seen from another computer
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There are some catches, as described on Redstone Software's page, most specifically keyboard modifiers acting on all user's sessions, but it's still an exciting development.

Posted at August 17, 2005 05:12 PM, Categories: Computing

August 16, 2005

Tricks of the Trade

Cool web site: Tricks of the Trade. Reader-submitted tips and tricks for various professions (more or less). Sure, you could find most of these elsewhere, but hearing about a landing trick from an air force pilot is pretty cool, as is learning how to neatly fold a fitted sheet. Posted at August 16, 2005 05:21 PM, Categories: Beardcore

August 15, 2005

NPR and Podcasting?

According to this blog entry, NPR may be changing the way they distribute downloadable recordings (today known as "podcasts") of their shows. All the article says is that they've decided not to renew their contract with, and are evaluating new methods of distribution.

Hopefully NPR and PRI (the oft-ignored other public radio network) will decided to distribute downloadable versions of more of their programs. Many shows have, to this date, said that they can't offer free downloads because of licensing issues. Is anything changing? How do they get out of paying additional royalties when distributes the shows?

Like DVRs, podcasting is another great technology that deserves to catch on. Perhaps it's popularity will help improve resuscitate TiVo and ReplayTV, and give downloadable TV and movies a much-needed jump-start.

Posted at August 15, 2005 05:16 PM, Categories: Beardcore

August 12, 2005

Free Palm Depth Of Field Calculator

Finally! I've been looking for a simple and free Palm OS depth-of-field calculator for photography. Well, I haven't been looking that hard, but every time I search I come up empty, until I found this thread at Rob Galbraith's forums today which lead me to DOF Master. Very nice, and they have already calculated COC values for a number of digital cameras.

They also have Windows and online calculators. Bravo!

Posted at August 12, 2005 08:40 AM, Categories: Photography

August 11, 2005

WTF? Uncrustables

OK, I'm as lazy as the next guy, and I'm mostly a happy American consumer, but this is going a little too far: frozen, pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without crusts. China's going to walk all over our economy any day now because we'll spend all our money on this crap so we won't have to get bread out of a bag in order to eat. Posted at August 11, 2005 10:04 PM, Categories: Food

August 10, 2005

CVS Camcorder: Driving

Always willing to jump on the bandwagon, albeit a fairly exclusive one in this case, I've got some CVS Camcorders up and running. It's actually really easy, requiring only a custom cable and some software that people have already written.

In the first of what I expect to be many pointless videos, I present: Driving 1, sped up 15 times for your entertainment. The most interesting thing about this video turned out to be the way the audio illustrates the stop-and-go nature of city driving. FYI, this was mostly driving along Foster Ave from about Ravenswood west to Peterson.

Posted at August 10, 2005 03:09 PM, Categories: Photography
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