links for 2006-08-01


Canon digital camera “color accent” feature

Emma in Yellow, originally uploaded by JoshB.

Took this shot at the beach, playing around with the “color accent” feature in my new Canon SD700 IS camera. You can sample what color you want to highlight, and it then makes everything else in the shot black and white.

Sure, you could do this in Photoshop or something during post processing, but it’s kind of fun to be able to do it in the camera. Not super useful, or really useful at all, but still fun. 🙂

Here’s a more subtle example – the color of the sand is the one being highlighted. I think the effect is kind of cool:

What do you think?


Don’t edit your competitor’s Wikipedia entries

Or your own. Because you will be caught, and it will end badly. Just ask Adam Curry. 🙂

Thomas Hawk just busted someone with a Yahoo IP address making anti-Zooomr (a Flickr competitor) and pro-Flickr edits to various articles in Wikipedia. While we don’t know the whole truth about what happened here, and likely never will, the appearance of evil is there, and that’s a hard shadow to get out from under.

So, be smart about your Wikipedia edits – they could come back to haunt you. This is why I’ve never tried to create a Wikipedia page about myself, and I’ve never edited any Intel-related articles. 😉


I want to subscribe to Dabble’s video feed, “The Vlogger”, but I can’t

Tara Hunt said enough nice things about Mary Hodder’s Dabble video, “The Vlogger“, that I wanted to subscribe and check it out.

But I can’t, because the RSS 2.0 feed doesn’t include the video file as an “enclosure” element, so my podcast aggregator (iTunes, in this case) won’t receive the videos. Bummer.

I posted a comment on Tara’s blog about it, and I wanted to post a comment to Dabble, to let them know about the problem, but you have to be a registered member of the blog to post a comment. So, I’m posting here, in hopes that they see it and fix the problems (the lack of enclosures, and the lack of an easy way to talk back to them).

Unfrotunately, because of all this, Dabble just got a lot less interesting to me. Sure, I could go to the site, and manually click and download and watch the video, and then do it again in a few days. But that’s the old and broken way. Just like bookmarking your favorite sites, and then remembering to click on them one at a time, and trying to figure out if there’s something new since the last time you were there…

Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a way to automate that whole procedure, so you could automatically see updates for sites you’ve indicated you’re interested in following? 😉


Intel D975XBX Extreme Edition Motherboard

Just fooling around with some macro shots of this cool looking motherboard. It’s got 3 PCI-Express slots and onboard SATA-II RAID 5. And check out those blue stylized heatsinks!

I only wish I had a nice, fast, cool Core 2 Duo Extreme Edition CPU to put in it. Oh, and a bunch of fast DDR2 PC5300 RAM, and a pair of beefy PCI-Express video cards (to do SLI), and some fast SATA-II hard drives. And a cool looking case. 🙂

You can see a few more shots I took of this motherboard in this photo set on Flickr.


Upgraded to PSP Firmware 2.80

Upgrading to PSP Firmware 2.80, originally uploaded by JoshB.

Version 2.80 of the Sony PSP firmware came out yesterday, so I installed it today. Sure, every new version of the firmware breaks the homebrew/hacked software that people have figured out how to run, but I never got into using that, and there have been just enough features in the firmware updates that Sony has put out (a web browser, podcast support, game demos, etc.) to draw me down the upgrade path.

The 2.80 firmware went on without a hitch. I installed the game demos for Mercury Meltdown (and Loco Roco, which I meant to grab when 2.70 came out, but never did), and subscribed to a video podcast to test it out (Ask a Ninja, of course ;-)).

You can find a couple more photos I took during the upgrade (of the Mercury Meltdown demo, Ask a Ninja, etc.) in this photo set on Flickr.

I’ll play around with it some more, and post anything interesting. Anyone else out there take the plunge? What do you think?


Make kits at the Make booth at OSCON 2006

Some of the cool stuff at the Make Magazine part of the O’Reilly booth at OSCON 2006. I bought a Make license plate frame. 🙂

You can see a few more shots I took yesterday under my OSCON2006 tag on Flickr.