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DualCor cPC WILL have integrated WiFI and Bluetooth

Gadgeteer Judie was offered the opporunity to buy an engineering sample version of the DualCor cPC, and she jumped on it. The one she’s getting has no integrated WiFi or Bluetooth, which, last I had heard, was how all of them were going to ship.

The bigger news here is that now, apparently they’ve gone back to the drawing board, and are adding WiFi and Bluetooth to the device, rather than requiring you to add them on via CF or USB. Cool! πŸ™‚

Judie says the devices will be shipping to consumers in 90 to 120 days. That’s a lot later than they were originally supposed to be available, but I for one am happy to wait if it means they’re adding WiFI and Bluetooth (which I’ve maintained should have been there from the beginning).

Disclosure: I’m on the DualCor Board of Technical Advisors, although this is the first news I’ve heard out of them since Dave Ciccone stepped down as Director of Strategic Alliances.

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Video: I accidentally reinstalled Mac OS X trying to install X11.app

All I wanted to do was run a cool little Windows app called autostitch on my Mac. According to the site, it runs fine under Wine. “OK,” I think to myself, “I’ve been meaning to install Darwine for a while.” So I get and install Darwine, and it complains that X11.app isn’t installed.

Should be pretty easy to fix, no? Guess again. There’s a HUGE documentation problem/gap here. Watch the video to see how I went from wanting to run Darwine to unintentionally reinstalling OS X on my Mac mini. *sigh*

The (sort of) good news is that an hour and half later, my Mac is back up, and all of my apps and files are right where I left them. I have to install about 500MB of updates via Software Update, but it could have been a whole lot worse.

Oh, and X11.app still isn’t installed. And I still can’t run Darwine or autostitch.

Hey, Apple – want some freedback? Watch this video, and update your documentation! πŸ˜›

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by Josh Bancroft with a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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108 degrees F in Hillsboro, OR



108 degrees F in Hillsboro, OR, originally uploaded by JoshB.

It’s freaking HOT!

Mind you, this is Portland, where anything over 90 is considered unusually hot. They’ve been forecasting 105 as a high for today and tomorrow, but it looks like that’s already been broken. This has to be a record.

Guess who’s going to be spending all weekend going back and forth between the air conditioned car, air conditioned bedroom, and Emma’s little wading pool in the backyard? πŸ˜‰

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I’m speaking on “The Art of Community” at OSCON next week

O’Reilly’s Open Source Conference (OSCON) descends on Portland next week, and I’ve been asked to participate in a session of “lightning talks” by one of my fellow Intel bloggers, Dawn Foster. Other speakers in the session include Open Source Diva Danese Cooper, Zaheda Bhorat from Google, Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Foundation, and several others.

The session will be on Thursday, July 27 from 5:20pm – 6:05pm in room Portland 251. I’m going to be spending Thursday at the conference, doing the “hallway track” thing, and probably checking out OSCamp.

If you’re going to be at OSCON, drop me a line and say “hi”! πŸ™‚

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Installed Bad Behavior spambot blocker

WordPress is an absolutely awesome blog platform, and I’m in love with it. One of the coolest things about it is Akismet, which absolutlely slays most of the comment spam that I get. But there are still a few that leak through.

I’ve been hearing great things about a WordPress plugin called Bad Behavior, which operates on a similar basis to Akismet, but it tracks and blocks the spam bots/crawlers to prevent them from even seeing your site. Humans and legitimate search crawlers get through just fine, but spam crawlers are told “talk to the hand”. πŸ™‚

I installed it this morning, and within minutes it said it had already blocked 7 attempts. Dang. You can always see the number of blocked attempts in the last 7 days at the very bottom of any page on TinyScreenfuls.com. Cool stuff.

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Playing with Twttr – wanna join me?

Twttr, the text message friend tracking system, has been all the rage in the blogosphere these days. I just got an invite from Jason, which means that all the cool kids are officially doing it, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Pretty cool so far, but you need to have some people in your network before it becomes really useful.

So, if you want to join me on Twttr, my page is twttr.com/jabancroft, and my cell phone number is listed over in the sidebar of my blog. I don’t know if you have to have an invite code to join, but if you do, post a comment or drop a note, and I’ll send one (I’ll need either your email address or your cell phone number to send an invite).

Let’s all get twttrpated! πŸ˜›

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Bleh

I haven’t been posting a lot the last couple of days. I think I’m kind of depressed. No real reason that I can pin down, though the general atmosphere at work is pretty dismal (what with the layoffs, lower than expected earnings, etc.).

It basically just feels like everything I’d want to post would be really negative, or a full blown rant about something or someone that would probably come back to haunt me. So, I’ve been exercising a bit of discretion, and not posting much.

I’m sure it will blow over soon. I’ve got some really exciting things coming up in the next few weeks. And I’ve been keeping up on my “linkblog” (which is really just my del.icio.us bookmarks feed), a summary of which gets posted here every day. Just so you don’t, you know, think I’ve died or dropped off the face of the earth or anything. πŸ™‚

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