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Monday, December 26, 2011

Disaster preparedness:WaterBob tub liner

The number one problem during disasters is the lack of potable water when the power is no longer available to run the city pumps. The downside to filling a tub is that the water is open to air and contamination. Great for flushing toilets, but keep in mind a person needs at least a gallon per day per person.

Perhaps I'm being a bit paranoid, but having an extra 100 gallons of potable water before the city water goes away is priceless. My only bitch is that this is a single use system.

http://www.waterbob.com/Information.do?forward=preparedness


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Friday, March 11, 2011

Easy to embed rss feeds into your website

I wanted a way to keep my web pages fresh, but also delegate content creation to several people, AND not go through the maintenance hassles of a full CMS. The answer I found is a set of tools from rssinclude.com.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The nook color really can be a tablet

So not long ago I decided I wanted just a little more from my color nook, for you see under the hood is actually an android tablet. However, Barnes & Noble has locked away the coolest parts in favor of a nice stable eReader.

Like cell phones, Barnes & Noble is selling these eReaders as a loss leader (well nearly at cost I think) in hopes of getting you to buy a bunch of ebooks over a period of many years. A locked in audience of people who can only buy very profitable eBooks from them.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Green archiving system

http://www.hit-storage.com/ is a German company that produces an optical storage system that breaks the boundaries of archiving. What makes them so different is how they're able with the same hardware to be both network attached storage and also a multi tiered archiving system.

Monday, December 13, 2010

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2010 meeting

So it's the opening day of AGU in San Francisco and the geophysics world has turned out in force. It's a bit weird for an IT geek to be here, but since SOEST is a major player, I figured it was about time to see what's happening. After all my school turns into a ghost town during the conference with a huge portion of our researchers and grad students presenting talks and posters here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Email time machine...nudgemail.com

I'm not passing judgement, but a whole lot of us use email as a reminder..a reminder that tends to get lost in the masses of other emails. Nudgemail is simply a service that will accept emails from you and resent them back at your chosen date and time.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Just what do users perceive when they say the network is slow?

"The network is down" or "my Internet is slow" have become the modern version of "the sky is falling". The reality is that every time you open even a simple web page, you are in reality opening a closely knit collection of pieces flying in from a huge number of locations via numerous Internet byways and highways all converging in your browser. Simply put, that simple web page may consist of hundreds of parts from dozens of locations all over the world.