Flowers, People, Skaters and BMXers…..

Flickr, Photography
Well, I finally got around to edit last weeks outdoor shoot in the backyard. I used strobes on some of the shots, played around with my new/old Lensbaby Composer and my Zeiss Jena 135mm Sonnar lens....Next in the queue were the shots from the Toronto Flickr meetup group. The meeting was happening (I guess the spring/summer approach must have ended most peoples hibernation) and the back room at the Imperial Library Pub was packed....And last but not least was todays Toronto Strobist Meeting at the Leslie-Cummer Skatepark. The shoot went really well and thanks to the high speed sync I got from my D70S body I walked away with a bunch of nice pics....
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Happy 2nd Birthday N.E.R.D.logger…..

birthday, NERD
This week marks N.E.R.D.logger's 2nd birthday -- and we couldn't be happier about that. It has been a great year for N.E.R.D. with lots of encouraging feedback. We launched on the 24th May 2007 and have seen the site grow, and grow, and grow... Not only in terms of features but members/subscribers aswell. A big thank you to all the community. Your support is really appreciated.
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ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 1.6GHz Dual-Core Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Linux, nvidia, Technology, Windows
I was looking for a fast small (read: mini-ITX) mobo that had enough power to drive 1080P monitor/panel and I came across Zotac IonITX-A-U board. According to manufacturer's website:The mini-ITX form factor ZOTAC® ION combines a high-performance NVIDIA® ION graphics processor with a power-efficient Intel® Atom processor for the ultimate eco-friendly platform that has no troubles handling regular web browsing, e-mail, & productivity and HD video playback tasks.NVIDIA® PureVideo HD technology harnesses the power of the ION's 16 high-speed stream processors for high-definition Blu-ray playback capabilities. PureVideo HD technology decodes HD video formats and enhances standard-definition videos with the ION GPU for flawless HD and superior SD video playback.Sounds and looks very nice and capable. I guess I'd have to pick one up and give it a whirl. Here are…
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Beagleboard is your friend…..

Electronics, Linux, Opensource, projector
The USB-powered Beagle Board is a low-cost, fan-less single board computer utilizing Texas Instruments’ OMAP3530 application processor that unleashes laptop-like performance and expansion without the bulk, expense, or noise of typical desktop machines.Beagle Board is based on an OMAP3530 application processor featuring an ARM® Cortex™-A8 running at up to 600MHz and delivering over 1,200 Dhrystone MIPS of performance via superscalar operation with highly accurate branch prediction and 256KB of L2 cache. Focal to Beagle Board experience is the high-speed USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) port that can be utilized to provide power to the board or to deliver highly flexible expansion. Standard PC peripherals can be connected to Beagle Board using the USB with a mini-A to standard-A cable adapter, DVI-D using an HDMI to DVI-D adapter, or through the MMC/SD/SDIO…
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Could this be the Google Tablet…..

Android, Google, Linux, Opensource, projector
Not too sure, but the Zoom OMAP34x-II Mobile Development Platform looks too "finished/flashy" to be a Mobile Development Platform (MDP). I guess time will tell......For now we can all drool over the pics....and btw, if you have $1150, you can beat the crowd and own one today.Out of the box features of the Zoom OMAP34x-II MDP :4.1" WVGA multi-touch display with a QWERTY keypad in a landscape, handheld form factorHigh performance OMAP3430 applications processor that supports up to 720p HD video encode/decodeSupport for popular leading mobile operating systems, including Android Mobile Platform, Linux, LiMo, Symbian OS and Microsoft(r) Windows(r) MobileWireless connectivity technology from TI, including WiLinkTM 6.0 (WL1271), a single chip with Wi-Fi(r), Bluetooth(r) and FM functionality; and NaviLinkTM GPS functionality8-megapixel camera sensorOptional 3G modem solution, as well as flexibility to…
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Surveyor SRV-1 Blackfin Robot

Linux, Opensource, robotics
Wow, this little guy is cool. Check out Surveyor Corporation's Open Source Wireless Mobile Robot . Very neat little package for just $475. While there, you might also want to check out YARB 1.0 (Yet Another Robotic Blimp) robot, also pretty neat. Here is a bit of a description according to their site:Designed for research, education, and exploration, Surveyor's SRV-1 internet-controlled robot integrates a 1000MIPS 500MHz Analog Devices Blackfin BF537 processor, a digital video camera with resolution from 160x128 to 1280x1024 pixels, laser pointer ranging, and WLAN 802.11b/g networking on a quad-motor tracked mobile robotic base. Operating as a remotely-controlled webcam or a self-navigating autonomous robot, the SRV-1 can run onboard interpreted C programs or user-modified firmware, or be remotely managed from a Windows, Mac OS/X or Linux base station with…
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Build your own smartphone…..from scratch.

Electronics, gumstix, Linux, Opensource
 Yep, you can do it now.....The open source hacker community GizmoForYou is shipping a Linux hardware/software kit for building a modular touchscreen smartphone. Using the OMAP35x-based Gumstix Overo Earth single-board computer (SBC), the Flow phone offers numerous customization modules including GPS, 3.5G cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a camera. At around $1300 for the complete kitchen sink version, it's not exactly cheap, but since they offer multiple choices for each component, you can pick and choose what you like to have inside your smartphone. Really neat stuff.For those of you who are not tuned into Gumstix, the Overo line is a new line of Computer-on-Module devices designed by Gumstix based on TI's OMAP Processor. Overo Earth comes with  the following specs:Processor: OMAP 3503 Application Processor with ARM Cortex-A8 CPUClock(MHz): 600 MHzPerformance:…
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How to mount your Journalized HFS+ disk in Linux….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, osx Server
This is something that people who deal with OSX and Linux come across everyday. Yes you can format your USB stick or removable HD using FAT32. The problem is that FAT32 does not support large sized files which can cause problems. So how do you solve this.....Easy. Attach the Journalized HFS+ disk to your MAC and startup disk utility. Inside disk utility find the disk in question and click on the partition(s) while holding down the "ALT" key. Keep holding the key down and go to the File menu and choose "Disable Journaling" (command-J). Eject the disk, move it over to your linux machine and hook it up. Linux can now read and write to the disk. Once you're done, move the disk back to the apple machine and after…
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Enabling Google Calendar in Mozilla Sunbird or Thunderbird Lightning Add-on

Firefox extension, Google
This one is set up CalDAV support for Google Calendar in Mozilla Sunbird, follow these steps:Open the Sunbird application (or under Thunderbird with Lightning Add-on) and select File >New Calendar.Select On the Network and click Next.Select the CalDAV format option.In the Location field, enter and click Next.Enter a name and select a color for your calendar.In the pop-up screen, enter the following information: Username: This is the complete email address you use with Google Calendar (ie: If you're using Google Apps, be sure to enter your Google Apps email address. Password: This is the password you use to sign in to Google CalendarClick OK.Your Google Calendar will now appear in the Calendar tab of Mozilla Sunbird, and Sunbird will sync any changes to and from Google Calendar.…
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Enabling Google Calendar in Apple’s iCal under OSX 10.5+

Apple, Google, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Yep, It works I just transfered all my calendar appointments from local iCal calendar to Google calendar in one easy step. First you need to go into iCal and export your current calendar. If you're starting fresh with google calendar you don't need to do this.To set up CalDAV support for Google Calendar in Apple's iCal, follow these steps:Open Apple iCal, go to Preferences and then the Accounts tab.Click on the + button to add an account.Under Account Information, enter your Google Account username and password (make sure username does NOT have added).Under Server Options, add the following URL: (replace 'youremail' with your Google Account username and is usually unless you've got google apps setup.Click Add.Under the Delegation tab, select the calendars you'd like to add to…
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