The Rise Alarm Clock

Ever had one of those million dollar ideas that was going to make you rich? Well, I did, but I knew it would never happen for me. So I just sat back and wondered when it would happen. Well, according to a BBC article, someone has finally done it, at least partially.

The Rise alarm clock offers to wake you up early based on traffic conditions. If things are bad, it’ll wake you up a bit earlier. That was something I was planning for my version, but I was going to include weather into the equation. Foggy? Give you an extra 5 minutes. Icy? Better get on the road quite a bit earlier.

You can bet once these hit mainstream, I’ll be in line to get one. I figure that maybe you can even stream audio off of it from other cities since it will have Internet access. Could be quite a machine once it hits the US…

I’m A Beta Boy!!!

Was checking my email before heading to bed a few nites ago, and lo and behold, there is an email telling me I scored a seat on the Xbox Live Beta crew. Sweet. Ordered my kit the next morning (the order site was swamped that nite) and I’m hoping to get it in time for the weekend. You get the Communicator set, as well as an online only version of NFL Fever 2003. Looking forward to playing a console game over broadband. Have been ever since I plunked down $40 for a Dreamcast LAN adapter, which was forgotten by Sega soon after, before the DC up and died…

How To Keep Track Of All Those Movies

Been checking out some new Movie Collection software over the last few weeks. I have owned DVD Profiler for about a year and a half, and while it does a great job, it hasn’t been updated in quite a while. The Collectorz program looks good, offering VHS movies as well, which I do have quite a few of, but it doesn’t seem to offer the online aspect that the DVD Profiler offers. But, it is updated pretty regularly and I could just upload the export file and get what I need from that.

There is a freeware package I looked at this morning called MovieDB which could be good if I was a real tightwad, but I think I could handle springing for the Collectorz piece pretty easily, which is the package that’s currently leading the pack.

I’m On PlanetQuake?

Decided I would Google myself and dig around and find references to my online persona, Smikwily. I was a little surprised to find a reference to me on the almighty PlanetQuake. Someone had asked why drive up ATMs had braille on them. This is the answer I gave them:

I actually heard the reason for this on a local radio station here in Columbus Ohio. A large majority of blind people travel by Taxi. If they need cash, the taxi takes them through the ATM. They are in the back seat, but still in a vehicle. That’s why the drive up ATMs have braille. So blind people who are traveling with other people or by Taxi can feel the keys.

There is a bit more to my response, including a G.I. Joe reference that I received bonus points for, but that sums it up. A nifty little piece of trivia for some of you folks out there.

When Geeks Travel

This is something I wondered about after hearing about 2 people playing Halo via a Cat5 cable strung between 2 vehicles: A mobile LAN. Well, a few people had a trip planned, so they decided to put together a LAN between 2 vehicles. Arming them both with the necessary equipment, wiring their laptops up to HUBs, and even throwing in Internet access via a cell phone, they were able to create a moving network, with a ‘range’ of around 800 feet from each other. Very, very cool…

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