July 08, 2004

Power Threads

Amazing Science News from Iowa!

Iowa Thin Film Technologies, a companyin Ames, IA, (where I live) has completed

"the development of integrated solar technology for three Army tent prototypes. The tents integrate the company's PowerFilm® flexible solar panels directly with the tent fabric. Iowa Thin Film Technologies says that it is the only company in the world that has developed this fabric integration solar technology.

Power output from the three tents ranges from approximately 200 Watts to 1 Kilowatt. Several tents can be joined for additional power. The generated power will be stored in a bank of batteries and used for a variety of purposes, ranging from lighting to ventilation to power for field communication radios, GPS systems, and recharging satellite phones and laptop computers."

Okay, maybe we won't be plugging into our clothing -- it probably wouldn't have enough surface area to generate useable power. Let's hope that in the future, none of us will be big enough to wear a tent!

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Kinda Looks Like a Vegematic

WARNING: the link below leads to some fairly graphic material, particularly wince-inducing for guys.

Gizmodo explains the one area in which he is a luddite. You and me both, buddy.

(via GeekPress.)

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December 10, 2003

I Could Go On and On About This

Via GeekPress, here's the scoop on the new Microsft Word AutoUnsummarize feature.

(I wonder if Steven Den Beste uses it?)


UPDATE: Thanks, Karl. How strange. For a minute there, I had an unintended, non-paradoxical near-circular reference.

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November 25, 2003

RIAA Insurance

Here's a solution I never would have thought of for keeping sensitive data out from under the eyes of snoopsters. It may seem a little extreme, but it has a certain appeal to it:

Annihilate Your PC

Here's how to destroy your computer before the cops haul your ass in.

I don't know about you, but the RIAA is starting to scare the piss out of me. Every time I turn on the news there's something about the RIAA suing someone, and getting sued would really put a dent in my five-year plan. So just to be on the safe side I did some research into the wonderful world of thermite.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure that I want to have this capability. It might be too tempting to use not when the cops are breathing down my neck, but just when I feel like destroying my PC on general principles. Anyhow, read the whole thing. And don't miss the exciting video demonstration.

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