Google Finance

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Google launched Google Finance yesterday. Nice service allows you to search the stock market. However, this was possible on normal google, by just searching a ticker, now, that is no longer necessary. Searching disney on http://finance.google.com brings you up a page with a chart showing the progress of The Walt Disney Company, the current price, the highs of the day, year, and more.

Google also offers you an online portfolio, where you can enter the stocks you’ve bought, how much you paid for them how many shares you bought, and what they’re worth at the current prices.

I love that feature most, cause now it means i dont have to log into ameritrade to track my stocks every day, just when i want to buy/sell.

Google Blog

Try it

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High-res Album Art

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What’s the point in having a huge selection of mp3s to choose from, but not having any of the album covers for them?

This little script from UNEASYsilence gives you that option

step by step instructions

the script itself

I’ve been using it to update all my album art since they first had it up, it works.

Top 10 sci-fi movies….almost

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Doom, Star Wars, The Martix, Aliens, all those movies that sucked, well, here’s what could/should have happened.

This is a very good list, i agree with most of the ones on here too.

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Projector pt. II

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So today we made huge progress on the projector.

We stripped the LCD, we made a frame for the box, and ultimately decided to build the box too.

stripping the lcd base with the light and bars

base with no light full enclosure
more photos here

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so disappointing…

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Kensington has introduced a new flash drive…hardly news, although the 4 GB size is nice….

The 4GB flash drive encrypts all data with 128-bit AES, and then adds an extra layer of security: a self destruct feature. If anyone tries to use a brute-force attack to guess your password, the drive will automatically erase itself after 25 wrong guesses.

It’s too bad really. Let somebody like me near that. At the very least half of it would break off and then crumble into a teeny tiny little powder before bursting into flames just so it could singe the eyebrows of the would be hacker. Or spray indelible ink everywhere…I mean come on! Use your imagination!

ohhhhh if I could only work for a place like that….

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Projector: pt. I

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Here is the first part of the projector project:

The Fans….

those are some massive fans, they take 24 volts though, we can figure out how to come up with that anyway.

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UPDATE: The Buzz! We won!

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So, remember the contest for The Buzz from that wounderful site UNEASYsilence
Out entry

Well, we won. It was offical two weeks ago, but, i felt it was unnecessary to post until we got some pictures of the prize.

Our prize, a nice shiny new 5g 30 gb Black iPod Video!

It’s pretty sweet, i havent loaded it up with music yet, (i’m incredibly lazy right now) But, i really want to see it play some video. Any one got any easy ways to get Die Hard onto it?

bill gates is a [not cool person]

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I guess owning the world’s largest software company and also owning the title “Richest Man in the World” doesn’t do much for your feelings towards others.

Recently, a new non profit organization called One Laptop Per Child (olpc) has risen in the hopes of making it easier to educate children of third world countries. These machines create an instant wireless network among all the others in the local area and the organization hopes to provide the “backbone of the internet” at a very low cost. And because of the fact that some of these small villages in the middle of nowhere have no access to electricity, there is the option of powering them by a handcrank.

The thing that really gets Bill though, is the screen size apparently…

“If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you’re not sitting there cranking the thing while you’re trying to type,” Gates said. “The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk[…]and with a tiny little screen.”

In defense of Bill, on one of the mockups on the official site, the screen looks to be little bigger than a childs hand, maybe 4 inches or so diagonal. But I’m pretty sure Gates and Co. just introduced that little handheld called the UMPC (another great Microsoft name…*cough*mediaplayer11*cough*) with a 7 inch diagonal screen. Let’s think about this. Which one will have a higher resolution? Which one will you really have to squint at without having to change the resolution?

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Classy, Bill. And seriously…”shared use?” He’s commenting on something he doesn’t even know about…everybody read it together now….one…..laptop…….per…….child.

thank you and goodnight
EDIT: He’s probably just pissed it’ll be running Linux