Tag Archive for 'geek'

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Daylight wallpaper (Linux script)

I discovered a website with a beautiful world map that updates throughout the day to show sunlight and nighttime right now:

world map with daylight and night

I thought it would make an excellent desktop wallpaper and wrote a script to pull the image every half hour and set it as the background image. That worked really well so I thought I’d share it, which led me to create a sweet little installer for it:
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The Hacker’s Diet

How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition

The Hacker’s Diet, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of their own weight.

The blurb above is how it starts. Is it a book? Is it a website? Is it a chart? Is it an MS Excel file? Continue reading ‘The Hacker’s Diet’

Errata: geeky details

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I took a closer look at the images I had found yesterday and I noticed that my story was not entirely correct so I’m posting this to set things straight, rather than rewriting yesterday’s post.

I wrote that there were digits on both halves of the wristband, but the image shows all the digits on just one side. Even better, the digits are readable so I can analyze them all over again. Continue reading ‘Errata: geeky details’

“Listen to the light”

Here’s a silly little blast from the past I felt like sharing. Enjoy :-) (See also this update.)

First, a little background: Timex_Datalink_Model_150Back when I worked for Microsoft, there was often something new and curious coming along. Force-feedback joysticks, for instance. But they also had some really mind-blowing tech partnerships, like the Timex Data Link watch that was released in 1994 – that’s nearly twenty years ago! Continue reading ‘“Listen to the light”’

The End of an Era

My plastic brain is dead. Long live my plastic brain! refreshThis post marks the official end of my “Age of Psion” that started eleven years ago,in November 1997. Over the course of the years I have “used up” three Psion Series 5/5mx PDA’s, and they have served me well.  But now the time has come to move into the Age of Internet and leave my Psions behind. With some sadness, I have just finished moving data off my beloved Psion. I am not going to use it anymore, and I will put all my Psion stuff up for sale soon. Continue reading ‘The End of an Era’