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Nintendo DSi gets its own video tour

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Details are slowly (but surely) starting to trickle in about the totally American flavor of Nintendos DSi, and while youve already got a release date and price to mull over, hows about a video tour to show you what exactly youll be getting come April 5th? The vid does a decent job of showing off those dual cameras and the slick new design, but most of all, it shows just how incredibly awesome your life will be upon actually holding one in your hands.

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id reveal new Rage details

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id Software has revealed a tonne of new info about it's next game, Rage.

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2 Metre AM

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One of the recent changes to the RSGB bandplan was the addition of a note concerning AM operation on 2 metres. The use of AM on 144 MHz has been increasing in recent years and 144.550 MHz has become a popular frequency for the mode

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Jive Buys Filtrbox to Boost Social Media Monitoring (PC World)

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PC World - To enhance its suite of enterprise collaboration products, Jive has bought Filtrbox, whose software helps companies track social media content across the Web in real time.

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Asus Eee PC T91 hits in June!

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Great news for the netbook crowd. Asus just announced that their highly anticipated T91 will be launching in the UK within the next month. The new convertible touchscreen notebooks are set to retail for 449 euros and hit stores no later than June.


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AT&T Offers New Subsidized Netbooks

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AT&T has expanded its line of subsidized netbooks and added the Dell Inspiron mini 10 and the Lenovo S10 netbooks alongside the Acer Aspire one it already offered.


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GVdialer for Google Voice Launches

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A new mobile application for Google voice has been announced called GVdialer. The application is available for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows mobile, and Nokia handsets.

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BigDog Reflexes

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The video that includes Boston Dynamics BigDog getting kicked and slipping on ice is nothing new, and its still one of the best robot videos Ive ever seen.


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ViewSonic PJ258D Projector Is Perfect for Cheap Geeks

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There is a new breed of geeks that are starting to arise called the Cheap Geek. This group tries to find the best electronic equipment available for the lowest cost.


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Epson Releases EH-TW5000 and EH-TW4000 Projectors in Australia

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Epson has recently announced that two new projectors will be available from their home theater collection, the EH-TW4000 and EH-TW5000. Both models are almost identical, featuring full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 1600 ANSI lumens, and a stupendous 75000:1 contrast ratio.

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Ham Radio Operators Show Off Storm Warning Capabilities:

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GAYLORD -- Ham radio operators will be showing off their SkyWarn emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio -- often called "Ham radio" -- was often the only way people could communicate. When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and communications.

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Making with Style

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Last week on two separate occasions whilst surfing the net I came across the impressive craftmanship of Jake Von Slatt.  The first was the Maker video profile which is embedded below and the other was the latest ARRL Surfin’ installment from Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, called Do-It-Yourself Retro.  I am so impressed with Jake’s projects I thought I would share what I found here to inspire some retro homebrew.  The ’style’ I mention in this post’s title is steampunk, which is a mix of Victorian-era technology and aesthetic blending with modern technology.  This sub-culture grew out of a science fiction sub-genre that arose in the 1980’s.

As you can see from the video and the website the craftmanship in Jake’s projects is excellent and I am interested if any radio amateurs have any steampunk-style modified equipment.  Send me details (a link to a photograph would be good) or post a comment to this post.  Projects of interest on Jakes site for amateurs are the etched altoids boxes, modified headphones (by Molly ‘Porkshanks’ Friedrich) and a telegraph sounder.

It is interesting to see how steampunk has evolved to very clearly influencing people’s lifestyles.  I remember reading some of the early books of the sub-genre, like Tim Powers’ ‘the Anubis Gates’ , back in the early to mid 1980’s when I was heavily reading science fiction by authors like William Gibson (Neuromancer), Rudy Rucker (White Light), Brian Stableford (The Empire of Fear) and Brian Aldiss OBE (Helliconia Trilogy) to name a few. Seems today I read mostly science fact.  Maybe it is time to return to science fiction.

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Inspiron Mini 10 finally shows up at Dells website

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In one of the most bizarre sequences of events we can recall, Dells Inspiron Mini 10 has finally arrived on its makers website. And this is after being briefly (and we stress briefly) unveiled in a 3- x 3-foot cubical at CES, being impersonated at Tecso by the smaller Mini 9 and showing up early on QVC.

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Playcast launches games-on-demand service

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Playcast has launched an new games-on-demand system that could rival Onlive, but which is only available in Israel.

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T-Mobile Touch Pro2: August 12.

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Well, the cats well and truly out of the bag now, as we have photo confirmation of the specs and release date for the Touch Pro2 on T-Mo. Itll be hitting stores within the next couple of weeks, and available on T-Mobile starting August 12.


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What Ham Radio talking points need

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Ham radio is a diverse hobby. It’s a technical, engineering, builder, emergency service hobby. But ask most people about ham radio and you get stories of RF interference or a puzzled look followed by a question about 1950. I mean, the Internet obliterated ham radio, didn’t it?

Over at Innismir.net, there is a great dissection of a traditional media article on ham radio from Michigan. And the article isn’t bad. But the end of the post notes this:

Any press is good press they say and getting the hobby out to the general public is a good thing, so props to the Midland ARC for getting coverage and getting a few juicy tidbits out there. However, we, as a hobby, need to work on some talking points on some of the more “exciting” points of Ham Radio. We also apparently need to work on our comparisons.

So what should our talking points be to the traditional media? Here’s a few suggestions:

Ham radio embraces many interests

If we’re a diverse hobby, it should be an advantage. If you are an engineer, you can design antennas, stations or software. If you are a builder, there are kits. If you like the outdoors, you can take radio with you. If you like competition, we have contests. If you like public service, we have it in spades.

The great thing about a diverse hobby is that if you get tired of one thing (DXing, for example), you can learn about a whole different thing (say digital modes) while still staying within the hobby. It’s not like you love trains, then get disinterested, leave your club and friends there, and start over so you can try out planes. Nope. You just start working in this new area.

Ham radio helps the public

While this is the traditional public service message we have, we need to mix in much more of what we have done to advance emergency work. We have an imbedded methodology through ARES that gives us a good process. We have practice sessions to support local emergency teams. We have built digital communications to improve our work with emergency providers. And, yes, when all else fails, we can still get through because of our multiple frequency antennas.

Whether it is Katrina or the Space Shuttle or the local walk for charity, ham radio operators perform in their role of supporting emergency communications and public service.

Ham radio is fun

Sorry, I’m not into something for the drudgery. The numbing going forward of work on stuff that doesn’t even remotely excite me. Whether it is the friendships you develop over time and on the air or investigating a new part of the hobby or meeting up with your buddies in the ham radio club, ham radio is fun. As soon as it isn’t fun, it’s time to try something else in the hobby…because we have a diverse hobby.

What else? What do you think our talking points need when that microphone gets pointed at us for some answers?

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Bright Spot -- Ray Grob NN8R:

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Ray Grob demonstrates the transmission of messages using Morse code and shortwave radio at his home in Fremont. Grob was first licensed by the Federal Communications Commission 65 years ago when he was 14. He served as a Navy radioman during the early 1950s. Over the years, he has communicated by ham radio with residents of all 50 states and countries in every corner of the world. Amateur radio operators are often able to support their communities during emergencies. The Sandusky Valley Amateur Radio Club, of Fremont, was organized in 1952 and meets every month in the basement of the county jail. About 10 members of the group meet for breakfast at Denny's every month. Grob often meets with sixth-graders at Hayes Elementary School to share his experiences.

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Sonys Vaio P benchmarked in all its magnificent and diverse forms

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Thanks to the work of the gang making time over at their Vaio P forum, the folks at Pocketables have been able to compile benchmarks of all the various configurations of the ultraportable.

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Robots Compete To Excavate Moon Dust

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In February, we posted about how the first robots back to the moon are likely going to be little earth moon movers, designed to shift large amounts of regolith (i.


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Samsung Behold II OLED Android Phone Announced On T-Mobile

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Samsung and T-Mobile USA today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Behold II powered by Android. The Samsung Behold II is a full touch-screen phone running on Android with Samsungs TouchWiz user interface.


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Intel wants us dead, says AMD

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AMD's chief lawyer says that Intel's recent threats to AMD are about trying to kill off the company, rather than protecting Intel's intellectual property.

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Welcome to the bit-tech Blog!

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Today, we are pleased to announce that we have launched the all-new bit-tech Blog. It's a feature that we have wanted to add to the site for quite some time now, but only now have we managed to actually roll it out. You see, we've had our share of distractions in the last six months or so, which prevented us from finishing this section of the site off.

For those of you who think we're heading down the path of no return, fear not because we're not going to be telling you about what we ate for breakfast (but I had Shreddies and Weetabix since you asked). Instead, we're going to treat the blog as an area of the site to sound off about things that don't fit into any of the news or article categories.

But wasn't that what columns were for?

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