Category Archives: interesting

A Color Portrait of the English Language

It’s a map of 33,000 English nouns. Each noun is assigned a tiny rectangle who’s color is based on an internet image search for that noun. It’s interesting so see what causes some of the color aberations – for example “overrun” is bright breen, because it is showing MRTG server useage charts – plotted in […]

K-12 Data Warehousing

I’ve been doing some research on K-12 Data Warehouses. At our most recent administrative meeting, data analysis was of big interest and I’m fairly sure that this is going to be one of our big pushes this year. So far I’ve run across the following companies that seem to work with the K-12 market in […]

Using Sysprep to Extend Disk Partitions

Just found out that there is a command – ExtendOEMPartition – in sysprep that will allow you to expand NTFS disk partitions. From the Microsoft site: Using Sysprep to Extend Disk PartitionsWhen installing Windows XP Professional, you might find it necessary to extend the partition of the destination computer. You can use Sysprep with the […]

The TAO of Backup

The TAO of Backup was forwarded to me recently, and while it has a blatant plug at the end, it is thought provoking on the needs for secure and reliable backups. Tweet

isolinux.cfg tweak for bootable CDs

I ran across this interesting article on configuring the isolinux.cfg on ZenWorks imaging CDs to allow booting to the local hard drive after a timeout. Tweet

Font fights dyslexia

There is a new font out called Read Regular, that has the interesting goal of making it easier for dyslexic people to read. From the looks of the samples, it should be easier to distinguish a b from a d. While this font should be significantly easier to read, it would also be much harder […]

StompBox – Mobile 3G/WiFi Router Project

The StompBox (Mobile 3G/WiFi Router Project) caught my eye as being one of those projects that is truly cool and makes a huge difference in the creator’s use of technology. I can’t wait until there is an $80 Linksys device that does this like the creator speculates. That and unlimited mobile data not being $80/month, […]

Terastation update

My earlier post on the Buffalo TeraStation has been one of the biggest draws to my blog to date. Obviously a lot on interest on it! At least, enough for someone to set up a Wiki on hacking (or working with open-source firmware ) it at http://terastation.org. As they posted in my comments “Nothing much […]

Philadelphia’s city-wide WiFi plans

Looks like Philadelphia’s going ahead with it’s city-wide WiFi plans after all. I know my city has been holding off vendors for over 7 years now – long before 802.11 was standarized. Our bigger neighbor to the northwest, however saw value and executed on it. I hear it’s very nice! Tweet

Philadelphia’s city-wide WiFi plans

Looks like Philadelphia’s going ahead with it’s city-wide WiFi plans after all. I know my city has been holding off vendors for over 7 years now – long before 802.11 was standarized. Our bigger neighbor to the northwest, however saw value and executed on it. I hear it’s very nice! Tweet