Tag Archive: Misc

Thunderbolt (Codename: Light Peak)

Thunderbolt is a new over-the-wire technology. Expect to start seeing it more and more in 2012, and I think it may eclipse USB 3.0 before it really gets off the ground. It’s essentially PCIe over a wire, but also incorporates the DisplayPort standard which also allows the wire to handle monitor connections – the connections …

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How to convert PDF’s to JPEG’s (and vice versa)

If you don’t have expensive PDF editing software, you can convert your PDF to a JPG and then edit/add text/graphics accordingly, then convert the image back to a PDF. To convert a PDF to a Jpeg, you’ll need Imagemagick (sudo apt-get install imagemagick). convert -quality 20 -interlace none -density 300 input.pdf output.jpg The quality setting …

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Boot from USB devices on older computers that don’t support USB booting.

Ran into a great application called Plop Boot Manager. The software allows you to boot off USB devices for those older computers whose BIOS doesn’t support USB booting. The software is free for personal use, but not free for commerical use. It’s also not open source, but a good tool nonetheless. Click here for the …

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Google Page Speed Analyzer

Google Page Speed Online analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster for both desktop and mobile browsers. This site got a 71/100 … not bad. One of the biggest suggestions was to recompress the jpeg’s on the site much more than they are currently for an estimated 50% …

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FTP 40 Years Old Today . . .

This year is certainly the year for birthdays. The File Transfer Protocol, otherwise known as FTP is 40 years old today. Originally put forth as the RFC 114 Specification on April 16, 1971, FTP (and the various iterations inspired from it) is as heavily used today as it was back then by people and companies all …

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Been away a while …

…work has been busy … but I am going to try to devote more time to posts … sorry for the hiatus! In the meantime, take this opportunity to check your backups and make sure your treasured data is duplicated, because everything has a failure date. …more posts to come.

Yahoo & Google letting you opt out of ads!

Source: Techcrunch (Click for the full article.) From the article . . . All of a sudden, Yahoo and Google want to make it easy for you to opt out of their ad targeting on both their sites and across the Web. Yahoo announced a new one-click opt-out policy today, and Google made it possible …

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ThisIsSand.com

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Click the little grey box in the upper left for instructions — then have fun, I did. A gallery of what people have done resides here.

Thoughtful who have passed, this year 2007.

Some of the inventors and creators that died in 2007 who leave behind something for us to remember them by . . . David H. Shepard (Optical Readers, Farrington B numeric font), J. Robert Cade (Gatorade), Herbert Saffir (The Hurricane Scale), George Rieveschl (beta-dimethylaminoethylbenzhydryl ether hydrochloride — a.k.a. Benadryl), Arthur Jones (Nautilus machines), Jack Odell …

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Off for a little R&R…

Will be taking a little vacation for the next 2 weeks, back @ the end of November, however, I reserve the right to post if the urge is overwhelming…. 🙂