WIFI Theremin

Midnight Research Labs describes a nifty theremin hack implemented by detecting signal strength of a WIFI signal. Python source is available to examine. link [kudos HackADay] Bonus Hack: Zevv implements an ultrasonic theremin, emitting ultrasonic chirps from laptop speakers,  detecting reflection to the microphone, and driving a tone generator.

Betamax Decision

25 years ago today, Sony Corporation of America v Universal City Studios, Inc was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, affirming that time-shifting is fair use and does not infringe on copyright. [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoDr_04-CMs] [video link]

Random Friday: What We Tour 2

We had the opportunity to explore Las Vegas, New Mexico (not the other one). Old western towns along the rail line tended to have one fancy hotel to make a good impression on visitors, and the Plaza Hotel on the square of Las Vegas has been restored. We took a room, and can recommend a … Read more

Voyager 510 Headset USB Charger

We often use a Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset with our computer, so we can a) listen to streaming video/audio without inflicting our choices nearby innocents,  and b) remain untied by a corded headset when we jump up with sudden inspiration. A previous post explored building a USB charger for our cell phone, and we … Read more

OS Wars Film Festival

[flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noe3kR8KqJc] [video link] [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDc9I3z7ab4] [video link] [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9WP8Zwu260] [video link] [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX8yrOAjfKM] [video link] Related Posts: Tech Support Film Festival, Theremoid FilmFest, Theremin Video Film Festival

Lurching Toward Digital

The USA DTV coupon program is out of money. The vouchers are intended to help purchase digital converter boxes for consumers with older televisions (and analog TV tuner cards) needed to convert digital broadcasts to the legacy format after the February 17, 2009 deadline for stopping analog broadcast TV. $1.34 billion was reserved for the … Read more