Archive for December, 2008

This is a good idea if they can make it work – although I doubt that the market is easy to break into, there are already lots of players there, and you need a lot of trust to build something like this.

Because we have links with major media buyers the world over, Demotix can broker your photos and videos to newspapers, magazines, TV channels and websites, multiple times and simultaneously.

Basic, non-exclusive rights to your photos will sell for anything between $150 and $3,000 USD.
Non-exclusive rights to your video: $500-1,000/minute.
Exclusive rights: whatever we can get. And some photos and videos can go for $100,000s.
In all cases, you get exactly 50%.
The boring details are here *Terms of Sale* and here *Terms of Business* but basically:

you retain the copyright
we broker them across all spaces
we split the fee

[From Demotix | The Street Wire]

The Student encountered a problem with getting Xbox LIve working properly on our home broadband (O2 – which we are extremely satisfied with btw.)

So I called their support line, and after being transferred to 2nd line support I was told to log in as SuperUser (see separate post about doing this) and issue the next command –

ip config natloopback=enabled


The issue a “saveall” command.

So far this has not solved the problem – so I will have to do more tests (which they suggested) tomorrow.
btw. I found the original manual here – but be aware that O2 has changed the firmware.

This is a very detailed and clear article on how to use the SHTxx series temperature sensor (which I purchased through nuelectronics in the UK (follow the link for the full article):

Sensirion’s SHTxx is a digitally interfaced humidity and temperature sensor. Accurate humidity measurements usually require careful analog design, but the SHTxx moves all that complicated stuff into a single chip. Through-hole (SHT7x) and surface mount (SHT1x) versions are available, we used the surface mount SHT11 with +/-3% accuracy. We’ll show you how to use the SHTxx below. [From Parts: Precision humidity and temperature sensor (SHT1x/7x)]

I noticed the errors below in the log of our O2 broadband router – indicating that it could not connect to the default Network Time Protocol server


So I changed this (as seen in the screenshot below) – and no more error messages.


This has the possibility of bootstrapping a host of location aware applications :


Route-me is an Open Source (BSD license) mapping library for the iPhone. It’s written in native Objective C and can use the OpenStreetMap data layer, among others. If you’re an iPhone developer, this gives you an easy way to add high-quality mapping functionality, similar to that of the built in Google Maps client, to your own applications. There’s a discussion over on Slashdot of one such application, GPS Mission, which uses the route-me library to create a multiplayer location-based scavenger hunt.

This is pretty exciting—hopefully it will help enable a whole new class of location-aware apps. If you know of any other apps based on the route-me library, or if you have a good idea you’d like to share for a map based application, send us a line in the comments.

Route-me – Open Source iPhone-native Slippy Map
How To Make an App Using the Route-me Library

Read more | Permalink | Comments | Read more articles in hacks | Digg this! [From Route-me – Open Source mapping library for iPhone]

This is the kind of thinking I love – someone has found a lateral solution to a problem :

Inventor’s 2020 vision: to help 1bn of the world’s poorest see better @ The Guardian

Silver has devised a pair of glasses which rely on the principle that the fatter a lens the more powerful it becomes. Inside the device’s tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles.

The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. When the wearer is happy with the strength of each lens the membrane is sealed by twisting a small screw, and the syringes removed. The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription.

Read more | Permalink | Comments | Read more articles in News from the Future | Digg this! [From Professor pioneers DIY adjustable glasses that do not need an optician]

I remember this well – my wife blew up the first one (of two) in Europe (it was a 110V one) by plugging it in!

 3107 3117273030 D65692Ce69 O Over at Boing Boing Gadgets, Brownlee posts about a well-curated Flickr stream of vintage Apple ads and ephemera.

Vintage Apple ad Flickr stream

[From Vintage Apple ephemera]

The soundbite on the BBC news channel this morning is that anyone carrying knives should get a automatic jail sentence – is this just a soundbite, or do I have to stop carrying my


when I leave the house – or is this not a knife but a “tool”?

This is just a link to a blog with lots of projects made by students – most of then seem to be using Arduino’s:

Making Things Interactive

[From Making Things Interactive]

We went for a walk around Painshill yesterday – unfortunately we forgot to bring any of the DSLR cameras, so these were taken with the iPhone(s).