Open Water Diver – PADI

Since it was  some time ago that I finished my diver course by DIWA (Diving Instructor World Association), it was a good choice doing the Open Water Diver course by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

It was really fun and I decided to do the Peak Performance Buoyancy course directly thereafter.

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Chumby grows up – Chumby 8

The Chumby 8:

„Faster, bigger, stronger and better than ever! chumby8 adds exciting new features, including:

  • Streamlined, intuitive navigation
  • Customize your content from your device; no need for a computer
  • Web browser support
  • Choose from ready-to-play themed channels
  • Free subscriptions — new content pushed directly to your device
  • Mix and match your photos, videos and apps
  • …and more! „

http://store.chumby.com/

The price is 199,95 $ and can be ordered online directly in the chumby online store.

A review can be found at http://www.gadgetreview.com/2011/07/chumby-8-review.html

 

Apple Stoer in China – not an authorized reseller !

The Apple Stoer in Kunming China is not an authorized reseller, lo and behold !

Good copy, but still lacks in detail. I’ll continue ordering my stuff online at apple.com

http://birdabroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/are-you-listening-steve-jobs/

via

http://www.consumerit.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=753:chinas-apple-store-knockoffs-&catid=29&Itemid=32&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CONSUMER%20I.T.&utm_content=Vol.+8+No.+27

 

Arduion DDNS – open electronics

http://www.open-electronics.org/arduino-ddns-dynamic-dns/

„This device captures the IP address of your network and it publish on site DynDNS.com. All without PC. It allow a remote access to your LAN even if the IP address of the connections changes.
For logistics reasons the provider can not assign a IP fixed for all users, so many users, especially private, work with a dynamic IP or public IP: in practice when they connect modem or router, to their connection is assigned an IP address that, when the connection will’be closed, can be used by other users. This makes impossible to contact a remote computer or device connected to a LAN Internet.“

„Open-electronics.org is the brainchild of a world leader in hobby electronics Futura Elettronica.
Our technicians will support you in designing circuits, writing firmware, making prototypes, choosing components, so as to help you project your idea.“

http://www.open-electronics.org/

Pastafarianism or The Flying Spaghetti Monster

I’ve never heard about that until I read an article about an Austrian who wears a cullender on his head for a driving license photo today:

„The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the parody religion[1][2] the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism.[3] In 2005, Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter about a „Flying Spaghetti Monster“ as a satirical protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools.[4] In the letter, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution.“

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

The Maximite – Basic on microcomputer

The Maximite is a small and versatile computer running a full featured BASIC interpreter with 128K of working memory.

It will work with a standard VGA monitor and PC compatible keyboard and because the Maximite has its own built in SD memory card and BASIC language you need nothing more to start writing and running BASIC programs.

The Maximite also has also 20 input/output lines which can be independently configured as analog inputs, digital inputs or digital outputs.  You can measure voltage, frequencies, detect switch closure, etc and respond by turning on lights, closing relays, etc – all under control of your BASIC program.

The design is free and open source including the software and BASIC interpreter.   And all this is powered by a single chip which costs just US$8.44.“

http://geoffg.net/maximite.html