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Hack your $80 GPS System

GPS systems out there range anywhere from $70 to upwards of $400 depending on the feature sets included.

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I recently took advantage of the fact that some of the low-end GPS systems on the market run on Windows CE. This leaves open the opportunity to hack the system, gain access to the Windows CE desktop, and from there, the sky’s limit.

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The GPS system that I purchased is the Nextar X3-01, which is a portable 3.5″ screen unit that comes complete with car mounting kit and SD card slot (this is critical). You’ll most likely be able to find this kind of model in the bargain bin or at liquidation retailers. Online the prices range from $80 – $300, but you can probably find it at the low end of that range at some local store. Continue reading

Witnessing History

It’s not often that one gets to witness history this up close. Obama has just become the first African-American president of the US and I was here to see it all happen.

No, I was not at some sort of election party. Yes, I am Canadian and damn proud of it. No, I’m not American and also damn proud of it. But when a momentous event like this takes places, it makes you feel good to be around to witness it. The technology involved in this year’s US election has made it incredibly easy to follow the election race. Twit, my favourite tech programming on the Internet broadcasted live, a discussion of not only the election but also how technology has made it possible to feel so involved, all from the comfort of my couch. And I never even scratched the surface of it all! If I were closer to the US elections, if I were an American citizen and were involved in voting, I would have sucked it all in. There’s a hidden side of me that tremendously enjoys politics, and who does it on a grander scheme than the Americans?

I’m glad the results came in the way they did. I hope this will put the Americans on a better path for the future and since so much of US policy affects or gets copied by our Canadian government, I am glad that at least there is now a US president that seems to have a better understanding of the things that matter to me. I did not get my wish in our latest Canadian election but I am hopeful for changes in the US that will eventually trickle down to us across the border.

Congratulations to Barack Obama and the American people for making the choice I would have made. I am proud to have lived during these exciting times.

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Orb MyCasting – I’ve seen the Future!

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What is a MyCast from Orb? Well they have a great description and many details on their website so I won’t go into the details. But let it suffice to say that with this software, running on my home PC, I can view all of my videos, podcasts, music files, photos, and anything that’s either a video, audio, or media file, from anywhere I can access the web.

This stuff even works on my Dell Axim pocket pc. It’s somehow amazing that I was able to walk around the office, watching “The Office” in the palm of my hand, knowing it was streaming via the wireless LAN and then via the Internet, all the way from my computer at home. The current version is a little buggy, it tends to crash but it does a great job when it’s running. Streaming quality is excellent, of course dependent on your network connection, and the new flash player allows for even more flexibility than before.

I would highly recommend this for anyone who is on the go a lot and just doesn’t have enough time at home to watch their media stored on their PC.

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Terror-free Gas? Proof of American Stupidity?

I bet people will buy into this, too:

Claiming U.S. dollars used to purchase gasoline made from Middle East oil funds terrorism, a group called the Terror-Free Oil Initiative opened the nation’s first “terror-free” gas station.

By the way, later in the story it says that the first contributor of this group buys some of its oil from the same place that every other company does…

Oh and just to make another point… 80% of Americans didn’t buy or read a book last year. Sad.

My next Cellphone

Screw all the other ones (Fuck Steve Jobs too – hate that guy) but I do want this…

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Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple’s history — and that’s saying a lot — the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: “iPhone,” the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it’d been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J’s eye (comments, Cisco?). Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the sensor when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth with EDR, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quadband GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email.

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