Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Tooth Fairy Project

I heard an interview with a university professor discussing cancer occurences in South Florida. He has been doing analyses of baby teeth for presence of radioactive isotopes such as Strontium 90. He made some really interesting observations based on his research that has become known as "The Tooth Fairy Project." He said that young children are much more succeptible to cancer caused by environmental influences than adults and as a result are like the canaries in coal mines that were indicators of low oxygen because they died before the miners were affected. The research indicates that cancer levels are 2 - 3 times higher than normal within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant. The radiation is distributed into the atmosphere and comes back to earth primarily as rain. Florida has a very rainy climate and so it drops back to earth fairly quickly around the plants. The most interesting thing to me was the suggestion by the professor that the number one thing that you can do to protect yourself from ingesting the radiation in your drinking water was to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system. Seems the isotopes are large enough that the RO membrane filters them out. He had a number of interesting observations that seemed really important to me. I found a link to a press release about his study which is at The South Florida Baby Teeth Study News Release. More information can be found at this site.

Saturday, April 26, 2003

PHP Gallery

Just finished updating our online photo albums with PHP Gallery. This is a really nice PHP program that has a lot of features and flexibility. Hope you enjoy our newly organized photo albums. Just click on the Photo Albums link on the index to the left to view them.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

We hacked our Tivo

Barbara and I worked together and installed a second hard drive in our DirecTivo this afternoon. We used a pre formatted drive from Weekknees.com following their instructions. The instructions were very clear and precise. We had no problems with the process at all. When we powered the DirecTivo back up after the installation it sure was satisfying to see that it has 146 hours of recording time available. We can keep our favorite movies and shows online now without worrying about having enough space to record our other shows of interest.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Smoothwall

Got an old and slow computer in the garage? Why not make a router out of it with Smoothwall? Smoothwall is a free download and the step by step process is at TechTV | Do-It-Yourself Router

Monday, April 14, 2003

Comical Ali

The We Love the Iraqi Information Minister is back online. Check it out.

Myths About Stereo Speakers

Polk Audio RM6700 - Electronics Reviews - CNET.com has some good reviews on Polk Audio RM6700 speakers. I recently replaced my 20 year old KLH, giant floor speakers with these and am I ever glad I did. I did not know what a good sound system could sound like until I installed these little jewels. You can also read a very interesting article about Bose speakers at this location. It is a very revealing article and kind of deflates some myths about audio speakers. I am glad I read this before I shelled out a lot more money for speakers that would not sound as good as the ones I got.

Comical Ali Web Site Crashes

Ananova - 'Comical Ali' proves too popular online. This is really funny. The Iraqi Information Minister is now known as "Comical Ali" as a result of his hilarious news briefings. There was a web site devoted to his statements but it was so popular that it got 4,000 visitors a second causing the site to be shut down. The name of the site itself is highly entertaining. It is www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com . The last time I checked it was still down. I can't wait for it to come back up again. Reminds me of the old "All your base are us." movement a couple of years ago.

Another Tivo "Enhancement" Site

TiVo Updating Over Dedicated Internet HOWTO is another good Tivo "enhancement" site. I ordered a hard drive this weekend to expand my DirecTivo to 150 hours of storage. That should allow us to keep our favorite movies on the unit all the time. Much better than VHS tape and much more accessible.

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Tivo Info Site

DealDatabase Forum - Deals, Freebies, TiVo Hacking, HP Digital Entertainment Center - powered by vBulletin is another great source for detailed info on Tivo and Tivo upgrades. This one thanks to a referral by Leo Laporte on TechTV's Screensavers show who sent me the link by email.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Tivo Hacking Guide

Here is a detailed guide to expanding your Tivo's capabilities.

First Time Hack

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Audio Video Information Site

The following link is a great site for Audio Video equipment. What I like about it is the fact that you can click on images of the back panels and front panels of various units. You can really check out the connectors on these before you buy.

AVLAND Products