Geek stuff Archive

Secret of ‘Ginger’ to be Revealed?

Is Ginger a breathtaking device that will change the world, or just another Scooter-like invention? "Good Morning America" anchor Diane Sawyer said earlier this week that the show will reveal what Ginger--also known as IT--is next week on the show. So far, all we know are clues gathered from filed patents, which are about methods for making a "personal mobility vehicle" that could carry people up stairs or over other irregular surfaces. Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos have seen the device, with Jobs going so far as to say it could prompt builders to construct cities around it.

Wil Wheaton Interviewed at Slashdot

The well known to 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' fans, Wil Wheaton (the 'Wesley Crusher' actor) is being interviewed by Slashdot. Wil talks about TNG, his relationship with computers and the Free Software, his work at NewTek (makers of the 'Lightwave' 3D application) and the legendary "Shut up Wesley!". Great to see an actor turned to a computer geek rather a geek (or singer/model/housewife/fisherman) turned into an actor!

TheRegister in Search of Echelon

"The European Parliament published its report into the Echelon spying system last week in which it concluded it did exist, was against the law and that the UK had a lot of explaining to do. We've sifted through about 100 of the 194 pages and decided that since no one had yet to officially admit its existence, you may be interested in how the European Parliament decided it was definitely out there." Read the rest of the scoop at TheRegister.

First Enterprise Promo Pictures

First official shots released from the new upcoming Star Trek TV series (which will be airing in September 26 from UPN in USA), named 'Enterprise'. For all the trekkies out here, the new Enterprise series will be set around 2150, 150 years before the era of Kirk and Spock and it will feature the first contact with Klingons (which it will be disasterous, resulting in 200 years of hostility) and other species and places that later in time Star Trek series are taking for granted. The series is also set before the creation of the Federation (but rumors want it to be the final aiming/outcome of the series), but the Starfleet Academy already exists and run by Vulcans and humans. The computer panels in the new series are not exersizing the well-known LCARS Computer System, but they are a bunch of "old"-styled buttons coupled with some small LCD screens at places, resembling mostly mechanical parts than being fully digitized.