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February 28th, 2012

Seagate GoFlex Satellite + Hack Seagate Satellite

Comments Off on Seagate GoFlex Satellite + Hack Seagate Satellite, Hardware, iPhone / iPad, Mobile Devices, Products, Review, Software, Technology, by JCBaker.

For years I have been looking for portable, battery-powered external hard drive. I do a lot of consulting and always keep backups of my work, so I keep a portable external hard drive with me. I also have an extensive music library that I want to have readily available to access from my laptop and portable devices, but I hate constantly moving music files to my “iDevices” just to keep the selection fresh, and all too often, I’ll want to hear some songs in my collection that I didn’t think to move. Wait, I could do all of that on iCloud (or any other cloud service), right? Sure, if I want to wait for files to upload / download, and I want to pay for all the bandwidth to move the data – I’m usually on the road or at a client site when I want to move data and I don’t jailbreak my devices anymore – it’s just too much of a hassle for limited benefit and extra instability.

February 5th, 2012

n-Dimensional

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OK, I’m strange. I spent about half the drive to work this morning considering dimensions. Came up with a few insights that I’m sure I could have read somewhere… “People” living in an n-dimensional universe can only fully perceive n-1 dimensions unless they (or other things in the universe) move. The only way to know that your n-dimensional universe exists in n+1(or more) space is to move. You have to be able to measure distance accurately to determine how your universe “curves” around the extra dimension(s). (picture a 2-dimensional closed universe wrapped around a sphere{3 dimensions}). There’s more, but I don’t want your heads to explode. Kevin Sherman Your post reminded me of a book I started reading about a year ago called “Quantum Glory” by Phil Mason. I’m usually a fast reader, but I’m only halfway through it because my head explodes after 2 or 3 paragraphs. Thursday at 9:03am · Mandy Baker Kablooey Thursday at 9:21am James Baker The recognition of n dimensions instead of n-1 only requires motion if viewed from a single point of reference. Humans and most other creatures on this planet have two, and our brains can extrapolate by comparing the two points of reference.Unless you’re referring to time as a dimension (which I’m sure you’re not), in which case, yes, we cannot understand time without motion. The two are irrevocably intertwined. Thursday at 9:27am · James Baker A flat display is a common example of a single point of reference for n-1 observation, where movement within the system being projected on the display is…

February 4th, 2012

Microsoft Excel – A Developer’s View

Comments Off on Microsoft Excel – A Developer’s View, Development, Excel, Products, Software, VBA, by JCBaker.

I have this love/hate relationship with Excel, especially Excel 2007. I haven’t played with Excel 2010 yet, so this may extend to it as well. I won’t go into a lot of history here, but I had Visicalc a gazillion years ago, then Lotus 1-2-3 (the text version). In fact in Enron’s early days, I automated some of the curve calculations one of the VPs had built in a version of 1-2-3 running on a Sun workstation using Lotus’ macro language they had extended from the original Visicalc.