Thursday, December 08, 2005

Defroster All Over

It snowed for the first time this winter. I think it would be nice to have defrosters on all windows. I don't know what the additional cost to my windows, and thus vehicle, would be but it's nice to think about. Note to self: Install a mirror defroster behind the vanity mirror to quicken morning shave time.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Pilgrim's Progress

I have been reading The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I’m about a quarter into it and it’s a great book. However, it’s in an Old English style of print. I really have to be in the zone or else it’s hard for me to read. If you would prefer not to tackle the old English, there I found a couple of updated versions available: The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English (Pure Gold Classics) by L. Edward Hazelbaker and “The New Amplified Pilgrim's Progress,” by Jim Pappas. I have read neither but I did scan the first chapter of each. The modern English version reads very easily and I think I prefer this over the amplified version. However, the amplified version still retains some old English and has part of the original feel. I think I’ll check out the modern version first. Read the original too. It’s really great.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Faucet Feedback

I would like to see an attachment for my faucet that tells me current water temperature. It could be done with an LCD (numeric water temperature) or LEDs (a gradient from blue to red indicating temperature). It could attach like those Brita faucet mount filters. There are already high end faucets  that do this but I don’t want to spend $3k; I want to spend $30.

Update: I guess someone in Japan reads my blog. Still a little pricy at $110.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

VAiPod

I would love to see an iPod dock-port attachment for voice activated commands.

“Play Waiting For The World To Fall by Jars Of Clay”

“Repeat”

“Shuffle”

+ Bonus points for compatibility with iPod Shuffle. Are those considered ancient now?

Whose data?

I’ve been thinking about data ownership a lot over the past few days. Specifically, I was looking at possibly joining Ancestry.com to trace my family’s roots. A friend of mine has recently begun his own family tree research on this site using their two-week trial. We started discussing whether or not he was going to subscribe and what features the site has (or lacks). It’s a nice site with many cool features. However, they do not allow me to export my tree data into any format but PDF. I understand that they don’t want me down-loading their database and using it somewhere else. But what about the data I entered? What about the hours I spent researching and entering my past? Ancestry.com is charging me for the use of their extensive resources, which is great, but they are also charging me to access other people’s family trees (and vice versa). Who owns the data: Me or Ancestry.com? Shouldn’t I get to take, at the minimum, the data I entered? The same thing goes for my preferences, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

One possible solution is to use an open source project to host my data and use Ancestry.com, et al, to research. Below are a couple okay looking open source family tree projects:

Update: I would really like to see an open source family tree web application built with ASP.NET and SQL Express.