Archive for May, 2008

Mt. Index

We took a trip out to [Index, WA], a small mountain town North of Highway 2. We drove across an interesting bridge to get into town. The town has a post office/grocery store, a school, a church, a small park, and [Wood's art gallery].

Later we stopped at a park in Sultan on the way back home.

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P5N-E SLI Replacement

Today I received a replacement motherboard for my P5N-E that fried last month. I have 30 days to send the defective board back otherwise I’ll be charged $110.

Unfortunately, I get the same result with the new motherboard. So it’s time to send the whole thing back for repairs…

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Big Buck Bunny

The new open movie [Big Buck Bunny] made exclusively with [Blender] has just released.

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Gimp 2.4.6

A new stable release of [Gimp] is now available. Gimp is an open source and free Photoshop clone.

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XBOX 360 Repair

I sent my XBOX 360 back for [repairs ] today. It was pretty easy. The packaging came in the mail with a pre-paid label inside. I dropped the package off at the UPS store and got my tracking info.

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Spore in September

[Spore] the next game from Wil Wright (creator of the Sims) is due out in September. The [Spore Creature Creator] is coming out early (June 17th) which will allow you to pre-create characters for the game.

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2008 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit

The summit provided a look at a variety of new medical devices. [Pathway Medical Technologies, Inc] presented a little plastic device that holds an amount of premeasured medicine to treat natal Tetanus for anyone with a couple hours of training. [Kurve Technologies] is manufacturing micro devices to deliver treatments to the brain via the nasal cavity. [Spiration, Inc] creates pulmonary devices to treat Emphysema. [Philips Heathcare] is a large company who develops both big and small boxes and that acquired ATL who develops ultrasound devices. A new device on the conference showcase is a plastic bubble that intends on replacing a standard hood as a mobile sterile environment. Nancy Campbell of [Therapeutic Resources] is working on developing an integrated device to help prevent battlefield insomnia. [Respironics] manufactures a sleep machine that prevents snoring.

Governor Gregoire recently designated Bothell as an [Innovation Partnership Zone]. This new zone will principally support medical device/ultra-sound manufacturing.

One hot topic discussed by the summit panel and the Chancellor of University of Washington Bothell is that the UW canít seem to facilitate communication between biotech companies and the students. Not only do grads lacks the skills to work for these biotech companies, there doesnít exist a way to let students know of opportunities with the biotech companies. The UWB recently formed the [Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Institute] to potentially integrate students and biotech companies. UWB has plans of adding a [Technology Transfer] faculty member. The main UW campus has a variety of [computer science research] areas.

Organizations that attended: [Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association], [Washington Technology Industry Association], [Prosperity Partnership], [Snohomish County Economic Development], [City of Bothell]

Biotechnology areas:
[research and development],
[manufacturing],
[imaging],
[medical implants],
[electromedical equipment],
[drug delivery],
[analytical devices],
[electromedical devices],
[surgical devices],
[ophthalmic devices],
[dental devices]

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Windows 2008 with Native Php Support

Windows Server 2008 includes IIS with native [Php] support.

If you are a pre-IIS 6.0 user (less than or equal to Windows XP), [IndigoPerl] comes with a free – bundled Apache Php server.

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MYSQL 5

It’s been about a year since I last actively developed with [MySQL]. MySQL 5.0 is now a stable release. On the download page there is now options for [community server] or [enterprise server]. The [MySQL GUI Tools] are now all bundled together. The install wizard is now invoked automatically creating a “root” admin user.

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XBOX 360

It turns out the warranty expired on my XBOX 360, which needs repairs. I’ll have to telephone customer service, since [requesting repairs via the web] doesn’t seem to work.

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