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Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

HoldenCaulfield What's new about this? (129 comments)

There was a kickstarter, blink(1) a little over a year ago that did the same thing - http://stackexchange.com/leagues/1/year/stackoverflow/2013-01-01/759517#759517 (and in a nicer package).

I wanted something similar (visual cues for meeting reminders; my "email" system is on a KVM with other "dev" systems). I ended up getting the Dream Cheeky 815 USB Webmail Notifier (http://www.dreamcheeky.com/webmail-notifier) - the thing is designed for email notifications with webmail, but there's an Apache License 2.0 driver and helper app (http://dreamcheekyusb.codeplex.com/), which worked fine to drive the thing - the little command line app that uses the driver had enough functionality (gradual on, color change, and blink) that I didn't need to write any real code.

A little macro scripting, and it was working fine with Outlook.

A little bigger that the other solutions, so maybe not great for a rack (though it's probably about 1U so it would work fine), but works nice sitting on my desk under my displays . . .

about 8 months ago
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Intel Unveils 6-Core Xeon 7400

HoldenCaulfield Re:Base 2 (235 comments)

If we were using base 3, we'd have 3, 9, 27 (as these are the corresponding values for 10, 100, and 1000 - which would be 2, 4, and 8 in binary). Note that 3 in trinary would be 20 (which wouldn't exist in binary)

Maybe we're switching to base 6 ;)

more than 5 years ago

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Calculator

HoldenCaulfield HoldenCaulfield writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Bleh, I want to post this to my livejournal, but can't access LJ due to the silly proxy. Anyway, the students are taking the math section of the Ohio Graduation Test (http://www.ode.state.oh.us/proficiency/OGT/default.asp). The test is required for graduation for the class of 2007 and beyond. Now apparently someone is providing the calculators for the test. You can order the calculator online here: http://www.copcoinc.com/htdocs/store/merchant.ihtml?step=7&listall=yes&catid=75

While that merchant has them for 7.75 for orders of more than 100, I'm sure Ohio got them even cheaper (even though the exact ones that Ohio has are market "Ohio Graduation Test"). While I understand the need for controlled testing, having the state or individual schools buy enough calculators so that everyone has the same calculator seems a bit ridiculous.

On the other hand, I'm sure allowing graphing calculators is an issue, as people will complain about disparity between the haves and have-nots. Requiring scientific calculators may be difficult as well, as those with graphing calculators may not have access to other calculators . . . I wonder if there's a simple solution . . .

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Email Client

HoldenCaulfield HoldenCaulfield writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm subbing, and therefore behind Bess. I wanted to check my email but couldn't, as they block access to webmail servers. Fortunately I found a very light POP client that let me get to it. (I don't get why Bess only filters on http ports.)

http://www.ultrafunk.com/

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Hello?

HoldenCaulfield HoldenCaulfield writes  |  more than 11 years ago

All right, so I thought I'd post an entry just to say that I've used the /. journal thing . . . probably won't replace the livejournal though

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