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Useful Mysql Queries

( education / tech / computers / internet )
via http://www.artfulsoftware.com/infotree/queries.php Here's an example: Compute date from year, week number and weekday SET @yr2012, @wk26, @day0; SELECT StrToDate( Concat(@yr,'-',@wk,'-',If(@day7,0,@day) ), '%Y-%U-%w' ) AS Date; ... read more

The Device For Distraction-Free Writing

( culture / writing / tech )
Article about it here, and the manufacturer's website here.... read more

Earbud-Like Device Claims To Boost Linguistic Skills By Zapping Your Ear With Electrical Currents To Kickstart A Nerve In The Br

( education / tech / language )
via Earbud-like-device-claims-boost-linguistic-skills-zapping-ear.html The simple gadget dramatically improves the wearer's ability to learn new words, say the University of Pittsburgh team behind the research new...... read more

Cassette Tape Converted To MP3

( culture / music / tech )
Cool! I am getting one of these. I am including an affiliate link here. This sounds like a scam post, but I really am going to buy this! :)UPDATE: Piece of crap. Do NOT waste your time or money. There is a constant hum in the background of my sample recorded songs (side 1 of End of the Innocen... read more

Countertop Dishwasher

( education / tech / appliances )
Cool! Tetra countertop dishwasher made for small spaces. The only dishwasher that doesn't require plumbing. Engineered for small spaces. And now a CES 2019 Best Of Innovation Award Honoree. The DUO carafe that heats water as it pours is pretty cool, too. And, no, I'm not gettin... read more

These New Solar-Pavement Driveways Made Of Plastic Bottles Can Power The Average Household

( education / research / tech / solar )
See These New Solar-Pavement Driveways Made of Plastic Bottles Can Power the Average Household You've already heard about solar-paneled rooftops, but now, a company from Hungary is powering residential homes with solar driveways.... read more

Engineer Makes A Diy Cell Phone With Rotary Dial So She Doesn't Have To Use A Smartphone

( education / tech / phones )
My hero! via rotary dial Rather than learn to live with a smartphone, this engineer designed her own cell phone with a rotary dial--and she is helping others to make their...... read more

Be Ready For The Next Power Failure

( education / tech / advice )
A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here. It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on www.generac.com. He says, I was going to use a small... read more

We Have No Reason To Believe 5g Is Safe

( education / tech / phones )
via Scientific American The technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks See also Senate commerce hearing ... read more

Stop 5g On Earth And In Space

( education / tech / phones )
We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (-) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on ... read more

So, You Dropped Your Phone Into The Toilet?

( education / tech / phones )
Yep, that is what just happened to me. Here is some advice on what to do: wikihow.com/Dry-Out-a-Wet-iPhone. Luckily, the toilet had already been flushed and the phone was too big to go down the hole. Still... remind me to spray it with Lysol when I get home! Speaking of iPhones, if you've been ... read more

Usb Turntable

( culture / music / tech )
I'm buying one of these: USB turntable. I've been wanting to convert my old vinyl records to MP3 for quite a while now. I hope it works! UPDATE: I wish I'd read this first: cnet.com/news/usb-turntables-worst-ever-audio-product/... read more

Lingmo Language Translator

( education / health / tech )
Wow, I want one of these! Real-time language translation device whispers into your ear in real time as it's listening to the person speaking.... read more

Your Cell Phone Might Detect A Credit Card Skimmer

( education / tech / phones )
When you're next to the pump, try connecting to Bluetooth, and if you see a long string of numbers trying to connect... then that's probably not good, says Sid Miller. via Cell phone might detect credit card skimmer. ... read more

Battery-Free Cell Phone

( education / tech / phones )
Cool! This would (eventually) remove the need for environment-destroying battery factories. We've built what we believe is the first functioning cellphone that consumes almost zero power, said co-author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engin... read more

Salt Water Filter Invented

( education / research / tech )
Salt water filter invented See also, Will Graphene Supercapacitors Make Batteries Obsolete?... read more

Alternatives To Amazon And Etsy

( education / tech / internet / shopping )
If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy, for whatever reason, you might try The Grommet or StorEnvy. I was just reading about them and thought I'd share. For alternatives to EVERYTHING, go here: alternativeto.net... read more

Solar Freakin' Roadways!

( education / tech )
Amazing! I love this! See youtu.be/qlTA3rnpgzUAnd a nice song at the end, too! Here's their website:   solarroadways.com... read more

Cool, Not Cool

( education / tech )
Cool! But bad news for locksmiths? keyme stores a copy of your house key in the cloud Not cool delete-doesnt-quite-mean-the-same-thing-to-Facebook-as-it-does-to-you ... read more

My Phones

( education / tech / phones )
In the process of upgrading to a new Samsung Galaxy Note II today (which should arrive in a few days), Sprint at one point showed me all of the devices I've had with them over the years (in case I wanted to trade any of them in). It was funny to see all of these, and their trade-in value, if any... read more

Best Smartphone (2013)

( education / tech / phones )
I've got an iPhone 4 now, which I've never been crazy about. I used to have a Blackberry Curve, which I was also never crazy about. If I could combine the best features from both, that'd be nice, but probably still not good enough. :) My original PDA (remember when they were called PDAs?) was a Pock ... read more

Sprint Now Allows Editing How You Appear In Caller Id

( education / tech / phones )
This is great. I think I blogged once (here), complaining that I couldn't change how my name appears on the receiving end's caller ID. It showed my legal name, William, but I wanted it to say Bill. The foreign girl in Sprint customer support clearly did not understand the concept of nicknames and ... read more

Patent Claims Solar Energy 'Breakthrough'

( education / tech )
I hope this is for real: Patent Filing Claims Solar Energy Breakthrough In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet's reliance on fossil fuels at a fraction of the current cost - a transformation that als... read more

The Gravitylight: Lighting For Developing Countries

( education / tech / help / charity )
GravityLight: lighting for the developing countries on Vimeo. This is so cool! GravityLight is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and creating illumination. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight which powers GravityLight, creating 30 minutes of light on its descent. For free. And... read more

300,000 Miles, And Not One Accident

( education / research / transportation / tech )
via Refreshing News: Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident Under Computer Control Ever since Google began designing its self-driving cars, they've wanted to build cars that go beyond the capabilities of human-piloted vehicles, cars that are much, much safer... read more

Mit Creates Solar Cell From Grass Clippings

( education / tech )
MIT creates solar cell from grass clippings A researcher at MIT, Andreas Mershin, has created solar panels from agricultural waste such as cut grass and dead leaves. In a few years, Mershin says it'll be possible to stir some grass clippings into a bag of cheap chemicals, paint the mixture on your ... read more

Solar Power Without Solar Cells

( education / research / tech )
Cool! via Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible. You could stare at the equations of motion all day and you will not see this possibility. We've all been taught that this doesn't happen,... read more

New Antenna

( culture / movies-tv-video / tech )
Got the new tv antenna via UPS last night. That super saver/slow boat shipping from Amazon was not very slow, after all! So, today I'll be installing it. Just wanted to mention that in case I'm killed in the process. You'll at least know what happened to me. It says right on the pa... read more

Stupid Online Chat With Sprint Support

( education / tech / phones )
12:32:39 PM : Bill: Initial Question/Comment: Your online form won't let me change my contact info. It keeps saying "Oops, something's broken" or whatever, never telling me what I've done wrong. I filled out all the required fields. 12:34:14 PM : Vicki: Hi Bill. I am sorry for the incon... read more

New Cell Phone

( education / tech / phones )
Sprint called the other day and offered me a free new phone. The woman, sounding like she was from Indonesia or something, went on and on and on for twenty minutes. Luckily, the call did not count against my minutes. Just last month I had to increase my allowed minutes from 300 to 450 because I went... read more

New MP3 Player For My Car

( culture / music / tech / auto )
I am now the proud owner of this very cool device, here.Thanks to Heather and Brady for the suggestion!... read more

Pre-Paid Smartphones

( education / tech / phones )
I just thought this was interesting/cool:news.cnet.com/8301-306863-20005349-266.html?tagnewsLeadStoriesArea.1... read more