engadget: paper-based storage system

College student creates paper-based storage system (no, not that kind)

24-year-old Sainul Abideen thinks he’s come up with an alternative to CDs and other data storage options that’ll allow for greater storage capacities and be cheaper and biodegradable to boot, using a fancy printing technique he’s devised to cram loads of data onto a plain old sheet of paper. The trick is to first convert the data into a so-called “Rainbow Format,” which is made up of various geometric shapes that can be densely printed onto a sheet of paper; that can then be read by a computer or other device using a Rainbow Card Reader. From the sound of it, the system appears to be somewhat similar to QR Codes and other newfangled bar code-type technologies currently in use in parts of the world other than here, but Abideen’s “Rainbow Versitile Disc” can apparently store far more amounts of data than those — between 90 and 450GB, according to The Arab News. Demonstrations of the technology, however, seem to have only shown much smaller amounts of data being Rainbowfied, including a 45 second video clip and 432 pages of “foolscrap” being stored on a four-inch square piece of paper. Still pretty darn impressive if you ask us, and it sure looks a heckuva lot better hanging on a wall than a CD.

[Via The Register]

TIPS memilih kulkas

Pastikan yg NOFROST (which is jarang ada di kulkas 1 pintu). Kalau yang bukan nofrost, maka tiap beberapa waktu, saat bunga es-nya sudah menumpuk, kita harus melakukan DEFROST sendiri -> extra work/maintenance. Yang NOFROST kebanyakan adalah kulkas sengan 2 pintu.

Pastikan beli produk yang DIPRODUKSI DI INDONESIA supaya onderdilnya gampang. Kalau beli asli Jepang/Korea dst, malah susah onderdilnya.

Bandingkan literan dan watt-nya. Cari kombinasi ideal. Lebih baik beli yang 85 liter dengan konsumsi daya 90 watt, dari pada yang 95 liter tapi konsumsi daya-nya 130 watt.

Kompresor kulkas AKAN NYALA TERUS sampai akhir hayat. Pastikan pilih pabrikan yang sudah jelas memproduksi pompa air juga. Sanyo, National (now Panasonic), Maspion, Toshiba, Mitsubishi dst.

Garansi itu penting-penting enggak. Pakai garansi pun kadang kalo rusak nggak dicover. Yang lebih penting justru ketersediaan onderdil. Kalau lagi iseng, coba ke tukang reparasi kulkas dulu, lalu nanya, kulkas merek apa yang paling gampang direparasi.

Merek S termasuk susah, karena untuk buka plat di bawah ruang es, nggak ada sekrupnya. Plat plastik tersebut harus dicongkel keluar.


The Not-So Chosen One: Heroes saves viewers from lackluster TV season
Shaun Boutwell
Issue date: 3/15/07
Section: Entertainment

03/15/07 – As March signifies the end of winter sweeps, most faithful television viewers are now left with a couple weeks of reruns until their shows’ remaining episodes start airing in mid-April.

Luckily for me, a few of the shows I watch religiously, such as 24 and Battlestar Galactica (don’t laugh), are running their last arc of episodes without any of those frustrating breaks. Unfortunately, however, both series have been surprisingly lackluster or predictable as of late. I still have hope they will return to their former glory, but I digress.

After a three-month hiatus, Lost is airing without interruption, but even this show isn’t without its problems. Imagine a hot girl in college that constantly flirts with the entire male campus population but never puts out. That’s the equivalent of Lost; it takes so long to satisfy fans with answers that the show’s producers might as well scatter out the episodes inconsistently.

I’d have to say that personally, my two top choices for this year have been The Office and Heroes. I won’t focus on The Office today, simply because I was already a big fan of it prior to the show’s third season. For me, Heroes gets my vote for single-handedly reinvigorating this year’s drab television landscape.

I’ll have to admit, I had no strong desire to give this show a chance when I saw a handful of previews for it back in September. Being an avid comic book fan during my childhood, I scoffed at the premise of a television show about a group of superheroes.

“No way can they pull it off!” I thought. “What a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of the X-Men movie franchise and produce a sub-par rip-off!” (As a side note, X-Men: The Last Stand was complete and utter filth, besides Multiple Man).

So I virtually ignored the show until mid-February, when curiosity and boredom got the better of me and I gave the pilot episode a shot. Needless to say, all it took was 53 minutes for me to be hooked. In just three days, I burned through 15 episodes to get caught up, and have been watching it every week since.

For those unfamiliar with the show, maybe some of you are wondering: What’s the appeal? First off, anybody turned off by the idea of muscle-bound brutes named after savage animals (Wolverine or Sabretooth, anyone?) or that run around in brightly colored spandex need not worry. Heroes takes a more human approach to the storyline, examining each character as they discover their newfound powers, and more importantly, how they learn to use them.

Another great aspect of the show is the cast themselves, ranging from flying politician Nathan Petrilli (Adrian Pasdar) to cheerleader Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), who can heal herself at an accelerated rate. Throw in the telepathic cop Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), teleporting time-traveler Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) and a whole bunch of others, and you’ve got yourself a diverse enough crew to comprise a superhuman United Nations.

Season one’s main plot revolves around our heroes trying to stop an inevitable nuclear explosion – in the form of Nathan’s younger brother, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) – from destroying New York City. But it’s in watching how our lovable bunch reaches that ultimate destiny that makes the show so entertaining to watch.

Along the way, viewers are introduced to villains such as Sylar (Zachary Quinto), whose ability to take other heroes’ powers leads to deadly consequences for our do-gooders, and Mr. Bennet (Jack Coleman), a family man who works for a company in the business of experimenting on humans with special abilities and, in some cases, exploiting them.

Perhaps Heroes’ greatest asset is its ability to keep the show’s multiple storylines running at breakneck speed while frequently throwing twists and turns at the audience every few episodes. Heroes doesn’t keep its audience waiting in the dark; numerous bombshells have already been dropped, and the revelations continue to grow (Hey Lost, maybe you should take notes).

Granted, this is the show’s freshman year, and like many series before it, there’s always the possibility that Heroes could turn sour as it gets a bit older. But for now, I’m going to remain blissfully optimistic and hope that this is the beginning of something beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, did I mention the show also features the gorgeous Ali Larter (of Final Destination fame) as a Webcam stripper? What other reason do you possibly need to watch?