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The $40 steadi-cam

Ever wonder how professionals move the camera so that as they’re filming and running without a bounce in the video? In the movies, they have these things called steadi-cams, and they come very expensive and are basically counter-weighting the camera so that movement doesn’t effect the video.
Here is a way to build a nice-looking DIY steadi-cam out of PVC piping. The creator even took “comfort” into account. Costs are approximated at around $40. You could also throw in a $2 can of black spray paint also to make it look nice, but that might be too much splurging for you.
MAKE < Instructables

Disable the Send To Menu

To disable the Send To Menu in Windows, following the instructions below:

  • Open the Start menu, click on Run, then type regedit and click OK.
  • Find the following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Send To.
  • Find the string value (Default), then right-click Modify and edit the value. This is the value that enables, or disables the “Send To” menu.
  • The value already has {7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}, which means the menu is enabled, delete the value, Click OK, and exit the Registry editor.
  • Now the value is disabled.

This will create a nice right-click looking menu instead of having to see something that most people don’t use. You could alternatively just weed out the stuff that you don’t use in Send To and make it shorter and more optimized. Word of caution: you are messing with the registry and if you’ve had no experience with it, you could seriously hose up the computer. Yes, we said, HOSE IT UP. So just make sure that you have a backup of the registry.

< TipMonkies


Sizer is a just what is says. A window resizer. Yet it’s so useful for those web designers that are looking to size it perfectly for a certain resolution, but could not picture it on their massive LCD displays. Well, here you go. Windows only.
LifeHacker < BrianApps

Tuttle city manager threatens CentOS developers over default apache page

Tuttle City Manager Jerry Taylor is in our opinion one of the most non-technical people we’ve ever met after reading the e-mail transcripts between the CentOS developers and himself. After going out of their way to fix a simple apache default page issue, of which they were threatened about calls to the FBI and other insults, it’s amazing that this city manager didn’t actually do research on what exactly CentOS was and how it was managed.
What’s most funny about this story is that the city manager claimed:

“I am computer literate! I have 22 years in computer systems engineering and operation. Now, can you tell me how to remove ‘your software’ that you acknowledge you provided free of charge? I consider this ‘hacking.'”

That was from the T
Twenty two years? Obviously not website administration or else he would know about this product called apache and these crazy things called default web pages.
One thing the LUX staff has found over the years: many managers like to talk big, but when it comes to walking the walk, some fall flat on their face. It seems like the CentOS developers deserve not only kudos for going out of their way to fix a problem that was unrelated to but an award since they had to provide support to an “apache-illiterate” person that threatened them with law enforcement for no reason.
As for the Tuttle city manager? Our guess is that The Register’s national coverage of the Tuttle fiasco will put “The Place Where People Grow – Friendly!” just a bit bitter.
UPDATE (3/25 5:23PMEST): In case anyone wonders about Mr. Taylor’s background:

Taylor has a background in computers, and build the city of Harrah’s website.

This was mentioned in the TuttleTimes article when Taylor was hired. Taylor did graduate with a MBA and was in program management though. Could be lack of technological background, of which he should not have been claiming the twenty-two years of technical experience when it was actually management.
ratchetsblog < TheRegister < CentOS

Barnes and Nobles buys back used books?

Barnes and Nobles is buying back your used books. Just put in the ISBN number and they’ll give you a price. Once you confirm, they send you a pre-paid shipping envelope and when they receive the book, they mail you a check. Pretty nice considering there are probably many many used books out that don’t even get donated to the library. Here’s a great incentive.

Looking to buy a gaming system?

GotFrag has a great PC pricing guide that is scaled to today’s top devices. There is even a scale for the high-end to the low-end models. This requires a bit of work on assembly, but gamers have always taken apart their own machines anyways. Be forewarned that they’ve managed to pretty much price everything based on a dual-core system. Sweet.
Via GotFrag

10,000 clerics against intelligent design

The numbers just keep getting bigger and bigger. This is definitely a male “my genitals are bigger than yours” type of fight. Just recently, 500 scientists signed a letter backing the pro-intelligent design Discovery Institute. Now Alliance for Science has finished The Clergy Project where they have received 10,000 signatures in support of evolution.
What we find terribly amusing about this topic is that it has been brought up before. Religion is the why and science is the how. Or something like that. In any case, you can definitely tell it’s a bunch of males strutting their stuff trying to impress… well, who knows.

How to be a great moderator

Guy Kawasaki has some more words of wisdom for moderating a panel of people.

  • Don’t over-prepare the panelists
  • Do prepare yourself in advance
  • Never let panelists use PowerPoint
  • Never let panelists use anything special
  • Make them introduce themselves in thirty seconds
  • Break eye contact with the panelists
  • Make everyone else look smart
  • Stand up for the audience
  • Involve the audience
  • Seize the day

I love the one where he says not to ever let panelists use Powerpoint. Powerpoint is the DEEEVIL. Really. More details here.
Via Bonatemporavolvantur

More corporate bullying: BellSouth tries to turn off New Orleans WiFi

New Orleans has been devastated, with Mother Nature rolling her semi through the middle. But now in the middle re-building efforts, BellSouth is trying to get the city-wide WiFi network shut down.

After Katrina ravaged the Big Easy six months ago, Greg Meffert, the city’s chief information officer, got downtown businesses back online by opening the city’s wireless mesh network—originally deployed to link surveillance cameras—to anyone who needed it. For free.

What’s sad is that the city is still in need of the network, whether or not the immediate disaster is over or not. The network provides not only emergency services, but also a way to connect the residents. The CIO has mentioned that he will “go to jail” if that’s what it takes because the telcos are pushing the matter.

“If I have to go to jail, I guess I will,” he said. “If they really want to play that game, I guess they are right. But we simply cannot turn off these few lifelines we have to our city and businesses.”

This is simply a sad case. Really. Telcos have nothing better to do but to pick on New Orleans? Really now, it’s not like they hooked it up for free. Someone is paying for it. It’s similar to if we bought pizza and handed it out to everyone, that Domino’s comes by and says “No! You can’t do that!”. Like Domino’s would ever bother. Get a grip, telcos and go chase your pots of gold elsewhere.
Via RedHerring

I want my Sony PSP!

I finally decided to get a Sony PSP. Unfortunately, I can’t get my hands on it even though they announced the new packaging at $199. Announcement was Wednesday (3/22). Today, there is not one to be found in Greensboro or Winston-Salem.
ARGH. Why do they do this to me! That’s okay, breath… breath…
Hopefully Gamestop comes through with the goods. And on goes the support for Sony platforms. I have owned the Sony PS1, PS2, and now will be owning the PSP. Don’t disappoint me Sony! I still want my Final Fantasy fix and Square has dedicated the main core of FF to Sony.