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Off Topic: British Open 2011 Accommodations

British Open 2011 Accommodations

Off topic post about housing accommodations for the 2011 British Open. Are you an avid golfer – or a fan of watching golf on T.V.?  Have you ever been to London and wondering the streets jumping from pub to pub?  Well if either sound interesting and you have a bit of extra cash, then consider going to the British Open 2011 event.  A friend of a friend has a great flat not too far from the Open and it would be an opportune time to experience all this at a fantastic rate.  Read on for the British Open 2011 Accommodations. Danecourt House Location: Deal [map] Bedrooms: 2 (sleeps 4) Garden: Private Courtyard Minimum Let Time: One Week Daily Rent: £150 Distance from Open course: 5 Miles Initial non-refundable booking deposit of £500. Balance 2 months in advance complete payment on arrival. 7 days minimum rental period. Danecourt House is an exceptionally pleasant traditional cottage in central Deal. 500 meters from the sea front, close to Deal Castle and 3 minutes from the nearest pubs and restaurants. Recently decorated with traditional style kitchen and bathroom. Large open plan downstairs living area. 2 double bedrooms and courtyard garden with BBQ. This is a great property in a perfect location to enjoy the wonders of Deal and the Open. On street parking to the front of the property. This property is available throughout the period of the Open and for periods before and after the event. Contact Info: Name:Mr N Ranshaw Email: nicr@cd-writer.com Phone: 0208 293 0777 (office hours) More info and source: Blog CD-Writer. Continue Reading

Windows 8 Is Looking Like USB Portable

A leaked version of Windows 8 has surfaced and there look to be some promising features for the USB lovers out there.  First and formost, check out this screen shot of Windows 8 asking if you’d like to run from a USB flash drive. USB Windows 8 Is it possible Microsoft figured out the best possible solution for longevity is letting users run their OS from a flash drive, then plug it into any PC they see fit to run their computer?  Some storage problesm with that, but never-the-less, a good starting point. Here are some other things we think might be bundled with Windows 8:
  • Run from an ARM processor
  • Multi touch gesture interface
  • USB portability
  • Ribbon user interface
  • Easy access to cloud storage
But who knows exactly what will be included until Microsoft makes the official beta version available. Continue Reading

USB Hack: Control USB Missile Launcher with Microsoft Kinect

Granted I didn’t think of this concept, but looking back, it’s odd this USB hack took as long as it did.  Hacker, Jonas Wagner, was able to rig his Microsoft Kinect to a USB missile launcher.  From what we’ve read, Jonas wanted to control a missile launcher with his Kinect, only problem is that he didn’t have access to missiles.  Next best thing was a USB missile launcher. To give him some feedback about position, the first thing Jonas did was mount a video cam above the USB missile launcher.  Next step was polish up his Python skills and incorporate the libfreenect library for control. Using his hands to position the USB missile launcher, Jonas can rotate the base unit, angle the barrel up or down and fire the launcher – all thorugh his Kinect. Video after the jump of Jonas shooting his brother[?] Continue Reading

USB Lock USB Gun USB Lighter

We are really trying to avoid blog posts about USB flash drives as they are everywhere, ambiguous, dime-a-dozen, you name it; however, today we received three emails about new styles and just couldn’t help ourselves. All along the same genre if you will, of shady, up to no good, stereo types.  First we have the USB lock.  Lets get your mindset into that of a burglar.  Next, a USB gun.  Sure if you can’t crack the lock, just point your gun at someone.  Last, the USB lighter.  Burn the place down after you’ve stolen everything. USB Lock: USB Gun: USB Lighter: Sure all of the above is a stretch, but interesting all these tips came in on the same day from different companies.  Think there is some conflict in our future?  Links & price to products after the jump: Continue Reading

USB Egg-Bot CNC Art Robot

The Eggbot is an open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects from the size of a ping pong ball to that of a small grapefruit. The Eggbot is super adjustable, and is designed to draw on all kinds of things that are normally “impossible” to print on. Not just eggs but ping pong balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses. The egg-bot is ideal for Easter and a fun way for kids to make elaborate designs on their eggs.  The egg-bot is recommended for ages 10 and up with parent supervision at 13 and under.  In the photos, you can see just a few of the things you can do with eggs. The Eggbot chassis is made of tough fiberglass, with integrated heat sinks for the included motors. The pen and egg motors are high-torque precision stepping motors, and the pen lift mechanism is a quiet and reliable servo motor. The Eggbot kit is easy to assemble in a couple of hours, and only requires a couple of basic tools like miniature Phillips-head and flathead screwdrivers. You’ll also need a computer with an available USB port (Mac, Windows or Linux). The EBB allows your computer to directly control the stepper and servo motors. The onboard 16X microstepping driver chips along with the 200 step/revolution stepper motors give a combined resolution of Continue Reading

USB Fever: iPad Cable Extender

As we just mentioned, Apple doesn’t license their female connector technology, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it.  Take for example, the USB Fever iPad iPhone cable extender.  This cable makes it easy to extend the iPad or iPhone from it’s original point. Some possible applications would include:  A developer testing the device and doesn’t want to wear down the contacts of the Apple device.  Connect where other accessories get in the way.  Your other cable is worn down and you don’t want to drop the $50 on the Apple branded version. The Apple cable extender is $12 and ready for the taking. Continue Reading

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