Amateur drivers who build and race their own Honda race cars hit the track at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Central California.
The drivers, a group of friends that call themselves FF Squad, talk about the perils and rewards of building and racing their own cars.
The race is hosted by Speed Ventures, which holds events at several California tracks including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway. Drivers pay from $180 to $290 to participate in each event.
On your digital camera, do you hate having to stop recording a movie just to capture a still photo? Apparently this irks enough consumers that Samsung added a Dual Capture feature to its new TL350 compact camera. Start recording a movie (at resolutions up to 1080p no less) and you can simultaneously snap 10-megapixel photos. Hopefully it doesn't leave a big hole in your movie while the camera captures the still.
In case that's not exciting enough for you, the camera is built around a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. In other cameras, this type of sensor has improved low-light … Read more
Search engine technology has improved a lot over the past several years, and for the most part, you can depend on services like Google to return pretty relevant search results. Sometimes, however, you need a way to get a little more specific. That's where iMetaSearch comes in.
Let's say, for example, that you Google the word "cougar." Do you mean the animal, the car, or the recently popularized term for an older woman who pursues younger men? Google can't tell the difference, but iMetaSearch can. The program groups search results by concept; click the groups … Read more
Gil Bub and Peter Kohl, physiologists at England's University of Oxford, used a normal, off-the-shelf digicam and a home cinema projector to conceive a high-speed image capture device that records still and moving images simultaneously.
The duo came up with this idea when they encountered problems aligning their high-speed videos and still pictures, taken with independent cameras, of a rat's heart muscle cells. They disassembled the projector and removed the micro mirror component, fixing it between the lens and imaging sensor of a typical camera.
The result: A budget high-speed 400fps camera that Bub said can deliver higher-resolution … Read more
I was mentioning on The Real Deal show the other day that my Logitech Harmony Remote takes a long time to turn on all my devices, meaning that sometimes some people in my family complain that it doesn't work right.
Laurence wrote in to point out you can change the latency settings on the Harmony and it should work better. Thanks, Laurence! Here's what's going on.
When you choose an action in the Harmony remote it plods through everything in the order you've told it, sending the commands by infrared with pauses in between each command. Turn on the TV, pause, turn on the speakers, pause, turn on the DVD player, pause, turn the TV to the DVD input, etc.
There's a default latency setting that defines how long that pause is. It's meant to make sure your device gets every command and runs it. Laurence shaved a few hundred milliseconds off his latency without issue, leading to much snappier performance.
Root Wireless, a company that offers a performance-mapping service of cell phone carriers, took the opportunity to test the wireless data performance of all four nationwide carriers at Sun Life Stadium during Sunday's big game. The results, according to Root Wireless, seem to show that T-Mobile came out on top, while Verizon came out at the bottom of the pack.
T-Mobile saw the fewest connection failures (3 percent), while Sprint came in close behind (9 percent). Both carriers had data speeds on par with their everyday service levels--T-Mobile's was 237Kbps down/126Kbps up, while Sprint's was 231Kbps … Read more
CheckUp is an easy-to-use multipurpose maintenance utility that can help you monitor and improve your Mac's performance. Its very visual interface uses colorful and dynamic icons, graphs, and dials to display performance and data over eight different categories: Profile (including uptime and a bandwidth tally), System (especially great for seeing which OS your Mac can handle), Processors (twin dials for dual processors, plus a temperature monitor), Memory (configuration, usage, and testing), Disks (all partitions, with an option for repairing permissions), Network (showing input and output in a customizable graph), Processes (a prettier, more flexible version of OS X's … Read more
Does your Mac feel sluggish? Internet surfing, downloading software, and just plain regular use are all major contributors to filling up your hard drive with useless files. As time goes by, your Mac starts to fill up with cache files, unused language files, and even leftover installers, making your whole system struggle to keep track of it all. You can go through and try to clean out a lot of these files manually, but knowing that it might take you a significant amount of time makes it easy to put off until later.
Fortunately, there are a number of utilities … Read more
We're surprised that Wilson is still standing after going under the knife yesterday to get his wisdom teeth pulled. Luckily, Wilson explains that his disturbingly small mouth, combined with the supreme skills of his dentist, led to a speedy recovery--less than 24 hours after the surgery, we've got our Wilson back! And besides, all of his wisdom is localized to his hair.
Speaking of folks left half-standing from the three-day weekend, my sincerest apologies for my raspy voice on today's episode; we celebrated my birthday on Sunday by laying waste to the hits of Madonna, Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Four Non Blondes, and many more songs (sans Lady Gaga - BOO) at Maru Karaoke Bar in NYC. After a weekend of partying it up for 26 years ill-spent, it sounds like I'm in worse condition than my post-op co-host.
Wilson's happy pills come in handy when he tells Jeff and I about how the U.S. stacks up against the rest of the world in average broadband speed trends over the past few years. We're down in 18th place compared with the rest of the world; we're behind Japan, Hong Kong, Romania, and Sweden, with many countries reporting 50Mbps! What's our excuse? Listen in for the full story.
We also have news on ATM skimmers, like the one in "Terminator 2," making a serious comeback in the new millennium and an absurd story from CNN about folks reporting "Avatar" withdrawal. It sounds like a story you'd find on the Onion News Network, but the phenomenon is very real, and very pathetic. We can make a convincing argument that these individuals reporting depression after seeing "Avatar" were actually disturbed prior to watching the film, but we'll withhold our clinical diagnoses and just say that these people are straight up crazy.EPISODE 500 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more