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    Bruce Sterling on a forensic camera with inbuilt crypto

    by  • November 15, 2008 • Cool Tools • 1 Comment

    Sterling has an excellent bit about “information munitions” – little cameras with cryptographic signatures and GPS to verify time and place an image was created at, and audit trails on image modification. It’s interesting that, even without all that, a camera phone can still rock the world. I left this comment on Worldchanging years ago, [...]

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    Zoom H2 quadraphonic four microphone / four track audio interview recording trick

    by  • June 30, 2008 • Cool Tools • 1 Comment

    Here’s the trick: record in quad. In Audacity, invert either the front or the rear track. What happens is that the ambient noise which hits all four mics about equally is significantly subtracted out, leaving the voices (which are significantly different between front and rear mics) synchronize out. Works really well, I was amazed.

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    NGO In a box

    by  • May 20, 2008 • Cool Tools • 0 Comments

    NGO-in-a-box offers a set of peer reviewed and selected Free and Open Source software (F/OSS), tailored to the needs of NGO’s. It provides them not only with software, but also with implementation scenarios and relevant materials to support this. http://ngoinabox.org/

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    Lazyweb I want a solar powered USB jack

    by  • February 19, 2008 • Cool Tools • 3 Comments

    Simple: a solar panel, 2.5W, output 5V and 500 mA, with a USB jack attached. In sun, you plug your USB device (ipod, phone etc) into the solar-powered USB jack, and it charges. Pure, simple. Who’s got it? http://www.rei.com/product/770230 – $115 == $40 a watt, that’s Not Right. http://www.modernoutpost.com/gear/details/sf_solar_uno_slim.php – another candidate, fifty dollars, much [...]

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    Etymotic ER-20 – Cheap Musician’s Ear Plugs – $12 a pair, good tech, recommended.

    by  • April 12, 2007 • Cool Tools • 0 Comments

    ER•20 High Fidelity Earplugs So, what we have here is ear plugs that have three soft rubber flanges and an engineered plastic stick. Somehow what this produces is a funny thing – ear plugs you can’t hear. Things are quieter, but sound just the same otherwise. Soon, you forget that they’re there. Apart from the [...]

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