Someday… Free wireless for all

…and a chicken in every pot.

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Brewster Kahle wants to network San Francisco. All of it.

“Basically, what we want is the expectation that if you open your laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA) at any given place, you have access to the open Internet,” he says. And, for Kahle, a slow network isn’t going to cut it. He wants to move data at the speed of DVD video. “Search, click, see movies,” he emphasizes. “Now, we’re not quite there yet. But that’s the idea.”

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Shortcut folders

To create a Windows shortcut that goes directly to a folder in the folder view try this in the target field of the shortcut properties:

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,C:\folder path
Note that in shortcuts there must be a space between”
“/n,/e,C:\folder path


X10 Projects

X10 Modules are electronic devices that allow you to control various electronic systems in your home.  Here are some links that describe some projects:


What can I do with one of these?

  • PLED (Polymer Organic Light Emitting Diode) / OLED (Organic LED) Display Module
  • Ideal for LCD module or VFD replacement applications
  • Industry Standard dimensions:
    • 113mm x 41.4mm PCB Outline
    • 79mm x 17mm Viewing Area
    • 73.45mm x 11.4mm Active Area
    • 5.5mm Character Height
  • Very wide viewing angles — approaches 180 degrees in all directions
  • 8-bit or 4-bit parallel interface
  • Industry-standard HD44780 compatible controller
  • Printable 1:1 Acrobat template: CFAP2002AYJCV_one_to_one.pdf
  • about $25.00 each
Serial Support Demo
Author Kit George
Languages CSharp
This demo highlights the new serialport support available in Whidbey. In order to actually use this application, you will need the device (available from Crystal Fontz, the small, serial displays with the keypads). But even without the device, you can look at the code to see how straightforward it is to set up communication with a serial device, using the new SerialPort class.