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Scientists Create Super Strong Robotic ‘Terminator’ Hand (VIDEO

Robot Hand

The Huffington Post Dean Praetorius  First Posted: 01/29/11 12:34 PM Updated: 01/29/11 12:34 PM

Scientists at the Institute of Robotoics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have created a robotic hand that can withstand very hard blows, according to IEEE Spectrum. The hand’s creators set out to build a hand with extreme durability, hoping to improve the robustness of robotic hands in general.

The scariest part perhaps is its uncanny resemblance to the hand of the infamous T-800, the robot model from the Terminator movies. Outfitted with a rubber and plastic shell however, the whole arm looks a bit more benign, as can be seen in the video below.

The range of motion and design of the hand is impressive.

From IEEE Spectrum:

The DLR hand has the shape and size of a human hand, with five articulated fingers powered by a web of 38 tendons, each connected to an individual motor on the forearm.The main capability that makes the DLR hand different from other robot hands is that it can control its stiffness. The motors can tension the tendons, allowing the hand to absorb violent shocks. In one test, the researchers hit the hand with a baseball bat–a 66 G impact. The hand survived.

The single hand cost less than $135,000 to develop, according to

Next, the same scientists are working on a two-armed version of the robot. No word on a pair of legs–yet.

La Edad del Hielo llega a tu MacBook

Al final hemos conseguido engañar a la traviesa y tozuda paleoardillita de la saga “Ice Age” (“La edad del hielo”).

Tanto tiempo correteando detrás de su imprescindible bellota y finalmente hemos conseguido darle el cambiazo. Ahora lo que Scrat lleva entre manos (¿garras?) es una manzanica mordía. Igual no es tan nutritiva pero seguro que le permite hacer muchas más cosas. Seguro también que no se la deja arrebatar tan fácilmente. Y aún hay más.

Desde Etsy vuelven a sorprendernos con una de sus habituales creaciones, simpáticas y divertidas.

Un adhesivo para la parte exterior del MacBook que aprovecha la manzanica mordía que se enciende cuando tienes el ordenador en funcionamiento que sustituye la conocida bellota de la conocida ardilla prehistórica de “Ice Age”. Seguramente no se quejará de que le hayan dado gato por liebre.

Disponible para toda la familia MacBook (incluídos Pro y Air,de estos tanto los anteriores como los actuales) en tamaños de 13″ y 15″ puede ser tuyo por menos de 4€. Y además parece que Scrat te vigila el portátil. ─Antonio Rentero [Etsy]

El iPhone 4 llega a Verizon el 10 de febrero

Hoy en un evento realizado en la ciudad de Nueva York, Verizon y Apple anunciaron que desde el próximo jueves 10 de febrero ofrecerán una versión del iPhone que funciona en la red celular CDMA de Verizon.

Este iPhone 4 mantendrá el diseño y las características del iPhone 4 como su pantalla Retina, video llamadas FaceTime, chip A4, cámara de 5MP con flash LED y capaz de grabar video HD, Giroscopio, etc.

El iPhone 4 de Verizon además tendrá la capacidad de funcionar como una base WiFi permitiendo compartir la red de datos con hasta cinco dispositivos WiFi. leer más »

Cómo exportar tus favoritos de Delicious (antes de que cierre)

Actualización: Delicious dice que no cerrará.

Todo indica que Yahoo está por cerrar las puertas de Delicious, el servicio para guardar y compartir tus links favoritos en internet. Pese a que mucha gente lo usa, para la empresa no genera suficiente valor como para mantenerlo.

Como sea, existe una forma de salvar todos esos links que has recolectado en todo este tiempo y guardarlos en tu navegador favorito antes de que sea demasiado tarde.

Delicious provee este servicio directamente, así que el proceso no resulta tan complejo. Basta dirigirse a la configuración (settings) y elegir la opción “exportar favoritos” (Export/Backup Bookmarks) bajo la lista de opciones de Favoritos.


Dentro de las opciones, puedes elegir exportar también las notas asociadas e incluir los tags que le has puesto a tus links, aunque estas cosas no estarán disponibles cuando accedas a tus favoritos desde el navegador. Sólo podrás verlos cuando abras el archivo que Delicious te entrega.

Una vez que estés decidido, clickea el botón “Export”. Delicious te permitirá bajar un archivo .htm con toda la información.

Ahora, dirígete a tu navegador y busca la opción de “importar favoritos (o marcadores)”. En Chrome está bajo “administración de marcadores -> organizar -> importar marcadores”. En Firefox está bajo el botón de la estrella. Luego, buscas el archivo .htm que descargaste (es posible que en algunos navegadores tengas que cambiar la extensión a .html para que lo reconozca) y el browser automáticamente cargará todos esos links en tu lista de favoritos (aunque tendrás que tomarte el tiempo para ordenarlos por carpetas).

Por supuesto que esto no es lo mismo que tener los links en Delicious, ubicables desde cualquier navegador, pero al menos no los pierdes…

Link: How to export your Delicious bookmarks and import them into your favorite browser (Lifehacker)

Old Macs still rock: Putting an iBook G4 back into service

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I remember when I got my first Mac, the iBook G4 14-inch. Powered by a 1.33Ghz G4 processor, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard drive, and a resolution of 1024×768 (meaning 91 pixels per inch), all of which was absolutely stunning at the time. I used it all the time for Adobe’s CS2 suite, productivity, and the internet. It ran all of this mighty fine, and I never felt it ‘slow’ and unusable. As is the case with any new piece of technology.

Of course, software evolved, Leopard came along, hard drives got full, and relative to the newer machines, the G4 felt slow to a point that it wasn’t usable anymore. Then after 4 years, the battery died, and we didn’t see the value in buying a new battery for a dying machine. It was used tethered to the power socket for a while, and then one day the OS crashed, and ended up being shelved, collecting dust.

The other day I came across Dave Coalo’s article on how he has switched to using his G4 iMac as his primary work machine. The iBook immediately popped to my head, and I was determined to bring it back to life.

Most of the tasks we use the computer for remain the same. You can’t type faster than *any* computer. The iBook ran MS Office just fine, it ran Safari just fine, and email worked perfectly. If it did so much back then, why not make it do all that today?

Newer software is the biggest cause of sluggishness in older hardware. I remember when the iPhone first came out, the first opinions were that it was super fast. Apps loaded instantly, lists scrolled butter smooth. What happened? Software updates happened. Of course in the case of the iPhone it’s near impossible to go back to version 1.0, both technically and in terms of features. But Mac OS X Tiger was a fairly mature platform, with little that it can’t do over Leopard — I’m talking about real world output, and not just the kinds of software features each platform provides.

The first step, was to find out what was wrong with it; it wasn’t progressing beyond the startup chime. Simply resetting the PRAM (holding down Cmd+Opt+P+R during startup) got it back on its feet — when you’re determined enough, no problem is too big, and vice versa. I then installed a fresh copy of Tiger from the install disks, and ran it through all its updates. I installed Office 2004 instead of 2008, and installed the Open XML converter for compatibility with the new document format. These are all fully functional applications, where the newer versions simply add needless features. I did update Safari to version 4 because it includes a newer webkit engine, for better compatibility with the web.

The iBook is surprisingly capable. It starts up in less than 50 seconds. Launches Safari in 8 seconds. MS Word in 18 seconds. iTunes in 6 seconds. But more importantly, it runs all these apps smoothly in the background, effortlessly switching between. iPhoto v5 with a few thousand images thrown in launches faster than iPhoto v9 on my iMac. I’m sure I could install Photoshop CS2 and it too would perform admirably.

Of course, using Tiger means I personally couldn’t use a lot of the apps I require, like Espresso, nor could I manage Photoshop or InDesign with such a small visual canvas. I can’t stand notebooks anyway. But the intended audience wasn’t me. I chose Tiger over Leopard because it was intended on being used by people in an office environment, who needed word processing, internet, and email. And this is what most people use a computer for. They’ve been using the iBook for the past week, day-in day-out, and I’ve received no complaints so far — they have no clue that the brushed metal UI is ugly, even though they also have a Snow Leopard Mac mini running.

Techno-lust can lead to a flawed vision, making it difficult to see the true value in things.


To do great work you need great determination, not tools. You don’t need a high end Mac Pro to develop applications. Take Daniel Jalkut, developer of MarsEdit:

I do everything on a relatively low-powered MacBook. Is this constraining? A little bit. But I think it goes to show that you don’t need the fanciest Mac or the largest screen to get the job done.

Recently, I profiled Samurai on Beautiful Pixels. I was surprised to find out that he created all of his CSS experiments on his 13 inch MacBook. I’ve been using a first-of-the-Intels iMac for the last four years. It runs all the software I need, and runs it well. Aperture and InDesign slow it down a bit, but I’ve learnt to manage memory without thinking about it. While the urge to get a svelte new aluminium iMac is only growing, every time I feel a weak, I look at this article on ewaste.


Macs have been beautiful machines since right from the beginning. The first iMac is still insanely beautiful if you look at it in the right light. You don’t need to upgrade until it begins to hurt. And when you do, remember that there’s always someone else who can make good use of your old hardware.

I wonder, how many of you are actively using older generation Macs?



The Image (1975) – Radley Metzger

Jean discovers that Anne cannot get enough of being humiliated by her mistress, Claire. Gentleman that he is, he decides to partake in the activities. Ultimately, Claire surrenders to him as well.

IMDB Comment: I bought several erotic movies for my girlfriend and me and out of all of them I have found this one to be the best so far. The DVD has some scenes where there are lines in the picture but they do not take away from the movie, for being such an old movie it transferred well to DVD. I have to admit that I did not think that the movie would get so explicit in some of the scenes, but I think that just made it even better.

If you want a very erotic movie then this one is great. There are some scenes that are a little annoying, like screaming for five or so minutes, but overall it is great. I would not buy it if you are looking for a porno, but there are several scenes that you would see in a porno.

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John Coltrane – At Temple University 1966 (2010) {FreeFactory}

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Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Saxophone


Digitally remastered live archive release from the Jazz great containing one of Coltrane’s last preserved live performances ever. Taped in Philadelphia with excellent sound quality, this set presents Coltrane playing probably the freest version of ‘Naima’, along with readings of two more of his compositions: ‘Crescent’ and a powerful version of ‘Leo’. Coltrane died shortly after this performance at the age of 40 on July 17, 1967.