GeekSpeak for 2007-11-10

Did You Get My Message? Can You Understand Me?

From cell phone blockers to Babelfish’s understanding blockers… er… translation software, the Geeks discuss the news, take your calls, and issue mea culpas for bad advice.

Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA)

A new standard for devices to talk to each other inside of your computer, [[ESA|Enthusiast System Architecture]|http://www.nvida.com/esa] has been spear-headed by nVidia, but is an open standard.

Radiohead Makes It Big Online

The band Radiohead, after releasing their latest album online for whatever price fans were willing to pay, have raised $6-$10 million dollars so far. Comscore took a closer look and found that [38% of downloaders paid for the album|http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=1883] with an average payment between $5 and $8.

Babelfish Reaffirms Towel of Babel

Just because you don’t know a language doesn’t mean a web resource will either. At least that is what the Dutch Foreign Ministry discovered when they turned to [Babelfish for their diplomatic communications|http://tinyurl.com/2z4rcq] with another country.

Chemists as Chefs

The New York Times is reporting on [chemists using unique properties of some edible additives|http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/science/06food.html?ex=1352091600&en=4aef8967a58288fb&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink] to make truly unique dishes.

Cell Phone Jamming

Network World reports that [people are using small, portable devices to jam cell phones|http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/21513] in public places.


! Software for Backup

In a pinch Lyle uses [Microsoft’s Windows XP Backup|http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx], but a separate application has it’s benefits. MS Backup runs inside Microsoft Windows like a traditional application, but for making a compleate copy of your hard-drive the best solution is to boot from a different drive. When you boot from a different drive the main drive, which holds your Operating System, doesn’t have any thing running off of it; it just sits there. And doing a full bit-for-bit copy, or ghost is possible.

Sean uses [Norton Ghost|http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/] to make images of his hard drive.

Miles suggested free solutions (thanks to Alex for the URLs):