Monday, October 30, 2006

Operating your printing plant in multiple shifts

Operating your printing plant in multiple shifts

Friday, March 24, 2006

Riya goes Beta!

After a bit of impatient waiting on my part, Riya went beta this week!

Riya promises to help reduce that growing mountain of digital photos my family and I have been collecting over the last five years since my son was born into something searchable, and maybe even useable.

The key to Riya is its face-recognition software. So far, I've uploaded over 500 photos and it's spot on in recognizing faces. But just picking faces out of pictures isn't enough. To be useful in cataloging and indexing your pictures Riya needs your help.

You help Riya by training it in various ways to recognize faces and to recognize specific faces (i.e. family, friends). You can also upload your contacts and cross-reference faces across the Riya site. I haven't tried this part yet, since most of my family and friends don't have email addresses yet.

So far, I'm impressed by the site. There's many ways to train the software and it does seem to be getting quicker at face recognition. If nothing else, I can see it improving because it's consistently picking out pictures of the same person and asking me to identify them all together.

Riya can also tag your pictures with regular tags as well for searching, and it will also tag photos with signs or text in the background. I've noticed that it prefers text in straight lines vs. curved patterns. I have a few pictures of a zoom lens where the text is clear and Riya didn't pick up on it.

I'll keep blogging about Riya here as I go along, so keep watching this space.

I've also got to send out a big thanks to Miss Rogue of horsepigcow for keeping me on her list. I'm really grateful for being included in the beta. Since starting I've been looking at older pictures I'd completely forgotten about. It's given me a chance to really reflect on how my family (i.e. my kids) have grown over the last five years. Thank you for that.

More to come!

It requires user training to help recognize the faces of your friends and family.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

GIMP on your Thumb

I love my thumb drive. Since I can't install any software on my GI (gov't issued) lappie, I use my USB drive to hold those open-source, really-effective applications that the AF would prefer to pay for by buying their commercial rivals.

One really helpful program is GIMP. GIMP is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program--think an open-source version of Photoshop. Good for editing your pictures without having to use MS Photo Editor.

More to come on this subject. I've got lots to add to this category.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

More Dazzling Goodness from ScorpWorks

ScorpWorks has been busy lately. Despite what some have said, the PHaSR really does exist. Seen it, held it, touched it. Makes a very eerie and very unsettling big green dot on your piddly little red dot here, you know you're about to die!

Very cool stuff. And a buddy of mine works there, so I'm a tad biased.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

One more nail in the "pilots as center of the Air Force" coffin!

I'm a maintainer...a knuckle-dragging, crass individual who'd rather be roasting or freezing among a bunch of crew chiefs than sitting behind a desk. Anyone familiar with the Air Force knows there's a certain ahem friendly animosity between us and "them" (read "Those with wings on their chest")

So you'll pardon me when I get a little chuckle out of this story from Aviation Week. Two USAF Test Pilot School students have successfully linked "bank-angle and roll-rate measurements and the relative positions" of two aircraft. Just the kind of thing you need for refueling ops.

This is a big step. Unmanned refueling would help close the current UAV coverage gap driven by the need to refuel.

NOTE: Aviation Week is a subscription-only pub. Read for the quick and dirty.

Alphabet Evolution Animation

Now this is cool. Ever want to know the origins of the letter G? Well, here ya go!

O'Reilly Books 30% Off

O'Reilly Books is giving 30% off on its entire library from now through December 31st. Get 'em while they're hot!

While you're following that link, check out the rest of Pretty interesting site if you haven't seen it before.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Phototagging with Riya?

I was looking through some photos of my kids last night. We've been collecting them for the last three or four years. We keep every snap, every flub. With storage so cheap and getting cheaper, it makes sense to keep everything. The only problem is finding what you're looking for. Right now, we have the folders set up by date downloaded and it's hit or miss trying to find them. (Thank god my wife has a memory like a steel trap) We'd like to tag them, but at this point the pile is over 7500 photos and getting bigger.

Riya (which is in alpha, invite-only testing right now) purports to solve this problem using recognition software that will help take a lot of the labor out of tagging your photos. I hope it works (I haven't tried it myself--yet. Hey Munjal, how about it??). I'd even be willing to pay for this on a photo by photo basis.

Send an email to and ask for an invite. Better yet, send them an email and ask them to send an invite to me!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Remember, you're too dumb to know what invasion of privacy is...

This is an audio link to the NPR story on rootkits. Great quote from Sony BMG President about users basically being too dumb to care if their computers are being opened up to hackers.

Don't buy Sony for a while. At least until those who advocated using malware to protect their "songs" are fired.